5 West Country riding destinations
Lucky for us, the South West is rich in vast open spaces for riding, walking and cycling. So, when it comes to deciding the next adventure for you and your noble steed, the possibilities are endless. That said, we have hand-picked our top five West Country riding destinations to give you a little taster:
1. Exmoor National Park
With over 300 miles of bridleways to explore, taking in open moorland, peaceful woodland, farmland fields and country lanes, you will need to be selective when it comes to Exmoor. Tarr Steps, Winsford and Exford are all beautiful and have popular pubs and cafes for that all-important post-ride refresher.
2. Dartmoor National Park
The wild and rugged Dartmoor landscape makes for unforgettable rides. Climb high for the most spectacular views, being sure to avoid uneven ground and the blanket bog as you do, or ride out on the open moor to really stretch your horse’s legs. With plenty of pony-friendly pubs to choose from – many providing water, tie rails and even paddocks – both horse and rider can rest and refuel along the way.
3. Clay Trails, Cornwall
Created by the 250-year-old clay mining industry, this striking scenery is now home to miles of accessible trails and lots of local wildlife. This network of trails follows old railway lines between St Austell and Pentewan, through secluded woodland and along the banks of White River.
4. Exmouth Beach
No riding round-up is complete without a beach and Exmouth is an excellent choice. A walk or gallop along the sand is invigorating and refreshing for both horse and rider, as is a dip in the sea if your horse is willing! Do pick your timing wisely though or you might find yourself constantly dodging dogs and children!
5. Bodmin Moor
Long inspiring writers and artists with its wild and untouched landscape, much of Bodmin’s medieval past remains untouched to this day. Riding the spectacular granite tors past old settlements and stone circles offers breath-taking views of the county below.