One of the instructors, Jen, was involved in handling the horses during the filming of the first series - which took place right on Hallagenna’s doorstep last summer. With a wealth of knowledge of both the film locations and Bodmin Moor, the team at Hallagenna provide an insider’s guide to the filming and the area.
On a warm July morning, our group of five set off through the yard gate and straight on to the Moor. My mount for the morning was Freckles, a 13.2hh skewbald mare. A little smaller than my own horses, but no less fun – she can really gallop!
From Hallagenna we crossed Ladydown Common through Bolatherick, passing Ivy Common. We then continued on, passing King Arthur's Hall and on to Roughtor and Brown Willy – the highest point in Cornwall. The scenery was spectacular and we were able to spot both the doctor’s house and Ross’s home – Nampara.
We then visited Logan Rock and down to Watergate. This led us over the ancient packhorse trail and on to Alex Tor.
After a great four hours in the saddle, at varying speeds and over undulating terrain, it was time to head back to the yard – as the thunder started to roll in the distance. It was amazing to see how quickly the weather can change on the Moor!
Exploring the trail was a great experience and totally different to riding out at home. I had no idea that Bodmin Moor was so vast and peacefully quiet.
The Poldark Trail is available as both a two-hour and four-hour ride – own horses are welcome. Hallagenna also offer other trails – including one to the Jamaica Inn. Two new self-catering holiday cottages are available too - the perfect excuse for a riding holiday and exploring more of the rugged Cornish countryside.