OUR RIDING HOLIDAYS
We can offer a short break riding holiday to include any activity within the local area plus our own activities whether they be riding or flying beautiful, magnificent owls and hawks, for any duration of your choice.
West Lynch Farm, your B&B, is a stunningly beautiful medieval farm at the heart of the 12,500 acre National Trust Holnicote Estate, within the Exmoor National Park, surrounded by 400 miles of bridleways over several stunning hills.
The following itinerary is a guide for your 2-night, 3-day or 5-night, 4-day riding holiday with us at Exmoor Riding, situated between the small hamlets of Allerford and Bossington, one mile from the delightful village of
Porlock, just 5 miles west of Minehead, where there are a number of places to eat.
We want you to enjoy your time with us and have a great well earned break. Your programme, length of stay and selection of activities can be arranged to best suit yourselves and could include one of our Bird of Prey Activities, or enjoy our Afternoon Flying display.
For walkers, bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts there are also numerous local walks along the coast and inland over National Trust Holnicote Estate, Dunkery Beacon, the ancient oak woods of Horner, the bird paradise of Porlock Marsh, and beautiful walks along the South West Coast Path. Wildlife Safaris can also be arranged on request.
Just give us a ring on
and we can discuss what you would like to do!
OR complete our Riding Form and we will contact you.
Porlock Vale, Porlock Village, Porlock salt marsh and Porlock Hill beyond, Exmoor National Park
Three Day Riding Holiday
Day 1 - If you are coming from afar, when you book you are welcome to arrange an additonal night before the start of your Riding Holiday (Single + £60; Double + £95)
Arrive 10am for your first half day ride over North Hill on one of our quality, gentle but responsive horses. You will be challenged by steep woodland climbs, marvel at the amazing views over Exmoor from the top of the hills, and views towards the South Wales coastline. Approximately 10 miles of woodland and moorland riding straight from the farm.
On return to the farmhouse indulge in an Exmoor Cream Tea in the garden, (or if inclement weather in the farmhouse). Several local options for eating out in Porlock or Minehead are available for your evening meal.
Wake up to a full English breakfast, or cereal, yoghurt, toast and fruit to start your day ready for the morning ride of two and a half hours over Webbers Post through rivers, tracks, woods, and moor. Webbers Post offers a different kind of habitat with rushing rivers to cross, long cantering tracks, and amazing views from this famous viewpoint. You could have an ice cream stop at Horner Tea Gardens. It will be approximately 10 miles of riding.
During the afternoon we offer a Gentle Horse and Rider Workshop (or alternative workshop - see selection here) to include close-contact in-hand work, horse agility, join up, de-sensitisation, lungeing, loose schooling, core breath control and connection, and liberty work in our purpose built wood chip arena and our liberty paddock. Tea & Cake to finish.
A full English breakfast to start your day ready for the morning ride to suit your needs over the hills offering amazing views of South Wales, Porlock Vale and Dunkery Beacon, mainly moorland riding. It will be approximately 12 miles’ riding. Lunch will be provided on return leaving your free to visit the local area or return home.
NB: Routes may be subject to change according to weather and terrain, and riding abilities/ages of our riders.
Our 2 night, 3 day riding holiday including all light refreshments throughout the day (excluding evening meal) £400 single, £740 double (Additional night £95 double room, or £60 for a single room)
Please complete our Riding Form or phone 01643 862816 to contact for availability.
Five Day Riding Holiday
Arrive Sunday and relax after your journey. A short riding assessment/refresher in the arena if time permits or alternatively you may wish to enjoy our Afternoon Flying Display if available. B&B in our beautiful 15th century farmhouse
Day 1: Monday - Breakfast 8.30-9.00am, then round to the yard for 10am to meet Hayley, Jess, or Cathy, your ride leader.
You will then be assigned your horse for the day to suit your riding skills and level of experience, height and weight.
10.30 - ride departs over North Hill, Selworthy Beacone and surrounding woods of Holnicote Estate. Return 12.45 approx.
Light lunch selected from the menu.
2.00pm-4.00pm approx: Meet up with Cathy in the yard for a Gentle Horse and Rider Workshop, which again will match your own skills and interests.
Help take the horses out to the fields, then adjourn to farmhouse for cake and tea.
Evening to yourself - Porlock, Minehead, Dunster, Lynton/Lynmouth.
Day 2: Tuesday - as above and meet in the yard at 10am for a Full Day Ride, with picnic and/or ice cream stopover! Usually this ride will extend your exploration of North Hill, east end, and over the far side of Porlock Vale. A long and beautiful ride through moorland, woods, rivers, lanes, villages and farmland.
On return, help feed the horses and take them out to the fields, then another cream tea if you wish.
Day 3: Wednesday - Half Day Ride, usually around the south side of Porlock Vale, Webbers Post, Horner Water, and Porlock.
Followed by lunch, then a Self Selection for Health Workshop (zoopharmacognosy) taking your horse for a walk and studying what he/she chooses to eat. Cathy will then present you with a spreadsheet of the different herbs/plants/trees and their benefits to the health and wellbeing of the horse. A great time for discussion and questions. Feed the horses, take them to their fields, and return to the farmhouse for a cake or cream tea!
Day 4: Thursday - Your final Full Day Ride across some different and spectacular countryside - possibly Ley Hill or Porlock Hill with steep paths, and amazing views! A full day ride over North Hill also offers sea views and amazing canters, over country you have not ridden before, with an ice cream stop at Selworthy Tea Rooms on your return. Horses to the fields, and farmhouse cream tea.
Friday - Option for a lesson using some of the groundwork techniques learnt on your first workshop, carrying them through to your riding - riding in relaxation, through breath energy and without tension or stress for both you and your horse. (£50 extra) Lunch if required and depart.
Price includes: All Light Refreshments throughout your stay; 2 Workshops, 2 Half Day Rides, 2 Full Day Rides, Picnics and Ice Creams and Farmhouse B&B Accommodation £770 (single); £1450 double)
Price does NOT include evening meals. Taxis can be arranged, however Porlock is only one mile from the farm and is a lovely country walk!
Please complete our Riding Form or phone 01643 862816 to contact us for availability for all our riding and riding holidays.
General Notes to all our rides and riding holidays:
Single guests may be required to share the bathroom with other single guests at busy times.
Riders must be able to do a rising trot and be comfortable and competent at canter on open moorland - standing canter preferred.
Max weight 90kg.
Riding hats and boots, and long trousers essential. We have a few hats (PAS015 BSI) to borrow, but your own is recommended.
Your own riding insurance/travel insurance which includes riding recommended.
Maximum number of guest riders: 4 at any one time
Minimum age 11yrs - body protector for children recommended.
Licensed through West Somerset and Taunton Deane Council, No 5+ graded.