Exploring the Cornish countryside on horseback – what could possibly sound more idyllic? You don’t have to be a seasoned horse rider to enjoy a hack across the country near St Ives. There are several stables near the town that offer trekking for all levels of experience. And yes, you can take a romantic ride across a beach.
Penhalwyn Trekking Centre is just a short distance from St Ives, on the B3311 in Halsetown. The centre has been in operation since 1979, and offers trekking for experienced or novice riders, as well as mixed-ability and family groups. They even offer a “pub trek”! A hack for experienced riders will take you up around the windswept moorland of Zennor with glorious sea views, or up nearby Trink Hill. Hacks for beginners or mixed groups stick to the pretty little lanes around Halsetown.
High Tremenheere Riding Stables is a friendly riding stables in Ludgvan, just off the B3311 between St Ives and Penzance. They offer a wide range of activities for visitors: choose from a private hack, a parent-and-child ride, a group hack, or a picnic hack (including a lunch stop at nearby Tremenheere Gardens. If you’d really liked to pretend you’re a Poldark, go on one of their beach rides at Marazion. They can also put together a party or special group session if there’s a few of you on holiday together.
Old Mill Stables is in a pretty rural lane in Lelant Downs, which is between St Ives and Hayle. They have been open for over fifty years, and many of the local riders have passed through their stable doors during that time. Old Mill Stables provides teaching and certification for their regular riders, however also offer hacks for the public. Please contact them to find out more.