A great holiday memory
I really cannot recommend this enough ... My children and I (none of whom had ever been on a horse) had half and hour lesson followed by half an hour ride ... I was surprised how much we learnt in the time and the ride took in some beautiful views of the surrounding landscape and coast ... The staff are great at supporting the riders whilst also giving them some independence. The lady who led the lesson was warm, enthusiastic and encouraging ... It will be a lovely memory for us all.
If you haven't ridden than you haven't lived
The place is hidden away in the hills but not far from town ... The horses are well kept and the tack is in perfect condition ... The staff are lovely and if you are shy like me than they make you feel at ease and soon get you talking.
Fantastic ride ... place and people
I visited Woolacombe Riding stables last weekend with my sister and we went for a beach ride ... We really enjoyed it and will definitely be going back ... it was well worth the 1. 5 hour trip to get there! We are experienced riders but not done as much riding lately and I was very impressed that they managed to give us confidence as well as an exciting ride including canter and gallop! I only wished we lived closer and could go more often and would definitely visit for lessons if I could! Our escort was friendly and made us feel very safe! The horses were very well cared for and looked after us as well as being very forward! Haven't got a bad word to say!!
It's a really friendly riding school and holiday makers are definitely welcome ... My daughter went on a beach ride and really enjoyed it ... the person in the office was friendly and professional and checked my daughter had enough riding experience to do the beach ride ... I chatted with the owner while I was waiting for her to return ... even though I wasn't having a riding lesson ... he was happy for me to wait ... Some novice riders turned up while I was waiting and everyone was treated in a professional and friendly manner.
I'm an experienced rider and have always wanted to ride across the beach at Woolacombe.
I booked in advance and when I arrived was given a warm welcome by the riding school manager.
I was put on a nice well mannered horse and given a few minutes to ride him in the arena.
I was then taken out across the field down through the village and onto the beach ... by a very experienced escort rider.
We cantered along the beach over to Putsborough and went up the hill gaining fantastic views of the surrounding area ... We then made our way through the sand dunes along the bridleway both trotting and cantering before coming back through the village and then back through the fields to the stables.
The cost would be in-line with other stables and good value.
With regards to previous comments ... the stalls that the horse and ponies were in were all very clean with good quality haylage and all in good health ... and certainly well cared for.
I had a very enjoyable couple of hours.
I always wanted to ride on the beach and it was even better than I thought it would be ... You get to have a horsey paddle and a bit of a gallop ... Everyone at the stables is friendly and helpful ... they moved the time of my ride to make sure I could have a good go on the beach ... I went riding with them 3 times in 3 days and a blast every day.
Can't recommend them highly enough ... Word of advice ... don't pretend you can ride if you can't.
Great riding stables!
Had a lesson here while holidaying in Woolacombe ... The instructor ... Teresa ... was very helpful and friendly ... Great ride with stunning views ... I would highly recommend using Woolacombe Riding Stables!
Great first ride
I took my two daughters (14 and 21!) for their first ever ride here while on holiday ... The staff ... right from the man on reception to the girls who led the horses ... were lovely and extremely pleasant ... They even let us leave the car in the car park and walk into Woolacombe after the ride as they weren't too busy that day.
Ride was thoroughly enjoyed and reasonably priced ... Will definitely return ... Thank you - best experience during a wet and windy week.
Myself and my sister went on one of the beach rides in July ... They matched our horses very well ... with myself being changed to different one from my original allocation but ended up riding a lovely horse called Jimmy who I fell in love with ... For my first beach ride it was a absolutely fabulous! Was a fantastic ride with plenty of long canters along the lovely beach and dunes ... Instructors very friendly and felt very safe despite there being quite a few of us in the group ... Will definitely be returning on my next visit!
