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Posted by jonathan mathys at on 20 April 2020. ref: 821

Hi A group of 5 are looking to do a 3 days riding holiday. Staying at a yard in the Widdecombe on the moor area. We were wondering if any has information on best routes around that way. We would love somewhere with good canter stretches but also great off road scenic riding :-) aiming for July. TIA Gemma

Posted by Gemma at on 6 January 2019. ref: 820

Hi Just an update. The Old County Road linking Burrator to the track south from Princetown is very clear on the ground but very very rough and stony. If you are unshod you may want to consider boots and/or get off and walk as it is not possible to use the grass edges at the Burrator end, as of 15/7/14. The Plume has a paddock but does not have easy access to water for the horses. I asked to borrow a bucket the other day and it was somewhat of a performance, so a collapsible one might be an idea.

Posted by Jill at on 19 July 2014. ref: 817

Four of us have just completed the circumnavigation of Dartmoor. Jane Moss, Charlotte Hart, Isabel Howell and Julia Pryor. Started from Cheston Farm Riding Centre where we stopped overnight before setting off, 2nd night at Sampford Manor; 3rd at Downton Farm, Lydford; 4th at Gooseford Farm near Whiddon Down; 5th at Langworthy Farm, Widdecombe in the Moor; then back to Cheston. The weather was very good and we had the most fantastic riding and a brilliant time. The trickiest part was locating exactly the crossing points of the Bala brook and Red Brook. We had one picnic at Ditsworthy Warren House where part of Warhorse was filmed and the views as we went round were superb. The horses had a great time too.You need to be capable with a map and compass and take the right gear.Two of the horses were barefoot and two shod, we lost one shoe on the first day and were lucky that our B&B host organised a farrier to replace it at 7.30 the following morning! We were so lucky with the weather as it would have been very challenging if it had been poor and we would not have attempted a lot of the route if visibility had been very bad. The sense of achievement is terrific and if you have a sense of adventure then go for it!

Posted by Jane Moss at on 16 June 2014. ref: 816

We are selling our property in Merrivale privately. It was once a riding stables and is now for sale with 5 acres of grazing separated into 5 fields. It also has four stables and a barn for storage and winter shelter. It is possible to ride out onto the open moor in any direction. There is a specialist equine vet nearby in Lamerton and numerous local farm shops in the area. Please take a look at for more information.

Posted by Nigel Knight at hillsidecottagemerrivale@gmail on 1 June 2014. ref: 815

Hi, we are hoping to do the Dartmoor circuit this June. Can anyone send me any B&B for horses and riders contacts? Also any other helpful info? We have done quite a few linear and circular rides with our horses,inc.twice across Wales, but never yet Dartmoor.Thanks, Jane

Posted by Jane Moss at on 2 March 2014. ref: 814