Cholwell Riding Stables are set in a beautiful valley off the A386 between Tavistock and Okehampton, just outside Mary Tavy. They have 36 horses, are a family run business with over 40 years experience they are open all year round 7 days a week and can cater for all abilities. We took our girls down to the stables and passed the magnificent Wheal Betsy tin mine.
We were greeted by the lovey Donna who then helped us get our hats and gloves on, all included in the price. The prices range from just £10 for pony rides and a very reasonable £24 for a full hour and £42 for a 2 hour adult horse ride. More details and larger party information can all be found on their website.
Our daughters aged 2 and 5 had an amazing time. The staff were friendly, helpful and chatted to the girls all the way around on their pony ride. I was more than impressed with the staff as my youngest was a little unsure at first but by the end she didn’t want to get off of her pony, a great introduction to riding by her instructor Caley. I also dread to think how many questions my eldest asked her instructor Amelia, my daughter now knows lots more than she did before about pony’s and riding. She also trotted a little a couple of times, without a doubt this was her highlight of her time here at Cholwell. Myself and my partner followed behind on foot and I can’t tell you how much we enjoyed watching them on these two gorgeous little ponies Lucky and Mercury.
The ride started at the stables down a lane passing the Wheal Betsy and then headed straight onto the Moor, which this farm benefits from direct access to. We then headed back to the stables where the girls had a chance to groom and feed the pony’s a little snack.
They also had some adorable young lambs outside the farmhouse and the relaxed atmosphere was very nice, we also had a couple of people comment on how happy our children looked. Making it an overall fantastic family experience. Something we will most certainly be doing again, and next time I will also be having a ride!
We all can’t wait to get back there and I am certain my girls we be talking about it for months to come. A great big thank you to all that were involved and especially Dartmoor Accommodation for organizing this for us. We would highly recommended these beautiful stables, staff and great natured animals.