The Surrounding Area
Things to do during a horse riding holiday in Cornwall
Whilst it’s true that we are situated in a peaceful Moorland location, our guests are always surprised by the sheer variety of things to do during their horse riding holiday in Cornwall. We are located 10 minutes off the A30 dual carriageway, which then gives easy access to the rest of Cornwall. Here is just a small selection of things to do and places to visit whilst enjoying your stay at Hallagenna:
Walks – Immediately on your doorstep, Bodmin Moor offers many different walks for all abilities. From Hallagenna you can walk out for a gentle stroll. Or take up to a full days hike and enjoy the beautiful undiscovered surroundings, pretty villages, churches, hidden river valleys and the many historical places this undiscovered area has to offer .
We have a number of guide books available at Hallagenna to give you some ideas of possible routes and the varied wildlife you might see. Buzzards and hawks are very common, but you may also spot Wheatear and Meadow Pipit. Other wildlife includes otters, badgers, foxes, Deer and moorland ponies.
And of course, there is the Beast of Bodmin! There have been several recorded sightings of a large cat-like animal over the last twenty years following the introduction of the Wild Animals Act in the 1970s, when many large cats were released into the wild. Although very illusive You may be lucky to catch as glimpse of these very shy mysterious figures!
Cycling – At Hallagenna we are located on route 3 of the sustans cycle route, which will take you through quiet lanes to the whole of Cornwall. Hallagenna is also just a 1 mile ride to the Camel trail, which will take you all the way to Bodmin where it links with such places as Llanhydrock trails as well as other Cornish cycle routes. Or you can go on through Wadebridge all the way to the North Cornish coast at Padstow. Bike hire can be arranged if required. And we can get bikes delivered to Hallagenna during your stay if requested.
Moorland Villages – Hallagenna is one mile’s stroll from the pretty moorland village of St Breward, the highest village in Cornwall. The Old Inn St Breward offers excellent pub food. Other villages within easy reach are the pretty village of Blisland with its village green, again with a good pub – The Blisland Inn, and Bolventor, home to the world-famous Jamaica Inn.
The North Cornwall Coast – Hallagenna is about 30 minutes’ drive to some of the prettiest parts of the North Cornish coast, including Polzeath surf beach and the pretty fishing village of Port Isaac of Doc Martin fame, home to tea shops, pubs and some excellent restaurants. We’re also under 30 minutes from Tintagel, with King Arthur’s Castle, and the wonderful surf beach of Trebarwith Strand. The pretty town of Wadebridge is also about 20 minutes away, from where you can reach Padstow and Rock. The Eden Project is about 40 minutes’ drive and is well worth a visit, whatever the time of year. Bodmin is our nearest large town, about 15 minutes’ away, with all the usual facilities, including the National Trust’s Lanhydrock House.
Eating Out – Whilst our cottages are self-catering, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out. From good pub food to fine dining, we’ve picked out a few of our favourites below:
The St Kew Inn, St Kew – superb setting and food to match
The Red Lion, St Kew Highway – famous for its steaks
The Rising Sun, Altarnun – a hidden gem on the other side of Bodmin Airfield.
St Tudy Inn, St Tudy – formerly The Cornish Arms
St. Enodoc Hotel – home to two Nathan Outlaw restaurants
The Globe Inn, Lostwithiel – in the heart of the town
Trewithen Restaurant, Lostwithiel – also well worth a visit
Sam’s on the Beach, Polkerris – in an old RNLI boatshed
The Port William Inn, Trebarwith Strand – one of the best pub views in the country!
For non-riding guests and time out of the saddle from your horse riding holiday in Cornwall
There is a wealth of other activities close at hand for our guests who do not ride, including:
Farm walks – enjoy a range of lovely walks on nearby South Penquite Organic Farm.
Fun Parks – Trethorne, nr Launceston and Cornwall’s Crealy, Wadebridge
Cycling the Camel Trail from Wenford, St Breward
Sailing, kayaking and wakeboarding at Siblyback Lake, Bodmin Moor
Learn to Surf at Polzeath with Surf’s Up Surf School
Golf courses at Lanhydrock near Bodmin, Bowood Park near Camelford and Trethorne Golf Club, Launceston.
Coasteering and sea kayaking at Polzeath with Cornish Rock Tors
Swimming at nearby Hengar Manor (also has a spa with various treatments available) or Michaelstow Manor – both open to non-residents
Bodmin Dragon Leisure Centre is the nearest municipal swimming pool
We love dogs, and will be offering accommodation for small and medium sized dogs in Trippet cottage from January 2024. At a cost of £40 for up to a week. Should you wish to bring your dog, please inform us when you send your accommodation enquiry. And please read the terms and conditions for dogs on the website