My daughter and I came to Woolacombe Riding Stables in August 2016 ... My daughter did 3 pony days and I went hacking each day ... Everyone really looked after my daughter who had a great time and did a lot of riding each day and learnt a lot ... My hacks were fantastic ... especially the beach ride ... really good fun on safe ... forward going horses with manners ... I have owned horses in the past but to be handed your horse ... get on ... have a great ride and hand it back at the end of the ride was a real treat ... The staff here are really pleasant and friendly and my daughter wants to book again for next year!
my niece and I went on the 1 hour hack ... we did the same last year ... both times were fantastic ... The staff are friendly and professional ... Would highly recommend ... A lovely holiday treat
Excellent - even in the pouring rain!
My 9 year old daughter and I had a fabulous wet afternoon ride with Teresa earlier this week ... She had very kindly offered to move the time ... but we were happy to go out on the rain ... All the horses were beautifully looked after and Teresa was so welcoming ... My daughter is a confident rider and I am not as good as her ... Teresa challenged us both and we had a really thoroughly enjoyable hour ... Highlight for me was watching the horses leave the yard and head up the valley ... a real sight to behold.
I would heartily this experience for any rider experienced or beginner ... Only wished we lived closer so we could visit more often.
Lovely place ... very friendly!
Me ... my mum and my boyfriend went riding here a couple of days ago and it was such a pleasure! My boyfriend hasn't ridden much before and he was on Dolly who was perfect for his first hack! The staff are so friendly and know the horses inside out! Everyone enjoyed themselves and we all came away with big smiles! Highly recommended.
We have been going in for years
The staff are great Teresa ... Hannah and John know how to make you feel welcome
I am not a confident rider but rode two every day for a week
They take the time to encourage you and gain confidence I trekked and had lessons with a girl called Sarah from Edinburgh who was riding Dandy ... I rode Bilbo.
We had the best of times I look forward to next year and gaining more confidence
Fabulous way to spend an hour!
Booked an hour's hack during a week's holiday at half term this May ... Everyone at the stables was really friendly and made sure all riders were looked after.
My only negative is an hour is just not long enough! The view from the stables was beautiful as was the scenery during the hack.
I was given the lovely Dolly and she was a pleasure ... Just like being on a rocking horse!
Thank you Woolacombe Riding Stable ... if we come back to Woolacombe ... I will definitely be booking the beach trek ... Keep up the good work.
We are experienced horse owners and pony clubbers ... but we all had a fabulous time ... Horses and ponies are fit ... responsive ... safe and in extremely good condition ... Staff were all lovely ... The rides were wonderful and we all came away happy and more confident ... My husband doesn't ride much but had several canters on his lovely Demi and hopefully this will lead to more riding ... My only criticism was we just wanted more and more!!!! We will be back.
Surprise Beach Ride
As a surprise I booked my 12 year old daughter a ride on Woolacombe beach; she has always wanted to ride on the beach and this made her very happy ... She rode a lovely flea-bitten grey gelding called Bilbo ... who was not a push button pony and made her work for the gallop she wanted ... She came back smiling and kept talking about it for the rest of our holiday ... The staff were helpful and informative.
Annual half term holiday
Booked for half hour tuition and half hour ride 5 family members had never been on a horse ... Got to give the trainers top marks for putting us at easy ... Had a great time and would highly recommend this activity.
Fun beach ride
Had a great time on the 2 hour beach ride ... The lead rider ... Rosanna (I think?) was really nice and friendly ... had a good chat with her as we rode along ... The horses are well cared for ... I absolutely fell in love with Jimmy who was lovely and forward going ... soft mouthed and responsive ... A really fun pony to ride!
Think there was someone slightly less experienced on our ride ... so Rosanna helped her along the way and stuck with her to make sure she was OK ... without detracting from the enjoyment for the other 2 of us.
The beach itself is great for a good canter ... and the views from up on the dunes are fantastic ... Got some great photos along the way.
Would definitely recommend this ride for the more experienced riders out there!
On my holiday on Sunday the 3rd of April me and my mum had a 1 hour trek ... As my mum is a novice rider ... The ladies who were very nice and helpful explained clearly the rules and instructions. We really loved the time spent in the field and stables. Also we loved the horses and we will defiantly come back again. Thank you very much Ella age 9.
