Types of Ride
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 (pictured above) – a 5 star 16th century inn situated right beside the river bank, with views over the famous 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.