The Lakes Trail
An All Inclusive* extreme 5 day trail over the Lake District mountains, for advanced riders who have experience riding in open ground.
A true adventure over the mountains rediscovering the ancient routes of the Lakes.
We set off on our second day out of the back of the yard at Ings over the fell to Kentmere historic village. At the end of the valley is Kentmere Hall, a stunning 14th century, tunnel-vaulted pele tower with five-foot thick walls. The turrets, one of the original windows and the spiral staircase remain. We then head up Garburn pass, a steep ancient byway that drops dramatically into trout beck valley. We the stop for lunch at the Mortal Man Inn, originally a small ale house but has now developed into a residential pub.
After lunch we set out over Robin Lane to Jenkins Crag, a famous view point overlooking Windermere Lake. We then drop into Ambleside and head to Rydal on the old Coffin Route to Grasmere. This route takes you past Rydal Mount, Wordsworths final house, then coming out at Dove Cottage, Wordsworths earlier house, where he lived with his sister. We then stop at an overnight stay in Grasmere.
We set off from Grasmere round the back of Grasmere Lake over Red Bank, via a bridleway. This leads us to Elterwater, the heart of the Great Langdale Valley. We head over another byway into Little Langdale stopping for lunch at the Three Shires Inn. After lunch, we set off across a ford over the river Brathay following the old quarry roads through to Hodge Close, a huge slate quarry in the middle of the Lakes.
This is a scenic ride over Walna Scar, a 2000 ft pass on an ancient byway, that once was the main connection between Dunnerdale and Coniston. Fantastic views of Scafell Pike and Bowfell can be seen at the summit, and to the west on a clear day you can get a stunning panoramic view of the Isle of Man and even Scotland! We then drop into Dunnerdale for lunch at the‘Newfield Inn’ at Seathwaite. From the pub we climb out on another ancient road that brings us via ‘Broughton Mills’ and ‘Broughton Moor Forest’. After the steady climb over Walna Scar, the forest offers a chance to burn off your lunch with a few brisk canters! We then stay overnight at Torver at the Wilsons Arms and link back with our normal two day ride.
Out of Tover we take the old coffin road into Woodland Valley and head out over Lowick Common. We stop over for lunch at a very nice ‘Horse Friendly’ pub the – Royal Oak at SparkBridge where the food is great and the hospitality is excellent. The afternoon is usually spent with a steady return to Bigland.
What’s Included in the Price?
– Accommodation paid for at all B&B’s and stop over points on the route.
– All meals are paid for (Lunch and Dinner)
– Hire of the Horse for the full 5 days
– A qualified ride leader and back up staff.
– Luggage transfer from stop over points.