Fantastic and friendly riding experience
Had a great time having a half hour riding lesson and half hour hack with my daughter on Thursday 31st March ... The staff appear very organised as we checked in at the stable reception to be told the name of our horse/pony within minutes ... The lady teaching us (might be Sheila?) was very patient as I hadn't rode in 35 years ... Obviously I felt very nervous to start ... but she soon made me feel at ease and gave myself and my daughter clear direction to walk and trot with our horses ... She also offered myself advice on buying a horse for my daughter which was very useful ... The horses were fabulous and managed to carefully walk through the mud up the steep Devonshire hills ... I felt very safe and wouldn't hesitate in recommending this venue to others ... Thank you once again.
Yet another fabulous ride
I rode out with Rosanna on Sunday 28th Feb and we had a fabulous ride ... The team at the yard are so accommodating and really aim to please ... I was privileged to be able to take one of their youngsters on the beach ride and although I have ridden for nearly 30 years Rosanna was brilliant in giving advice on various techniques to use in order to make mine and Morley's ride as comfortable for both of us with him still being a baby and learning ... The horses are truly loved and extremely well looked after and they are a credit to all the team at the yard ... I really can't wait to get back down there in a few months and get back in the saddle again ... X
Excellent for the complete beginner
Never having sat on a horse before ... I was very nervous about my first time ... My partner and I booked a half hour lesson (at a very reasonable £15 each) which consisted of getting on the horse ... walking and turning and light trotting ... We were taught to sit correctly and how to get off! There were four of us on the day ... and my horse Bilbo ... was perfectly gentle and very tolerant of my first attempts to get him to turn corners ... The teachers were patient and explained everything very clearly.
I enjoyed it immensely and we plan to do more lessons later in the year ... Only one point of warning - to get to the stables involves a fairly long walk along a narrow muddy lane ... so come prepared.
Rainy day but daughter loved it.
This could've been a disastrous visit for our 4 year old who fell off a high horse when he suddenly slipped on a wet (rainy day) stone cobble.
Uninjured ... and Undeterred ... after some encouragement she got back on (albeit a slightly smaller one this time) and I have to say the staff were lovely about it ... and she thoroughly enjoyed her trot up the hill with a staff member despite it raining lightly ... Would definitely recommend these stables we will be going back.
Amazing Scenic Gallop
My 11 year old daughter was very pleased with her hour and an half hack on a beautiful piebald(black and white) cob called Rolly ... She was assessed in advance to make sure that she would be comfortable on the level of ride ... She went on a hack up towards Morte Point and the instructor gave her advice on how to improve her position ... She did walk ... trot ... canter and gallop ... She went the fastest she had ever been on a horse and came back grinning from ear to ear ... She talked about it for many days after and will probably tell all her friends at school ... My daughter has been having riding lessons since she was 7 so she has all the kit you need to ride but it was good to see they supply riding boots and hats ... The hack had one person to lead ride and another helper to do the gates ... It was very pleasing that when they crossed the main road someone from the stables came up to the road to stop the traffic
There was only one main road crossing which was good but there was quiite a bit of work on some roads but they were lanes and she said that she didn't meet a single car ... The horses were all happy and it was good to see that the horses were comfortable and their bridles weren't put on until the last moment ... Overall it was a very pleasing visit and it was lovely to see my daughter so happy!
Very well cared for horses.
I said on the phone that I would need 15. 2:/ as I have 2 knee replacements and preferably a cob ... Waiting for me was Mollie who fitted the description perfectly ... I was taken to the school ... just hacking without lessons for 5 years had clearly made me lazy!
The instruction was excellent and I learnt lots things I didn't know despite 53 years of riding ... I was then taken to the hills ... So thrilled I have booked an hour and a half in 2 days time! Price per hour is £11. 00 down on my hour in Dorset at home ... Excellent staff ... scenery and horses.
Lovely staff and well cared for horses.
We were a mixed group ... with one beginner ... one novice and one more experienced rider. We all went on the same ride over the hills together ... but the group was split to allow those who could to canter whenever possible ... Everyone was able to enjoy the riding and still feel safe ... I also did the sand dune ride which was epic ... Lovely horses ... great staff and fantastic countryside ... Safety is a high priority and riders are assessed to make sure they are suitable for the level of ride they want to do ... Will certainly go back when next in the area.
