Riders enjoying horseback trails in Exmoor

The Porlock ride in Exmoor

The ideal riding holiday for those who would like to discover Exmoor in the saddle. This equestrian adventure in England includes four nights in a comfortable B&B with four half-day rides and two horsemanship and wellness workshops – perfect for families with non-riders and also for those not keen on full days in the saddle. More than just a trail riding experience, this holiday is perfect for those with a special interest in horsemanship and connecting with horses.
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Centre based holidays
5 days, 4 days riding
From £780
Family holidays
from 13 y.o
  • Horses drinking from a pond in Exmoor
    Enjoy a relaxing centre-based horseback holiday in England
  • Horses drinking from a pond in Exmoor
    Enjoy a relaxing centre-based horseback holiday in England
  • Porlock and Exmoor hills seen between the ears of a horse on a trail ride
    The best view in the house!
  • Exmoor national park, England - hills and fields
    Enjoy the beautiful rolling scenery of Exmoor National Park
  • Riders enjoying a trail ride in Exmoor NP, with a view of the sea
    On horseback in Exmoor national park
  • Horsemanship clinic on the Porlock ride, England
    This horse holiday is particularly suited to those who want to connect with horses
  • Riders enjoying horseback trails in Exmoor
    Horseback trails in Exmoor
  • Exmoor Ponies, Exmoor National Park
    The famed Exmoor ponies!

Itinerary

Highlights

- Stay in comfortable B&B accommodation at a lovely 15th century Farmhouse near Porlock, Somerset (south-west England), in the heart of the National Trust Holnicote Estate
- Enjoy riding well-behaved horses that enjoy their lives and work - they are all barefoot and some of them can be ridden bitless.
- Small groups only (max 5 riders)
- Non-riders welcome. There are plenty of local hiking or cycling trails, as well as birding/hawking, etc.
  • Day 1 1 : PORLOCK

    Porlock farm
    Arrive at the 15th Century Farmhouse for B&B to settle in after your journey, and relax ready for your riding holiday. Those travelling internationally can fly to England and rent a car – London Heathrow is approx. a 3 hour drive from the farm, Bristol airport is 1h30. We can also help arrange a taxi transfer from major stations and airports on request (extra cost).

    Evening meals are available in the local village of Porlock or you may prefer to stay in and use the self-catering facilities.
  • Day 2 2 : NORTH HILL - 2-3 hours riding

    Porlock farm
    Breakfast in the lovely dining room at the Farm, then walk to the horse yard for 10am for your first half day ride over North Hill on one of the farm’s 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. Once you’ve taken care of your horse, a sandwich lunch is available in the farmhouse or garden. The afternoon is free to enjoy the local area - why not try one of the many local hiking trails?

    Dinner is not included.
  • Day 3 3: WEBBERS POST AND HORSEMANSHIP CLASS - 2-3 hours riding

    Porlock farm
    Wake up to a full English breakfast, or cereal, yoghurt, toast and fruit to start your day ready for the morning ride 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. Today’s trail ride is approximately 10 miles of riding. Sandwich lunch available in the farmhouse or garden. During the afternoon, Cathy and her team will offer a Gentle Horse and Rider Workshop to include close-contact in-hand work, join up, breath touch connection, loose schooling, in the arena and/or the 'horse agility' course & paddock.

    Dinner is not included.
  • Day 4 4: NORTH HILL AND WORKSHOP - 2-3 hours riding

    Porlock farm
    A morning ride to suit your riding ability over the hills of North Hill offering amazing views of South Wales, Porlock Vale and Dunkery Beacon, mainly moorland riding, approximately 10 miles’ riding. Lunch will be provided on return.

    During the afternoon you may enjoy another workshop learning more skills working together with the horse on the ground, OR a gentle walk out through the countryside with one of our ponies, allowing for self selection of herbs.

    Dinner is not included.
  • Day 5 5: LEY HILL AND DEPARTURE - 3 hours riding

    Your most challenging ride (weather and conditions permitting) up Ley Hill, with amazing canters over the top and descend into the village of Horner or down into Minehead – ice cream stop if desired! Alternatively a long lowland ride around the villages, woods and farmland, with some fantastic canters, and back through Selworthy Village and home through the woods. Both these rides are approximately 3hours duration. Return to the yard to settle the horses, and final shower and lunch in the farmhouse, ready for your journey home.

    For those who would like to extend their stay: the area surrounding the farm is an area of outstanding beauty – Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks are just a short drive away and offer many opportunities for outdoor pursuits. Every year in May, Bristol attracts huge equestrian crowds come to spend a few days at Badminton Horse Trials, a 5-day event and one of only six annual CCI***** (2-hour drive).

Dates & prices

Price details

- Flights or transportation to your destination (international/domestic) are not included, but can be booked on request - please contact us for rates.     

- Rates are per person based on two riders sharing a twin or double room, and on a half-board basis. Bathrooms may be shared.

- Groups are composed of a minimum of 2 riders and a maximum of 5 international riders, plus guides. 

- Transfers are not included. If travelling internationally then we recommend you book a car at the airport. We can help with taxi transfers from major stations and airports (extra cost)

- Rider weight limit: 14 st / 88 kg / 196 lbs

- Young riders aged 13+ are welcome as long as they are accompanied and meet the riding requirements.
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

Price includes

Support Team

1 English-speaking horse guide

Logistics

1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider

Accommodation

Double or twin room at the farm's B&B accommodation

Meals

Half board accommodation (breakfast and light lunch)

Price doesn't include

Meals

Beverages and personal extras
Dinners are not included in the price

Transport

Return airport transfers

Extras

Tips to the local team

Insurance

Visas and personal purchase
Cancellation and travel insurance are not included in the above listed price. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked to cover you in case of cancellation

Optional

Accommodation

Single room supplement

Extras

Trip extensions or additional activities
  • May - June 2021

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    22/05/2021 26/05/2021 £780 Full
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Equestrian info

Horses

The horses are all barefoot, some using treeless saddles and bitless bridles, and all are trained to 'connect' with their riders through listening and gentleness. There is a small herd of a dozen horses of all breeds and sizes, with a suitable horse for everyone. The team encourage a gentle hand, a light leg and riding through your breath-heart energy, and the horse will respond to each and every rider. Their role is to give you a good ride at your level, and to keep you safe over wonderful Exmoor countryside with awesome views and long canters.

