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Lake District Horse Riding Breaks

Lake District Horse Riding Breaks

Lakelovers Cottages perfect for a Horse Riding Break in the Lake District

In many ways, visiting the Lake District is like reconnecting with nature, the land and about rediscovering all that it is to be at one with it. Switch off your mobile phone, put down your car keys and revel in the simple things life has to offer.

And little brings you closer to nature than making an alliance with one of its most majestic and graceful creatures, the horse. Exploring the waters and landscapes of the Lake District on horseback is uplifting and inspiring.

Lakelovers cottages make for the perfect base for horse riding breaks in the Lake District. We have around 500 luxurious holiday cottages scattered in and around the most popular destinations in the region and so finding one within close proximity to a good equestrian centre is simple.

Each cottage is handpicked for you and all have been awarded 3 to 5 stars by VisitEngland. They are all unique and whether you are travelling in a small, intimate group, with family or a large group, we have just the place for you.

So, don your jodhpurs and saddle up, as we take a look at some of the options for a memorable Lake District horse riding holiday.

Family Favourite Trekking Centre

No matter what your level of experience, Lakeland Pony Treks have a ride that is suitable for you. Based at Limefitt Park, just off the A592 near Troutbeck and set amongst beautiful scenery, this centre is a great option for families.

The Lead Rein Ride is good for complete beginners, young riders and those who are nervous about taking to the saddle. Experienced staff ride alongside you to ensure that you are comfortable and have a great time as you gently meander through the surrounding countryside.

There are also rides for intermediates with some confidence and experience, but for the more adventurous, maybe the Two Hour Fell Ride is the one to consider.

On this trek you walk, trot and canter up the famous Garburn Pass towards Kentmere, before heading across Applethwaite Common, taking in Dubbs Reservoir and then returning to the centre via a picturesque wooded area.

Great for Hippophiles (horse lovers)

At Old Hutton near Kendal, you will find Holmescales Riding Centre, who offer a comprehensive service that includes treks for novices and intermediate riders, hacks for the more experienced and rides for groups of mixed abilities.

An impressive stable is home to many beautiful ponies and horses and you are able to select one that you think best matches your experience and the type of ride you wish to sign up for, thus giving the service an element of the bespoke.

Holmescales also have livery stables and so should you want to keep your horse with them, on a full or part of the time basis, you can.

Riding for all Abilities

Just to the north of Ullswater, west of the A5091, the Rookin House Equestrian and Activity Centre, which offers a range of activities; quad biking, archery, shooting and of course horse riding and trekking.

Established 25 years ago Rookin House is affiliated with the Pony Club and is ABRS approved. Their services cater for all abilities including riding lessons in a large indoor school, birthday pony parties and trekking.

Take in the stunning views of the Ullswater and Matterdale Valleys as you wind your way through the northern landscapes of the Lake District on one of the numerous routes mapped out around the centre.

Well Broken Horses

Experienced riders are in for a real treat if they decide to pay a visit to Black Horses, situated to the north of Cartmel on Aynsome Lane.

Here, Greenbank Farm breed, train and work the impressive Friesian horses. Famous for being black, powerful and elegant, this breed has been on the brink of extinction more than once, but now, thanks to the likes of Greenbank, they are in the ascendancy.

The farm doesn’t see itself as a riding centre, but run “Experience Days” during which you can ride a Friesian in one of several scenarios.

Enjoy a quiet hack through the historic village of Cartmel or along local bridleways with views of Cartmel Valley and Morecombe Bay from the top of Hampsfell. For something more exhilarating, you can book a beach ride and enjoy galloping over the sands.

If you would rather let someone else take over the reins, Black Horses also give you the opportunity to ride in a horse drawn carriage. The Cartmel Village Ride will pick you up on your doorstep, should you be staying nearby and take you on a romantic tour of the village. Champagne, chocolates and flowers are available on request and help make the moment complete.

Special Occasion and Experiences

Based near Millom, only a short ride away from the stunning Lake District coast, Heavy Horses offer thrilling horse riding experience on a magnificent Clydesdale, Shire or Ardennes. Whether you’re an experienced rider who would love the thrill of a fast ride along the stunning nearby beaches, or if you’d like to get to know the power of these beautiful animals in a more gentle experience, you’ll enjoy a fell or farmyard trek.

Heavy Horses really know about making your experience memorable, and their champagne Carriage Driving experience is certainly one to treasure.