I decided to book onto the beach ride when we booked to take a family holiday in the nearby town of Croyde ... and never will I regret my decision!! This was a totally incredible experience on their famous 'Monty' with lovely people and amazing views ... Their guides are very well trained ... making you feel incredibly safe ... Over my years of riding ... never before have I been tested on my riding ability before a ride ... showing their enthusiasm to keep you safe!! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is an experienced rider as it is lots of fun!:-)
Brilliant for beginners with stunning views over the bay
We enjoyed a wonderful hour long ride up over the hills of Woolacombe with stunning views over the bay through fields of sheep ... As beginners we were made to feel totally safe as well as being helped to improve our skills and get to know the lovely horses as we went along ... Originally we were only going to ride once but we enjoyed it so much we went back the following week ... We also saw experienced riders on our ride being given a good time too so the lesson was well pitched for a variety of levels.
Pony for the day
My 11 year old daughter has spent the day here twice and thoroughly enjoyed both of them ... The girls are very friendly and she learnt a lot ... We are planning to go again in October.
Riding each day with young children in tow ... Lovely horses ... ponies ... and staff ... Very friendly and helpful ... Will definitely return ... In response to some other reviews ... yes the horses work pretty hard ... but are clearly well cared for also ... We wouldn't ride here if they weren't.
Love my "King of the beach"
Once again an absolutely fantastic beach ride escorted by Rosanna and Kerry ... Got to ride my old faithful Chocco ... Just love him to bits and at 20 years of age he still rides the beach like he did when he was 7!!!! (And makes me feel old at the same time!) Everyone on the yard are just so friendly and it was lovely to see John mucking in too! Can't wait to get down there again
Best view in town
We have been trekking here for years and absolutely love it the staff are great and tale w time to cater to your individual needs we go every year with a different party good value and superb views
Our teenage daughter ... who had never been on a horse ... decided to have riding experience and thoroughly enjoyed it ... She had a half hour trek first being led and then had a half hour instruction session ... The instructor was very good in explaining the various elements involved in instructing the horse and the way in which it should be done.
Would recommend to anybody in the area wishing to have their first horse riding experience.
Lovely Sunday ride
Me and my partner took our two children age 4 and 11 ... We found the staff very accommodating and friendly and so to were the horses ... The Sunday morning ride was lovely in the sun ... The horses were lovely and friendly and the staff made you feel at ease ... The children had a lady with them at all times and they both loved it ... Thank you for the experience.
I've just had a wonderful ride on the beach ... the staff are lovely and the horses are too ... would highly recommend the beach ride for anybody who is experienced and wants a exhilarating and scenic ride! Will hopefully be back!
Lovely Coastal Hack
Experienced and safety conscious riding school ... Wells schooled horses and ponies ... Had a lovely hack along the coast overlooking the sea in a group of 4 riders ... Overall a really good ride.
Fantastic beach ride!!!
I had a lovely riding experience at Woolacombe riding stables ... Horses were all very well looked after and the people at the yard were very welcoming and friendly ... I choose to do the beach ride as it's something I've always wanted to do and was a beautiful ride out along 3 miles of beach and then back through the sand dunes! I was lucky enough to be the only person on the ride with the escort (Hannah) who was extremely friendly and chatty through out the whole ride and really enjoyed chatting to her and made the time even nicer! I rode Blaze out who was exceptionally well behaved and a real sweetie ... Would thoroughly recommend to anyone who would like the experience of a real ... fun beach ride!!
Horses were in really good condition ... well shod and good tack ... Riding on the beach on Monty was amazing and can't wait to go back
Awesome way to spend a Saturday morning!
Booked onto the beach ride on a sunny warm November morning and had a wonderful time! The stables responded quickly to email queries about the rides and booking was easy ... Arrived and chatted with the owner whilst filling in the paperwork and based on that assigned to Monty!
The staff down at the yard were friendly and helpful and introduced me to Monty and made sure that I was comfortable before setting off.
