Other Activities During Your Stay on Dartmoor

The main industry on the moor is hill farming, using rugged breeds like Scotch Blackface, Swaledale and Welsh Mountain, plus our local native Whiteface Dartmoor and Greyface Dartmoor sheep. The cattle must also be hardy breeds, like the Galloway, Welsh Black and the native ruby red Devons. The ponies are Shetlands or the native Dartmoor pony. The commons are not fenced, and the livestock are free to roam, though they usually stay to the same area, this on Dartmoor is called ‘learing’. The cows and ewes take their offspring back to the same area every year, thereby teaching them their area to graze

The terrain varies, with rolling hills, steep valley, peat bogs and rock strewn areas, making it ideal horse country. Horses have been used on Dartmoor farms for many years; however the quad bike has taken over on many farms in the last 20 years. We continue to use horses due to the terrain; we believe the cattle are quieter, and moved at a gentler pace and perform better when moved on horseback. Cattle have a natural respect for horses, whilst horses soon learn to pre-empt what the cattle are going to do.

Guests are invited to join us to sample this way of life.

If you fancy a day out of the saddle, there are countless activities to do in the area.

The ‘Games Room’

Here you can relax with its log burning stove, full size Snooker table, Pool Table, Dart board & Multi Gym.

Fishing

We have our own 2 acre coarse fishing lake, plus Meldon Reservoir is only a 15 minute walk.

meldon reservoir

Cycling

The ‘Granite Way’ cycle route runs 300m from the farm, it follows part of the disused railway line that ran between Okehampton and Plymouth. Here you can cycle to Okehampton, one way or approximately 10 miles in the other, exploring the small villages on the way.

Meldon Viaduct-Robin Bevis, DCC

Walking

We have numerous public footpaths on the farm, The nearby ‘Bluebell woods’, an ancient oak and hazel wood is an absolutely beautiful in May, plus there are the vast open spaces of Dartmoor National Park.

bluebells of meldon

Okehampton

This ancient market town is 5 minutes by car or 15 along the cycle route. It has loads of shops where you can get whatever you need, Okehampton castle is worth a visit.
Okehampton Castle in Devon

‘Simmons Park’ is a beautiful gem of a park within the town.

simmons2

Plus there’s the ‘Dartmoor Railway’ train service between Okehampton Station and Meldon Quarry, 500m from the farm.