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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 & Riding : 2019

6 nights, 7 days departing every Friday throughout the year.

October – April

£940/€1,050/$1,205 per person sharing
£50/€56/$64 single supplement

May, June & September
£1,200/€1,340/$1,540 per person sharing
£100/€110/$128 single supplement

July & August
£1,500/€1,680/$1,920 per person sharing
£150/€68/$192 single supplement

Shorter breaks very easily arranged on request.

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 pub for dinner, transfers to Port Isaac for sight seeing, transfers to and from the station on arrival and departure, hospitality tray with teas, coffees and snacks and 2 afternoon excurions.

Excluded – Dinners, drinks at pubs and tips.

Poldark : Getting There
Train to Bodmin Rd, Railway station, Self-Drive or you could fly into Bristol or Newquay airport.

Transfer
Transfers from Bodmin Rd Railway station are included. We can organise private transfers from Newquay or Bristol Airport, please ask for a quote. We think it’s a good idea to hire a car so you can explore the surrounding area.

Poldark Trail & Riding : Dates 2019

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.

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 : 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 : Level of Riding & Pace – From beginner to advanced. If you take one of our longer itineraries you should get horse fit before you go. We can help with a plan.

Tack – English saddles and mostly snaffle bridles.

Poldark : 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 en suite shower with super 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 are 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, please check out our Cattle Drive trip.

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 – Friday
Pick up from either Bodmin Parkway train station or Newquay airport if required.
Arrival at Hallagenna 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 Paul and Jen, tour of the yard and time to meet the horses and talk through the programme for the week.
Dinner at a local pub –The St Breward Inn the highest Pub in Cornwall.

Day 2 – Saturday
Breakfast will be prepared in your cottage, which also has a fully equipped kitchen.
One hour riding assessment in our outside arena to pair you with the most suitable horse for your stay. Mid-morning ride out onto the Moor . Return to Hallagenna for Lunch before setting off on an afternoon ride to Alex tor through parts of Bodmin Moor a truly magical place – 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 a wildness that is difficult to find elsewhere. Find a rest for a picnic lunch before returning via a circular route to Hallagenna, crossing rocky outcrops or “tors” (approx 2-3 hours riding.)
Dinner will be at a local pub The St Breward Inn The St Breward Inn typical moorland pub with roaring log fires, slate floors and wonderful food.

Day 3 – Sunday
After breakfast, we will start out on 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. We’ll also visit the Trippet Stones, a Bronze Age standing stone circle said to be maidens turned to stone for dancing on the Sabbath. then cross Manor Common up to wallhouse, a short trek through the lanes of Waterloo and arrive at the village of Blisland, where we hitch up the horses on the village green outside The Blisland Inn and enjoy a lunch stop. After enjoying some welcome refreshment we 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 we finally head home to
Hallagenna. ( approx 4 – 5 hours riding) Dinner tonight at another local pub – The St tudy Inn, fantastic locally sourced food.

Day 4 – Monday
Breakfast will be prepared , before saddling up for a morning ride, taking in some different scenery. We will ride along the wooded valleys of the Camel trail to Hellandbridge. returning through Helligan woods alongside the river Camel . Up to the Moor and then return to Hallagenna at midday before setting 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 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. We 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 Hallagenna.

Day 5 – Tuesday
After breakfast, we’ll head out on The Rocky Tor Trail
This Trail Ride takes you out across the Moor to Alex Tor, from where you can take in the breathtaking moorland views reaching as far as the North Cornwall Coast. We 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, We ride along the foot of the highest point in Cornwall at 1375 feet – Brown Willy or Bronn Wennyly in Cornish, meaning “Swallow’s Hill. Through woodland to Davidstow Moor and crowdy reseviour .
Onto Davidstow Airfield which once played an important role during the Second World War and was home to American and Canadian troops. A stop at Roughtor farm for a traditional Cornish cream tea” Ride through a byway passing bronze age built stone walling traditionally kown as Cornish stone hedging. Through a narrow wiendy lane back up to Newton Common, We 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. We then head home to Hallagenna. (5 – 6 hours riding.) An evening meal can be enjoyed at the nearby St Mabyn Inn.

Day 6 – Wednesday
Breakfast and then off onto another hidden corner of the Moor. Over Casehill to Ivy downs to Hawks Tor. Through the Race to Manor moor through carbaglet and return to Hallagenna at midday before heading off to one of the most famous and picturesque villages in Cornwall – Padstow. It’s a vibrant fishing port still 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. 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. From Padstow we’ll then continue to the nearby town of Wadebridge for a final dinner at The Ship Inn. a tradidtional Pub serving a wide range of different dishes. Return late evening to Hallagenna.

Day 7 – Thursday
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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UK Holidays Testimonials

Chris on Cattle Herding Holiday, UK

There was a great atmosphere and it felt like a really special moment, when the cows came out of their winter housing, the first time since the autumn. We started to herd them over the tracks, across the dam and out onto the open moor. Mostly the cows know where they are going but there

Chris Cousens from Edinburgh