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5 Days Beautiful Lake District Trails Horse Riding Holiday in Cumbria, UK

Witherslack Hall Equestrian Centre, Grange-Over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6SD, England, United Kingdom

United Kingdom Horse Riding Holiday

Enjoy riding around some of the most beautiful parts of the Lake District. Each day, you will set out from Witherslack Hall Farm and ride for approximately five to six hours with a pub or picnic lunch! Afterward, you will return back to Witherslack Hall Farm House where you can take a bath and relax before dinner!

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 209 pounds / 95 kilograms
  • Tack type: English
  • Horse Height Range: 11 to 17.2 hands
  • Horse Breed: Westphalia, Welsh Cob, Dartmoor Pony, Irish Drafts, Belgain Draft.

Meet the instructors

Deana & Emily
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Highlights

  • Responsive horses/ponies
  • Exclusive Witherslack Estate riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 4 to 6 hours
  • Roundtrip train station transfers from Grange-Over-Sands
  • Non-riding partners are welcome
  • All daily meals are included
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


4 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 4 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Medical assistance
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

Traditional Country Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast

The accommodation will be at the onsite Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast. You will be thrilled with just how much 17th Century character a Farmhouse can hold with roaring log fires, ancient oak beams, wonderful views, and the warm atmosphere of a house that has cared for hundreds of people over the years; here, you can ride, relax, read, dine, and enjoy at your own leisurely pace.

With bed and breakfast all year round, individuals, families, and groups have complete tranquillity, lovely facilities, excellent food, and great hospitality; many return time after time for the special "Witherslack Magic". A short walk from the "fox door" are your horses, ponies, and more horses; if that's your pleasure, and outside the "front door" is the most wonderful panorama across the whole valley to Morecambe Bay and the sea.

Program

This is where your adventure begins! Amongst stunning valleys, gentle hills, ancient woods, tranquil lakes, and windswept coastlines; and you can see it all from your garden breakfast table. Witherslack Farm has a wealth of knowledge on most disciplines, Dressage, Venting, Show Jumping, Showing, and Carriage Driving. They also have a lot of experience with youngsters breaking and producing for competition, re-backing, and schooling problem horses. They love to teach beginners all the way up to advanced riders!

Witherslack Hall Farm offers horse riding breaks all year round for families adults and children, riding your own horses are welcome or you can hire one of theirs. The riding holidays are tailor-made to suit your needs. You can be offered riding instruction, as well as the most fantastic hacking in and around Witherslack Hall Estate, from complete beginners to advanced riders. There are plenty of other activities to enjoy during your stay like cycling and walking.

Day 1

Arrive at the accommodation, check-in is from 3 p.m. You could choose to come earlier on this day and, perhaps, book a lesson or short hack. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

Day 2

Today, you will be riding locally on the Witherslack Estate and you will return to the farmhouse for lunch, then head back out onto the Estate for the afternoon.

Day 3

Today, you will head out towards Simpson Ground and Cartmel Fell, this is a ride with some fantastic views; we will stop for lunch at the Hare and Hounds Inn.

Day 4

You will be heading towards the Winster Valley and underbarrow, there are plenty of opportunities to canter today and we will stop at the Black Labrador for lunch.

Day 5

On your last day, ride over to Hampsfell near Cartmel, this ride gives the opportunity for some nice canters and spectacular views of the Lakeland fells, you will have a picnic lunch today.

Horses

  • Fred: 13-Year-Old 16.2hds

Fred is a Westphalian German Warmblood and has competed to Medium Advanced Dressage. He gives our advanced clients private flatwork lessons.

  • Alvin: 12-Year-Old Dartmoor Pony

Alvin stands at 12 hands and loves jumping, hacking, and giving lessons. He also does lessons with the disabled riders.

  • Flake: 12-Year-Old Gelding

Flake stands at 16.2 hands Flake is a firm favourite with all of our clients who ride out. Although he doesn’t do any work in the school, he makes up for it by looking after even our most nervous of clients on treks. He also enjoys a good gallop out with our more experienced clients.

  • Millie: 11-Year-Old Skewbald Mare

Millie stands at 14.3 hands, she loves to hack out and do lessons in the school; she has a lovely nature.

  • Mo: 12-Year-Old Gelding

Mo stands at 11 hands and is one of the smallest ponies, he loves children and has taught lots of kids to ride.

  • Thomas: 10-Year-Old Gelding

Thomas stands at 16 hands and has done lots of hunting so is very mannerly and he loves to do the faster hacks; the regular riders fight over him!

  • River: 8-year-Old Mare

River is a grey Irish Draught mare, standing at 16.2hh. She will turn her hoof to anything and works with a wide range of our clients, from complete beginners, right through to our advanced riders. Jumping, dressage, hacking out, drill rides, mounted games…. you name it!