The ride itself was magnificent ... we walked down through the village and straight onto the beach which being 9am wasn't too busy ... We enjoyed several canters and gallops across the sand and a paddle in the sea before cutting back along the coast above the beach and through the sand dunes.
The lady leading the ride had full control of the entire group at all times and it was a pleasure chatting to her as we rode ... There were four of us plus two members of staff and everyone was of a similar standard of riding which made it a brilliant experience for all involved!
I will definitely be returning to Woolacombe Riding Stables!
Wonderful ride despite the weather
What a wonderful beach ride today ... Strong winds and driving rain didn't dampen the spirits ... Lovely horses ... great canters on the long beach and back through the sand dunes ... Would recommend to anyone ... Hope to be back
I had a great scenic ride at the stables today ... in pretty awful weather ( very high winds and rain) ... I was paired with the lovely Bridie ... who was a pleasure to ride ... and Rosanna took me out ... She was a lovely lady ... chatty and interesting ... The scenery is stunning and the weather made the ride even more invigorating ... I felt really safe on Bridie ... even on the top of a hill in hail ... which says a lot! We had a decent canter across a field too ... Wish I was staying another day so I could try the beach ride ... Will definitely be back though!
Daughter is experienced so trekking was new thing -(rides and trains dressage horses) but never ridden on a beach etc. - safe sound well mannered horses who were very good at there job
staff who rode out with them as escorts were lovely - and also safe and aware of others limitations staff on yard a little curt
Friendly and professional
Had a great ride - the views are fantastic ... Horses were very well behaved and boots and hats all provided ... Would return to do beach ride next time.
Girls loved it.
Very easy to find and book sessions ... my daughters went here and they had never ridden horse before they were very well looked after and everything explained to them ... They loved it very much and said they would go again. Staff were great.
Back in the saddle after a very long time – nervous but needn't have been ... The people were very friendly ... wasn't forced to do anything I didn't want to and the ride out was lovely ... relaxed and a good start to getting back to horse riding ... The horses were extremely well kept and an immaculate yard ... All good ... :-)
Great Centre ... Access via a steep narrow single track ample parking very well organised staff friendly felt my 2 daughters aged 10 and 12 were very safe 1/2 hour £15 good VFM ... Beautiful area to ride would go again
2 kids loved Lollypop & Spacer
Loved it ... Our 5 and 7 year old had a great 1/2 hour trek and are still talking about it ... 10/10! Its set in beautiful valley and the staff were very friendly and helpful ... £15 a child was very reasonable.
Woolacombe Riding Stables
I love my rides and I loved the day at the stables ... It is perfect for horse lover because you can tack up horses and have rides and lessons and leading pony on rides ... It was the best that I did for four days in a row ... It is a horse lover delight.
Fantastic way to start the day!
Just returned from a super sand dune hack ... The scenery was stunning throughout and we had a good chance to trot and canter along the way ... My horse was lovely - not your usual plod but kept me on my toes at times but I never felt unsafe ... She was brilliant!!
Earlier in the week my disabled son who adores horses had a wonderful ride on Dolly around the fields.
Many thanks to Jessie ... Faye and of course Demi and Dolly.
Amazing beach riding
Wow - fantastic beach and coastal path riding ... Experienced riders get to gallop along the beach on really lovely horses ... Not so experienced riders can potter along and enjoy the scenery ... Not to be missed if visiting Woolacombe
My daughter and her fiancé went on a hack at this stables during our holiday ... They had a couple of lovely ploddy horses which suited them down to the ground ... Had horses for all experiences.
My wife loved it
My wife did the 1 1/2 hour scenic tour and loved it ... nice people and horses ... You need some experience for this tour ... She was torn on this one or the beach tour ... Both looked good.
Well worth a try
I took my 6 year old daughter here for a half hour ride ... she'd only ridden once before but the staff were great ... she really loved it ... I well recommend it.
My kids loved this and went twice in the week while we were down in Woolacombe ... My daughter rode without someone leading her pony ... she was so pleased with herself ... Nice friendly staff ... recommended.
