“Liberty Trails was founded out of a love for Dartmoor and a passion for horses.”

Thinking of riding horses on Dartmoor? Considering a horse riding holiday?

Dartmoor has been on my doorstep since I was a child adventuring across it’s wild and open spaces on the back of a pony. It’s home to so many wonderful places to stay and eat, and so much to enjoy. For me, providing horseback riding adventures and introducing people to it the spectacular beauty, it’s moods and vast range of wildlife is both a privilege and a pleasure.

There’s a special kind of magic at work on Dartmoor. There’s something about the landscape that draws you in – it’s a place that can really get under your skin. Many of our guests find themselves drawn back time and time again to share it with friends, or explore it at different times of year.

Over the last three years, Liberty Trails has grown and we now offer an exceptional range of options for riders and non-riders alike. We have a committed and enthusiastic team, all of whom have expert knowledge of Dartmoor and are highly experienced in creating unforgettable holidays that go beyond our guests’ expectations, both on and off horseback. Each of our holidays is bespoke, so whatever you desire from your Dartmoor horse riding adventure, we can make it happen.

Whether you’re considering something challenging such as the Dartmoor Derby or something more luxurious such as the Saddles, Spa and Castle stay, we have a superb team of horses to hire – all are sure-footed, agile and experienced and used to being ridden across Dartmoor. If you prefer to bring your own horses, you can be sure that they’ll have quiet enjoyment and first class hospitality in our stable yard.

From the minute you call us, we’ll do everything can to help you create the holiday you desire. When you book a horse riding holiday with Liberty Trails you can rest assured that everything’s taken care of, right down to the smallest details.

We hope you’ll enjoy looking at our website. Please do call us if there is anything you’d like to know, or if you’d like to talk to us about creating your perfect Dartmoor horse riding short break.

I look forward to hearing from you,


Elaine Michelle Prior – Founder of Liberty Trails

Call on 01822 851 463; or email enquiries@liberty-trails.com

Elaine Michelle Prior




Rachel Brockington: Lead guide

A former detective with Devon and Cornwall Police, Rachel is an experienced rider, horse owner and a much-loved guide for Liberty Trails during the season. Besides her brilliant knowledge of the moor and its history and folklore, she is a brilliant rider, bubbly, capable and just great FUN to spend a day with.

Lucy Higginson: Communications, media and marketing

Lucy is a former editor of Horse & Hound who has worked, part-time with Liberty Trails for almost five years, having fallen head over heels for Liberty Trails, its rides, and Dartmoor itself during a first visit. Such was the success of her first Liberty Trails trip that she immediately booked to ride with us again, and has brought her family on holiday to Dartmoor at least eight times since! Lucy helps with communications, media queries, marketing, social media and guest enquiries.

Julie Vivien: horse host and guide

Julie has spent most of her working life with horses, from thoroughbreds to team chasing, Connemara breeding to showing. She has even competed a Highland pony stallion for her Majesty The Queen! Julie is also the owner of one of the lovely horses we’re privileged to be able to offer to guests, Graffiti, with whom she hunts for much of the winter on Dartmoor.

Elaine Prior: Liberty Trails Founder

Having worked and ridden in different places overseas, Elaine one day realised that absolutely nowhere beats the place she’d grown up in as a riding destination— Dartmoor! And so a business idea was born. Elaine makes our business stand out because of the supreme care she ensures we take to get to know you before you arrive, the sort of horses you enjoy, and what sort of memories you’ll treasure forever after a Liberty Trails holiday. She also has an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of tors, canter tracks, bogs to avoid, the best places to stay, visit, picnic spots and more.

Bob Prior: Operations, guest transfers, host and ground support

Bob is a full-time member of the Liberty Trails team, and Dartmoor based year-round. He magically appears with tea, water, a trailer or whatever else you need, and, with Elaine, knows about everyone on Dartmoor and thus is brilliant at helping iron out any of the little bumps that come with working with animals and British weather. The chances are you’ll learn to love a Bob sighting because it means water, a mid-ride snack… or perhaps even a barbecued Bob breakfast; one of Devon’s best-kept secrets!