Rider Skill

Riders must be capable of riding over an undulating ground at a canter.

Instructors

Deana Tarr

Emily Massey

Location

Witherslack Hall Farm forms part of Witherslack Hall Estate which sits on the edge of the Winster Valley in Southern Lakeland between Kendal and Grange-over-Sands, bordered to the west by the river Winster and to the east by Whitbarrow Scar, this 2,500-acre estate comprises the largest area of semi-natural woodland in Cumbria and some of the best hacking in the Lake District!

Distances

  • Nearest shop, 2 miles

Features

General

  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Luggage room / storage

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Medical assistance

Food

All meals are included in this package, lunches will be taken at local pubs en-route or a picnic, evening meals will be at the farmhouse or at the local pub.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to do (optional)

Ride a Bike

Down a track and up to a lane or really quickly down a very steep, rocky mountainside; whatever your taste and ability, you'll find the ideal terrain to satisfy your thirst for excitement (or gentle relaxation); you choose. You'll have easy access to miles and miles of open tracks, lanes, and fantastic routes of just about every type and in the most exhilarating countryside; some are gentle, smooth, and short, others are just plain brutal.

Most take in picturesque villages, cafes, viewpoints, and many local country pubs. This is cycling country and you can even be matched up with some of the local cyclists who'll lead the way until you do. Hire a bike from Witherslack Farm or bring your own and you're ready to explore; saddle up and off yo go.

The farm is minutes from the Bay Cycleway; the Bay Cycleway-NCN 700 starts on Walney Island near Barrow and takes in the breathtaking scenery right round to Glasson Dock, south of Lancaster. This relatively flat route hugs the spectacular coastline of Morecambe Bay along quiet roads, greenways, canal towpaths, and promenades. The Bay Cycleway connects, signs, and improves 130 kilometers of relatively flat cycle routes around the Bay.

Climb a Mountain or a Little Hill

Quite literally a stone's throw away is Chapel Head Scar Lakeland climbing at it's best. Up to the face, along the Scar, down to the Derby for pub lunch and onto the next route. From your base at Witherslack Hall Farm, you are very near to arguably the best of UK's climbing. Challenging, breathtaking, and exhilarating mountain routes are just too plentiful to mention and there's a load of choices for all ages, levels, and styles.

Bouldering on rugged sea cliffs, scrambling on weathered screes, or scaling some of the Lakeland Classics can easily be accessed from your door and for a bit of practice or just for fun is Lakeland Climbing Centre, one of Europes best indoor walls. After a long day in the hills, it's time for you to head back home to unwind and view tomorrow's climb over the Estuary to the Silverdale Limestone faces.

Explore a Track

  • Walk, Hike, and Scramble

From the farmhouse doorstep, there are miles of footpaths, woodland tracks, and open common land to explore; with views across the estuary and Morecambe Bay.

  • Whitbarrow - Hervey Memorial Reserve

With stunning views of the Cumbrian fells and Morecambe Bay, this is a great place to walk and explore; rich in wildflowers and butterflies.

  • Whitbarrow - Howe Ridding Wood

Ancient woodland with an exceptionally rich and interesting range of flowering plants, Coppice management benefits several species of butterflies and a part of the reserve is a traditional orchard with Westmorland damson and apple trees.

Extra Riding

At additional costs, you may also avail additional horse riding and/or lessons, for more information, please send an inquiry.

Horseback Archery

Looking for a new challenge?Lake District Horse Riding Holidays offers lessons in both archery and mounted archery with our British Horseback Archery Association approved coach, Emily. No previous archery experience necessary, although archers are of course welcome, riders must be capable of riding at least at a walk unassisted. Learn to shoot safely and competently on the ground using traditional horseback archery methods, before practicing your new skills whilst riding one of our specially trained horses.

What's included

  • 4-6 hours of exclusive Witherslack Estate riding per day
  • Use of responsive horses/ponies
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • All pub/picnic lunches
  • Grange-Over-Sands train station transfers

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Other activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks
  • Extra nights
  • Extra riding

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL) or Manchester Airport (MAN). Transfers from these airports are not included, please send an inquiry for more information.

Arrival by train

The nearest station to the farm is Grange-over-Sands which is 10 minutes away.

Arrival by bus

The nearest bus station is two miles from the farm, the bus service is regular and stops every hour, Witherslack Farm provides a pick-up service from the bus station.

Arrival by car

From the M6, take the exit to the Lakes. Merge off the bypass to the South Lakes on to the A590. Proceed on the A590 and take the turning for Witherslack. Proceed over the cattle grid for two miles; the farm is located on the right-hand side after the Grange-over-Sands entrance.

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 30 days before arrival.
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