Riding on Exmoor

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” - John Muir

The varied terrain and breath-taking scenery of Exmoor has inspired poets and writers for generations. Our escorted hacks take you through ancient beech forests, along the banks of the river Barle, across open farmland, past standing stones and up onto the moor, 1,500 feet above sea level. 

Each hack is different and provides an excellent opportunity to spot many rare species of flora and fauna as you ride amongst herds of red deer and wild Exmoor ponies, with buzzards, harriers, skylarks and hares, kingfishers, leaping salmon and perhaps even a wild otter or two.

All of our horses are fit and well schooled and rides are escorted by friendly and experienced guides who know both the horses and the terrain extremely well.

Each hack is different and provides an excellent opportunity to spot many rare species of flora and fauna as you ride amongst herds of red deer and wild Exmoor ponies, with buzzards, harriers, skylarks and hares, kingfishers, leaping salmon and perhaps even a wild otter or two.

All of our horses are well schooled and rides are escorted by friendly and experienced guides who know both the horses and the terrain extremely well.

Types of Ride

Accompanied Hacks

One hour, one and a half hour or two hour rides

Our hacks provide an opportunity for you to explore the diverse and unique terrain of Exmoor at your own pace – perhaps you’ve not ridden for many years and want to start riding again (see ‘Revision Rides for Lapsed Ladies and Gents’, below). Or maybe you’re an absolute beginner who wants to try pony trekking for the first time. Whatever the occasion we have got the horse for you. Our experienced guides will accompany you and make sure that you feel safe and enjoy your Pine Lodge riding experience. We won’t push you too far and if you want to go faster – we can do that too.

Safari Day Rides

Approx. 6 Hours including break for lunch

An accompanied Safari Day Ride from Pine Lodge takes in every kind of scenery -from wooded valleys to open moorland as we take you on a journey along some of Exmoor’s ancient ridgeways and trails to some of the area’s best loved public houses for a delicious cooked lunch before heading back to the farm on a well rested mount.

Safari Day ride routes

  • A visit to Tarr Steps, an ancient stone clapper bridge spanning the river Barle. Stopping for lunch at Tarr Farm Inn – a 5 star 16th century inn situated right beside the river bank, with views over the bridge.
  • A ride across the open moorland of Anstey Common, to the Froude stone, with stunning panoramic views across Devon to Dartmoor, then onto the moorland hamlet of Molland and the London Inn – a traditional coaching inn offering a selection of tasty English pub meals.
  • A hack along the Barle valley, ascending a rocky trail through the woods to the picturesque hamlet of Hawkridge with it’s 14th Century church, then on to Withypool for a delicious cooked lunch at the Royal Oak Inn, serving fresh local produce.

Safari day rides are for a maximum of 6 people plus guide. We regret that we cannot take complete beginners on these day rides.

Revision rides for lapsed ladies and gents

Not ridden for ages and lacking in confidence?  Why not try a one-to-one revision ride with one of our friendly and experienced instructors. We will choose a horse to suit your level of confidence and experience, to help you gain the most from your return to riding.  A gentle hack through the woods or across undulating moorland on a sensible horse could be all that you need to get your riding skills back on track. Although it isn’t exactly like riding a bike, you’ll be surprised at how much of it returns - and how quickly! We are confident that with some gentle encouragement you will soon be up to speed. 

WHAT TO WEAR

  • Riding Hats

    Riding Hats

    You may bring and wear your own hat as long as it meets current safety standards - PAS 015; ASTM F1163; BSEN 1384; EN1384 and SNELL E2001

    If you don’t have a hat we have a large selection available for you to borrow at the farm.

  • Boots

    Boots The most suitable footwear for riding is a boot with a relatively smooth sole, and a good heel. This means that trainers, slip-on shoes or similar are not suitable. Wellington boots are ok but not ideal. We regret that we are unable to provide boots, but we do have several pairs of half chaps available to give additional comfort if wearing short boots.
  • Trousers

    Trousers Jodhpurs are the most suitable item of clothing for horse riding, as they offer flexibility and are specially designed for riding. If you do not own any jodhpurs then you might find it more comfortable to wear leggings or tracksuit bottoms, as these are more comfortable than jeans, which can rub – particularly if riding for more than one hour
  • Coats

    Coats The weather on Exmoor is extremely changeable so we advise bringing waterproofs and if riding on a sunnier day perhaps a mac that can be folded up and carried in your pocket. It can be colder and windier on top of the moor than in the valley so make sure you have thought about what you might need and bring it just in case – you can ask your guide for advice on what is most suitable to bring once you arrive for your ride.
  • Loose Clothing

    Loose Clothing If you have loose clothing or jewellery then we advise that you remove them so they do not get caught on low branches and cause an accident. Scarves may be tucked in but dangly earrings and necklaces are not recommended.
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Prices

Rides by the hour - Accompanied Hacks and Revision rides

1 hour £35

1½ hours £45

2 hours £55

Safari Day Ride £95 (excluding lunch)

Approx. 6 Hours including break for lunch

Gift Vouchers

We are able to offer gift vouchers for all of our rides. These make ideal gifts for Christmas or birthday presents – get in touch if you would like a gift voucher. Let us know what you would like and we can create one to suit your requirements.

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