Two of us went out on the one hour ride ... On arrival we received a friendly welcome and were introduced to the girl who would look after us ... The staff were really friendly and were very good at reassuring my daughter who was a rather nervous passenger! Beautiful views on well looked after horses/ponies ... Just wish my legs weren't aching!
Organised family ride on well selected horses ... very friendly staff.
We had a 45 minute ride around the top of the valley with views over towards Lundy.
I rode Blaze a lovely calm but willing horse and thoroughly enjoyed my 3 rides ... The first was a 1 1/2 hour scenic ride above the coast ... The next was a sand dune ride with great sea views and the last the beach ride long canters the length of the beach ... Good horses ... good guides ... great scenery ... Please do not book through Equestrian Escapes they charged us £200 above the actual cost of the b&b and riding!!!
A Real Treat
If you've ever promised yourself the thrilling experience of a beach ride ... "Go For It" at Woolacombe Riding Stables
A quick but professional assessment of my riding ability before riding out ensured I was matched to a suitable horse: comforting for rider & horse!
Wow what an experience ... Firm golden sands ... A lively but well mannered horse (Romeo) ... Warm summer sunshine ... Competent ... friendly escort (Hannah) ... Stunning scenery.
Many thanks ... I shall return!
The reason I keep coming back
What can I say ... Fantastic yard with friendly staff ... I must have ridden the beach now over 40 times over the past 18 years and each time it's different which is great ... The scenic ride is lovely too ... You can really tell the horses are loved and looked after well ... I even get to ride my old favourite Choco every time ... all I have to do is ask and it's never a problem ... When booking our family holiday one of the main reasons we choose Woolacombe is so I can go riding ... I know there are other places but I'd rather stick to who I know and feel confident with ... Keep up the good work everyone ... Emma xxx
Big thank you to Woolacombe Riding Stables ... Had a great sand dune ride this week ... Very enjoyable and the views were great ... My horse Demi was a pleasure to ride ... Shall be booking again next year ... Big thanks to Faye for taking me out ... Would recommend these stables.
Great Beach Ride
As an experienced rider ... some of the beach ride was a bit slow and very careful ... but that shows how good the staff cares and ensures "safety first" ... apart from that: great scenery ... nice canters ... fun ride ... I don't know any other beach ride in the area ... but even if there were ... I'd go back to this place.
the facilities are old ... but well kept ... Most important: the horses are good: relaxed ... generally a nice ride.
very friendly and helpful/mindful staff.
Great fun with friendly staff
My 7 year old son enjoyed an introductory 1/2 hour lesson with a very helpful and friendly girl.
All staff were friendly and informative and it's a reasonable price ... would thoroughly recommend
I haven't ridden for many many years and was hoping for a beach ride ... but after a quick assessment I realised that I was not up to it yet.
I did the sand dune ride which ran along side the beach.
I would have liked more opportunity to trot and canter ... we only had short bursts and never really got into anything.
Great time though and Demi was a lovely ride.
Even for beginners.
My wife and kids had never ridden before but enjoyed this basic hour of simple skills and short hack ... Go on ... give it a go.
Knowledgeable friendly staff and lovely horses
Our 11 year old daughter wanted to have a ride out while we were on holiday nearby ... We pre-booked a ride by emailing the stables ... Communication was v friendly and prompt! When we arrived ... they had two ponies ready for our daughter to try out ... so they could assess her ability ... She had a 15 minute assessment and a change of ride was decided upon ... The girls were all very friendly and really knowledgeable ... They made our daughter feel very welcome ... She had a fantastic ride over the hills and fields ... and loved every minute if it ... Will most definitely be back again!
Good price & friendly staff
5 of us went on a 30 minute hack along a track not far from the stables ... Due to it being fairly hilly and lots of steep slopes we were unable to do anything but walk which was disappointing.
I think it was something like £12-£15 pp for the 30 minutes.
The beach ride sounded fantastic but due to having two novice riders with us we couldn't do it.
Overall the staff were really friendly ... the ponies/horses were good (not lazy like a lot of school horses)
Hats and boots were provided.
