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The Dartmoor Cattle Drive

Itinerary for The Dartmoor Cattle Drive

Sample Itinerary- 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: Dinner
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 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 & Dinner
Overnight at Castle Inn Lydford

Day 3 to 6: Cattle Drives
We will be doing various cattle moving tasks, 4 - 5 hours riding with a stop for lunch.
Riding: 4-5 hours each day
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Castle Inn Lydford

**for the 4-day trip, your ride finishes in the evening of Day 4 at 5:00pm 

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

The work that will be done varies depending on the time of the year:

‘Spring cattle turn-out’ in May: The cows and autumn born calves are moved from their winter quarters up on to the moor for the summer, a distance of about 8km.

‘Bulling cow muster’ in June: Some spring calving cows need to be brought down to the farm to run with the bulls for the summer.

‘Weaning muster’ in July: The cows and calves need to be brought back to the farm for weaning

‘Late summer turn-out’ in August: The cows that have been running with the bulls for the summer are drove back to Dartmoor

‘Cow & calf muster’ End of September through October: The freshly calved cows need to come down to better grazing near the Farm as winter approaches.

‘Autumn round up’ at end of October: All cattle need to be gathered off the moor by 1st November.

Our routine is very much governed by the weather, which can be changeable, occasionally preventing us from going on the moor. During any stay guests are free to take a day out of the saddle, if they wish, and explore the area, the granite way cycle route is 200m from the farm, you can cycle or walk to Okehampton (5km), or just relax and put your feet up. We have 2 acre coarse fishing lake, or crystal clear rivers to bathe in.
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The Dartmoor Cattle Drive
Tour Code: IT-ENG02
7 days / 6 nights ~$1,890.00
Dates : May to Oct

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
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.
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.
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
A 2021 08/22 - 08/28 7d / 6n 7-day trip 2 /8 Expired
B 2021 08/22 - 08/25 4d / 3n 4-day trip 2 /8 Expired
A 2021 09/26 - 10/02 7d / 6n 7-day trip 2 /8 Expired
B 2021 09/26 - 09/29 4d / 3n 4-day trip 2 /8 Expired
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Tack: Western
Horses: Quarter horses, quarter horse cross, h...
Pace: 4-5 hours riding per day

Airport: Exeter
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