Stonetrail Riding Centre
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This is our flagship trail ride which we have been riding since 2010, a unique chance to ride the most northerley 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 forgotton bridlepaths through some of the most beautiful parts of the Yorkshire Dales.
Day One - Stonetrail to Garsdale
This 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. The 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-Ribblesdalee
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 takes 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 officially 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.
For 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.
Stonetrail currently has a team of 18 horses who are forward going, well mannered and easy to ride. Many of of horseshave 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 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 reflect of the days's adventures. Luggage is transported by daily by our support vehicle.
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.
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.
3 days £645 per person
Includes 3 days guided riding, 3 night's B&B in a shared room, picnic lunches, tea and cakes after each ride, luggage transfer and pick-up / return from Kirkby Stephen station
6 days £995 per person
Price includes 6 days riding, 5 night's 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 limited on this ride and where 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.