At Hands on Heavy Horses, we’re blessed with acres of beautiful Lakeland county side that we can explore on horseback. And with no traffic, our Lake District horse rides are perfect for new or inexperienced riders to learn, or for more experienced riders to challenge themselves.
If you book a Hands on Heavy Horses experience, we have four specific routes or rides that we can choose from, dependant on your riding skills, and sometimes the weather.
All fourLake District horse rides are listed below – click on each one to see a short movie and imagine your day with these magnificent horses:
All the lanes behind our farm are single track, with very little traffic. In between scenic views across open farmland there are sections of these hacks that are lined with hedgerows, teaming with wild life and are very picturesque passing tarns and remote farms. This ride is ideal for times when fell rides and the woodlands are too wet and slippery for the horses. Equally, it’s perfect for anyone who is returning to riding after a break and feels a little concerned about riding in wide open spaces. For their first time back in the saddle these hacks would be ideal. Mostly walk and trot with a canter opportunity toward the end of the hack on canter hill for those who wish and weather conditions permitting.
This trek takes us up onto the fell over looking Lake Windermere. Just picture the views on this ride – they really have the wow factor! At the top you’ll get a panoramic view, stretching from the sea in the south at Morecambe Bay, around to the Old Man of Coniston and the whole of the Western Lake District, to the Langdale Pikes in the North, then round to the Troutbeck Valley, Kentmere and the Howgills over in the East. It arguably one on the best views from horse back you will see in the Lakes, a perfect photo opportunity!
We ride by the tarn where we usually see and hear the screech of buzzards overhead, and sometimes skylarks, hare and deer. As we are up on the fell the terrain is more suited to walk and trot but if the riders ability is up for it, we do have a few canter opportunities.
This plantation has been established for many years but in the year 2000 lots of young trees were planted as part of a millennium project. Young ash, holly, oak, and many more species are now growing amongst more established trees. Our paths cross-cross this 46 acre wood through the ferns and heather, which are particularly spectacular in the late summer and autumn.
The terrain is undulating and varied and offers something a little different, there aren’t many places left where you can ride through unspoilt woods on unmade paths. Imagine seeing hare, deer and both green woodpeckers and their lesser spotted friends. On this hack, as you need to pick your way carefully through the trees and undergrowth walking is the only possible pace but there will be plenty of opportunity for trots and canters on our return should riders wish and weather permitting.
Whasdyke wood is situated to the side of our farm and has a bridle path running through it. It is a traditional old English deciduous wood filled with lots of native species. In the spring it is a carpet of bluebells and fragranced with a mass of wild garlic.
We ride through this to the lanes and fields beyond where we be able to have lots of trots and a few canters if the riders wish with views across open countryside.