I would definitely recommend
Great stables ... friendly staff ... lovely horses
Lovely stables ... Best around with good coastal views on trekking path ... Daughter loved it and offered concessionaire price for dying at Lola Golden Coast holiday park ... Booked on morning of trek so could check the weather first!
We had a party of 8 with mixed ability ... from those who had not ridden before to those who owned horses ... The staff were fantastic and catered for our group very well ... Not only were they genuine and happy to help in any way possible ... safety was paramount to them - for both riders and the horses themselves.
We rode in the schooling rings for 30 mins and then rode out along the fields and quiet lanes.
This is a must for anyone who wishes to have fu ... With friends ... get back in the saddle ... or experience something different for the first time.
Well done Woolacombe riding school --- professional / welcoming and lovely staff + horses
Girls day out.
My two daughters tried out the horse riding and got a good deal by booking it on our holiday camp ... staff were friendly and very helpful.
Kids first lesson and outride
Fantastic and the children can't wait to return ... The team at the Woolacombe Riding Stables are extremely professional yet relaxed and able to cater to all ages ... Highly recommended.
Great fun and good staff make this a hit
Teresa always takes the time to help you find the right horse or pony for you ... we have been coming back for years and always have a great time whether having lessons or trekking ... the views are superb and the ponies and staff are really good.
We loved the trek - with amazing views ... my daughter did the pony for the day and loved it too ... very good value and made our hols
Caters for all
The stables are not far from the hotel we stayed in.
Best place to go whether new to horse riding or experienced.
Reasonable price as well ... def worth a visit if your in the area.
Just outside the town this is a great place to go for a change from the beach good for learners and experienced riders alike good value and friendly staff
My two children wanted to go so I took them and spoke to them and they managed to get them in there and then, the kids loved it and we will be going there on our next trip to Woolacombe.
Staff were very professional and friendly.
Want to go again and again!!
I've done 4 beach rides with Woolacombe stables now and have my 5th booked in a couple of weeks ... Staff are always friendly and I've had some lovely chats with the instructors on the hack! Horses are all friendly and well looked after.
Good fun if you like horse riding
My daughter loves to visit here a couple of times a year and has good fun ... The staff are friendly and attentive and they take time to match horse to rider.
As an adult I hated it and walked like John Wayne for days after - so I drop her off and walk to the village and wait in the nearest bar for an hour reading the paper - and we are now both happy
My son has recently become keen on horse riding and we decided to give this place a try as it was close to where we were staying ... Staff here are very friendly and very knowledgeable ... highly recommend.
Had a half hour pony trek ... Very patient staff ... Animals all looked very happy ... Staff are fully trained & very keen.
Daughters first horse ride
The smile on my daughters face was unforgettable when they came back ... I think it was a magical half hour for her on her first horse ride ... Friendly staff ... definitely worth £11 for the half hour.
Lovely ... absolutely lovely!
I only have high marks for them! Professional friendly staff ... safety conscious ... nice horses ... and unbeatable surroundings ... Truly a highlight of our UK trip.
Bobbie and Dolly Horsing around
Son and girlfriend had half hour lesson. Good value, friendly stable girls. good instruction received as was first time on a horse for my son
San and Roy
Beach ride in Woolacombe
Fantastic ride across the huge beach and back through the dunes ... Great horses and friendly staff ... Will definitely go back on next visit.
They offered my 10 year old some good advice even though she thinks she's a great rider! Nothing that we disliked!
Lovely half hour ride
took my daughter for a half hour pony ride ... she absolutely loved it ... I can see that we will be back again and again.
Very enjoyable beach ride
Excellent beach ride ... The Woolacombe beach goes on for a mile and the sand is white ... The horses are well looked after ... The group was just the right size ... I really enjoyed the ride and would love to go back again soon! The ride was in the morning ... before bathers and surfers dominated the beach so plenty of gallop opportunities and it felt safe ... The instructors were good and very friendly ... I was even allowed to park the car there that afternoon while I enjoyed the beach.
