Ride Overview - King Arthur’s Trail
Here is a horseback riding vacation in King Arthur’s true country! Cornwall is as far west as you can go in England. This is where King Arthur lived. Your trails will cross the rugged Bodmin Moor, one of the last great unspoiled areas in England. Much of its prehistoric and medieval past remains untouched by the passing of the centuries. A World Heritage Site, the region is noted as the largest “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” in Cornwall. In the Neolithic era, primitive farmers started to farm the land. Ancient buildings, standing stones and medieval farms stand in testament of bygone eras. The Moor is dominated by dramatic granite tors. Marshes and bogs on the high moor drain into shallow moorland valleys. Rivers cross onto softer shales around the Moor and carve deep into the oak wooded valleys. Bodmin was a landscape which engendered awe and fear. It has provided inspiration for writers, poets and sculptors. It has generated folklore and legend. Blending fact with fiction at times created tales that were passed down through the generations. RIDING IN ENGLAND
“Just experienced a real horseman’s holiday on the Bodmin Moor. I recommend it to anyone who wants to get the feel of England as it was. The cottage was welcoming and friendly and we settled right in. Recently redone in a contemporary style there are large living spaces and each room has its own bath with heated towel racks and views of the garden or the paddock. Located very close to the barn and you look out the window and see the horses. What a wonderful view to wake up to, happy well cared for horses just waiting for you to mount and ride out on.” L.G.
Ride Itinerary - King Arthur’s Trail
You will be transferred from either Bodmin Parkway train station or Newquay airport. required to your comfortable cottage or converted apartment. After you settle into your room, you will enjoy a traditional Cornish Cream Tea with scones, jam and lots of clotted cream. You will then meet your guides who will take you on a tour of the stables and discuss your ride’s itinerary. Dinner at a local pub –The St Breward Inn, the highest Pub in Cornwall.
Breakfast will be prepared in your cottage. After a one-hour riding assessment in the outside arena to pair you with the most suitable horse during your stay. After a mid-morning ride onto the Moor, you will return to the stable for lunch. Next, you will mount up for an afternoon ride to Alex or through parts of magical Bodmin Moor, home to ancient Neolithic settlements, hut circles, burial chambers and more recently, the domain of smugglers and pirates. Now it is a quiet haven, home to plentiful wildlife, breathtaking scenery and wildness that is difficult to find elsewhere. You will ride back to the stable via a circular route, crossing rocky outcrops or “tors” (approx 2-3 hours riding.) Dinner will be at the Breward Inn, a traditional moorland pub with roaring log fires, slate floors and wonderful food.
After breakfast, you will ride out to The Trippet Stones, Blisland and Jubilee Rock Trail. This scenic, challenging trail takes you towards Delford Bridge for a splash through the De Lank River, before heading across Kernow Downs and out onto the vast Manor Common. From there, you will see two of the many Tors or rocky outcrops on the Moor – Carbilly Tor (from the Cornish “carn ebilly” meaning “Colt’s Tor”) and Hawks Tor. You will also visit the Trippet Stones, a Bronze Age standing stone circle said to be maidens turned to stone for dancing on the Sabbath. Next, you will cross Manor Common up to wall house; take a short trek through the lanes of Waterloo to arrive at the village of Blisland, where we tie your horse on the village green outside The Blisland Inn and enjoy a lunch stop. You will then mount up and head to Pendrift Downs to visit The Jubilee Rock. This huge granite rock was carved in 1809 – 10 by Lieutenant John Rogers and his men to commemorate King George III’s Jubilee. It features Britannia and various Coats of Arms and is updated with new carvings on special occasions. More recently Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee. After visiting some of the most interesting corners of the Moor, you will finally head back to the stable. (approx. 4 – 5 hours riding.) Dinner tonight will be at another local pub, The Study Inn known for fantastic locally sourced food.
