Approved Riding Centre

Stonetrail Riding Centre
Street Farm
Kirkby Stephen
CA17 4LL

Tel: 015396 23444
Email: Get In Touch

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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Lady Anne Riding Holiday 2019 

A confidence boosting riding holiday to help improve your canter skills

2 days & 1 night £375 - optional extra haf day available

Are you looking for a holiday which is fun and helps you improve your confidence ? This holiday is a great choice for riders who have mastered walk, trot and canter in the riding school and who now want to enjoy their first trail ride, as well as riders who are returning after a break, or riders who have had a loss of confidence. It's an action packed two and a half days with lots to learn, but you will have great support from us and will be riding with others who have a similar ability as yourself.   

On this holiday you will learn how to groom, tack up, build trust and confidence with your horse and each day you will enjoy plenty of supportive, confidence boosting rides all in the spectacular scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Everyone will be at the same level, so no one will ever feel out of their depth or fear they are "holding anyone up" ensuring you feel relaxed and positive about your ability. Our horses are very friendly and easy to ride. When cantering they are  happy to stay in a line, they do not race, bolt, rear or buck. On this holiday there will be at least two instructors to provide good support and instruction as and when needed ! Over the two days the canters will build up from being very short and steady to longer and slightly faster ones. As well as canter practice you will learn how to adjust your position to ride confidently up and down hills and through streams. But of course its not all about the riding, the scenery is outstanding and there will be plenty of time to wander peacefully along and take in the views. 


If you would like to have a peep at the beautiful scenery and our horses in action please click here, this link will take you to our Ride Photos which has an album for each riding holiday. All our photos are shared with all our customers without charge.    

If you are interested in this holiday but would like to chat in person please ring Alison for more details and to help with any specific questions. 


This holiday starts at 9am on a Tuesday and finishes at approx 4pm on Wednesday with the option of booking an extra half day ride on Thursday at approx 1pm.  

Day 1 ( Tuesday )

Meet at Stonetrail at 9am or choose to book an extra night and arrive the evening before. Meet your fellow riders over a cup of tea and a chance to share one anothers' riding experiences and personal aims for the next two days. Spend a little time getting to know your horse, whilst grooming and tacking up and prepare for a steady and relaxed hour and a half ride on the hill side behind the stables. After lunch, we tack up and head out again for around two hours and enjoy some lovely short easy uphill canters. Return to the stables to untack, groom, feed and turn out your horse. 

Evening meals are available at our lovely local inn, The Fat Lamb (we will book a table for the whole group), which has an excellent choice of home cooked food. The Fat Lamb is an easy 10 min walk  or a  two minute drive. Guests staying at Stonetrail receive a 10% discount on their food orders. 

Day 2 ( Wednesday )

Meet at 9am in the stable yard, groom and tack up your horse and pack your saddle bags for a full day trail ride with a picnic stop. There are lots more short and easy canters on uphill grassy slopes and stunning views. Throughout this holiday we can help you progress from shorter to longer and faster canters that suit your ability, and help you enjoy a unique, true trail riding experience. 

Optional extra ride on day 3 ( Thursday )

On this holiday you have the option to book an extra nights accommodation and an extra half day ride on the third day. We will be riding a different circular route offering another chance to build on the skills and confidence learnt on the first two days. The ride today will return to the stables at around 1pm.  

Our Horses

We have a super team of well bred horses which are forward gloing, well mannered and easy to ride. Many have been home bred or bought as youngsters and brought on slowly and carefully by ourselves. They are renowed for being sensible & calm yet fun horses and they are expert at riding across the cumbrian fells being sure footed and willing. Our horses love their job, live as a  herd when not being ridden and make perfect companions for our trail riding adventures. 

