If you’re planning a visit to Bovey Castle, then you will know we have the best range of activities for one of the best adventure holidays in Devon this year. From exhilarating off road driving tracks to peaceful visits to our Deer Park we have something for everyone. You will have so much fun at Bovey Castle, why not come and find out for yourself?

We couldn’t run our activities department without our fantastic team, and we are so grateful to have our very own female Bear Grylls right here at Bovey Castle, meet our Activities Manager, Hannah! We asked Hannah a few questions so you could get to know her before visiting, if you’re interested, please keep reading…

Growing up, what did you want to be when you were older?

A dentist or a dancer which I still do.

How did you get into the activities role you are in now?

I had worked here previously in activities from 2008 for 3 years. I had other jobs in between but was looking for an outdoors activity job again years later and the timing was right as they were hiring again. Have been back about 4 years now.

What season is your favourite at Bovey for activities?

Spring because the flowers are just stunning here.

You are a qualified 4×4 driving instructor, tell us about how you got your qualification?

Other instructors and I go to train up at Honiton with Land Rover Experience on their tracks there. I am BORDA British off-road Driving qualified and passed the ‘higher standard’.

What do you do in your spare time? Any interesting hobbies?

I love dance and performing, horse riding and clay shooting. I am a trainee horse trick rider and our team perform in jousting and trick shows up and down the country.

Favourite animal spotting on the estate?

Little baby stoats playing. I love ferrets so it’s a wild version of that.

If you were a Disney character, which one would you be?

Merida from Brave, as she is a strong character and can handle a bow and arrow!

If you could have dinner with one famous person, dead or alive, who would it be?

Dawn French because she’s really funny and likes chocolate a lot!


What are two items on your bucket list?

Long horse-riding holidays and an aeroplane wing walk.

What would be your dream holiday?

Horse riding across Canada staying in ranches as I go.

If you could choose any superpower, what would it be?

To stop time, as there’s never enough hours in the day!

If you could time travel, where would you go?  

VE day on 8 May 1945. There were lots of celebrations and street parties to mark the end of the war, everyone would have been in such good spirits.

If you had a magic lamp, what would your three wishes be?

To have massages every day. Never get old. It not to rain.

Now you know more about Hannah, why not come down and meet her? We have so much to do here and Hannah is very excited to meet you! Discover adventure holidays at Bovey Caslte… Plan your stay here or book your activities here.

With craggy landscapes, a fascinating history and the wide open spaces of one of England’s last true wildernesses. Dartmoor is the perfect setting for an exhilarating horse riding holiday; the freedom of thundering across the moors with the sun on your face; fresh air in your lungs and the wind in your hair is unbeatable.

At Bovey Castle, we offer a horse riding experience in conjunction with Liberty Trails, in Devon that is perfect for experienced riders looking for a horse riding holiday with a difference. Dogs are welcome at the hotel and non-equestrian guests will find plenty to do, including fishing, golf and falconry.

The best of Devon horse riding

Ideally suited to experienced riders looking for an adventurous horse riding holiday in a beautiful setting, our Devon horse riding break is one of the best ways to explore Dartmoor. We offer exciting rides across the remote and unspoilt countryside. Accompanied by experienced guides who have ridden on Dartmoor National Park all their lives; whether you choose to ride one of our forward going, high-quality horses or bring your own mount, you can be sure of an unforgettable horse riding experience in Devon. If you opt to bring your own horse, the break includes three nights livery in our stables. Western saddles are available if you prefer.

Explore Dartmoor on a Devon horse riding break

By far the best way to explore Dartmoor is on horseback; off the beaten track, hidden treasures await. Dartmoor has so much to offer equestrian fans: miles of open unspoilt moorland and woodland to explore; Bronze Age settlements; sparkling waterfalls; ancient stone circles and majestic tors rising above the heather covered hillsides. We also tailor your horse riding experience in Devon to suit your preferences, with options that include trail rides, a full day’s or half day’s ride at hunting pace and rides accompanied by a falconer.

A horse riding experience in Devon at Bovey Castle

Five star Bovey Castle is the perfect setting for a horse riding break in Devon’s beautiful countryside. So return from an exhilarating day’s riding to the luxurious comforts of the Spa, followed by a delectable dinner with menus featuring fresh local produce in one of the hotel’s first class restaurants. Non-riding partners are not forgotten and can choose from a range of activities such as golf, a relaxing and restorative session in the spa, walking, off-road driving and traditional falconry. With an historic setting, recently refurbished and beautifully appointed rooms and a meticulous attention to every detail required for a memorable stay, a horse riding experience in Devon at Bovey Castle is the ideal way to escape from the stresses of everyday life and restore your equilibrium.

Discover more of our Bovey activities or book your horse riding experience at Bovey Castle today.

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