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Itinerary for The Dartmoor Explorer



Sample Itinerary: 8-day progressive option - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
We will meet all the clients at the welcoming Castle Inn Lydford in the evening for a briefing about what to expect from their stay.
Meals included: none
Overnight at Castle Inn Lydford


Day 2: Introductory Ride
Clients are collected from the Castle Inn after breakfast and taken to the Farm, where they meet their assigned horse.
Today's ride is all about making sure the rider and horse are compatible. We will start riding in the morning, with a stop for lunch. Lunches each day will be carried in saddle bags. Return to the Castle Inn in the evening.
Riding: 4-5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Castle Inn Lydford


Day 3: Ride to Two Bridges
Ride from the Farm across Dartmoor to The Two Bridges Hotel, situated in the middle of the Dartmoor National Park.
Riding: 5-6 hours (approx. 20 miles)
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Two Bridges Hotel


Day 4: Two Bridges to Drywell Farm 
Today's destination is a B&B farm, near Widecombe. This is a very beautiful moorland farm where the guests get to sample a bit of life on a moorland farm. Guests will be taken to a choice of local Inns for evening meal.
Riding: 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Drywell Farm


Day 5:
Option A: Circular ride from Drywell.
Riding: 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Drywell Farm


Option B: A day out of the saddle visiting local Dartmoor attractions.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Drywell Farm


**On the August ride, we ride from Drywell to Chagford.
**On the September ride, this day will be spent at Widecombe fair (https://www.widecombefair.com/).

Day 6: Drywell Farm to Chagford
Riding: 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at the Three Crowns Inn

**On the August Ride, day out of the Saddle to visit Chagford Show (http://www.chagfordshow.co.uk/)

Day 7: Ride back to Farm
We complete our circle route today as we ride from Chagford back to our Farm.
Riding: 4-5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Castle Inn Lydford


Day 8: Departure
Departure in the morning.
Meals included: Breakfast

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Sample Itinerary: 7-day stationary option - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
We will meet all the clients at the welcoming Castle Inn Lydford in the evening for a briefing about what to expect from their stay.
Meals included: none
Overnight at Castle Inn Lydford


Day 2: Introductory Ride
Clients are collected from the Castle Inn after breakfast and taken to the Farm where they meet their assigned horse.
Today's ride is all about making sure the rider and horse are compatible. We will start our ride in the morning and stop for lunch. Lunches each day will be carried in saddle bags. Return to the Castle Inn in the evening.
Riding: 4-5 hours 
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Castle Inn Lydford


Day 3 - 6: Dartmoor Rides
Typical days start with breakfast at the Inn. Then, guests are collected and brought to the Farm for around 10.00am. We will be western trail riding exploring a different part of the spectacular Dartmoor landscape each day, stop for a packed lunch or stop at one of many local pubs, tie up horses outside, ride home via a different route; followed by tea and cakes at the Farm. Return to Hotel between 5 and 6pm.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Castle Inn Lydford


Day 7: Departure
Departure in the morning.
Meals included: Breakfast

**Camp-outs are possible upon request for an additional fee. Please inquire.
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The Dartmoor Explorer
Tour Code: IT-ENG01
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,650.00
Dates : May to Sept

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
B 2020 07/19 - 07/25 7d / 6n 7-day trip, B&B (Stationary ... 2 /8 Expired
B 2020 07/26 - 08/01 7d / 6n 7-day trip, B&B (Stationary ... 2 /8 Expired
B 2020 08/02 - 08/08 7d / 6n 7-day trip, B&B (Stationary ... 2 /8 Expired
A 2020 08/15 - 08/22 8d / 7n 8-day trip, B&B (Progressive... 2 /8 Expired
A 2020 09/04 - 09/11 8d / 7n 8-day trip, B&B (Progressive... 2 /8 Expired
B 2020 09/13 - 09/19 7d / 6n 7-day trip, B&B (Stationary ... 2 /8 Expired
B 2020 09/20 - 09/26 7d / 6n 7-day trip, B&B (Stationary ... 2 /8 Reserve
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Tack: Western
Horses: Quarter horses, quarter horse cross, h...
Pace: Mainly walking/trotting with long cant...
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Airport: Exeter
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