Accommodation & Meals

This holiday includes 1 night B&B accommodation Stonetrail sharing one of our lovely farmhouses with your fellow riders. Additional nights accommodation is available if required. Our properties have been beautifully converted from a range of stone barns and overlook the stables and paddocks. There is a choice of twin, double or single rooms. After your ride each day there is time to enjoy a dip in our indoor jacuzzi ( don’t forget your swimsuit ! Towels are provided and your accommodation will include tea, coffee, milk and cold drinks throughout your stay. Please visit our accommodation website to view more details and photos of our accommodation. 

A continental breakfast is provided each morning on a self serve basis which includes juice, cereals, croissants, eggs, toast, preserves, yoghurts & fruit. 

A selection  of packed lunch items which include bread rolls, ham, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, pickle, mayonnaise, mustard, fruit and cake are provided in your accommodation for you to prepare your own packed lunch each day. Lunch bags are provided which fit inside your saddle bag.  You are welcome to also bring along any special snacks if you wish. 

In  the evening the time is your own to either make your own way to a local pub or stay in and cater for yourself.  Whilst we do not host the evenings we can assist the group with table bookings if needed. Your accommodation has  a fully fitted kitchen with a fridge, freezer, oven and microwave. The nearest supermarket is at Kirkby Stephen ( 7 miles ) and groceries can be ordered online and delivered by Asda. Kirkby Stephen has a chinese and an Indian take-away.     

We have an excellent choice of places to eat nearby. Our nearest Inn, The Fat Lamb is a 15 min walk or a 2 min drive. Guests staying at Stonetrail receive a 10% discount on their food orders at the Fat Lamb. Our local village of Ravenstonedale is 2 miles away and has two lovely pubs, the Kings Head and the Black Swan Inn.  Our website has details of many more great places to eat and visit during your stay. 

Travel and Parking

Stonetrail is situated 20 mins from Junction 38 M6 or 1 hour from Scotch Corner midway between Sedbergh and Kirkby Stephen. Please see our website for directions. The nearest train station is Kirkby Stephen on the Leeds/Settle line. The station is in a remote location 2 miles from the town centre and 4 miles from Stonetrail.  There are no public transport services. We offer a pick up / drop off service at a cost of £5, or, you can arrange your own taxi service. Please advise us when you book if you wish to book transport with ourselves. If you do plan to travel by train please note the nearest pub is a 15 min walk from Stonetrail. 

Is this holiday suited to me ? 

This ride is suitable for adult riders who can walk, trot and canter in an arena and would now like to improve their overall confidence and skills of cantering and riding out in open countryside. This holiday is an ideal choice if you are planning your first riding holiday and / or you have not ridden for some time and want to be sure you are in the hands of experienced instructors, while riding with others of a similar standard. You do not need any experience of caring for horses; there are lots of opportunities to learn how to groom, tack up and care for your horse each day. Please get in touch if you would like to chat in person and discuss your suitability before making a decision. 

Please note 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. All tack, saddle bags and hi vis are provided by us.     

Organisation and Back Up

The Stonetrail team have gained an excellent reputation for putting first the comfort and safety of their riders and horses, as well as providing a well organised ride.  Moving a group of horses and riders successfully over several days, on distances of up to 100 miles whilst maintaining a high standard of care, requires careful planning and experience. Our many years of experience in providing 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.     



Price includes two days riding and one nights B&B accommodation at Stonetrail, and a packed lunch on both days. 

Optional extra half day ride on third day, £60.00.

Additional nights B&B accommodation  £50.00 (based on two people sharing). Single room supplement £20pppn.     

Price does not include the cost of your evening meal.   

2019 Dates

Please click here to view the dates of this holiday in 2019

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 £150.  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 2019. 

Contact Us

By phone on 015396 23444 between the hours of 9am and 12 noon, Monday to Friday. This is the best time to catch us by phone; if you ring outside of these hours and we cannot answer please leave a message and we will aim to call you back within 24 hours. 

By email  - If you wish to send us an email please click here.

By post  - Stonetrail Riding Centre, Street Farm, Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA174LL