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 

Our Pennine Bridleway ride is our flagship ride giving you the opportunity to ride the most northerly section of the Pennine Bridleway through the Yorkshire Dales National Park which includes some of the most spectacular scenery in the North of England. The whole route winds its way through the fells and dales on remote and peaceful tracks providing us with constant panoramic views returning us to civilisation at the end of each day to rest happily at a welcoming inn.  

Not to be confused with the Pennine Way which is a different route for walkers, the Pennine Bridleway, opened in 2012, is a 208 mile long new national trail built specifically for horse and riders which runs from Hartington in the Peak District and finishes just a stone's throw from Stonetrail.  Parts of our route include the Ribble Way, the Dales Way and the Pennine Way and the highlights include views of the Three Peaks of Yorkshire, Ribble Head Viaduct and the famous Settle to Carlisle railway complete with steam trains ! This ride is considered our flagship ride as it was the first trail ride route which Stonerail organised back in 2010 and in recognition of our involvement in the use and development of this section of the trail Alison was honoured to be asked to accompany Martin Clunes at the official opening of the Pennine Bridleway held in Clapham in 2012.  

This ride is suitable for riders aged 16 and over who are experienced at riding on open fell at all speeds for up to 6 hours a day. The maximum group size is normally 6 plus 2 members of staff. We do take extra care to ensure each rider has sufficient experience at the time of booking to ensure a high quality experience. The ride is professionally run with a back up crew to provide the highest standard of horse care throughout our journey.    

We have created an album of photos taken over the last 10 years we have been running this trail. Click here to view

Trail Options & Dates

Southbound Trail 4 days & 5 nights - Kirkby Stephen to Settle including the Settle Loop. £795 pp. Departs on Monday 16th Sept 2019 ( arrive Sunday) 

Northbound Trail 3 days & 2 nights - Settle to Kirkby Stephen  £595 pp. Departs on Friday 20th Sept 2019

Full week adventure £1295 departing Mon 16th Sept 2019 ( arrive Sunday)

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Itinerary - 4 Day Southbound Trail - Kirkby Stephen to Settle

Sunday 15th Sept 2019

Arrive at Stonetrail from mid afternoon, meet fellow riders and horses. Trail briefing and dinner.

Day 1 - Monday 16th Sept 2019 - Stonetrail to Garsdale 14 miles

Groom and tack up, pack saddle bags. Ride from Stonetrail to Garsdale. Today's route takes us up and over Wild Boar Fell and through the Mallerstang Valley following the Lady Anne Highway, a historic trail which runs high up on the fellside. Overnight stop  in Garsdale.

Day 2 - Tuesday 17th Sept 2019 - Garsdale to Horton-in-Ribblesdale 18 miles

Ride from Garsdale to Horton-in-Ribblesdale. In the morning we climb up out of Garsdale, trail across the lower edge of Great Knoutberry Hill with lovely views of Dentdale and the famous Settle to Carlise railway beneath before a really lovely route across Wold Fell with breath taking panoramic views. In the afternoon our route takes us over Cam Fell with great views of the famous Ribble Head Viaduct and a virtual 360 panorama of the Yorkshire dales where we can see all of the Three Peaks of Yorkshire, Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-gent. Towards the end of the afternoon we will slowly descend passing through Ling Gill Nature Reserve. Horse and riders stay overnight stop in the lovely village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale

Day 3 Wednesday 18th Sept 2019 - Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Long Preston ( 18 miles )

Ride from Horton-in Ribblesdale to Settle. This morning we have a lovely ride past Ingleborough and across lovely Crummock Dale and the amusingly named "Thieves Moss". As we head towards Settle we climb up through pretty Stainforth and in the afternoon we complete the northern part of the "Settle Loop", a circular 10 mile trail with views of Malham Tarn. Horse and riders stay overnight in Settle.

Day 4 Thursday 19th Sept 2019 - Long Preston to Austwick ( 18 miles )

On day 4 we complete the Settle Loop ( southern section ) and make our way to Austwick near Settle with a very nice section of trail through Feizor. At the end of the ride the horses will stay overnight in Austwick and riders will return to Stonetrail to stay overnight at Stonetrail. The journey back takes around an hour, transport is provided. Departure is after breakfast on Friday morning. Riders who are staying on to complete the whole week will be transported back to the horses on Friday morning.   

Price & Booking

£795 per person. All inclusive except for cost of evening meal and drinks in the evening.  Deposit  on booking £150. Please email for booking form or call us in person if you would like to discuss this holiday in more details. 

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Itinerary 3 Day Northbound Trail - Settle to Kirkby Stephen 

Day 1 - Friday 20th Sept 2019 - Austwick to Horton-in-Ribblesdale 12 miles

Meet at Stonetrail at 9am and travel by car ( transport provided ) to Settle to meet horses. Ride from Settle to Horton-in-Ribblesdale with a picnic stop at Clapham along the way. Stay overnight in Horton-in-Ribblesdale

Day 2 - Saturday 21st Sept 2019 - Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Garsdale 18 miles

Catch, feed and tack up horses. Ride from Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Garsdale heading northbound along the Pennine Bridleway. Today's routes passes through Ling Gill nature reserve with spectacular views of Ribble Head Viaduct and Ingleborough. Lovely views of Dentdale and across to the Lakeland Fells in the afternoon. Overnight stop in Garsdale.

Day 3 - Sunday 22nd Sept 2019 - Garsdale to Stonetrail 14 miles 

Catch, feed and tack up horses. Another fabulous days riding which takes us through the beautiful Mallerstang Valley following the "highway", an ancient packhorse trail which runs along the side of the fell. Lovely canters today and stunning views from the top of Wild Boar Fell. Favourite picnic stop at Hell Gill Bridge, famous for the tale of the local highway man who jumped the gill to evade capture ! Arrive back at Stonetrail by 4pm.    

Price & Booking

£595 per person - all inclusive except for cost of evening meal and drinks. Deposit  on booking £150. Please email for booking form or cal us in person if you would like to discuss this holiday in more details. 

Accommodation

The prices above are based on shared room occupancy. Single rooms may be available and will normally incur a supplement. The exact cost will be confirmed at the time of booking. 

Parking / travel by train

Ample free parking is available at Stonetrail where your car will remain during your holiday. We offer a free collection/ drop off from Kirkby Stephen ( Leeds/Carlisle line ) for riders who wish to travel by train.