Approved Riding Centre

Stonetrail Riding Centre
Street Farm
Kirkby Stephen
CA17 4LL

Tel: 015396 23444
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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


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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Follow our journeys each week with an album for each ride    


Sedbergh & The Howgills

June 7th 2018

The Howgill Fells which surround Sedbergh form a wonderful backdrop and are criss crossed with wonderful bridlepaths perfect for exploring this lovely hidden part of Cumbria.  

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Pennine Bridleway Ride June 4th 2018

We had fabuloius weather on this years 3 day ride from Stonetrail to Austwick following the Pennine Bridleway. This is a linear route, virtually off road all the way with stunning views all the way with two overnight stops in Garsdale and Clapham. 

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2 day Lady Anne Ride May 28th 2018

Another great 2 days of riding for Anne, Gill, Barbara, Rachel & Diane. Lots of lovely canters and another full day picnic ride.   

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3 day Westmorland Trail Ride

May 22nd 2018

Beautiful weather for our first Westmorland of the year. 

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Lady Anne Ride May 15th 2018

Our 2 day Lady Anne Ride is aimed at riders who are returning to riding after a break or who want to improve their confidence. This week we enjoyed a full day picnic ride in the Howgill Fells and a full day picnic ride in the Mallerstang Valley. We were blessed with wonderful weather. 

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May 10th 2018

We are delighted to receive another Highly Commended Approval rating for 2018. A testament to all the hard work of everyone involved at Stonetrail. 


June 20th 2016 - Wiggy

Wiggy, one of our new horses "is doing really well and has just complewted his first full day ride with Stonetrail.  



2 day Crosby Garret Weekend Trail Ride

April 30th & May 1st 2016

Hardy riders and horses did not let cooler conditions spoil their fun on our Crosby Garret Trail Ride. 

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Durham University Riding Club

18th - 22nd  April 2016

8 lucky riders from Durham Univeristy had the best weather of the year so far and enjoyed 3 days of hacking.

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Duke of Edinburgh Horseback Training & Practice

March 19th -22nd 2016

Riders from Sedbergh School undertook 5 days of training & practice for their Gold Horseback Expedition due to take place in June this year.




The Amazing Conner 

Rookin House Dressage

Wed 2nd Dec 2015

Conner, who is our semi-retired enjoyed an exciting evening at Rooking House this week taking part in a dressage test with Alison and with very little practice ( zero actually due to appalling weather here ) he still managed to score a creditable 61% - we lacked a bit of "suppleness and bend" ( distance memories for me and Conner ! ) but we were noted for our "nice partnership" and I personally could not wish for a better judges comment. I'm so pleased I made the effort to do this with Conner, I really wish I could turn back the clock on this wonderful kind horse.  


Sunny Ride to the Pub

November 1st 2015

We were blessed with fabulous sunny weather for our last full day ride of the year. 

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Orton Fells Trail Ride October 2015

From August 1st 2016 the beautiful Orton Fells area will be included in the newly extended boundary of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This has to be one of the most  beautiful places to ride with miles of green tracks and stunning views every step of the way. In 2016 we are offering a new 4 day trail ride around the Orton Fells. These photos were taken on our test ride in October 2015.  

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Eden Valley Riding Holiday

September 2015

We had perfect weather for our Eden Valley Riding holiday in September with superb views and lots of cantering.

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Crosby Garret Trail Ride

August 2015

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Sedbergh School Horse Riding Course August 3rd - 6th 2015

Happy riders on our Sedbergh School residential horse riding course held in August.

The riders enjoyed a busy programme of riding and horse care activities from 9am until 5,30pm which included cross country hacking & dressage to music.   There was even time for a quick dip in the hot tub at the end of the day.  

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Crosby Garrett Weekend Trail Ride July 24th 2015

Beautiful views of Smardale Gill on our weekend trail ride exploring the bridleways between Ravenstonedale and Crosby Garrett.   

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Sedbergh School Summer Horse Riding Course July 2015

Lots of fun for 13 girls and staff on our residential Horse Riding Course July 20th - 23rd 2015. 

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Eden Valley Riding Holiday

June 22nd - 24th 2015 

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Another three days of great rides exploring the Eden Valley bridleways. Our routes this week were;

Day One - Ravenstonedale & Ash Fell

Day Two - Crosby Garrett fells 

Day Three - Mallerstang Valley - lunch stop at the Nateby Inn 






Eden Valley Riding Holiday

June 16th - 19th  


This week we have been exploring the wonderful bridleways around Kirkby Stephen on our three day residential Eden Valley riding holiday. We rode a different route each day covering around 15 miles with either a picnic or pub stop for lunch.

Day One - The Howgills and Ravenstonedale

Day Two - Crosby Garret fells 

Day Three - Mallerstang Valley    

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Pennine Bridleway Ride

3 Day Trail Ride from Kirkby Stephen to Settle

June 2nd - 4th 2015

Thankyou to Caroline, Ellen, Jo and Sharon for joining us on our recent Pennine Bridleway ride. We  set off in strong winds and rain but finished in the sunshine. There are some lovely photos of the horses resting on our third day near Horton-on-Ribblesdale.  

The horse team was Jack, Harry, Tom and Sam with Danny and Archie leading the way. Alison was Ride Leader with support from Lizzie.   

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May 30th 2015

Full day ride to Nateby 

Photo taken near Wharton Hall looking towards Nateby. 

