Stonetrail Riding Centre
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A 4-day guided trail ride in the newly-extended boundaries of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, with 3 overnight stops in the historic villages of Orton, Appleby and Ravenstonedale
From August 2016, the Yorkshire Dales National Park boundary was extended 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. Alison says, "I have been looking forward to creating this ride for some time. For many years, the Orton Fells has been one of my favourite riding areas; we have journeyed through the Fells on several adventures. It is one of those special places which, when you are lucky enough to ride through, makes you look back and wish you could stay for longer”.
Day One - Stonetrail to Orton - 18 Miles
This holiday starts at 9am on the first day, with the option of booking an extra night’s accommodation to arrive the evening before. After meeting your horse and fellow riders, we will pack our saddlebags, check our route maps and aim to 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 to 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. After we have turned our horses out to their field for the night, we will head back to the village where we will stay at The George Hotel, a lovely, traditional inn, situated centrally in the historic village of Orton.
Day Two - Orton to Appleby - 16 Miles
On Day Two, we spend the day riding across the wonderful, wide-open, green spaces of Crosby Ravensworth Common, stopping to admire the views of the Lake District Fells in the West and Eden Valley to the East. Crosby Ravensworth Common is a real treat for horse riders, offering lots of lovely, long canters along its grassy tracks and wonderful picnic stops. Tonight we will stay in the historic town of Appleby, famours for its annual horse fair by the beautiful river Eden.
Day Three - Appleby to Newbiggin-on-Lune - 18 miles
On day three we ride through Great Asby Nature Reserve, which contains some of the best remaining intact limestone pavements in the UK. This is a wonderful and wild landscape that was once typical of upland Northern England. Great Asby Nature Reserve is home to rarities such as angular Solomon’s-Seal, dark-red helleborine, bloody crane’s-bill, rigid buckler fern and limestone fern. On top of the limestone pavement, you can find other specialities including bird’s-foot sedge, autumn gentian and salad burnet. Our destination tonight is Crosby Garrett where the horses will rest and riders will stay at the nearby King’s Head, a wonderful, 16th-Century coaching inn at Ravenstonedale.
Day Four - Newbiggin-on-Lune to Stonetrail - 16 miles
On our final day we ride through the Smardale Gill Nature Reserve, a haven for rare flowers, butterflies and birds and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, managed by Cumbria Wildlife Trust. Accessible only on foot, bike or horse, the bridleway tracks offer stunning scenery and far-reaching views of rolling countryside across the Eden Valley. One of the highlights is the view of Smardale Viaduct and the beautiful Smardale Bridge, an 18th-Century arched stone packhorse bridge, now a Grade II listed structure. Today's ride is full of more lovely long canters through Smardale and Kirkby Stephen Common as we make our way back to the stables. After a good cup of tea with more cakes and an award ceronmony the holiday finishes at around 5pm with an additional nights accommodation available if required.
View Route Photos & Video Clips
Please click here to view photos of our past rides on this route or here to view a clip of one of the many lovely canters on this ride. Our horses love a good canter, they go forward nicely at whatever pace we set, they do not race and are easy to stop.
For the majority of rides, your Ride Leader will be Alison, the owner of Stonetrail who founded the Centre in 2007 who has many years experience riding and leading trail riding holidays. Assisting Alison are a team of guides who are equally experienced in both guiding and the local landscape and who will expertly lead your ride in to ensure everyone has 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. Please click here to view photos of our horses.
Packed lunches are provided by ourselves. Accommodation is in one of our well chosen local inns or B&B's which guarantee a warm welcome, comfortable rooms and excellent food. The evenings are relaxed and social with everyone enjoying time to chat about the days's adventures. Luggage is transported by daily by our support vehicle.
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.
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.
£695 per person
Single room supplement - £20 pppn
Additional nights accommodation - single room £60 / twin / double room £45
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.