Approved Riding Centre

Stonetrail Riding Centre
Street Farm
Ravenstonedale
Kirkby Stephen
Cumbria
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

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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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Yorkshire Dales Pennine Bridleway Trail Ride 

A 50-mile adventurous linear trail with overnight stops in Garsdale, Horton-in-Ribblesdale & Ravenstonedale

This is our flagship trail ride which we have been riding since 2010, a unique chance to ride the most northerly stretch of the Pennine Bridleway from Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria to Settle in the Yorkshire Dales. This is a remarkable and exciting trail ride exploring the old green lanes and long forgotten bridlepaths through some of the most beautiful parts of the Yorkshire Dales.            

Please click here to view our album containing photos of many years of riding this fabulous route and here to view one of the lovely canters on this route.  

2018 Dates

This ride will be run once in 2018 starting on Monday 4th June with two booking options:

3 days riding southbound starting on Monday 4th June 2018 at Stonetrail with 2 overnight stops and finishing near Settle with riders transported back to Stonetrail by car after the ride finishes on Wednesday 6th June - £595 per person.

6 days riding ( to Settle and back ) starting on Monday 4th June 2018 at Stonetrail with 5 overnight stops. Finishing at Stonetrail on Saturday 9th June 2018. £1250 per person.    

Route Itinerary (Southbound - Kirkby Stephen to Settle)

Nb: The northbound itinerary is reversed with the same overnight stops

Day One - Stonetrail to Garsdale  

pb2016d.jpgThis holiday starts at 9am on day one. Additional nights accommodation the evening before is available. After packing our saddle bags and meeting fellow riders we set off at around 10am. and within minutes we are riding along the Pennine Bridleway and enjoying panoramic views across the Eden Valley and the Lake District fells. The highlight of today’s ride is our journey through Mallerstang, a remote and beautiful valley steeped in history. In the afternoon we ride a section of the Lady Anne Way and enjoy some lovely canters along the old green lanes. pb2016e.jpgThe ride is around 2-2.5 hrs morning and afternoon. Tonight's accommodation is at the very welcoming 'Garsdale Bed & Breakfast'

Day Two - Garsdale to Horton-in-Ribblesdale

On day two, our journey on takes us from Garsdale to Horton-in-Ribblesdale, following the Pennine Bridleway route. In the morning we head towards Garsdale station, following a quiet lane known as "Galloway Gate" where we can enjoy our first glimpse of Whernside, one of the famous Three Peaks of Yorkshire. We join a bridleway at "Monkeybeck Grains"  which pbgarsdale1.jpgtakes us over Wold fell and Newby Head where we stop for a picnic lunch. The views along this bridleway of Dentdale are stunning and if we are lucky we will see the steam train running on the Setlle to Carlise line in the valley below. After lunch, there is a meeting of like-minded souls as the Pennine Bridleway joins the walking routes of the Ribble Way, the Pennine Way and also the Dales Way as we stroll along the High Cam Road and down through the beautiful Ling Gill nature reserve towards Horton-in-Ribblesdale. At the end of the afternoon, we cross the River Ribble using a very fancy bridge designed and built specifically for horse and riders, which Alison and her horses were thrilled to be invited to martinclunesstonetrail.jpgofficially open with Martin Clunes in 2012. 

Day 3 - Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Austwick 

On day three, Pennine Bridleway leads us along a stunning bridleway past Crummock Dale at the foot of Ingleborough, where we can enjoy some lovely canters and amazing views towards Settle, before a lunch stop at Clapham village. The ride finishes at around 4pm at Austwick near Settle after which we transport yourself and our horses back to Stonetrail. Our final nights accommodtaion is at welcoming Fat Lamb Inn at Ravenstonedale.      

Your Guides

pbladyanne.jpgFor the majority of rides, your Ride Leader will be Alison, the owner of Stonetrail who founded the Centre in 2007. Alison has years of experience riding and leading trail riding holidays. Assisting Alison will be a team of very 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.

Our Horses

Stonetrail currently has a team of 18 horses who are forward going, well mannered and easy to ride. Many of of horseshave horseviewofpb.jpgbeen 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. 

Accommmodation

Accommodation is in one of our well chosen local inns or B&B's which guarantee a warm welcome, comfortable rooms annaonpb.jpgand 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 adult riders who are confident at cantering in open spaces and fit enough to ride for up to 5 hours a day. 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 ! 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. 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.      

Price 

£595 per person 

Includes 3 days riding (south or northbound bound route), 2night's B&B (starting on the evening of day 1) & picnic lunches. All luggage transfers and transport back to Stonetrail at the end of your ride. Parking at Stonetrail during your ride for your car or pick up / return from Kirkby Stephen station. Evening meals and drinks not included. 

£1250 per person

Includes 6 days riding ( to and from Settle) & 5 nights B&B. Packed lunch. Luggage transfers and parking at Stonetrail for your car during the ride or pick up / return from Kirkby Stephen station. Evening meals and drinks not included.  

Single rooms are limited and charged at £20 per night. Additional nights accommodation is available before or after your holiday

2018 Dates

Please click here to view the dates 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.