The horse is "Danny".

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Allen and Jack

April 18th 2015

This is Allen who at 72 confirms you are never too old to climb aboard for the first time and fulfil an ambition. Doesn't he look great ? His partner for the ride was our lovely Jack.

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April  7th - 10th 2015

Sedbergh School Easter Horse Riding Course

Well done and thankyou to Lottie, Lucy, Jodie, Aine, Jess and Keira for joining us for our first Easter Horse Riding course for Sedbergh School. We had loads of fun teaching our horses how to ride to music ( click on the link below to see them in action ), lots of very competitive mounted games and lovely hacks out out every day.

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March 18th 2015

Here is our new advert complete with new logo for this years riding holidays.

The horse selected to star in our logo is Garth, a 14.2 Welsh Cob who was one of the original six horses Alison started with back in 2007. He is now enjoying a pampered life with Suzanne, who fell in love with him on one of our riding holidays.  

The photo is taken on Wharton common near Kirkby Stephen with Wild Boar fell in the background. 

This advert has been prepared for the next edition of the BHS magazine.




March 18th 2015

Half day ride through the Howgill fells. Photo taken on the bridleway between Murthwaite and Adamthwaite near Ravenstonedale.  



Spencer (L), Ebony ( R )


Feb 28th 2015

Fun in the arena today for Charlie and Josh riding Tom (left)  and Sam (right).

Well done to Josh for winning today's Pony Club Games !    


Tom ( R) and Sam ( L )


Feb 286h 2015

Our new barn is taking shape.  

Alison riding Ebony on "The Clouds" ride Feb 2015

Alison & Ebony 

February 21st 2015

Alison riding Ebony on "The Clouds" ride on a lovely sunny day. 

 Ride on the Clouds February 15

 Feb 21st 2015

A break in the weather meant we could enjoy a lovely ride today on Fell End Clouds. 


New Barn  for Stonetrail

January 2015

Its all go at Stonetrail this winter as we prepare the groundwork for our new barn. Work is due to be completed mid March ready for the new season. 


Happy New Year to all our customers 

It may be the middle of winter but we are busy getting our horses fit again for some early Spring rides

Alison with Posh in sunshine and snow !  


Home Visit by the Dentist

November 2014

A routine visit by the dentist is always an interesting day ! Most of our horses love the attention. Treatment provided by our vets, Frame & Swift from Penrith.    


Eden Valley Trail Ride

Sept 2014

Another fun week of beautiful trails in the Eden Valley

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Kate's Ride to Ash Fell

Sept 12th 2014

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Antony, our youngest recruit is doing well

3rd September 14

Here is a lovely photo of Antony, our latest rising star. Just 4 years old and recently backed by us. He is incredibly willing and sweet natured and despite his size has quite a long stride and plenty of speed ! He adores being around people and is a stunner with masses of feather and a flowing flaxen mane and tail. We are sure he is going to be a popular choice.

Thanks to Lesley Daglish for a great photo. 




Lesleys Birthday Weekend

Aug 2014

What more can you ask for on your birthday than a weekend on horseback !

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Bev's Birthday Ride

Aug 2014

A  gentle "back in the saddle" ride for Bev and Rebecca riding Jack and Nora. 

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Helens Birthday Ride

Another sunny and warm day for a ride over Ash Fell & around Ravenstonedale 

August 20th 2014


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Sat 9th Aug 14

A 2 hour ride on Ash Fell, a "back in the saddle" ride for Nicky and a first time ride on the fells for Brian.

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Ravenstonedale Ride

Aug 8th 2014

Half day ride around Ravenstonedale this afternoon, a sudden downpour prompted a stop at the pub !   

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Trail Riding Break 4th & 5th August 2014

Gina, Sarah and Shona on Mckenzie, Spencer and Nora. Two days of fun and happy times strolling around the fells.

Happy Birthday Gina ! Mckenzie is missing you x  

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Sedbegh International Summer School 

July 2014

Throughout July we welcomed students from across Europe who were studying at Sedbergh International Summer School. They enjoyed trekking out onto the beautiful bridleways near Sedbergh.

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Hidden Valley Trail Ride

4 Day Trail Ride July 21st - 25th 2014

Our trail rides are a great way to go on a journey stopping at a different place each night. This trail ride took us to Sedbergh, Dent , Garsdale and back home to Kirkby Stephen.  

Photo - Cooling off in the river Dee between Sedbergh and Dent on one of the hottest days of the year. To see the album of this ride click here   


 August 2014

A one hour easy trek for a Hen party staying at Stonetrail. We follow a lovely bridleway straight from our gate with fabulous views across the valley. 



Full Day Ride through the Mallerstang Valley

July 27th 2014

Lovely full day pub ride stopping at the Nateby Inn with Hilary, Katie, Emma, Jenny & Michelle riding Ebony, Spencer, Tasha, Harry & McKenzie.

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Alison with Archie and Maisy

June 14

Alison enjoying time in the feild with Archie & Maisy - our homebred Welsh Cobs 

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Crosby Garret Weekend Trail Ride 

April 25th 2014




Pennine Bridleway Opening Ceremony

June 2012

Alison with Martin Clunes at the official opening of the Pennine Bridleway. Alison was invited to accompany Martin Clunes, in his role as president of the Briitish Horse Society to cut the ribboon in recognition of her involvement with the promotion of the Bridleway.

Pictured is "Gemma" who Martin rode at the ceronmony