THE EXPERIENCES
Welcome to Whasdyke Farm, home to our heavy horses riding & driving experiences. After initial hello’s we can have a brief chat about the day. This will be the opportunity to discuss your riding or driving ability and confidence working with horses. We want you to spend as much time as possible with your selected horse and experience every aspect of looking after a Clydesdale. Before the day begins we can complete the paperwork and sort out equipment should any need to be borrowed. Then a short tour of the farm, and important things like the loo location etc. so you won’t need to ask later!
It works slightly differently if you are ‘Just Along For The Ride’ but you’ll still get a flavour for what it takes to get a horse ready.
Your day with the horses will run from 9:30am to 4:30pm for Full Day Experiences, and 10am to 2:30pm for Half Day Experiences. ‘Just Along For The Ride’ Experiences last for 1 hour and 45 minutes.
For full information, click on the Experience of your choice from the list below or from the menu bar.
We have four experiences for you to choose from:
FULL DAY
RIDING EXPERIENCE
The closest you’ll get to owning your own heavy horse for the day.
Best suited if you have riding ability and are confident around horses.
£250 per rider
HALF DAY
RIDING EXPERIENCE

Best suited for riders who might find a heavy horse full day just too exhausting or for rides during off season when there’s less daylight.

£160 per rider

FULL DAY
DRIVING EXPERIENCE

Perfect for heavy horse driving beginners, experience the Lakeland fells in a unique and relaxing way.

£250 for one driver
Additional driver is £125

JUST ALONG
FOR THE RIDE

The choice for guests who don’t want to drive, but relax and take a ‘back-seat’ whilst enjoying magnificent views of the Lake District in the company of one of our heavy horses.

Up to 2 adults & 2 kids £150

how do they compare?

FULL DAY RIDING EXPERIENCE
£250 per rider
Collecting your horse
Grooming
Coffee & cake break
Tacking up
The ride
Untack & wash down
Feeding the horses
Homemade lunch
Turn the horse back out
Tack cleaning
Max 3 riders (with riding experience) | Min. age 13
HALF DAY RIDING EXPERIENCE
£160 per rider
Grooming
Coffee & cake break
Tacking up
The ride
Untack & wash down
Tack cleaning
Max 3 riders (with riding experience) | Min. age 13
FULL DAY DRIVING EXPERIENCE
Guest 1 £250 | Guest 2 £125
Collecting your horse
Grooming
Coffee & cake break
Putting on the harness
Long Reigning
Homemade lunch
Carriage Driving
Wash down horse
Turn the horse back out
Tack cleaning
Max 2 guests | Min. age 13
JUST ALONG FOR THE RIDE
£150 per ride
Watch the horse put in the carriage
Scenic ride on quiet lanes
Stop for photo opportunity
2 Adults and 2 kids* | *Kids 5-10
what do our friends think?
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Alex

I’m a true heavy horse convert! I’ve always loved horses so was absolutely thrilled when Debbie offered to take me riding on her gentle giants. I was a novice and can honestly say I have never felt more at ease, comfortable and in such safe hands as when I am riding Ferdy, Otto and Paddy. They are truly magnificent animals, each with their own distinctive characters yet all absolutely charming and a joy to ride, groom and get to know. My daughters, both complete beginners, have also ridden Ferdy and fallen in love with his gentle and trustworthy nature.

 

I myself have been fortunate enough to have been riding with Debbie for over a year now and fully appreciate the fantastic facilities her and John have to offer. You cannot wish for a more welcoming and breath taking riding experience set in an idyllic picturesque rural farm setting in the heart of the Lake District. I cannot recommend the experience enough and am now a true heavy horse enthusiast!

Emma
Emma

A day spent with Debbie and her gentle giants at Whasdyke Farm is a huge treat. From the grooming right through to the tack cleaning, the whole experience is a great escape from the day to day. Of course enjoying the Lakeland Fells on the back of a gentle but responsive Clydesdale is the best bit of all. Not only is Deb an excellent riding teacher if instruction is what you’re after, but it is impossible to worry on horseback and in such surroundings!

Amanda
Amanda

Thanks for my wonderful heavy horse experience today! I felt very safe and confident throughout with you and Ferdy. And I’m proud of myself too! Such an achievement, especially as you didn’t just keep me on the straight and narrow. Goes to show we are never too old or unfit to do something new and adventurous! And those gorgeous views and woodland made the ride very enjoyable as well as exhilarating.

Becky
Becky

Such a unique and memorable experience! – I first visited Whasdyke in summer 2016 and thoroughly enjoyed the fell ride, I can honestly say I have never seen views quite like it, they were simply breath taking and have to be seen to be believed! I rode a gorgeous bay gelding called Paddy who was so much fun -forward going but sensible – I felt very safe on him! The horses at Whasdyke are lovely and friendly, all with there own individual personalities! Debbie is great, so friendly and professional with a wealth of knowledge on horses and also the local area! I would definitely recommend a visit to Whasdyke to any one who is looking for an amazing ‘horsey’ experience within a beautiful setting!

Lee
Lee

Amazing, loved every minute. This is unlike any other ride I’ve ever done, the horses and the setting create something very special that will stay with me for a very long time. The views are stunning, the lanes are tiny, there’s not a well trodden path in sight, just proper unspoilt countryside for the entire ride and Debbie gave me the confidence to enjoy every moment of this unforgettable experience.

Thanks to Debbie for sharing her amazing boys. I’ve fallen in love with the adorable Ferdy, he’s a real gentle giant and it was lovely to spend time with him. I’ll be back to see him soon with plenty of carrots! Whasdyke really is a very special place.

Nicky
Nicky

I recently had the opportunity to go out riding on Ferdy (one of The Boys). I had not ridden for 20 years at least and all I can say is “What a gentleman”! From the start to finish I had the best fun in the most idyllic Lake District setting you could imagine with views straight out over Windermere and the Langdale Fells beyond, it was a truly breathtaking experience and a perfect way to find my riding legs again. Thank you Debbie.

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Pippa

I recently went to Whasdyke farm. I was wary, now I am wise. Sam and Ferdy are gentle giants who calmly and regally took me to all their special haunts. I felt like queen of the fells for a day.

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