Poldark, Ponies & Perfect Pub Walks: Hallagenna Riding, Bodmin
Where better to visit with your equine pal than Bodmin Moor? Tors, legends and fabulous ground for miles. Hallagenna Riding, horse crew for the new Poldark series (and the Jamaica Inn series too) invited me to experience their new Poldark Trail.
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Riding Holidays, Stunning Scenery, Pub Walks, Ponies & Poldark
Saint Breward, Bodmin
Hallagenna Farm offers pony trekking on their lovely-looking horses – however new for 2015 you can now bring your own horse with you on holiday. Whether you already live in Cornwall, or not, the most fantastic thing about Hallagenna Farm (other than the stories & scenery) is the soft ground – perfect for a great gallop.
The farm, stables and great two new barn conversions (all eco-renovations, rainforest showers, WiFi and proper kitchens) are literally on the moor. It’s like being in Wuthering Heights with mod-cons.
The first day we headed out with Jenny – an excellent guide – who took us around Alex Tor and across to Brown Willy. We were assessed to make sure that we were sensible (my pony-pal was a little excited by moorland living so we took it gently).
Jenny told us all about the filming of the beautiful Poldark series and where the inspiration came for their new Poldark Trail ride. The views from the barn are utterly wild, with cute moorland ponies kicking their heels just outside.
We finished up the day in The Old Inn, St Breward – a blissfully short walk from our eco-barn converted cottage next to the stables. The pub was a real winner, fantastic food, WiFi and two massive log fires. Much port and pub grub was enjoyed…
The next day saw a longer ride (and if you are bringing your own horse I would recommend going for a little longer if your horse does need to settle). I really can’t stress enough how fab the ground was and how great it is to spend hours in the saddle exploring the place that has featured in many a legend and Daphne du Maurier books.
Hallagenna Riding is ultimately really flexible, with trail riding holidays from £80 (not including accommodation) and bring your own pony-pal also on offer. If you’re local, then they have some great monthly guided trail rides (including Poldark) from £20. The GCG will certainly be heading back, tacked up and ready to rock and roll!