Horse riding holidays in the Lake District are a great way to see the surrounding area from a completely new perspective, to enjoy some fresh air and exercise and to acquire some new skills or brush up on some you may not have used for a while.

And, at the end of the day you can rest assured that you are returning to a fabulous Lakelovers Lake District holiday cottage where luxury and comfort are abound and where you can get a good night’s rest, ready for the adventures that the next day will bring.

Our experienced customer service team are on hand online, via email at enquiries@lakelovers.co.uk or on 015394 88855, to give advice and recommendations on booking a Lake District activity.

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Birch House Langdale
  • Sleeps 14
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 4 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

A magnificent Lake District farmhouse dating back to the 18th century, surrounded by breathtaking countryside in the hamlet of Little Langdale. Once a local Staging Inn, Birch House has been beautifully refurbished to provide an exceptional standard of self-catering accommodation for groups of up to 14 people.

Available From£1299.00
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Riverbank Grasmere
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car

This gorgeous character apartment nestles on the banks of the River Rothay, which meanders gently through Grasmere village. Retaining the character of the original Lakeland stone building, Riverbank has been refurbished with a touch of the contemporary. We particularly love the oak beamed ceilings and traditional windows in both the cosy bedrooms.

Available From£399.00
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Little Orchard Bowness
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Private parking for 4 cars
  • Infants welcome

Little Orchard is a superb detached Lakeland property set in the heart of this picturesque hamlet, yet benefits from a secluded position within its beautiful grounds to maximise the benefits of the stunning and far reaching views.

Available From£695.00
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  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • 3 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

You might wonder at the name of this enchanting holiday cottage in the Langdale Valley, tucked away in the pretty village of Elterwater. Not many people know that Elterwater was once home to a gunpowder factory which used superior quality flint only found in the renowned local slate quarries.

Available From£625.00
Special Offer Special Offer - 6 nights now only £330! Call us on 01539488855 to secure this offer…
High Raise Grasmere
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car

This gorgeous penthouse hideaway is nestled right in the very heart of Grasmere, looking down on the village green. A sophisticated Lakeland loft providing a perfect romantic retreat for a holiday at any time of the year. Aptly named, High Raise forms the penthouse of a traditional Grasmere stone building. It is beautifully presented with breathtaking views from every window.

Available From£420.00
Special Offer 10% discount for 7 nights
Waternook Ullswater
  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Private parking for 6 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

5 star opulence on Ullswater, Waternook is quite simply outstanding and luxurious in every way, arguably the most prestigious self-catering experience in the Lake District or possibly the British Isles. This eclectic detached 17th century Lakeland residence occupies a sublime, secluded setting within 26 acres of private grounds with 1/2 mile of lake shoreline, commanding simply breath-taking uninterrupted panoramic views as far as the eye can see.

Available From£6480.00
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Lingmoor Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

A stylish and contemporary Bowness residence in a superb location; only a 2 minute stroll from the village and lake shore, but slightly elevated to give spectacular views towards Lake Windermere and the fells beyond. The elegant living space forms a great retreat for families or friends. Sociable areas extend to both a sunny front terrace and peaceful rear patio garden. You'll enjoy views from all 3 bedrooms, but it has to be said the king-size master is a particular treat.

Available From£465.00
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Stoat Cottage Windermere
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 0 car

The very charming Stoat Cottage enjoys a central location in the heart of Staveley, a thriving village that has quietly gained a reputation as a destination village for foodie retreats and everything outdoors making it the perfect base to explore the lakes. This mid-19th century cottage has just been beautifully re-worked to offer quality, stylish accommodation with the theme very much on comfort and convenience.

Available From£325.00
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Middlerigg Ambleside
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

This luxurious character property is part of a converted coach house and stables, a couple of miles from Ambleside village and a stroll from 'Brockhole', the National Park Visitor Centre incorporating the adventure thrill Treetop Trek, a must during your stay. Found up a private lane, within lovely landscaped gardens, Middlerigg has a peaceful and secluded feel without any compromise on convenience, yet inclusive Wi Fi at the property will always keep you in touch.

Available From£425.00
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Smithy Cottage Bowness
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

A true 'picture postcard' traditional Lakeland cottage in this pretty countryside hamlet, less than a minute's stroll to The Hare & Hounds, a superb pub serving real ales and great food and only a short drive from Bowness and Lake Windermere. Retaining charming original features with inset woodburning fireplace and enchanting cottage windows.

