Stonetrail Riding Centre
Tel: 015396 23444
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Our Lady Anne Trail ride 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. Its an action packed 2 days with lots to learn but you will have great support from us and you will be riding with others who have a similar ability as yourself. On this holiday you will ride for 2 full days and practice all aspects of riding in the countryside including how to canter safely as group as well as lots of hands on horse care. This holiday is also ideal for anyone who has not ridden for some time and who want a confidence boosting ride to get back in the saddle. This was a great success last year with many of our riders returning a second time later in the year, we obviously hit the right note !
The route each day will take around 5 hours and will follow the historic Lady Ann bridleway through the beautiful Mallerstang Valley. At the end of day one, we will untack and graze the horses overnight at a local farm and stay overnight at a lovely village inn. The following day we will tack up and make our way back to the stables. It's all very exciting and there is little bit of everything you need to experience to help you progress your riding skills and improve your confidence.
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We have lots of great photos taken on previous trail holidays which you can view on our Ride Photos page
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.
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.
Accommodation during the mid-week is at Stonetrail in The Farmhouse, our luxury 16th century farmhouse which overlooks the stables and the paddocks. Adjoining the Farmhouse is our indoor jacuzzi room, a lovely treat at the end of each day out on the fells. At weekends, accommodation is based at the Fat Lamb Inn, a lovely 16th century 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. Overnight luggage is transported daily by our support vehicle.
This ride is suitable for adult riders who are comfortable at walk and trot in an arena and would now like to improve their overall confidence and skills of cantering and riding out in open countrysideThis 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 going to be in the hands of experienced instructors and riding with others of a similar riding standard. You do not need any experience of caring for horses, there are lots of opportunities to learn how to groom and tack up and care for your horse each day. Please note the maximum weight limit is 13 stone.
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.
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.
Arrive at Stonetrail at 9am. Meet your horse,fellow riders and staff. Grab a coffee and watch a demonstration on how to groom and tack up and then its your turn to have a go. Pack your saddle bag, take part in a route briefing and get ready to go.At around 10am our adventure begins as we head straight out of our gate onto a lovely bridleway leading to Kirkby Stephen common. This morning we will practice some easy short uphill canters. Tie up the horses in a scenic spot at lunch and enjoy the peace and quiet watching the fell ponies grazing freely on the common. After lunch, ride along the Lady Anne highway, and be amazed at the scenery. More lovely easy canters for those who want to. Arrive at our overnight grazing stop at around 3-330pm, wash off, groom, feed and turnout your horses ( we will show you what to do ). Enjoy a well earned tipple of something before heading off to our B&B for the night. In th evening we all meet in the bar and dine togethe in a traditional local inn.
Meet for breakfast, pack up and be transported back to the horses. Groom, tack up and pack your saddle bag ready for the return ride back to the stables. Lots of time today to develop more skills of cantering as a group in open spaces whilst exploring the local bridleways and tracks. Stop to tie up the horses and enjoy a for a picnic lunch. Arrive back at the stables at around 3pm, untack, groom, feed and turn out the horses. Afternoon tea and cake before our final farewells.
Weekend trail - £315 per person
Mid-week trail - £295 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.
Please click here to view the dates of this holiday in 2017
If you wish to request a booking form and / or reserve a place on any of our holiday please email Alison here. This will provisionally reserve a place for you on the ride. Following thiswe will email a booking form. If you wish to confirm your booking, please return the booking form either by email or post and pay the deposit ( £100 per per person ) within 7 days. Details of how to pay will be listed on the booking form.
If you have not ridden with us before the best way to proceed is to call Alison or email. We always make contact with every new customer before they book to make sure the holiday is what they expect and right for their ability. Please email here or give us a call on 015396-23444.