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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 [email protected] or on 015394 88855, to give advice and recommendations on booking a Lake District activity.

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Cross Brow Ambleside
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • Infants welcome

This gorgeous traditional detached and spacious Lakeland farmhouse nestles in a sleepy backwater only a two minute stroll from the heart of picturesque Ambleside. Spread out in luxury inside with sophisticated style and superb facilities to hand. Step outside and relax awhile on the lawn or dine al fresco on the paved patio. Flexible room options allow your party to select the best bed combination to suit your needs (see below). Plenty of bathroom/shower facilities ensure no one is left waiting…

Available From£815.00
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  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Located on the close to the centre of Keswick, Keswick Bridge has become one of the most popular places to stay in Keswick. Comprising of 23 high quality, Scandinavian style lodges built of Lakeland Slate and Swedish timber, these luxury lodges, maintained to the highest standards are popular all year round with many guests returning year after year.

Available From£790.00
Special Offer Enjoy a short break here for £499!
Malvern Ambleside
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • On Street Parking
  • Infants welcome

A fantastic Lakeland cottage, in a peaceful location just off the absolute heart of vibrant Ambleside. Beautifully refurbished and presented to contemporary 4 star standards, with spacious open plan living space and 3 stylish double bedrooms, Malvern provides an excellent base for family, couples or friends. Relax together, take scenic walks from your doorstep, or stroll to the shores of Lake Windermere to take a cruise from Waterhead Pier.

Available From£445.00
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Roger Ground House Hawkshead
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Roger Ground House is a spacious Grade II listed Tudor-Period property which was originally home to Roger, a local priest who ministered to the Parish of Hawkshead in the 1600s. The hamlet of Roger Ground is reputedly named after him. The house is quintessentially Lakeland, with a blend of Laura Ashley and Farrow & Ball styling.

Available From£1325.00
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Gilpin View Windermere
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

In a countryside setting only 10 minutes from Bowness and Lake Windermere, the historic Starnthwaite Ghyll mill house has been tastefully converted into a special complex of character cottages. Delightfully off the beaten track, Gilpin View is one of a row of four attractive cottages overlooking the stream and across the orchard to the lush Lyth Valley, very close to Crosthwaite village and the award-winning Punchbowl Inn (1.5m away).

Available From£375.00
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Roe Deer Cottage Hawkshead
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

This charming, quintessential Lakeland residence is set against a backdrop of National Trust mature woodland, home to a wealth of wildlife including squirrels, deers and birds that are regular visitors to the cottage garden. Just a mile from Hawkshead and a mere 4 miles from Ambleside, the location is both peaceful and convenient for exploring the quieter, Eastern side of Windermere. Roe Deer Cottage is presented in a typically country style, extremely comfortable with an ever so delightful nod to nostalgia.

Available From£395.00
Special Offer 7 Nights reduced from £1045 to £940
Ravenscroft Windermere
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

This traditional Lakeland residence is conveniently located only a short 5 minute stroll mid way between both vibrant villages of Windermere and Bowness together with the shores of Lake Windermere. Convenience and space makes Ravenscroft a perfect base for sociable gatherings and family holidays at any time of the year with each of the four large bedrooms enjoying en-suite bathroom facilities.

Available From£775.00
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Greengarth Keswick
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed

Within a flat easy walking distance of the town centre and the market square, Greengarth is located in the popular Crosthwaite area of Keswick. The current owners have fully refurbished and modernised the property to a very high standard. The property has been extended to substantially increase the living space which is open plan and light and airy. Spectacular bi-fold doors open directly onto the patio and garden and offer exceptional and impressive views to Skiddaw, one of the Lake District's highest and most impressive mountains.

Available From£465.00
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Drystones Grasmere
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car

Located in the very centre of Grasmere Village overlooking the River Rothay and just yards from the famous parish church of St Oswald’s, Drystones is a popular and well-appointed maisonette offering quality accommodation in a great location, with beautiful views to the hills, easy access to all the village amenities and attractions and many walks for all right from the door.

Available From£435.00
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Idle Mill 2 Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Car Park Available
  • Infants welcome

5 star Ambleside accommodation at its finest and most fabulous, with penthouse views from rooms and viewing balcony. Idle Mill is a traditional mill building, displaying a handsome combination of Lakeland stone and glass. It adjoins the acclaimed Fulling Mill restaurant at the beating heart of vibrant Ambleside.

