Our camp is constructed, the horses are gleaming, the champagne is on ice and even the weather is behaving... Finally, we are on the brink of starting the Dartmoor Derby Pilot Event. It feels a little surreal finally to have reached this stage. I began formulating the idea for a Dartmoor Derby in the summer of 2014. Having ridden many miles across Dartmoor in recent years accompanying guests from around the world to my established adventure riding business Liberty Trails, it often struck me how certain places on the moor would lend themselves brilliantly to hosting a luxury camp. With undulating, unspoilt vistas, and total peace - apart from the occasional contribution from resident wildlife - there is much in common with African bush camps that riders have loved for years. Dartmoor is such an amazing place to ride, yet very few people have the opportunity to explore it comprehensively because of the logistical support required to do so. Widespread support I began sharing my vision for a Dartmoor Derby - loosely inspired by the African riding safari format, and the success of the more rough and tumble Mongol Derby - to Liberty Trails clients. The idea received an emphatically positive response from everyone. The time had come to do something about it! The next step was to speak to Dartmoor National Park, Uk Trade and Industry, the Duchy of Cornwall and other stakeholders, and I am very grateful for the immense support they, and other organisations, have given. From the outset the idea was to create an event that celebrated the region, involved local suppliers, businesses, hotels and farmers, but had no negative environmental impact. In an in-depth feasibility study, we spoke with [...]
Liberty Trails makes it into How to Spend IT JUNE 07 2015 SOPHY ROBERTS New equestrian adventures with gastronomic flair and luxury hotels The pursuit of freedom has always been behind great weekend travel experiences, whether it’s on horseback or by automobile. Noteworthy in England is a new riding safari company, Liberty Trails (www.liberty-trails.com), which takes competent riders on guided, galloping, gastronomic tours in and around Dartmoor in Devon, staying in luxury hotels.
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The pursuit of freedom has always been behind great travel experiences, whether it’s on horseback or by automobile. Noteworthy in England is a new riding safari company, Liberty Trails (www.liberty-trails.com), which takes competent riders on guided, galloping, gastronomic tours in and around Dartmoor in Devon, staying in luxury hotels.
Tara Russell from Hampshire Society Magazine joined us for a ride in the wild on Dartmoor I dare not move a muscle. My new friend’s nostrils flare wide open and within seconds he is galloping across the open moor leaving me to suck in the mouthfuls of cold air streaming between his ears. I’ve ridden horses since I was just six years old but, for the first time ever, here in the Dartmoor wilderness, I can truly understand the meaning of the phrase ‘in riding a horse we borrow freedom’. […]
Bovey Castle has partnered luxury horseback experience specialist Liberty Trails to offer thrilling Horse Riding Holidays in Dartmoor National Park Guests staying at the stunning country manor house hotel can now escape from it all and explore some of the most rugged, unspoilt countryside in England on horseback. Led by a local guide with unrivaled knowledge of the area, guests will explore heather-clad hills, open moorland, ancient woodland, wild rivers, standing stones and world-famous granite rock formations. Guests are welcome to ride their own horse and use Liberty Trails’ first-class private stable yard or hire an American Quarter Horse that has been bred on Dartmoor. At the end of each day, riders return to beautiful Bovey Castle for a reviving spa treatment before indulging in the superb food and hospitality of one of Bovey’s restaurants. General Manager Greg Fehler said: “Bovey Castle is renowned for the fantastic range of outdoor pursuits and activities available to guests and we’re delighted to be working with Liberty Trails to offer yet another unforgettable experience. Dartmoor provides one of the most beautiful landscapes in the UK and easily compares with some of the best riding destinations in the world.” The three-night horse-riding break starts at £1,500 per person based on selected departures during 2015. The price includes three nights at Bovey Castle with breakfast, evening meal plus two spa treatments. Also included is livery for three nights for guests’ own horse or two full days’ horse hire with a full day guided trail riding on the first day and options on the second. These include: a full day ride at hunting pace accompanied by an expert falconer; or a full day guided trail or half-day ride with spa treatment [...]
Was there ever an area more suited to exploring on horseback than Dartmoor? Sian Lewis from BBC Country File Magazine took to the saddle for a 22-mile (35km) adventure with Liberty Trails. Here's what she says Countryfile Magazine Editorial Feature Feb 2015
If you’ve heard of Dartmoor National Park, you’ll know it is southern England’s highest and least spoilt region with an expanse of heather-clad hills, historical legends, granite tors and wild river ways. Filmed throughout 2014, the beauty of Dartmoor has been captured using state of the art aerial camera technology. This digital postcard encapsulates the stunning scenery and suggests some of the landscapes you could experience on a Liberty Trails horseback adventure holiday. Discover Dartmoor by clicking here Our two and three day exclusive riding safaris give you the opportunity to experience Dartmoor from the back of a horse with just your friends and your guide for company. Wish you were here? To reserve your dates for 2015 visit www.libertytrails.co.uk
Active Dartmoor have all the lastest news about Sarah's Liberty Trails Charity Challenge. You can read the full article here.
Horseback adventure Freedom – 368 square miles of breath-taking scenery to enjoy peaceful and meditative days in the saddle, surrounded by wildlife, rivers and world famous granite tors. Real adventure – Dartmoor is one of England’s last remaining wildernesses. The terrain ranges from marshland to gravel paths and everything in between. Our exclusive local guides know their patch of the moorland and share their knowledge with you. Everything is included – We look after every little detail so that you can truly relax on your horse riding holiday. Our attention to detail is second to none and you’ll be in very good hands. Our horse riding holidays are truly all inclusive from the moment you enquire. Five star accommodation – for you and your horse! Our accommodation partners have been hand-picked because they share our high standards. Tailor made – we tailor make every adventure to make sure you have the best possible horse riding holiday. If you’d like an afternoon in a kayak or a morning playing golf – we can do this. We can even cater for the non-rider in your life. We handmake one booking at a time to ensure you're getting the best experience possible.
Highly acclaimed journalist Simon DeBurton has written a very special piece about our Horseback Safari and Gastronomic Adventure at Gidleigh Park. You can read the full article by clicking here: LBOW -Wild West Feature.