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 unspoilt areas in England as much of its prehistoric and medieval past remains untouched by the passing of the centuries. The region has received the World Heritage Site status and is noted as the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Cornwall. Rich in history, it has been inhabited since at least the Neolithic era, when primitive farmers started clearing trees and farming the land. Ancient buildings, standing stones and medieval farms stand in testament of bygone eras. The Moor is dominated by dramatic granite tors which tower over the sweeping expanses of open moorland. Marshes and bogs on the high moor drain into shallow moorland valleys before the rivers cross onto softer shales around the Moor and carve themselves deep river valleys, providing shelter for rich, damp oak woodland. Bodmin was a landscape which engendered fear and awe, but which has also provided inspiration for writers, poets and sculptors. It has generated folklore and legend, with fact and fiction at times blending into one another as tales were passed down through the generations.
“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 the either Bodmin Parkway train station or Newquay airport. After you settle into your comfortable cottage, you will have a tour of the yard and time to meet the horses. Dinner is on your own at the The Old Inn Pub, St Breward.
Breakfast will be prepared in your cottage. Your day begins with a one-hour riding assessment in the outside arena to pair you with the most suitable horse. You will then mount up for a mid-morning ride out around Casehill Common over Casehill which is dotted with stone fences created to mark medieval tenant borders. Your train ascends to the conical shaped Alex Tor hill where on a clear day, you will have a marvelous view of the coast. After you return to your cottage for lunch, you will set off on an afternoon ride around Ivy Common and Candra, the movie site for “Poldark Country.” Dinner on your own at The St Mabyn Inn, serving locally sourced traditional meals.
After a hearty breakfast, your group will head out through Ladydown Common, over Camperdown to Stannon. Stannon is the location for ancient stone circles. Nest, you will cross an ancient packhorse bridge and ride along old carriage lanes to the hamlet of Watergate. From there, you will ride the byway towards Roughtor, a neolithic tor (rocky peak)enclosure with a large number of Bronze Age hut circles. With Showery Tor to your left, you get the full impact of Brown Willy ( the highest point in Cornwall.) Passing ancient hut circles and field settlements, you will ride off towards Casehill Downs before heading back to your cottage for lunch. You will then mount up and ride to nearby Port Issac, home to the TV series “Doc Martin.” It’s a quaint Cornish village full of tea shops, antique shops and typical fishing village port. Enjoy your dinner at one of the Local restaurants overlooking the Quay.
Today, you will explore the woodland trail which leads you through wooded valleys of the Camel River to the Helland Bridge. You will stop at Blisland Pub for lunch while the horses can graze on one of the only village greens in Cornwall. After lunch, you will head across the open moorland with colorful, mossy with large granite boulders everywhere.The views are stunning, from the coast to the estuary to Roughtor and Brown Willy. Your trails are bordered with windblown hawthorns, stunted gorse bushes and stoic holly trees. After you pass Jubilee Rock where locals have recorded every monarch’s reign since King George, you will continue to the hamlet of Pendrift. Your trail leads over the top to Kerrow Downs, across the river at Delphi bridge to return to your cottage. After an hour or so to relax and have a nice cup of tea, you will head out to the delightful traditional St Mabyn Pub for your evening meal. The pub is known for locally supplied produce and real ales.
Today, you will ride across Candra to the Alex Tor. At the summit of the tor, 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. Your trail then continues over Swallow’s Hill, past a woodland plantation to Davidstow Moor and Crowdy Reservoir, one of North Cornwall’s main water supply reservoirs and home to a wildlife reserve. A stop at a Roughtor farm for a traditional Cornish cream tea is planned. The afternoon includes a ride along a byway from the bronze age as well as a narrow windy ascending lane to Newton Common. Along the way, you will see more stone circles and an ancient Neolithic ceremonial site. You will ride to your cottage to prepare for an evening meal at the nearby St Tudy Inn.
Today, you will retrace smuggler’s trails as you ride to a hidden corner of the Moor. YOur path heads off to Delphy and through Manor and Carbaglet. Return to your cottage at midday before riding to one of the most famous and picturesque villages in Cornwall, Fowey (or similar interesting Cornish town.) Here there are plenty of interesting shops, boutiques and tea rooms to browse. There are also 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. You can also head down to the beach, catch a ferry and enjoy your evening meal overlooking the Estuary.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to your train station or airport.
Ride Details - King Arthur’s Trail
Dates: March 17th-23rd, April 14th-20th, April 28th-May 4th, May 12th- 18th, May 26th-June 1st, June 9th-15th, June 23rd- 29th, July 2nd – 13th, September 8th-14th, September 22nd-28th,
Train Station: Bodmin Rd. station
Riding Days: 5
Daily Riding Hours: 2 – 6
Riding Ability: INTERMEDIATE comfortable cantering in open spaces and riding up and down hills.
Group Size: 2-8
Horses: Moorland ponies, cobbs and shires
Accommodations: renovated country cottages
Price: April – June, September and October: $1,730. per person, double occupancy $155.00 single occupancy
July and August: $1,910.00 per person,double occupancy $230.00 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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