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Stonetrail is situated in south east Cumbria in the Eden Valley, a landscape so special it has now been included within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This is a place where you can still ride for several hours across glorious open fell and hardly see a soul.
Our rides are very sociable events designed for capable riders with experience of cantering in open spaces. Our aim is to create an experience which is as close as possible to what you would enjoy if you were hacking out on your own horse with friends. If you feel this is an opportunity you would like to experience but are unsure about your ability please get in touch and we arrange a date where we can provide more one to one support.
All rides are guided by Alison, owner of Stonetrail, or Lucy, who each have many years of experience and will ensure you have a fun and safe experience. Our routes include lots of canters along the grassy tops of the fells as well as quiet moments spent riding along beautiful bridleways which follow rivers past fairy tale ruined castles. Many of our routes take us to hidden peaceful valleys, a world away from the hustle and bustle of normal life. The scenary and peace on our journeys is a constant reminder of how lucky we are to ride our horses in such a beautiful and precious landscape.
Throughout the summer we offer rides lasting from 2 hours in duration to a full day. From our gate we have direct access onto the fell leading to a variety of circular routes with plenty of opportunities for some lovey canters and stunning scenary, Our full day rides take us a little further with the added bonus of experiencing the joy of a picnic in a scenic, peacful spot watching your horse graze.
The Pennine Bridleway is a National Trail designed for horse and riders spanning the length of the Pennine hills from Derbyshire to Cumbria. The trail is just 5 minutes from our gate and many of our multi-day trail rides start and finish on this wonderful trail. Within moments of joining the track we are riding gently uphill to enjoy the fine views across the Eden Valley and the Howgill fells. This one hour ride is a gentle pace ideal to escape into the peace and quiet of the fells, perfect if you have not ridden for a while. Please note this ride, although ridden at walk, is not suitable for beginners.
The hillside behind the farm is known as "Stennerskeugh Clouds", part of Ravenstonedale common, a peaceful place with a criss cross of green tracks winding their way up and over the hillside with glorious views across the Eden Valley, and on a fine day, even the Lakeland fells. The hillside is home to a breeding herd of fell ponies who graze freely on the fell with their newborn foals. Everyone loves the ride on the cloud, it a special peaceful place where we enjoy the views as much as the lovely canters.
Stonetrail is surrounded by glorious green fells with rounded grass tops which makes them perfect for exploring on horseback. Ash fell is one our favourites rides because as well as the incredible views from the top we enjoy a few wonderful canters along the top of the fell.
Ravenstonedale is a picture postcard village which we include midway on our half day ride around Harter Fell. This lovely ride includes a remote packhorse trail through the Howgill fells which hugs the hillside of Harter fell with glorious views of Wandale Fell. This is a varied paced ride with shorter canters and a pleasant mix of remote bridlepaths, quiet country lanes and a clip clop through the village.
Heading east from Stonetrail is the beautiful Mallerstang Valley where the River Eden flows from its source high up on the hillside and south towards the Solway Firth. This route begins with a ride across us Kirkby Stephen common to meet the River Eden as its winds its way around past the ruined castles of lammerside and Pendragon. Plenty of lovely canters on this ride and a scenic picnic stop beside the river.
All our rides include canters, usually uphill, which requires the rider to be well balanced in a light seat. Riders must have experience of this type of riding. We always tailor the ride to suit the level of experience on the day as we know some riders prefer shorter, steady canters and some riders prefer a longer, faster pace. We will ask you about this when you first visit. If you are new to cantering, or have not ridden for a while please contact Alison by phone to discuss arranging a ride on one of our dates listed as "On Request".
Stonetrail is unable to accommodate beginners or riders under the age of 12. To ensure the quality of experience the maximum number of riders on each ride is limited to six. We will also take the time to call every new customer before a booking is confirmed to ensure the ride is a good match for their level of experience. Once you have ridden with us you will be given your own password to be able to book online for future rides. Our minimum age is 12 years ( between 12 and 15 years booking must include an adult rider ) and our maximum weight limit is 13 stone. We have no upper age limit as we confident our more mature, experienced riders know what they are capable of !
Planned Rides - You can check which dates we have planned rides going ahead on our website - just click here and select the month you wish to view.
Dates showing as "On Request" - these dates are available for you to request a ride of your choice. You can request a ride for one rider or up to a maximum of 6. Just send us an email with details of the number of hours you wish to book, and the height and weight of each rider. Once a booking has been made date will show as a planned ride and unless yu have specified a private ride, any remaining places will be available to book by other customers.
How to Book Online
All our rides can be booked online. No pre-payment is needed. To make a booking please follow the steps below:
1 - Select "How to Book"
2 - Select the month you wish to check availability
3 - Once you have chosen a ride you wish to book select "Book". You can check details of the ride by selecting "description".
4 - If this is the first time you have booked online please select "New" and then complete the Riders Registration form. You will immediately receive an email thanking your for requesting a place on the ride. At this point your place on the ride will have be reserved. A member of staff will be in touch by phone to confirm your booking. Following this you will receive a confirmation email with details of arrival and how to pay. If you do not receive an email please check your spam.
- If you have previously registered and have already have a hoofprint please select "Existing Customer" and enter your hoofprint. ( If you have forgotten your hoofprint please email us !) You will immediately receive an email thanking your for requesting a place on the ride. At this point your place on the ride will have be reserved but not yet confirmed until you receive a confirmation email. This may take up to 24 hours. Please keep an eye on your spam folder !
No payment is taken at the time of booking. You can choose to either pay before arrival via BACS using the bank details provided on your booking confirmation, or pay in cash on arrival. Full payment is due for cancellations made within 24 hrs of the ride.