Minimum riding ability

Minimum riding ability

You should be able to walk, trot and canter independently at a minimum.
Rider weight limit: 14 st / 88 kg / 196 lbs

Pace

The rides on this holiday are mainly 2-2.5hours and climb 1000 - 1500ft to the tops of the hills surrounding us (the Farm being at sea level) and all rides include quiet country lanes, woodland trails, open moorland riding, rivers and streams, and coastal views, at walk, trot and canter.

Tacking ability and participation

Riders are expected to tack and untack their horse. You are welcome to help with other yard chores such as feeding, watering and grooming horses on your downtime!

Trip conditions and Requested experience

No particular trip conditions. You must match the riding requirements, but do not necessarily need to be riding regularly as this is a relaxed centre-based riding holiday.

Equestrian equipment

English tack. Some of the horses are ridden bitless and in treeless saddles.
Saddlebags are available on request.

Travel info

Comfort

You will be staying at a comfortable, homely 15th Century Farmhouse B&B accommodation, with garden to enjoy, wonderful views, and walking for miles straight out of the farm. Bathrooms may be shared. There is a large library of natural history, bird of prey and horse books to browse through in the evenings, or a painting and drawing table for budding artists.

Dogs are welcome to stay, but cannot accompany riders on the rides, as the horses are not used to dogs.

Meals

This holiday is on a half-board basis.

A Full English Breakfast is served in the large dining room at the Farm and includes fruit, yoghurt, cereals, fruit juice, cooked breakfast and toast. Sandwiches, light lunches or cream teas are also provided on your riding holiday break.

Dinner is not included. You are welcome to enjoy the self-catering facilities or go out for dinner. The village of Porlock is just a mile from the farmhouse, within easy quiet walking distance, with cafes, pubs, restaurants and corner shops, where you can indulge in locally sourced foods and fresh home cooked produce.


Climate

The British weather can be quite unpredictable and you should be ready for rain and sunshine in the same day!
Summers are cool, usually 20°C on average.
Winters can be very rainy, but are never too cold.

Rainfall is difficult to predict but you must be prepared for some rain during your stay, no matter the season! The average temperature in south-west English is fairly mild all year-round.

Guide and local team

Your host Cathy started riding late when her children became teenagers, and the family moved to Exmoor - to help the young ones through their teenage transition to adulthood. Since the girls left home in (1999) Cathy has established the riding holiday business over 20 years, and through various riding events has discovered a more gentle way to connect with the horses, and to help them through their own journey of working with and looking after their riders. To Cathy the horses are friends and family, and the two-way connection between her and her horses manifests itself on a daily basis with different riders, and riding styles. Connection through thought, touch, energy and verbal communication are essential tools in the training of and working with all of her horses as individuals. Like many of a similar age, Cathy realises that there is still so much to learn from the horses as they teach us, and how to gently help riders through their worry and stress. Riding is therapeutic for both horse and rider on this two way journey of discovery and Cathy endeavours to match the right horse with the rider on a daily basis.

Jess has been riding horses since a very young child, and has a life ambition to continue working with and riding horses - she is a horse lover and a really gentle, competent rider. She supports riders through praise and encouragement, and leads the rides quietly, but confidently.

Claire has been volunteering and now employed at the centre for the past six years, and totally "connects" with horses in every way. She is chatty and bubbly with guests, and in her words 'could not live without constant access to the horses' - they are healing, supporting and excellent for the well-being of the rider, and this completely resonates with Claire and how she works with them.

Tips

At your discretion

Packing list

Head
- Helmets are mandatory. Equus Journeys strongly recommend that you take your own to ensure a correct fit.
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding

Upper body
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun
- T-shirts
- Fleece, jumper or jacket - the evenings can be cold
- Waterproof jacket - indispensable!
- Casual clothes for the evening

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Waterproof riding trousers might be a good idea
- Casual clothes for the evening

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps.
- Sandals, flip-flops or trainers for the evenings
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun or rain whilst riding

Other useful items
- Small bumbag to be worn whilst riding
- A soothing cream may be useful to treat areas irritated by long hours in the saddle
- Backpacks are not to be worn whilst riding. Everything should be kept either in pockets or in a bumbag : lip balm, sun screen, small camera, glasses, rope etc.
- Toiletries
- Ear plugs
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery

Medical kit
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Any medication you regularly take
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc..
- 10cm wide bandage
- Painkillers
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel

General information
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- In your hand luggage carry any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes is highly recommended - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!

Visa & Health

Formalities

USA: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/UnitedKingdom.html
Your passport must be valid for duration of your stay (six months remaining validity recommended).
Tourist visa not required for stays under 90 days

CANADA: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/united-kingdom
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)






Health

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.
Read more at https://www.visitbritain.com/gb/en/plan-your-trip/en-caso-de-emergencia#7jbHxflZxGce9mVR.99

Insurance

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.
Read more at https://www.visitbritain.com/gb/en/plan-your-trip/dinero-en-gran-bretana/moneda#C1qUYcFFUI93qfRV.99