The terrain varies, with rolling hills, steep valley, peat bogs and rock strewn areas, making it ideal horse country.
Dartmoor National Park
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.
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.
We have our own 2 acre coarse fishing lake, plus Meldon Reservoir is only a 15 minute walk.
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.
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.
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.
Plus there’s the ‘Dartmoor Railway’ train service between Okehampton Station and Meldon Quarry, 500m from the farm.