Horseback Riding Holidays and Dartmoor Cattle Drives in Devon, England, Great Britain

Dartmoor Cattle Drives in Okehampton, Devon / All Regions
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We are an exclusive riding establishment for the more experienced rider looking for a bit more of a challenge in a fantastically beautiful area.


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Join us driving our cattle to their summer grazing areas on Dartmoor!

Devon is well known for it's rolling hills and moorland. It's lush green meadows and temperate climate make it an ideal livestock rearing area.
Dartmoor is in the centre of Devon, with 'Tors' rising to over 2000 ft (650 m), the highest points in the South of England, It's rugged rocky outcrops and deep sheltered valleys make it an excellent, if challenging riding area, unchanged for hundreds of years.
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Additional information about the area

Excursions: We have a cycleway passing through the farm, unlimited footpaths for walking, the coast is a 40 minute drive, plus numerous holiday attractions, themeparks and leisure facilities.
Traveling by car:
.
A car is necessary
Traveling by plane:
Pickup service is possible
Traveling by train:
Pickup service is possible

nearby /
on the property

National Historic Sites, Lake/river for swimming, Fishing, Hiking, Wildlife Viewing, Birding

Not more
than a 15 min.
drive away

Restaurants, Galleries / Museum, Cinema, Shopping, Fitness Center , Golf course, Tennis court, Biking

Not more
than a 90 min.
drive away

Theater, Beach, Surfing, Canoeing / Kayaking, Mountain biking

Other types of leisure activities:

Games room including full size Snooker table, pool table, darts, and multi-gym.
Stunning Scenery
Stunning Scenery
Cows at their summer grazing
Cows at their summer grazing
Information about the riding facility / horse farm/ranch

Category

B & B for Horses, Horse Trekking Station, Dude/Guest Ranch, Working Ranch, Cattle Ranch, Sheep Ranch, Farm, Western Riding Stable
Opening:
from: 27. April
to: 31. October
 
Guest Capacity:
8
 
Minimum age for guests:
age 16 & up
 

General description:

We are an exclusive riding establishment for the more experienced rider looking for a bit more of a challenge in a fantastically beautiful area.

Amenities/equipment of the riding facility

  • Round pen
  • Sea / River / Ocean for horses
  • Riding area / bridle-path
  • Paddock - Pasture
  • Parking space for horse trailers
  • Tack room

Details of the Riding area

We have miles of open moorland to ride over, enjoying some spectacular scenery crossing streams and rivers, over high rugged hills and beautiful deep valleys, as well as woodland trails and paths.

More details of the property

Meldon is a working farm that has always used horses to work cattle on Dartmoor. We do trail rides and cattle drives moving up to 150 head to and from their summer grazing areas, on the farms horses.
What we have to offer
  • Bring Your Own Horse
  • Horses for guests available
  • Accommodation for one night only
  • Short Term stays (2-5 days)
  • Weekend stays
  • Weekly
  • Long Term stays
  • Family Trips
  • Honeymoon Packages
  • accommodation for Non-Riders too
  • Fishing
  • Barbecues

Additional Animals on the property

8 horses
20 ponies
800 cattle
1200 sheep
5 dogs
10 chickens
1 guinea fowl

Other offers and explanations

We run from April to October, with stays from 2 or 6 nights, we do a reduction for groups of 3 or more, guests can bring their own horse or ride one of our horses. Other activities: fishing, cycling.
Horses available in our riding program
Number of Horses:
in all 8 Horses are available.
Kind of Horses:
For Advanced Riders, Horses height 148 cm & up
Riding (trained for / saddle):
Western, For guided Trail Rides
More information of the Horses for rent (Breed - Training etc.)
Our horses are well behaved thoroughbreds, cobs and quarter-horses. They have excellent temperaments and are used to working cattle on Dartmoor. They are forward going but sure footed.
Riding program
  • with horses for rent
  • also with your own horse
  • Guided Trail Rides
  • All-day Rides
  • Pack Trips / Horse Trekking
  • Weekend Rides
  • Short Week 3-5 days
  • 5-8 days
  • Cattle Drive
Minimum age for Trail Rides:
age 14 & up
Riding experience:
Experienced only
Demand on rider:
average demands
Big/Heavy Riders:
max. 90 kg - 200 lbs
Notes and supplements for the Trail Rides / Riding Program
Rides will be day rides from the farm of 4 to 5 hours, either as a cattle drive or trail ride doing a circular route with a pub lunch. Riders need to be of strong intermediate standard or better.
Accommodations for guest horses
Number of Guest Horses:
in all 6 Guest Horses are welcome
Distance to the Accommodation:
The Riding stables are on the property directly.
Kind of accommodation:
Indoor boxes - closed stable, Paddock - Pasture
Other Details and Conditions for bringing your own Horse
Guests will be required to maintain their own horse, all equipment, fork, shovel, broom, skip will be provided as well as unlimited use of the round pen. We also have a local Natural Horseman who will come in and work with your horse at a very reasonable fee.

Guest lodgings

All accommodation is at the Castle Inn, Lydford, guests are collected each day.

>10 Single / double room(s) :
14 Rooms (7 en-suite).
All prices on request
7 Multi-bedded room(s):
Double, twin or family rooms.
All prices on request
1 Campground / Campsite :
Picturesque lakeside spot, no hook up or shower. Rates on request
Amenities - special features:
Sheets, Towels, Room service / Cleaning
Catering
Kind of Catering:
  • Breakfast on request obligatory
  • Half-board on request possible by arrangement
  • Full-board on request obligatory
  • Wholesome food
More information of the Catering:
Breakfast and lunch are at Meldon Farm, Evening meal is at the Inn or one of the other local eating establishments.
General information of the accommodation
Special features:
No smoking, Internet access

Rates and contact

Rates of the Horses for rent

Rates for renting a Horse:
Included in the Rates of the accommodation.
Notes to the rental costs:
Our packages include horse hire, price varies with length of stay and number in party. Guests bringing their own horse will obviously have a reduced rate.

Rates Guest Horses

Boarding fee:
Included in the Rates of the accommodation.
Feeding fee:
Included in the Rates of the accommodation.
Notes about the cost:
The cost of livery will be included in the guests package, and includes straw or shavings, and haylage. Hard feed can be supplied at cost.
Contact
 
Company:
Dartmoor Riding Holidays & Cattle Drives
 
First name:
Phil
 
Last name:
Heard
 
Country:
Great Britain
 
Phone:
+ 44 1837 52409
Phone 2:
+ 44 7966 522363

You can contact us with the following languages:
English

E-Mail address: Inquiry


Company: Dartmoor Riding Holidays & Cattle Drives
Zip/Postal Code: EX20 4LU
Street: Meldon Farm
Country: England -- All Regions -- Okehampton, Devon
Phone: + 44 1837 52409
Phone 2: + 44 7966 522363