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Ride on the secluded Bodmin moor Poldark country, Cornish cream teas, pints in Poldark Trail & Riding, stay in beautiful renovated cottages. Bliss!

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Horse Riding Holidays UK – Poldark Trail, Cornwall

PRICES & DATES top

Poldark Trail: 2022

6 nights, 5 days riding
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  • October – April
    $1,240
    • GBP: 985
    • EUR: 1,159
    per person sharing
    No single supplement
  • May, June & September
    $1,592
    • GBP: 1,265
    • EUR: 1,488
    per person sharing
    $126
    • GBP: 100
    • EUR: 118
    single supplement
  • July & August
    $2,008
    • GBP: 1,595
    • EUR: 1,877
    per person sharing
    $189
    • GBP: 150
    • EUR: 177
    single supplement

Non Riders very welcome 40% discount.

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our ‘Terms & Conditions’ for full details.

Included – All your riding, guides, accommodation in a shared cottage, breakfast and lunches either at the cottage or as a picnic, transfers to local pubs for dinner, transfers to Port Isaac for sight seeing, hospitality tray with teas, coffees and snacks and 2 afternoon excursions.

Excluded – Dinners, drinks at pubs, transfers and tips.

Getting There
The nearest airport is Newquay and there is also Bristol.
The nearest train station s Bodmin.
You can also self drive.

Transfer
Transfers to and from Bodmin Parkway is £15 pp each way based on a minimum 2 people sharing. 1 person is £30 each way.
Newquay Airport is £40 pp each way arriving between 1 – 3pm. Any other time is be £50 pp each way.

Poldark Trail: Dates 2022

Open all year round.

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

Poldark riding provides a brilliant horse riding holiday in a very beautiful and quite secluded part of the UK. You are based in a stunning architect revamped cottage called Hallagenna in the Bodmin moor which feels right off the beaten track. Your friendly hosts, Jen and Paul, have their small custom built riding centre based here and the place is immaculate. There are several itineraries but you’ll ride out daily on the locally bred ponies who have tons of stamina for up to 6 hours across picturesque countryside. You will follow pirate & smugglers trails off the beaten track, visit local pubs along the way and indulge in a good old fashioned Cornish Cream tea. Yum.

The popular BBC series Poldark is set in Cornwall and filmed around Hallagenna in the heart of beautiful Bodmin Moor. The story follows the life and adventures of Cornish nobleman Ross Poldark and showcases the wild moorland and coastal landscapes of Cornwall. Ross and Demelza’s home Nampara is an ancient farmhouse only a short ride away from Hallagenna. Hallagenna’s riding instructor Jen was involved in handling the horses and the stunt horses have been stabled at Hallagenna’s yard during filming.

To celebrate the fantastic scenery featured throughout the series as part of the riding itinerary you will visit several of the moorland sites used for filming to give riders a real feel for “Poldark” country, including some breathtaking moorland scenery around Nampara. All of the trails take in the fantastic scenery featured in the series, giving riders a real flavour of this wild corner of Cornwall.

Highlights include:

  • Bodmin Moor
  • Jubilee Rock
  • Cornish Tea & Cornish Pastie
  • Camel Estuary
  • Padstow
  • Castle Of King Arthur
  • Brown Willy
  • Trippet Stones

It’s a great way to explore Cornwall and see this lovely part of the world. We recommend renting a car as in down time you can visit local beaches, fishing villages and even take a surfing lesson if you fancy it!

Whilst the cottage is super remote you are only literally a stone’s throw from the local village, about 5-10 minutes walk up a little country lane. The village has a pub, medieval church and grocery store.

THE RIDING top

Poldark Trail: Horses – They are locally bred ponies off the moor ranging from 13H to 15H. These ponies look quite cobby but have loads of stamina and a good gallop in them too. They are mostly left unshod and have excellent feet.

Poldark Trail: Level of Riding & Pace – From beginner to advanced.

Poldark Trail: Tack – English saddles and mostly snaffle bridles.

Poldark Trail: Weight Restriction – 15 stone / 210 lbs / 95 kg.

Poldark : Group Size – Maximum 10

ACCOMMODATION top

The accommodation consists of two beautifully renovated/refurbished old cottages. The cottages have been carefully restored to maximise light and are open plan and super modern inside. Each cottage is spacious, has lovely new wooden flooring with underfloor heating, a fully equipped kitchen and hospitality tray (teas, coffees etc). Breakfasts and some lunches will be prepared in the cottages for guests. Each bedroom has it’s own ensuite shower with modern showers and fluffy towels.

The Jubilee cottage sleeps up to 6 guests in 2 twin rooms and 1 double. The Trippet cottage sleeps up to 4 guests in a twin and a double.

Breakfasts, picnics and lunches are included and prepared in the cottages. Breakfasts are full English. Dinner is not included but you will be transferred to a local Cornish pub where a variety of pub grub/gastro food is served.

Horse Riding Holidays like our Poldark trail riding holiday is part of the Zara’s Planet collection of Horse Riding Holidays UK.

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You could combine a holiday to Bodmin Moor with a Dartmoor Cattle Drive.

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

Poldark Trail Ride (6 nights) – Here’s an idea of what you might experience on a 6 night itinerary to Cornwall.
We also offer shorter breaks easily on request.

Day 1 – Saturday
Pick up from Bodmin Parkway train station. Upon arrival at the farm in the heart of Bodmin Moor, settle into your modern, comfortable converted stable accommodation with a traditional Cornish Cream Tea (scones, jam and lots of clotted cream).
Welcome from your hosts Jen and Sam, followed by a tour of the yard and time to meet the horses and talk through the program for the week. Dinner at a local pub – the St Breward Inn (the highest Inn in Cornwall) – a cosy retreat. (As a group you are free to walk or a transfer will be provided). Cost of dinner not included.

