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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Crosby Garrett Weekend Trail Ride 

cg2016a.jpgA 2 day weekend trail ride with one overnight stop suitable for experienced adult riders 

About this Ride

Crosby Garrett is tucked away deep in the Eden Valley in the new extended part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This is a 2 day ride with one overnight stop following a different route each day. This route has lots of varied terrain and excellent canters along lovely old green lanes and tracks on Crosby Garrett common. This ride is an ideal choice for experienced riders are who confident at cantering in open cg2016d.jpgcountryside and able to ride for up to 5 hours a day. All our riding holidays include time for you to help groom, tack up and care for your horse with help if necessary from our friendly guides. This holidays starts on a Saturday morning at 9am and finishes on Sunday afternoon around 4pm. Additional nights B&B can be arranged before or after your holiday. 

Route Photos

Please click here to view photos of this route route or here to view a clip of one of the many lovely canters on this cg2016c.jpgride. Our horses love a good canter, they go forward nicely at whatever pace we set, they do not race and are easy to stop

Your Guides

For the majority of rides, your Ride Leader will be Alison, the owner of Stonetrail who founded Stonetrail in 2007 and has years of experience riding and leading trail riding holidays. Assisting Alison will be a team of equally experienced and mature helpers who are there to make sure you have a fun, safe and wonderful riding experience.  Click here to read more about Alison and our riding holidays. 

cg2016b.jpgOur Horses

Stonetrail currently has a team of 18 horses who are forward going, well mannered and easy to ride. Many of of horses have been home bred or trained from being youngsters and they have earned a fantastic reputation for being easy to ride, sensible and fun. We have a mixture of Welsh, Irish and Dales horses who are forward going and renowned for their calm temperaments, willing natures and sure footedness. Our horses love their job and are perfect companions for trail riding. Please click here to view photos of our horses. 

cg2016e.jpgLuxury Accommmodation

Accommodation is at the Fat Lamb Inn, a lovely 16th century tradtional coaching inn which always guarantees a warm welcome, comfortable rooms and excellent food. The evenings are relaxed and social with everyone enjoying time to reflect of the days's adventures. Luggage is transported by daily by our support vehicle.  

Your Riding Ability

This ride is suitable for experienced adult riders who are confident at cantering in open spaces and fit enough to ride for up to 5 hours a day. On open fell we ride in a relaxed order, not nose to tail and riders must be confident at riding at all speeds on undulating terrain.  There is no requirement to have any horse care skills, our holidays are a perfect opportunity to learn how to groom and tack up and we are always on hand to show you the ropes ! Our maximum weight limit is 13 stone. 

Clothing and Equipment

Riders should be equipped with their own riding hat, approved to current standards, and riding boots. Saddle bags and hi vis are provided by us.     

Organisation and Back Up

Alison and Colin and the Stonetrail team have gained an excellent reputation for putting first the comfort and safety of their riders and horses and providing a well organised ride.  Moving a group of horse and riders successfully over several days on distances of up to 80 miles whilst maintaining a high standard of care requires careful planning and experience. Our many years of expeditions across Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales have given us a firm foundation of knowledge, we leave nothing to chance and focus on the small details because we know this makes a difference to your experience. Routes are carefully explored and ridden in advance, rides are fully vehicle supported, accommodation is visited and Alison speaks personally to every rider at the time of booking to make sure they have chosen the right holiday for their level of ability


9am Arrive at Stonetrail, meet your horse, fellow riders and Ride Leaders.     
  Groom and tack up your horse and pack saddle bags  
10am Set off for Crosby Garrett exploring the old green lanes & bridleways through Ravenstonedale 
12.30pm Tie up your horse and enjoy a picnic lunch with spectacular views across the Eden Valley  
3.30pm       Arrive at Crosby Garrett. Untack, groom and feed horses. Turnout horses for the night                        
4.30pm  Short transfer to your B&B ( provided by us ) 
7pm  Meet for dinner at 7pm ( table and transport if required arranged by us ) 
8am Meet for breakfast 
9am  Short transfer back to your B&B   
  Arrive at horses, groom, tack up and pack saddle bags. 
10am Set off for the return journey back to Stonetrail, enjoying more canters through the Smardale valley.  
  Stop for a picnic beside a pretty beck near Ravenstonedale before a final exhilerating canter on Ash fell                   
3.30pm Arrive back at the stables. untack, wash off, groom, feed & turnout the horses.   
  Enjoy a well earned sit down and tea and cakes before our final farewells.  


£350 per person

Price includes 2 days guided riding, 1 night B&B in a shared room, picnic lunches, tea and cakes after each ride, luggage transfer and pick-up / return from Kirkby Stephen station. 

Single rooms are available at an additional rate of £20 per night. Additional nights accommodation is available before or after your holiday. 

2018 Dates

Please click here to view the date of this holiday in 2018

How to Book


As always, we are available to chat in person and answer any specific questions you may have about our holidays. 

To make a booking please email us with the name and date of the holiday you wish to book and, if you have not ridden with us before, your height, weight and some brief details about your riding experience. We will then email a booking form and reserve a place for you for up to 7 days. 

To secure the booking all you need to do is return the booking form with  a non refundable deposit of £100.  Payment can be made either by bank transfer or by cheque ( see payment details below ). The final balance is due no later than six weeks before the start of your holiday. A full confirmation will be sent with arrival and accommodation details once your deposit has been paid.  

We hope to see you in 2018.