along to Devon for a truly rural escape
is nothing better than escaping on a long ride to get away
from the routines of everyday life, yet why do so many of
us make do with the same monotonous rides when Great Britain
has so much more to offer?
a recent survey* Devon was revealed as the 'horsiest county
in England'. Not only has it been recognised for its outstanding
equestrian activities and facilities, but also as home to
an abundance of bridleways offering a variety of challenges
amongst some of Britain's most attractive countryside.
the difficulties of finding your way around unknown territory
can be off-putting and stressful. The answer to this is simple
- be sure to pack a good map! It will help you locate even
the most hidden bridleways, resulting in a more satisfying
and personalised escape.
Survey's range of Explorer maps provides equine enthusiasts
with the most authoritative guide to the countryside yet.
With unrivaled, accurate detail that highlights car parks,
riding stables, bridleways, picnic sites and of course local
pubs, you can ensure that you make the most of your escape.
What's more, highly detailed contours allow you to evaluate
the difficulty of your route so you can select a challenging
trail that will really push you and your horse.
what can you explore in the horsiest county in Great Britain?
is the third largest county in England, but whether you choose a
scenic plod taking in lunch at one of the local pubs, or an exhilarating
expedition across the moors, the Explorer map will be the ultimate
the endurance riders among us, Dartmoor National Park is the largest
area of open country in the South of England. Horse riders can roam
freely across unenclosed moorland and choose from a variety of routes
to suit any ability. And, when you need to recharge and plan the
next day, Devon has numerous Bed & Breakfasts that offer accommodation
for both you and your horse.
for those of you who fancy covering less ground, Exmoor is undeniably
one of the most beautiful parts of Devon and is the ideal place
to experience true rural riding. As you trek across Exmoor National
Park you will encounter the famous Exmoor ponies in their natural
habitat as well as the shy red deer, which are best observed from
a mounted vantage point.
the year Devon is a frenzy of equestrian activity and holds several
annual shows, which are great days out if you're in the area. The
North Devon Show, held on August 6th this year, hosts a wide variety
of attractions including show jumping, pony club games, hounds,
cattle, sheep and various trade stalls.
having discovered Devon, why not explore some of Britain's other
horsy counties like Hampshire, Surrey and North Yorkshire. The Explorer
range covers all of Great Britain, providing you with hundreds of
destinations to explore. For more details on which map to select
for your equestrian escape, visit www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/escapes