Approved Riding Centre

Stone Trail Riding Centre
Street Farm
Ravenstonedale
Kirkby Stephen
Cumbria
CA17 4LL

Tel: 07775 642400
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North West Regional Development Agency

This project is being delivered through the Northwest Development Agency, with Defra as the managing authority

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This project is part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areasThis project is part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas

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About Stonetrail Riding Centre

Alison Roper and HarveyStonetrail is a riding holiday and trekking centre situated midway between Kirkby Stephen and Sedbergh in the Eden Valley on the border of Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Horse Riding at Stonetrail offers riders the opportunity to experience what we refer to as “real riding” out on the fells with a sense of fun, challenge and adventure. Our teaching is focused entirely on providing the necessary skills and confidence to take to the tracks and trails on horseback around Sedbergh and Kirkby Stephen.   We are very fortunate to have some of the best off road riding routes in the UK on our doorstep and Stonetrail is renowned for making the most of this unique landscape.  In addition to offering short rides lasting from an hour to a full day we are also one of the few companies in the UK who specialise in providing tailor made long distance rides of up to 100 miles.      

The Team

Stonetrail Riding Centre is managed by Alison Roper and a small team of staff and volunteers who work hard to create a very welcoming and fun atmosphere for everyone. Alison is a qualified Ride Leader with the British Horse Society and has many years of experience organising and leading trail riding holidays. Alison's passion for long-distance riding began many years ago and through her involvement with Natural England and the British Horse Society she has played a key role in the development and promotion of riding routes in Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales. In 2012, Alison was honoured to be chosen to accompany Martin Clunes in his role as President of the British Horse Society to open The Pennine Bridleway, Englands latest national trail, a 130 mile long distance bridleway purpose made for horses, cyclists and walkers.     

Our Horses

All the horses used by Stonetrail are owned by Alison and used exclusively for hacking and trail riding. They have become wonderful companions and friends and we cherish all of them. They receive the best standard of care and enjoy acres of grazing when they are not being ridden, living happily as a herd, in as natural conditions as possible. Some of our horses have been home bred and others have been bought as youngsters and brought on by us. You can read more about our horses on the 'Our Horses' page.

Opening Times / Ride Options

We are open throughout the year, offering rides lasting one hour to a full day. We also offer long-distance trail rides where we go on a wonderful journey for several days following historic bridleway routes through the stunning scenery of Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales. We also offer centre-based riding holidays with accommodation at our centre, either on a self-catering or an all-inclusive basis.

Riding Abilities

We are fortunate to have a wonderful choice of routes, very suitable for riders who want a steady confidence-building ride, as well as riders wanting a faster and more exhilarating ride. The majority of the rides are led by Alison, the owner, who personally matches each rider with a horse and takes great care to avoid mixing riders with different abilities to ensure that everyone has a fun, safe and enjoyable ride.

Small Group Rides led by Qualified Ride Leaders

Our rides are generally limited to 6 customers plus staff because we know that riding in smaller groups makes a better riding experience. If you book a private group ride we can cater for a larger number of people on the ride; please ask Alison for more advice. The majority of our rides are led by Alison (the owner) or an equally-qualified and experienced Ride Leader. We are very proud of our 'Highly-Acclaimed' Approval rating awarded to us by the British Horse Society. Our aim is to ensure you have a safe, fun and high-quality riding experience.

How to Book

Advanced booking is essential for all our rides. Please telephone Alison on 07775-642400 or send us an email. We are very happy to chat about what we offer, or answer any questions you may have.