Horseback riders in Dartmoor, Devon
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Explore the United Kingdom on horseback

The United Kingdom: a green land of dramatic landscapes, rough wilderness and hidden stone villages. Explore on horseback little trodden paths and some of the most scenic riding trails in the country, passing through historic villages and over rolling hills. With Equus Journeys, discover the spectacular British Isles on trail rides or centre-based holidays.
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From the horse’s mouth

  • The Great Dartmoor crossing
    May 2022 Ellen aged 42
    This was a wonderful trip. Having the opportunity to freely gallop across the moors is an incredibly unique experience and definitely not for those seeking a traditional nose-to-tail, trot now, canter now, kind of ride. Joining us on the ride was a free horse – saddled but without a rider – guaranteeing the unexpected... Read all
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  • The Great Dartmoor crossing
    May 2022 Jessica aged 34
    Absolutely fantastic trip! The Dartmoor Crossing is not a ride for the faint-hearted and those who enjoy a traditional nose-to-tail trail ride. The horses are incredibly well cared for, fit, very forward going, and sure-footed at all paces. The opportunity to gallop independently across an incredible landscape is... Read all
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  • The Great Dartmoor crossing
    May 2019 Robert Jeff
    Excellent excursion. Vigorous romp across spectral Dartmoor on muscular working horses, spelled by sojourns in flavorful inns and pubs. The most significant factors, apart from the innate appeal of Dartmoor, are, first, the quality of the horses and, second, the lack of regimentation. We were invited to pass at will,... Read all
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  • Dartmoor riding holiday in England
    Ride across the moors of Devon in England
  • Riding trail through Dartmoor in Devon
    Explore the lovely British countryside on horseback
  • Dartmoor riding holidays in England
    Ride across Dartmoor on well-behaved horses
  • Wild ponies in Devon, England
    Spot the occasional herd of wild ponies

Visa & Health


Your passport must be valid for duration of your stay (six months remaining validity recommended).
Tourist visa not required for stays under 90 days

Canadians must present a passport to visit the United Kingdom, which must be valid for at least the expected duration of their stay in that country. This requirement may also apply when travelling to Northern Ireland from other parts of the United Kingdom, and vice versa. Prior to travelling, ask your transportation company about its requirements related to passport validity, which may be more stringent than the country's entry rules.
Tourist visa: Not required (for stays of six months or less)


Good medical care is widely available. You may be required to pay medical fees in advance. Make sure you have travel insurance that covers all medical expenses in case of illness or injury (including hospitalization abroad and medical evacuation).
You can dial 999 to reach either the police, fire and ambulance departments.
Along the coastal areas, this number will also put you in touch with Britain’s voluntary coastguard rescue service, the Royal National Lifeboat Institute.
Calls are free from any public or private phone, but they should be made only in real emergencies.


It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

Budget and money

Britain’s currency is the pound sterling (£), which is divided into 100 pence (p).
Scotland has its own pound sterling notes. These represent the same value as an English note and can be used elsewhere in Britain. The Scottish £1 note is not accepted outside Scotland.
There are lots of bureaux de change in Britain – often located inside:
• banks
• travel agents
• Post Offices
• airports
• major train stations.
It's worth shopping around to get the best deal and remember to ask how much commission is charged.

Country information

Socio-economical data

Area total 242,495 km2
Population (2016 estimate) 65,648,000 (22nd)
GDP (PPP) (2016 estimate) $2.79 trillion (9th)
Per capita $42,514 (25th)


The origins of the United Kingdom can be traced to the time of the Anglo-Saxon king Athelstan, who in the early 10th century ce secured the allegiance of neighbouring Celtic kingdoms and became “the first to rule what previously many kings shared between them,” in the words of a contemporary chronicle. Through subsequent conquest over the following centuries, kingdoms lying farther afield came under English dominion. Wales, a congeries of Celtic kingdoms lying in Great Britain’s southwest, was formally united with England by the Acts of Union of 1536 and 1542. Scotland, ruled from London since 1603, formally was joined with England and Wales in 1707 to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain. (The adjective “British” came into use at this time to refer to all the kingdom’s peoples.) Ireland came under English control during the 1600s and was formally united with Great Britain through the Act of Union of 1800. The republic of Ireland gained its independence in 1922, but six of Ulster’s nine counties remained part of the United Kingdom as Northern Ireland. Relations between these constituent states and England have been marked by controversy and, at times, open rebellion and even warfare. These tensions relaxed somewhat during the late 20th century, when devolved assemblies were introduced in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Nonetheless, even with the establishment of a power-sharing assembly after referenda in both Northern Ireland and the Irish republic, relations between Northern Ireland’s unionists (who favour continued British sovereignty over Northern Ireland) and nationalists (who favour unification with the republic of Ireland) remained tense into the 21st century.


United Kingdom, island country located off the northwestern coast of mainland Europe. The United Kingdom comprises the whole of the island of Great Britain—which contains England, Wales, and Scotland—as well as the northern portion of the island of Ireland. The name Britain is sometimes used to refer to the United Kingdom as a whole. The capital is London, which is among the world’s leading commercial, financial, and cultural centres. Other major cities include Birmingham, Liverpool, and Manchester in England, Belfast and Londonderry in Northern Ireland, Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland, and Swansea and Cardiff in Wales.

Choosing the right riding holiday

Choosing the right riding holiday

England is often erroneously considered synonymous with the island of Great Britain (England, Scotland, and Wales) and even with the entire United Kingdom. It is a country with a rich history and heritage, varied scenery and most importantly – it is a big equestrian country! In fact, the horse has largely contributed to Britain’s history and culture, and you will find that it is still an important part of the daily lives of the English, and the British as a whole.

You can ride in England with Equus Journeys
The Great Dartmoor Crossing is a lovely trail ride in the very heart of Devon.  
Cattle drive across the Moors of Devon: a western-style holiday for those who want to experience all the fun of a cattle drive holiday without travelling to America.
The Porlock ride: a centre-based holiday perfect for riders who don't want to spend too many hours in the saddle but still enjoy quality riding in beautiful scenery.