The Holiday at Meldon Farm

‘There’s nothing better for a man’s soul than being outside on a horse!’



Availability is from 1st May to 1st Oct

Our riding holidays have finished for 2017 except for hunting breaks

For 2018 we do a choice of western experiences;

‘The Dartmoor Crossing’
‘Dartmoor Cattle Drives’
‘Dartmoor Trails’

2018 Dates & Rates

All prices are based on two persons sharing, please add £20/night  for single occupancy.

***n.b. All bookings confirmed before 1st Jan receive a 5% reduction***
***or free Exeter airport/train/bus station transfer***

2018 ‘The Dartmoor Crossing’ dates
(7 nights Sat – Sat)

7 nights, 5 days riding across Dartmoor, plus 1 day out of the saddle  £1,250 (based on 2 sharing)

This is a 7 night ride around Dartmoor, riding 15 – 20 miles each day stopping at fabulous moorland Hotels, or B&B’s. You will be guided through some of the most spectacular riding anywhere in the UK, stopping en-route for either a packed lunch or lunch at one of many welcoming moorland pubs.

Each week will include a day out of the saddle to visit a local attraction or a local agricultural and equine show.

Maximum group size of 8 riders


19th – 26th May                                                                         

2nd – 9th June

30th June – 7th July                                                                            

11th – 18th August (visit Chagford Show)

7th – 14th September (visit Widecombe fair)  (nb. Fri – Fri)

2018 ‘Dartmoor Cattle Drive’ dates

3 nights – 3  days on horseback             £720
6 nights – 5 days on horseback               £1,150
Camp-outs are an option and are an additional £60pp

Maximum of 8 riders


6 nights

29th April – 5th May Spring cattle turn-out’    

17th June – 23rd June ‘Bulling cow muster’      

15th July – 21st July  ‘Weaning muster’          

19th Aug – 25th Aug ‘Calving cow muster‘    

23rd Sept – 29th Sept ‘Cow and calf muster’     

3 nights

Arrive pm/evening first day, depart after riding (5.00pm) on final day.

Extra night B&B £60pp

29th April – 2nd May  Spring cattle turn-out’   

17th – 20th June   ‘Bulling cow muster’                              

15th – 18th July    ‘Weaning muster’                                          

19th – 22nd Aug  ‘Calving cow muster’           

23rd- 26th Sept    ‘Cow and calf muster’              

2018 ‘Dartmoor Trails’ dates

These are the weeks we put aside for the 2,3 or 6 night centre based western trail riding. Start days can be anytime during these weeks. Maximum of 8 riders.

2 nights – 2  days on horseback      £510pp
3 nights – 3  days on horseback      £660pp
6 nights – 5 days on horseback        £960pp
Camp outs are available at an additional £60pp

Typical itinerary

Typical itinerary: Check-in at accommodation in the evening, we will meet you there to discuss your stay, following morning, and subsequent days, breakfast at the Inn;  guests are collected and brought to Meldon Farm for around 10.00am; we head off for 4-5 hrs across Dartmoor to a beauty spot for a packed lunch or stop at one of many local pubs, tie up horses outside, ride home via a different route; followed by tea and cakes at Meldon Farm; return to Hotel between 5 and 6pm.


13th – 19th May

10th – 16th June

8th – 14th July

29th July – 4th August

26th – 1st Sept

16th – 22nd Sept

 Day rides

We can do day rides of 4 – 5 hrs including a packed or pub lunch, for groups or special occasions contact us for more details.









What is included.

En-suite accommodation with colour TV and wifi, breakfast and lunch plus transfer to and from the farm each day.

What is not included

Evening meals (where you stay has a restaurant) Any protective wear, i.e. hard hat, chaps, back protectors, waterproof coats,  (all at riders discretion). Drinks at the pub lunches.

What to bring

For the rider (We are very casual): ‘There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing!’

Meldon Farm sits at 800 ft, we rise to 2,000ft where it can be quite a bit cooler than at the farm, we strongly recommend warm riding wear and good riding waterproofs, a long slicker type is usually the most practical

  • Riding hat; n.b. we have a limited supply of hats, but guests are recommended to bring their own.
  • Boots with heels are mandatory
  • Comfortable warm riding wear, jeans, polo shirts, jumpers, fleece shower-proof coat etc.
  • Chaps (full or half)
  • Waterproof coat, ‘Drizabone’ slicker type is recommended
  • Lip balm and sun cream
  • Casual evening wear