Rolling Hills & Beautiful Beaches make Horse Riding In Devon a real pleasure.
Devon is unsurpassed for the beauty and quality of its traditional English landscapes.
With two National Parks, five areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, twelve estuaries, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and two World Heritage Sites, Devon is a stunning place to ride.
The beaches, shores and estuaries, the traditional landscape with its rolling fields, woods and hedgerows, the lowland heaths, the moors and uplands; all make horse riding in Devon an experience not to be missed.
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Devon is a truly horse friendly county.
Dartmoor offers riding without parallel, it covers more than 300 square miles and is England’s largest wilderness
In Devon there are around 24,000 horses and approximately 23% of Devon pathways are bridleways, that’s almost 730 miles.
Horse and Hound magazine once ranked Devon as the horsiest county in the UK.
Equestrian Centres, Riding Facilities & Horse Riding in Devon.
Horse riding is a significant part of rural life in Devon and horses can use any part of the road and the public rights of way network except for
The wide range of horse riding facilities and activities available in Devon include full or half day treks, moor riding, beach riding, carriage riding and western riding. If you enjoy the hunt then you should know that hunting with hounds is one of Devon’s oldest riding traditions and there are a great many opportunities to join a hunt in Devon.
Devon also has three native ponies, being the Dartmoor Pony, the Exmoor Pony and the Lundy and Devon is home to one of England?s most famous horses, Uncle Tom Cobley’s grey mare.
Widecombe fair is still held in Devon every September and you can learn how to drive a horse and carriage at the National Trusts Arlington Court in North Devon.
Finlake Riding Centre – 01626 852096
Stokelake Farm Cottages, Chudleigh, Devon, TQ13 0EH
Set in the beautiful Teign valley on the edge of Dartmoor National Park we offer hacking in private parkland and woodland trail rides. All ages and standards of rider are catered for and complete beginners are welcome on our gentle treks.
Grange Equestrian Centre – 01837 52858
Northlew Road, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 3DA
A family run equestrian centre offering unrivalled facilities in a friendly and professional environment, with stunning views of Dartmoor and the surrounding area. We aim to cater for the full range of equestrian activities, and are pleased to welcome Riding Clubs, Pony Clubs or individual riders.
Spirit Of Exmoor Riding Holidays – 015987 53318
High Bullen, Ilkerton, Lynton, Devon EX35 6PH
Adult residential riding holidays riding over Exmoor National Park, Devon. Run by Stephany, Amanda, Liz and the other Stef who do their best to ensure all guests really feel at ease by offering fun informal rides, traditional home cooking and a relaxed atmosphere. Only 6-8 guests on each ride.
Altogether Devon is a great place to enjoy an equestrian adventure and if you offer equestrian holidays, livery or trekking in Devon then localriding’s Devonshire section is a great place to promote your services.
Devon Trail Rides …
Horse riding in Devon also offers many great landscapes suitable for riding including the Exmoor National Park and the Dartmoor National Park.
For dedicated trail riders there are circular trails including the Tarka Trail, the Taw Valley Ride, the Dittisham Circular Ride and Bratton Clovelly Circular Ride. There are also free riding areas at Cookworthy Moor, Haldon Forest Park and Woodbury Common.
The Taw Valley Ride
Based around the village of Ashreigney in the Taw Valley. The ride is along public bridleways and is approximately 20 miles long. The ride takes you through local woods and past scenic village lanes and cottages.
Haldon Forest Park
Situated on the edge of Dartmoor, Haldon Forest Park covers 3,500 acres of clean, green woods with 25 miles of trails where you can ride at whatever pace suits you. There are dedicated riding trails with a quarter mile stretch for galloping