Stonetrail Riding Centre
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New for 2017 - Saddle up and journey back in time on our 3 day trail ride through some of the grandest scenery of Westmorland following long forgotten packhorse routes and historic bridle paths. This route includes endless green lanes across Kirkby Stephen common, Birkett common & Ravestonedale common. Outstanding scenery and plenty of exhilerating canters make this a ride ideally suited to intermediate and experienced riders.
Meet at Stonetrail at 9am. Meet fellow riders, horses and your guides and groom and tack up. Pack your saddla bag and set off around 10am. From our gate we join a historic bridlepath taking us across Kirkby Stephen and Birkett common where we can enjoy some canters and watch the wild fell ponies grazing with their new born foals. Lunch is a picnic stop beside the enchanting Lammerside castle, now a ruin, overloking the Mallerstang valley. In the afternoon we join the Poetry Path, a beautiful bridleway which brings us to our first night stop in Winton.
Todays route takes us from Winton along pretty bridlepaths and green lanes to Soulby and onto the wide open green track of Crosby Garrett Fell where we pick up the pace and have some fast canters. There are amazing views of ther lakeland fells and the green tracks seem to go on forever, here is a clip which gives you a quick glimpse of the beautiful scenery. The distance today is around 16 miles and our overnight stop for our horses is at Newbiggin-on-lune and riders stay at the Kings Head in Ravenstonedale.
On day three its more stunning views as we head into the Howgill fells past Green Bell, Wandale hill and finally onto Wild Boar fell. The tracks that hug these hillsides are some of the oldest packhorse routes in England, accessible only on foot. The wildlife is a treat, red squirrals, wild ponies, red deer and oyster catchers are our friends along the way. After arriving back at the stables around 4pm we will untack, wash off and turn out our horses before our final evening in The Fat Lamb .
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 on weekend dates is in one of our well chosen local inns or B&B's which guarantee a warm welcome, comfortable rooms and excellent food. Accommodation during mid-week dates based in one of our luxury farmhouses at Stonetrail which includes spa facilties.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.
£395 - Midweek dates
£445 - Weekend dates
Price includes 3 days guided riding, 2 night's B&B in a shared ensuite room, picnic lunches, tea and cakes after each ride, luggage transfer and pick-up / return from Kirkby Stephen station.
Single rooms are available at an additional rate of £20 per night. Additional nights accommodation is available before or after your holiday at the rate of £45 ( twin / double ) £65 ( single ).
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.