Cookworthy Moor is a free-riding area between Bude and Okehampton, so bear it in mind when shortlisting where to take your horse out. Cookworthy Forest enjoys a gorgeous location in the hills of west Devon, and Red Deer can often be spotted at dawn and dusk – so it’s a nice ride for some fresh air and the chance to enjoy the peace and quiet. If you like to keep your eyes peeled for wildlife during a ride you may also spot barn owls and green woodpecker, so this is a special spot for a ride during a visit to Devon.
One of the best things about riding in Devon has got to be that you’re very likely to come across something unique, and this ride it no exception. Stop off at the Cookworthy Forest Centre and have a look at the traditional roundhouse reconstruction. Cycling is also allowed throughout the forest, so on a sunny day you’ll find the tracks and trails play host to many who like to enjoy the fresh air and tranquillity of the area. The Forest Centre is a handy place to start your ride or pause for a rest, as it has toilet facilities (always important during a day out in the country!) as well as a car park for visitors.
Riders are welcome to de-box in the public car park, which you’ll find across the road from the Cookworthy Forest Centre. The closest town to Cookworthy Moor is Holsworthy, and the landscape is a beautiful conifer plantation that’s managed by the Forestry Commission.