01364 631 296
Babeny Farm Stables

Riding, holidays and workshops at Babeny Farm

Open from 1st April 2018 

Babeny Farm is one of the most respected riding establishments in the area operating for over 30 years, taking rides out onto the open moor.

Riding across Dartmoor is an excellent and easy way to discover the beauty and tranquillity of one of the most natural places in England. We are lucky enough to be able to experience 360 views, cross rivers and explore forest tracks. So whatever the weather a good ride is assured.

If you have never ridden before, why not try now! With our friendly and experienced staff we are sure you will enjoy the experience that Babeny Farm Stables has to offer.

Treks – These are for any ability from complete beginner to the experienced. We try to split rides to ability but all needs will be catered for by the escort if it is a mixed group.

Pub Ride – Whilst any ability can go on a pub ride, as it is approximately 3 hours in the saddle we would advise that some experience is preferable or a hearty confidence and constitution! The ride consists of approximately one and a half hours ride to the pub, approx an hour in the pub and one and a half hours ride home again. The rides leave the yard at 10:30am and returns at around 2.15pm . They are ideal for groups of mixed abilities as all levels of experience can ride together. They are often great fun for a Hen or Stag party. We advise that children should be over 10 years old unless a competent rider.

We look forward to meeting you and escorting you on one of our rides.

Prices, Booking & Cancellation policy

Open from Saturday 1st April 2018 - closes for the winter date tbc

BUY YOUR VOUCHERS FOR BIRTHDAY OR XMAS PRESENTS! Give us call and we will email it to you.

It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment, especially for the Pub Rides and Day Rides.

1 hour trek - £35

2 hour trek - £50

Half day pub rides - £65
(leave only at 10.30am)

Prices are per person. We can take group bookings with a 10% discount for over 10 people.

If you would like to book
~ please ring 01364 631 296 and have your debit/credit ready for a deposit
~ we need to know heights, weights and experience of each rider
~ we take 50% non-refundable and non-transferable deposit by debit/credit card at time of booking to secure your horse for the ride

It is important to arrive on time. Please check our 'contact' page for directions and instructions.

All rides are accompanied by experienced escorts carrying mobile phones and first aid kits. Hats, boots and body protectors are available to borrow free of charge.

Cancellation Policy
We ride whatever the weather unless lightening or icy, when we will then reschedule.

The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable so if you do cancel you will lose your deposit. If you cancel with less than 48 hours notice the full amount will be taken.

If you are more than 10 minutes late the ride will have to leave without out you and you will forfeit your deposit.

Please note we are unable to take bookings via email and only insured to take children from the age of 6 years. We are open 7 days a week from 1st April. 

Weight Limit - 16 stone (depending on experience)


We offer gift vouchers for any of the above rides or to a value of your choice. They are valid for the season.

Team Building Days

Corporate Team Building Days with horsepower!

A brilliant Team Building Day that will allow you and your team to:

  • Take part in a new sporting skill
  • Develop team morale, bonding and respect
  • Learn about your colleagues, their skills and abilities
  • Grow your own confidence
  • Attain a real sense of achievement

Your day will include meeting and greeting the horses and instructors, a basic lesson in handling and instruction, riding a horse in Dartmoor’s fabulous scenery and then discussing the outcome.

Babeny Farm’s proprietor Dee Dee Wilkinson is highly qualified to help you gain the best from your experience. She holds diplomas in Personal Performance, Positive Impact Coaching and Executive Coaching, and is also a coach supervisor. Dee will provide positive feedback so that each delegate gains the most from their experience.

We can tailor your day to suit you but a typical timetable might be as follows:

  • 10.00am arrive for tea and biscuits
  • Meet your instructor and horse
  • Learn the basics of handling your horse
  • Go for an hour’s ride on Dartmoor taking in the glorious scenery
  • Return to untack, thank your horse and de-brief
  • Lunch (packed or pub) is an optional extra

The standard package runs from 10am until 2pm

We can also add additional activities in the afternoon using tried and tested corporate team-building exercises.

Price on enquiry.

Your safety

Your safety is paramount to us and we are fully insured with competent and experienced staff.

If you are unused to horses, riding them can be a daunting prospect, but our staff are completely used to this and make it their priority to ensure you have an enjoyable experience. If you would rather not ride, this is absolutely fine too.

We will take it very slowly to ensure you get the best out of your time at Babeny Farm.

You will receive full information for you and your team including what to wear and bring (we do have riding hats).

We can provide a packed lunch or you might like to book in to a nearby pub. We can give you our recommendations.

Please do get in touch with Dee Dee with any queries and for more information.



Horse Holidays 

What better way to take a holiday than bring your horse to explore the beautiful Dartmoor scenery and countryside.
We offer stabling, along with bedding and haylage for £15.00 per horse per night.

You can stay at local B & B's or on site in our mobile home, complete with shower.

There is grass turnout for your horses and we have an excellent country store in Ashburton - "Tuckers Country Stores",  that will meet any additional feed or equine requirements you may need whilst here.

We are very happy to supply local routes and advice to keep you safe, Or if you would like an escort, this can be arranged in advance. 

Please give us a call for further details.

PLEASE NOTE There are 2 narrow bridges en route from the Ashburton / A38 side. Both Holne Bridge and Newbridge have width restrictions on them and vehicles should not be more than 10m (33ft) long and wider than 2.29m (7ft 6).The max width is 7ft 6. This is only just passable. If your lorry is larger than this you are advised to come via Bovey Tracey, and Moretonhamptstead and turn left at Two Bridges.

Winter Livery & Ride Opportunities

Horses Available for Winter Livery based here

We have a variety of safe easy going horses that you could enjoy riding between 1st Nov and Easter.

You can keep them here on a reduced full  livery rate for the winter months and ride as often as you like. This can be shared between yourself and a friend - so you enjoy the riding and we do all the work! (You would only need to ride 5 times a month to make this a viable option).

Please contact Babeny Stables 01364 631296 asap for further info.