Available From£525.00
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Mary’s Cottage Grasmere
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

As soon as you go through the gates to Marys Cottage you know you are in for a luxurious treat.

Available From£675.00
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Hayloft Windermere
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi

This captivating contemporary Lakeland retreat sits in a residential location, a stone's throw from the heart of picturesque Windermere village providing a gorgeous, romantic and convenient hideaway for any special occasion. Completed in traditional Lakeland barn style externally, in keeping with the locality, but step inside and you'll fall in love with this light and airy converted barn loft.

Available From£415.00
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

As one of the highest properties in the village of Troutbeck, just five minutes drive from Windermere, Hilltop At Troutbeck is set in an enviable location with beautiful views across the valley to Lake Windermere beyond. Close to the popular Queens Head and Mortal Man, the cottage is a comfortable retreat where you can relax and enjoy living in this most beautiful of Lakeland village of cottages and farmsteads.

Available From£395.00
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  • Sleeps 20
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 8 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

This grand period property, with two acres of gardens and grounds, offers a unique opportunity for larger groups to experience a Lakeland country house. Highly flexible accommodation for up to 20, offering tremendous value and set in a gorgeous countryside setting only 2 miles from Bowness and Lake Windermere.

Available From£1385.00
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Thyme Out Troutbeck
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car

'Thyme Out' is quite simply a gorgeous contemporary Lakeland cottage occupying a picture postcard perfect setting with breathtaking views in every direction. The sophisticated interior is furnished and finished with true flair, creating a very relaxing and special bolt-hole in this sublime setting.

Available From£475.00
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Coniston Water 1 Coniston
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed

Strolling distance from Coniston village centre and yet right by the shores of Coniston Water at Waterhead,this beautifully placed hideaway apartment truly enjoys the very best of both worlds, set in absolute peace and quiet within a delightful country guest house, commanding breathtaking views of the dramatic surrounding mountains including Coniston Old Man.

Available From£360.00
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Birkwray Barn Ambleside
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • Infants welcome

This luxuriously eclectic detached Lakeland barn conversion occupies a sublime setting within gorgeous countryside between Ambleside and Hawkshead, set in beautiful gardens commanding simply breathtaking uninterrupted panoramic views as far as the eye can see... For a holiday with 'wow factor' - this is a special place and one to spend your precious time together soaking up Lakeland's luxuries.

Available From£1075.00
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Woodland Cottage Lakeside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

At the southern tip of Lake Windermere, the charming Woodland Cottage benefits from an attractive setting on Newby Bridge Caravan Park. Surrounded by wonderful walks and a network of pretty and peaceful lanes, Woodland Cottage remains within easy reach of a wide variety of excursions and activities - from elegant lake cruises to family fun in bustling Bowness, and even the Lake District's most fabulous historic houses.

Available From£415.00
Special Offer 7 NIGHTS REDUCED FROM £2695 - £2425!
The Firs Bowness
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 5 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

A stay at The Firs will create truly memorable family holidays, whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just for spending time together. This magnificent 19th century Lakeland house with high ceilings and character is spread over three floors and sleeps ten with five modern and spacious bedrooms 4 ensuite and 1 family shower room. A stylish well equipped kitchen/dining area, lounge and separate sitting room, The Firs is everything you need, offering accommodation you will want to come back to with friends or family! It also has ample parking for 5 cars. The Firs is set in a great location, just off the centre of the ever popular village of Bowness on Windermere and is within an easy stroll from the shores of Lake Windermere

Available From£1195.00
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £725 to now £590!
Fairhaven Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Fairhaven is superbly positioned in the most enviable setting for your perfect holiday, the customer reviews on-line and in the visitors book say it all. Peacefully situated just above Bowness village, away from noise and traffic but only a stroll to the local shops, attractions and the stunning shores of Lake Windermere. The best of both worlds! Fairhaven is truly loved by its owners who have created a well-equipped and most comfortable holiday home.

Available From£435.00

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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 [email protected] or on 015394 88855, to give advice and recommendations on booking a Lake District activity.