Available From£395.00
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

This classy bolt hole is found on the fringes of Ambleside; alongside a park, close to the River Rothay yet still only a minute's stroll from the village centre. The shores of Lake Windermere are just a few minutes further. Relaxed sophistication is the theme of the interior; cosy up together in front of the woodburning stove, gaze out to distant fells through cute cottage windows and relish impeccable interior design with a finish fit for any glossy magazine.

Available From£495.00
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Ada’s Retreat Bowness
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car

Located just a few minutes' easy walk from the popular village of Bowness and the shores of Lake Windermere, Ada's Retreat is a luxurious hideaway from which to escape the hustle and bustle of the outside world. From the spacious and very private wing of this beautiful Lakeland home, with over an acre of secluded garden, Ada's Retreat is a high quality and luxurious hideaway for two. The owners of Ada's Retreat have flexible changeover days and offer shortbreaks all year round – please telephone us for more details.

Available From£700.00
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The School House Lakeside
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 4 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Wonderful Lakeland holidays are made here at The School House, a substantial detached and simply magnificent Lake District residence built in 1799, occupying a secluded setting at the southern tip of Lake Windermere with spectacular far reaching surrounding views and above all a magical atmosphere. It's a 5 minute walk to the National Trust Fell Foot Park and Lake Windermere.

Available From£875.00
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 0 car
  • Car Park Available
  • 1 pet allowed

Barley Croft is a beautiful and welcoming retreat just a minute's walk from the centre of the popular village of Ambleside.Tastefully presented by the current owner, this pretty property is an ideal escape to get away from it all and enjoy everything the Lake District has to offer right from the front door.

Available From£425.00
Special Offer
A River Runs By Windermere
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car

A romantic, contemporary and surprisingly convenient riverside retreat in the popular village of Staveley, at the mouth of the Kentmere Valley. Within a tasteful barn conversion, this peaceful property enjoys balcony views and plenty of outdoor breathing space. It has a relaxed ambience and a superb location: Staveley is a friendly and well-served community, and a hub for walkers, laid-back holidaymakers and mountain bikers (property has secure bike store).

Available From£325.00
Special Offer
Number Twenty Keswick
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 4 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Situated in the residential area, just a few minutes' walk from the centre of Keswick, Number Twenty is a tastefully refurbished Victorian Lakeland slate terrace house. Benefiting from ample parking for four cars, five ensuite bedrooms, two log burning stoves and a large patio this excellent property offers great accommodation in easy reach of the popular shops, bars, cafes and pubs to be found around the market square in the heart of Keswick.

Available From£795.00
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Lakestone Cottage Windermere
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

Capturing the very essence of the Lake District this conveniently located cottage has been stunningly refurbished to provide a truly contemporary Lakeland retreat. Tucked away in a peaceful backwater, close to both Windermere and Bowness villages and the shores of the lake.

Available From£390.00
Special Offer
Bank Barn at Rusland Rusland Valley
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 4 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Bank Barn at Rusland is an exceptional holiday property. A spacious traditional home with fantastic views over the Rusland Valley afforded by the dual aspect upstairs living areas. This property is ideal for families and friends alike, wishing to explore the true heart of the Lake District. Enjoy the surrounding hills and bridleways on foot or by bike: you will not be disappointed. With Grizedale Forest nearby this is a great base for outdoor activity all year round. Exceptionally maintained and spacious gardens add to the unique character of this property.

Available From£595.00
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

PLEASE NOTE THIS PROPERTY CAN BE BOOKED ON A MONDAY TO MONDAY, AS WELL AS A FRIDAY TO FRIDAY BASIS. Please phone 015394 88855 for enquiries or bookings.

Available From£365.00
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • 2 pets allowed

This contemporary country Lakeland cottage would be ideally suited to grace the cover of any chocolate box, situated in a gently elevated setting with views over the glorious green valley. Set within a beautiful landscaped select holiday home park known as Ings Mill Park, circumscribed by 5 acres of wooded valley alongside the soothing River Gowan, only a 2 minute stroll from the hamlet of Ings.

Available From£375.00

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Lake District Horse Riding Breaks

Lake District Horse Riding Breaks

Lakelovers Cottages perfect for a Horse Riding Break in the Lake District

In many ways, visiting the Lake District is like reconnecting with nature, the land and about rediscovering all that it is to be at one with it. Switch off your mobile phone, put down your car keys and revel in the simple things life has to offer.

And little brings you closer to nature than making an alliance with one of its most majestic and graceful creatures, the horse. Exploring the waters and landscapes of the Lake District on horseback is uplifting and inspiring.