Today, you will along the wooded valleys of the Camel trail to Hellandbridge. Your Camel Riverside trail will then turn through Helligan woods and the Moor. At midday, you will set out to nearby Tintagel – home to the fabled Castle of KingArthur. It’s a quaint Cornish village full of tea shops, antique shops and a fascinating Centre of Arthurian legend. The Castle is a strong walk downhill before climbing up onto the promontory which is home to the 6th-century ruins. There are also a couple of pubs to choose from for lunch. Your group will then continue on to The Port William pub at Trebarwith Strand, just along the coast. This pub still has a smugglers tunnel leading to the beach below and boasts one of the best sea views in the county. Return to the stables.
After breakfast, you will ride on the Rocky Tor Trail. This trail takes you across the Moor to Alex Tor where you can take in the breathtaking moorland views reaching as far as the North Cornwall Coast. You will then ride on to Rough Tor, which at 1,313 feet, is the second highest point in Cornwall. At the summit is a“logan” rock, a huge piece of granite which will rock gently if you stand on the right spot! From Rough Tour and its many Bronze Age hut circles, you will ride along the foot of the highest point in Cornwall at 1,375 feet – Brown Willy or Bronn Wennyly (Cornish meaning is Swallow’s Hill.) Next, you will ride through woodland to Davidstow Moor and Crowdy Reseviour onto Davidstow Airfield. The airfield once played an important role during the Second World War and was home to American and Canadian troops. After a stop at Roughtor farm for a traditional Cornish cream tea, you will ride through a byway lined with bronze age Cornish stone hedging. Through a narrow winding lane back up to Newton Common, you will ride past further stone circles and ancient signs of settlements before coming to Casehill Downs and King Arthur’s Hall. This is one of the most fascinating sites on the Moor, thought to be an ancient Neolithic or early Bronze Age ceremonial site. It consists of roughly fifty-six stones arranged in a rectangle with a bank of earth around them. You will then head back to the stables. (5– 6 hours riding.) An evening meal can be enjoyed at the nearby St Mabyn Inn.
After breakfast, you will ride off to another hidden corner of the Moor. Your trail leads over Casehill to Ivy downs and then to Hawks Tor. You will return to the stable by way of the Race to Manor Moor and Carbaglet. Midday finds you heading off to one of the most famous and picturesque villages in Cornwall – Padstow. It’s a vibrant fishing port and home to some of our most famous chefs in the UK –Rick Stein and Paul Ainsworth. There are plenty of interesting shops, boutiques and tea rooms to browse as well as a number of pubs, cafes, and eateries to choose from for lunch – or do as the locals do and enjoy a traditional pasty sitting on the quayside. From Padstow, you will continue to the nearby town of Wadebridge for a final dinner at the Ship Inn offering a wide range of different dishes.
After breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to your horse and your guides before your transfer to the train station or airport.
Please note that the package attached is for guidance only. Trail routes can vary or change according to rider ability and weather conditions at the time of the package.
Ride Details - King Arthur’s Trail
Dates: Weekly departures – Friday or Saturday arrival
Best Months to Ride: late March to early June and September to November
Train Station: Bodmin Rd. Station
Riding Days: 5
Daily Riding Hours: 2 – 6
Riding Ability: INTERMEDIATE comfortable cantering in open spaces; riding up and down hills; and crossing rivers.
Group Size: 2-8
Horses: Moorland ponies, cobbs and shires
Accommodations: renovated country cottages
Price: April – June, September and October: $1,625.00 per person, double occupancy $165.00 single occupancy
July and August: $2,175.00 per person, double occupancy $245.00 single supplement
*Price is based on USD/GBP exchange and will be fixed at final payment.
Included: 6 nights accommodation, 5 riding days, horse, tack, guide, breakfasts and lunches
Not Included: airfare, train fare, transport to and from train station (70 GBP round trip), dinners (20 – 30 GBP per person, per night) and transportation to and from the pubs
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