DAY 2 – Sunday
A full English breakfast (Bacon, sausages, eggs, toast, tea and coffee. Cereals are also available as an alternative) will be prepared in your cottage, which also has a fully equipped kitchen for preparing yourself drinks and snacks.
You will then be introduced and matched with a suitable mount and take a slow 2 hour riding assessment ride out onto the Moor. Return to Hallagenna for a lunch. Before setting off on an afternoon ride to Alex Tor through parts of Bodmin Moor, a truly magical place – home to ancient settlements, hut circles, burial chambers and more recently, the domain of smugglers and pirates. Now it is a quiet haven, home to plentiful wildlife, breath-taking scenery and a wildness that is difficult to find elsewhere. (2-3 hours riding) You will then be taxied for Dinner at the St Kew Inn.(Cost of dinner not included)

DAY 3 – Monday
Breakfast will be prepared, before saddling up for a full day ride, beginning with some different moorland scenery and quiet country lanes. Then ride along the wooded valleys of the Camel Trail to Hellandbridge, returning through Helligan woods alongside the river Camel up to the village of Blisland where you will hitch the horses on the village green outside Blisland Inn and enjoy a well deserved lunch. After the welcome refreshment mount up and head to Pendrift Downs to visit Jubilee Rock. This 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. Head back to Hallagenna. (4-5 hours riding). Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and relax for an hour before heading out to St Tudy’s Inn for your evening meal. A delightful traditional local pub for some locally supplied produce and real ales to wet your appetite. (Cost of dinner not included)

DAY 4 – Tuesday
After a full English breakfast, you will set off on the Poldark trail. Where you can view areas, farms and settlements where the recent and classic TV series of Poldark were filmed. Return to Hallagenna at midday. Enjoy Cornish pastries at the farm, before taking a local taxi (cost included) out to nearby Tintagel – home to the fabled Castle of King Arthur. It’s a quaint Cornish village full of tea shops, antique shops and a fascinating Centre of Arthurian legend.
The Castle itself is a short walk over the new bridge to the promontory which is home to the 6th century ruins.
You will then continue your walk on to The Port William pub at Trebarwith Strand, just along the coast path (Approx. 2 miles). This pub still has a smugglers tunnel leading to the beach below and boasts one of the best sea views in the county. ( You can arrange a taxi from Tintagel if preferred) You will be collected from the Port William to return to Hallagenna at approx. 8pm.

DAY 5 – Wednesday
After breakfast, you will head out on The Rocky Tor Trail – This trail ride takes you out across the moor to King Arthurs 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, from where you can take in the breath-taking moorland views reaching as far as the North Cornwall Coast. 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 Tor and its many Bronze Age hut circles, ride along the foot of the highest point in Cornwall at 1,375 feet – Brown Willy or Bronn Wennili in Cornish, meaning Swallow’s Hill. Over Rough Tor, past woodland, with Crowdy reservoir in the distance, one of north Cornwall’s main water supply reservoirs and home to a wildlife reserve. Onto Rough Tor Farm for a late lunch including sandwiches and traditional Cornish cream tea with spectacular views across the Moor.
Back in the saddle ride past further stone circles and ancient signs of settlements before coming to Casehill Downs and Alex Tor. Around them. (5-6 hours riding) Enjoy your evening meal at nearby St Mabyn Inn. (Cost of dinner not included)

DAY 6 – Thursday
After a full English breakfast, take in different scenery as you ride along the trail, that takes you towards Delford Bridge for a splash through the De Lank River, before heading across Kernow Downs and out on the vast Manor Common. From there you will see two of the many Tors or rocky outcrops on the moor – Carbilly Tor and Hawks Tor. You’ll also visit the Trippet Stones, a bronze age standing stone circle said to be maidens turned into stone for dancing on the sabbath. Cross Manor Common up to wallhouse, a short trek through the lanes of Waterloo and then return to Hallagenna at midday. (Approx. 3 hours Riding)
Change out of your riding gear to head off to one of the most famous and picturesque towns in Cornwall – Padstow. A vibrant fishing port still and home to some of the most famous chefs in the UK – Rick Stein and Paul Ainsworth. 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 (an out of pocket expense) – or do as the locals do and enjoy a traditional pasty or fish and Chips sitting on the quayside.
From Padstow continue by Ferry ( short 5 minute crossing ) across the Camel estuary village of Rock for a final dinner at The Rock Inn at approx. 6pm, where you can sit on the outside terrace overlooking the estuary and enjoy some locally sourced produce. (Cost of dinner not included)
Return late evening to Hallagenna.

DAY 7 – Friday
After breakfast it’s time to say goodbye to your horse and your hosts before transfers and departure.

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Zara’s Planet Horse Riding Holidays Guarantee:

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

We have travelled the world testing a huge variety of horse riding holidays to make sure we offer you, our client, the best horse riding holiday experience possible.

Our horse riding holidays are thoroughly researched – we consider all the elements that go towards making our horse riding holidays collection the best in the world. We check the quality of the horses, if they are fit for the job, well produced and looked after. We make sure the riding terrain is good going, the countryside is interesting and, for example, on Classic Dressage horse riding holidays, the arenas are in good condition. We make sure the accommodation, whether it’s a five star hotel, a farmhouse or camping, is clean and comfortable, and offers a great night’s sleep. The food is all important too – we take the time to make sure we tell you if it’s cordon bleu, home cooked, or regional and locally sourced – above all it has to be delicious, plentiful and nourishing. Last but not least, we choose the horse riding holidays that have the best hosts, who are friendly, warm and welcoming.

It’s only when all these elements come together that we add a horse riding holiday into our hand-picked collection of horse riding holidays.

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