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3 Days Coniston Trail for Advanced Riders in the Lake District, United Kingdom

Oaklands Guesthouse, Yewdale Road, Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8DX, United Kingdom

United Kingdom Horse Riding Holiday

Join Big Land Hall on this short Lake District riding holiday! Enjoy three days of tremendous scenery and excellent riding on this short Lake District break. If you are an experienced rider looking for a short break away, this is the perfect ride for you!

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 196 pounds / 88 kilograms


  • Daily horse riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Services of a trained guide and a short try out in the arena are included
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided
  • High visibility vest for riding on the road
  • Hat and riding boot hire are included
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced


3 days with instruction
Group size: Minimum of 3 participants
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Accommodations are included. All rooms are twin or double rooms, however, if you would like to book a single room on request, there is a supplement of 20 GBP per person per night. The accommodation may change depending on availability; this is likely to happen as it gets into the busier season.

Oaklands Guest House

The guest house offers a high level of comfort with spacious rooms overlooking the Coniston fells. There is private parking and a large garden for you to while away the Summer evenings. Judith and Zeke look forward to welcoming you to Oaklands, their beautiful Lakeland home. The house was built of local stone in the middle of the 19th Century.

It is situated near the village center, overlooking the bowling green and within a short walk from the lake. The bowling green itself, nearby grass tennis courts, are available for guests of Oaklands to use; the guest house now offers free Wi-Fi

The Wilson Arms

The family-owned Wilson Arms country inn sits snug in the shadow of the world famous Old Man of Coniston and Dow Crag. An ideal stop-off for those travelling the Cumbria Way, being one day's walk from the beginning (or end depending on the direction), this charismatic Lake District Hotel is the perfect country retreat. The fantastic location means The Wilson Arms makes a superb base for exploring the Lake District.

With the Coniston and Furness Fells or the beautiful Duddon Valley on your doorstep and Ambleside, Bowness-on-Windermere, Grasmere, Grizedale, and Wastwater all within easy reach. Step inside this charming Lake District hotel to find a friendly welcome, a real log fire, open beams, and a truly delightful combination of modern and traditional creating a captivating cozy country feel.

In partnership with the Lake District’s premier activity specialists, Wilson Arms can arrange a multitude of Lake District activities for you. From white water rafting, rock climbing, fishing to guided walks, archery, sailing, team building days and much, much more; all at discounted prices. If you’re looking for a romantic Lake District break, please get in touch for more details of the extra special “romantic” package deals.

Children are very welcome and there are rooms and dining areas reserved for those staying with pets. Under new management, the enthusiastic and talented team at The Wilson Arms are committed to providing you, the valued customers, outstanding customer service, great value Lake District pub food, clean and comfortable accommodation at an unbeatable price, and an experience you will want to repeat.


Day 1

You will begin your journey from Big Land Hall, riding out through the famous "Grizedale Forest", a stunning area of the national park. You will then ride along tracks and through the heart of the forest, taking in some breathtaking views. After several hours in the saddle, you will be ready for your well-earned rest at Eagles Head Pub, a 16th century farmhouse, providing the perfect place for lunch.

After lunch, it's time to burn off some calories with long canters over Coniston Fells, taking in the stunning views of the lake. You will then drop down the edge of the lake where you will have the chance to cool down your horse in the shallows. After a fantastic day of riding, you will be ready for your bed. You will stay overnight in Coniston at Oaklands Guest House and your horse will spend the night in a local field.

Day 2

On day 2, you will ride out under the foot of Coniston Old Man and the famous slate mines. There is a great history behind this area which the Myers Family are strongly linked to and hope you will enjoy sharing their knowledge and passion for their birthplace! The slate mines that you ride past were once owned and worked by the Myers’ past generations.

The morning is spent with a climb over Walna Scar, a 2000-foot pass on an ancient byway that was once the main route connecting Dunnerdale and Coniston. Your breath will be taken away at the summit with the fantastic views of Scafell Pike and Bowfell. To the west on a clear day, you can get a stunning panoramic view of the Isle of Man and even Scotland!

For lunch, you will ride into Dunnerdale for a bite to eat at the Newfield Inn at Seathwaite. From here, you will climb out on another ancient road that brings you via "Broughton Mills" and "Broughton Moor Forest". After the steady climb over Walna Scar, the forest offers you the chance to burn off your lunch with a few brisk canters! Overnight, you will stay at the Wilsons Arms.

Day 3

Your journey will now take you from Trover across onto Lowick Common. Here, there is a rolling hills that allow for some gentle canters. For lunch, you will stop off at a very nice horse-friendly pub, The Royal Oak at Spark Bridge, where the food is great and the hospitality is excellent. The afternoon is spent on the local bridleways returning back to Big Land Hall.

Riding Experience

This ride encompasses difficult terrain, you need to be competent at all paces in open spaces plus you must be riding regularly and be riding fit to get the most from this ride on steep ground on a responsive horse. On the more advanced trails, the steepness of the ground may necessitate dismounting and walking with the horse along the trail, therefore, fitness levels must be good.

Big Land Hall reserves the right, following assessment, instruction, and discussion to remove riders from the ride if their fitness, confidence, and/or ability is not up to it, for their safety and the safety of others.



The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

What's included

  • Daily horse riding
  • Service of a trained guide
  • A short try out in the arena
  • Hat and riding boot hire
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • High visibility vest for riding on the road
  • Emergency pick up and collection

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at the nearest airport Manchester Airport (MAN). Airport transfers are not included in the package. You can get to the venue by train to the nearest train station at Grange-over-Sands and complete the last leg of the journey by taxi or arrange for pick-up at an additional cost and subject to availability. For more information, please send Big Land Hall an inquiry.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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This trip requires a minimum of 3 participants

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