All Day Rides
This ride is guided and only suitable for riders who are competent at cantering in the open. We cover 10-15 miles with a pub stop on-route. It is a relaxed ride but we cover a lot of ground so a reasonable level of fitness is required.
The routes are varied but Will’s Neck, Dead Woman’s Ditch, Slaughter house Combe and Bicknoller Post are the key areas we visit.
Your horse will be fit, forward going, know its job but definitely will not be robotic. There are plenty of opportunities for photography or asking questions about the local area.
The ride will be manly walking and trotting but with some good long canters.
We will match a horse to fit your ability, height and weight, and answer any queries when you phone to book your ride.
Hats and body protectors are provided. Riders may wear their own if they have been checked.
You will spend 4 -5 hours in the saddle plus a stop at a 16th century pub for lunch and drinks. We will ride over banks, streams, hills, valleys, forestry, moorland, and visit villages and hamlets. no better way to discover the Quantock hills.
Please note: lunch and drinks are not included
Example Route – Rock Farm via Triscombe
We start this ride by turning right from the stables, following the Metal Road towards Heathfields. We pass the War Memorial (1) and go past Bagborough House (2) and the cricket pitch. We then turn right, passing Wood Barn, to get a fine view of Bagborough Plantation (3) rising from the foot of the Quantocks.
At the next junction we turn towards Rock Farm, on the edge of the beautiful Bagborough Plantation. We now leave the Metal Road and head towards Triscombe, where there is a nice pub. We skirt the huge quarry (4) where some of the hardest stone in the county used to be quarried.
We leave the plantation and start to climb to the top of Triscombe Stone. This is a real test of the horses’ fitness, ascending via the open heathland of Marrow Hill. We emerge through the gates of Triscombe Stone car park.
At this point, depending on time, we have a choice of two routes. We can either take the longer route through the forestry or cut back via the quarry (blue dashed route).
The forestry route takes us through Great Wood, a fir plantation with numerous tracks and bridleways. It would be easy to spend the whole day exploring the wood! We enter the forestry on the south side at Triscombe Stone and descend down to Slades. We then leave the forestry at Light Gate, and we can either return to the stables via Rock Farm or take an alternative route via Wills Neck and come of the hill at Bashford.
The quarry route (blue dashes) means we keep climbing, taking a path around the quarry fence from where the views are stunning. Peregrine falcons are often seen in flight here and it is a favourite spot for wild deer. We then head up over Wills Neck, from where we may leave the tracks and cross open heather. We then drop down to Rock Farm and head for home via the Metal Road.