The Holiday at Meldon Farm

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

 

Availability

Availability is from 1st May to 1st Oct

 

We do a choice of western experiences;


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

 ‘The Dartmoor Crossing’

*New for 2017*

7 nights, 5 days riding across Dartmoor, plus 1 day out of the saddle  £1,150 (based on 2 sharing)

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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.

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

 

20th – 27th May                                                                     ***Fully booked***

3rd – 10th June                                                                     ***Fully booked***

1st – 8th July                                                                        ***2 places available***

12th – 19th August (visit Chagford Show)                            ***4 places available***

8th – 15th September (visit Widecombe fair) (N.B. Fri – Fri) ***4 places available***

‘Dartmoor Cattle Drives’

Cattle driving   (specific dates)

3 nights – 3  days on horseback             £670
6 nights – 5 days on horseback               £1,070
Camp-outs are an option and are an additional £50

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2017 Cattle drive dates

6 nights

30th April – 6th May Spring cattle turn-out’

11th June – 17th June ‘Bulling cow muster’

16th July – 22nd July  ‘Weaning muster’

27th Aug – 2nd Sept ‘Late summer turn-out’

24th Sept – 30th Sept ‘Cow and calf muster’

3 nights

30th April – 3rd May  Spring cattle turn-out’

2nd – 5th May  Spring cattle turn-out’

11th – 14th June   ‘Bulling cow muster’

13th – 16th June   ‘Bulling cow muster’

16th – 19th July    ‘Weaning muster’

18th – 21st July  ‘Weaning muster’

27th – 30th Aug  ‘Late summer turn-out’

29th Aug – 1st Sept  ‘Late summer turn-out’

24th- 27th Sept    ‘Cow and calf muster’

26th – 29th Sept    ‘Cow and calf muster’ 

29th Oct – 1st Nov   ‘Autumn clearance’ (3 nights only)

 ‘Dartmoor Trails’

Trail rides for intermediate and experienced riders.

Explore the fantastic riding and scenery of Dartmoor, 4-5 hrs in the saddle, stopping for lunch, either packed or at one of many local cozy Dartmoor pubs in a western saddle on one of our fantastic Quarter horses.

All prices are based on two persons sharing, please add 10%  for single occupancy.
Camp-outs are an option and are an additional £50

2 nights – 2  days on horseback      £475pp
3 nights – 3  days on horseback      £620pp
6 nights – 5 days on horseback        £910pp

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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.

2017 ‘Dartmoor Trails’ dates (western riding)

These are the weeks we put aside for the 2,3 or 6 night western trail riding stays. Start days can be anytime during these weeks.

14th – 20th May

17th  – 23rd June

9th – 15th July

30th July – 5th August

20th – 26th August

2nd – 8th September

1st – 7th October

 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.

Additional nights

Guests can stay an additional night at the accommodation £55/night/person

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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