Lakelovers cottages make for the perfect base for horse riding breaks in the Lake District. We have around 500 luxurious holiday cottages scattered in and around the most popular destinations in the region and so finding one within close proximity to a good equestrian centre is simple.

Each cottage is handpicked for you and all have been awarded 3 to 5 stars by VisitEngland. They are all unique and whether you are travelling in a small, intimate group, with family or a large group, we have just the place for you.

So, don your jodhpurs and saddle up, as we take a look at some of the options for a memorable Lake District horse riding holiday.

Family Favourite Trekking Centre

No matter what your level of experience, Lakeland Pony Treks have a ride that is suitable for you. Based at Limefitt Park, just off the A592 near Troutbeck and set amongst beautiful scenery, this centre is a great option for families.

The Lead Rein Ride is good for complete beginners, young riders and those who are nervous about taking to the saddle. Experienced staff ride alongside you to ensure that you are comfortable and have a great time as you gently meander through the surrounding countryside.

There are also rides for intermediates with some confidence and experience, but for the more adventurous, maybe the Two Hour Fell Ride is the one to consider.

On this trek you walk, trot and canter up the famous Garburn Pass towards Kentmere, before heading across Applethwaite Common, taking in Dubbs Reservoir and then returning to the centre via a picturesque wooded area.

Great for Hippophiles (horse lovers)

At Old Hutton near Kendal, you will find Holmescales Riding Centre, who offer a comprehensive service that includes treks for novices and intermediate riders, hacks for the more experienced and rides for groups of mixed abilities.

An impressive stable is home to many beautiful ponies and horses and you are able to select one that you think best matches your experience and the type of ride you wish to sign up for, thus giving the service an element of the bespoke.

Holmescales also have livery stables and so should you want to keep your horse with them, on a full or part of the time basis, you can.

Riding for all Abilities

Just to the north of Ullswater, west of the A5091, the Rookin House Equestrian and Activity Centre, which offers a range of activities; quad biking, archery, shooting and of course horse riding and trekking.

Established 25 years ago Rookin House is affiliated with the Pony Club and is ABRS approved. Their services cater for all abilities including riding lessons in a large indoor school, birthday pony parties and trekking.

Take in the stunning views of the Ullswater and Matterdale Valleys as you wind your way through the northern landscapes of the Lake District on one of the numerous routes mapped out around the centre.

Well Broken Horses

Experienced riders are in for a real treat if they decide to pay a visit to Black Horses, situated to the north of Cartmel on Aynsome Lane.

Here, Greenbank Farm breed, train and work the impressive Friesian horses. Famous for being black, powerful and elegant, this breed has been on the brink of extinction more than once, but now, thanks to the likes of Greenbank, they are in the ascendancy.

The farm doesn’t see itself as a riding centre, but run “Experience Days” during which you can ride a Friesian in one of several scenarios.

Enjoy a quiet hack through the historic village of Cartmel or along local bridleways with views of Cartmel Valley and Morecombe Bay from the top of Hampsfell. For something more exhilarating, you can book a beach ride and enjoy galloping over the sands.

If you would rather let someone else take over the reins, Black Horses also give you the opportunity to ride in a horse drawn carriage. The Cartmel Village Ride will pick you up on your doorstep, should you be staying nearby and take you on a romantic tour of the village. Champagne, chocolates and flowers are available on request and help make the moment complete.

Special Occasion and Experiences

Based near Millom, only a short ride away from the stunning Lake District coast, Heavy Horses offer thrilling horse riding experience on a magnificent Clydesdale, Shire or Ardennes. Whether you’re an experienced rider who would love the thrill of a fast ride along the stunning nearby beaches, or if you’d like to get to know the power of these beautiful animals in a more gentle experience, you’ll enjoy a fell or farmyard trek.

Heavy Horses really know about making your experience memorable, and their champagne Carriage Driving experience is certainly one to treasure.

Horse riding holidays in the Lake District are a great way to see the surrounding area from a completely new perspective, to enjoy some fresh air and exercise and to acquire some new skills or brush up on some you may not have used for a while.

And, at the end of the day you can rest assured that you are returning to a fabulous Lakelovers Lake District holiday cottage where luxury and comfort are abound and where you can get a good night’s rest, ready for the adventures that the next day will bring.

Our experienced customer service team are on hand online, via email at enquiries@lakelovers.co.uk or on 015394 88855, to give advice and recommendations on booking a Lake District activity.