3 places to go trail riding in the Lake District

by Teshani Nanayakkara

Renowned for its scenic waterways, picturesque woodlands and farming, it’s no surprise that the Lake District was awarded Unesco World Heritage status in 2017. The Cumbrian National Park is one of the most breathtaking destinations the UK has to offer, and what better way to experience nature than on horseback - check out our top 3 places to go trail riding in the Lake District. 

    1. Troutbeck

    Recommended School: Lakeland Pony Treks

    What we love: Lakeland Pony Treks is a family friendly pony riding centre where you can choose from either a lead rein ride or a one hour fell ride

    The lead rein ride is perfect if you’re a first-timer, or a little nervous about jumping back on the saddle. The lead rein ride will take you around the charming village of Troutbeck where you’ll have some guidance on your horse and if you’re feeling bold, you can even try to trot! 

    The two hour fell ride is suited for more experienced riders and will see you walk, trot and canter around the woodlands in Troutbeck.

    Location: Lakeland Pony Treks is located on the edge of Limefitt Holiday Park in the village of Troutbeck, just 3 miles north of Windermere. 

    Visited by former American president, Woodrow Wilson who was so fond of the quaint village that he wanted to buy it, Troutbeck is a registered National Trust site and crawling with unspoilt valley to be explored on trails. You can also visit some historic sites such as Jesus Church and Townsend House on your trip.

    people riding on flat trail

    2. Backbarrow

    Recommended School: Bigland Hall Equine Group

    What we love: Situated in the pleasant village of Backbarrow, Bigland Hall Equine Group guarantees safe and fun trails on a pony, whether you’re a novice or a pro. Their lead rein trail sees you ushered along with a handler by your side so you can truly bask in the fresh air and enjoy the  picturesque terrains that the Cumbrian hills has to offer.

    Location: Backbarrow is an endearing village filled with amazing views and historic sites which you can examine after your trail. You can check out the first ever blast furnace by visiting Backbarrow Iron Works, or cool down by dropping by The Handmade Ice Cream Company -just a 5 minute drive or a 30 minute walk away from the Big Hall Equine Group centre. 

    If you’re looking to book an extended stay in the Lake District and unsure as to where to stay, the Bigland Land Caravan Park is only a 6 minute drive from the centre.

    people riding on hills

    3. Grange-over-Sands

    Recommended School: Witherslack Hall Equestrian Centre

    What we love: Witherslack Hall offers a range of trail related activities where you can explore 2500 acres of private estate in the Witherslack and Winster valleys.

    If you’re a beginner, you can choose a lead rein ride where a handler will guide you across woodland. Or, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you can trek across through the woodlands on your own after learning the basics of controlling your horse at the beginning of the session. Experienced riders can trek along trails where they get to survey the tranquil and scenic views on offer around the Witherslack and Winster Valley.

    Location: Witherslack Hall is based just a short drive away from the seaside town of Grange-over-Sands. Notable for its fishing exports and fresh sea air, Grange-over-Sands is brimming with pubs for you to wind down after a trail. 

    people riding in field

    So, whether you’ve never ridden a horse, or a seasoned pro - those are our top 3 places to go trail riding in the Lake District where you’re guaranteed to stay safe and enjoy the postcard-perfect views that the Lake District provides. Find and book more adventures on the eola marketplace.

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