Great kids love it
My kids loved it riding the ponies ... Staff friendly and a discount if you were staying at one of the local sites :)
Fantastic experience at superbly-run stables
I have not ridden a horse for 10 years (I am 19 now) so I was obviously a little nervous when I arrived ... However ... the kind and patient instructors made me feel comfortable and reassured ... All the horses were extremely well-behaved and the one I rode (Roley - a big one ... too!) was unbelievably patient and did nothing to make me worry ... I had a half hour tuition lesson inside and even trotted! Then we went into the fields for another half hour walk with the most beautiful views ... Can't stay enough about the lovely instructors who were experienced and did not make me feel silly ... It was £20 for the 1 hour slot ... which I think is fantastic value for such a wonderful experience ... It has made me want to go riding again!!
They also do family rides ... and for more experienced riders ... a beach canter which is supposed to be incredible ... A must-visit stables when staying in Ilfracombe ... Woolacombe ... Mortehoe and the other surrounding areas ... Will go again if we ever return to Devon ... Thank you for a brilliant afternoon!
Very friendly and helpful staff
We had a family trek out with our 4 year old and loved the views and the opportunity for us all to ride out together having our 4 year old on a lead rein ... Many thanks!
The people here were lovely and the horses seemed very well behaved ... We had a lovely long walk across the fields at a reasonable price ... A must if staying nearby (we stayed at Golden Coast).
Fantastic for all ages!!!!!
Thank you to Hannah a d the girls at these wonderful stables!!
We came here for my partners birthday- with having not much experience between the two of us I didn't know what to expect!- but all expectations were well and truly met!
A fantastic programme ' a day at the stables' - you were taken to meet all the ponies/ horses with a brief description of their temperament ... age and ability ... Followed by a session of learning about the grooming and tacking of horses ... With a demo and practical chance to take part.
A lesson in the inside arena followed by one outside - brilliantly put together to help you gain confidence and stability on your horse!
After lunch we ventured out on an hours trek over the hills and fields with beautiful sea views all around!
The girls were fantastic keeping you motivated and calm ... by your side and chatting all the while!
Lastly we walked the ponies out to their night time field ... mucked out and prepped the stables for the evening ...
Overall a brilliant day and I would recommend this day out to any age or ability - the girls work extremely hard and we thank you for a fabulous day!
We will definitely be back!!!
Kind regards Tracy and Andrew xxx
Had a great time pony trekking ... we were both beginners and they gave us a lesson for half hour before we went out across the fields on a hack which was brilliant fun ... Would definitely do it again.
Staff really friendly ... My son had half an hour of instruction and a half an hour ride ... One of the girls then showed us around the stables and let him pet all the horses and she told him all their names ... Only £20 for the hour so very reasonable.
good fun for the kids
My two daughters ( aged 10 and 12 ) went on a basic ride and had a great time.
Cost £20 but were well tutored and kitted out ... another holiday memory
our 5 year old went on a half hour trek ... cost £12 ... She loved it and would recommend it to anyone ... she bought a photo of her horse ... Jerry ... and she is proud as punch!
Will & Mo
My My Daughters dream of riding on a beach came true
Lovely stables and a rare opportunity to ride on the beach ... The staff were excellent and if you are a Parent waiting for you daughter or son to return try and get in a conversation with the Farmer (owner) ... fantastic stories and a pleasure to spend 20mins
Fun with Horses
Nothing to dislike ... Thoroughly enjoyed by the Family ... My youngest was so pleased ... because it was Her first ride on a Horse ... She is a Horse Fan ... !!! Staff Members were lovely people ... and polite and friendly and helpful ... Big Thanks ... x
Had a wonderful time - as an older ... rather nervous novice ... I found they couldn't have been kinder or more encouraging and helpful ... Wonderful horses and such beautiful scenery to enjoy along the way.
Great scenic hack
I felt really confident riding here ... Having not ridden for 5 years I was quite reassured when we were told (on seeing us on the ponies) that a half hour lesson was required before the hack ... The scenic route is beautiful even in the rain ... and enjoyed it so much we went back 2 days later as well ... Still walking like John Wayne though!
*** Please note we have a maximum weight limit of 15 stone. ***