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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Orton & Crosby Garrett Trail Ride 2019

3 days & 2 nights £545

Superb scenery, extensive green lanes & plenty of canters  

orton5.jpgThis ride was specially created in 2017 to mark the 2016 extension of the Yorkshire Dales National Park boundary to include the stunning landscape of the Orton Fells which includes Crosby Ravensworth in the West to Ash Fell in the East and include Great Asby Scar Nature Reserve, Smardale Nature Reserve and Crosby Garrett Fell. In 2017 this ride was selected by The Times as one their top 100 riding holidays in the world. This ride is virtually off road the whole way and includes long sections of spectacular trails across green lanes and open common.  

orton2.jpgThis ride is aimed at intermediate & experienced riders due to the miles covered being slightly longer and there being more opportunities for faster and longer canters.  is no We set off at 10am each morning and usually arrive at our overnight stop around 4.30pm. There is one picnic stop midway.  

Day 1 - Stonetrail to Orton Village - 15 miles

Meet at Stonetrail at 9am, pack saddlebags, check our route maps and begin our adventure at 10am. Our route on our first day takes us through our pretty village of Ravenstonedale (our stables are three miles East of the village) and onwards orton6.jpgto the historic village of Orton. Lunch is a panoramic picnic stop overlooking Sunbiggin Tarn and the Howgill Fells. There are lots of opportunities for lovely canters and a mixture of open fell and village bridleways. Our destination point is a farm on the outskirts of Orton where the horses will rest overnight. Each day, our support vehicle will meet us with our overnight luggage and supplies for our horses.  

Day 2 - Orton to Crosby Garrett - 16 miles 

Setting off from Orton we head out through Orton Scar and ride a beautiful bridleway through Great Asby Nature orton9.jpgReserve. In the afternoon we ride a splendid bridleway through Little Asby common and enjoy long canters across Crosby Garret Fell. The route today is virtually 18 miles of bridleway across som with spectacular views towards the Lake District in the west and the Eden Valley to the East. The horses rest tonight at a farm in Crosby Garret.   

Day 3 - Crosby Garrett to Stonetrail. - 13 miles

On day three our route takes on a bridleway through Smardale Nature reserve wwith more long canters on the grassy tracks and a great picnic stop beside an old orton8.jpgpackhorse bridge. In the afternoon our routes takes us some lovely old bridleways which run behind Ravenstonedale village and a lovely bridleway across Ash Fell where we can enjoy some last canters. We usually return to the stables around 3.30pm. 

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.  

Our Horses

ocg6.jpgStonetrail currently has a team of 14 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. 

Accommodation & Meals

Packed lunches are provided by ourselves. Accommodation on the June and July dates will be at Stonetrail in one of our luxury farmhouses. On the August date overnight accommodation will be at a local B&B or Inn close to where the horses stop overnight. Transport is provided for yourself and your luggage to and from the horses each day. The evenings are relaxed and social with the group getting together in a local inn for dinner. 

Riders 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. 

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.  

Ride Organisation

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.     


£545 per person

Price includes:

  • 3 days riding - approx 10am - 4pm each day
  • 2 night's B&B - extra nights available
  • Picnic lunch daily
  • Pick-up / return from Kirkby Stephen station. 
  • Car parking  

Not included:

  • Single room supplement  - £15 pppn
  • Evening meals and drinks

2019 Dates

Tuesday 18th June 2019

Tuesday 2nd July 2019

Tuesday 20th August 2019 

Tuesday 10th Sept 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.