It felt like a home away from home! The warm welcome from Louise put us instantly at ease and Anna's patience and kindness to two older, out of shape ladies, on three hour rides was appreciated. Truly, everyone we encountered was wonderful. The rooms, the views, the rides out, the food, beautiful horses - I've run out of superlatives! And where else can you get lovely goodbye hugs?
We are able to offer tailor-made family riding holidays from 2 - 7 nights with riding as a family group. We can also integrate pony days for children into our riding itineraries if parents would like the option to ride on their own. Please just ask and we will write a package especially for you. An example itinerary is shown below.
Arrive today and settle into your accommodation, a magnificent 17th century Lakeland farmhouse situated adjacent to the riding stables, providing the perfect holiday setting. The yard too is full of character, having a real Victorian feel to it with a court yard of cobbles, Victorian stalls and a traditional gin house. If you like architecturally beautiful properties then this one is for you! If time permits, we can organise a ride for you this afternoon, alternatively riding will commence tomorrow morning.
Tonight, you can visit one of the local villages for dinner just a few miles drive away.
This morning the choice is yours, we can offer lessons for less experienced riders, half day rides or full day rides including a lunch stop. The hacking takes place in no less than 2500 acres of private estate land which comprises of miles of secluded woodland tracks (where we often come across deer and other woodland wild life). A little hack away is what is locally known as the noddle the most amazing view point offering excellent views of South Lakeland and Morecambe Bay. The horses include hunters, show cobs, a retired competitive dressage horse and a selection of trustworthy coloured cobs plus a fabulous mix of ponies; all have exceptional temperaments and will be delighted to show you their little piece of heaven. There is nothing quite like experiencing the Lake District from horse back. All the treks are supervised by an experienced and qualified guide and are suitable for all levels of rider. Lead rein treks are available for younger, less experienced riders.
Today you can choose how long you would like to ride for again. There is plenty to do for non-riders including fishing, cycling and walking. The English Lake District has long been a popular destination in Britain for those wanting to enjoy some rest and relaxation. For non riders, have a look at our Lake District travel guide for activities and attractions locally. Enjoy the spectacular scenery from a bicycle or for walkers trekking in the hills is an experience you won't forget!
2023 Itinerary (1st April - 31st October)
Weekends only, excluding Kid's Camp dates*
|Fri - pm - Lesson
|Sat - am - Lesson, pm - 1 hour hack
|Sun am - 1 hour hack
Price from £425 pp
|Fri pm - Lesson
|Sat am - Lesson, pm - 2 hour hack
|Sun am - 2 hour hack
Price from £495 pp
* camp dates
17th - 21st July
24th - 28th July
31st July - 04th Aug
14th - 18th Aug
21st - 25th Aug
28th Aug - 1st Sept
You will be staying at Witherslack Hall Farm; originally known as The Manor of Witherslack with parts of the building dating back to 1448. In 1852 it was remodelled and turned into a farm. There are 5 guest rooms all recently decorated with 2 private bathrooms for guests.
Witherslack Hall Farm offers lots of activities including cycling, fishing, walking and horse riding.
Evening pub transfers avaialble for those without a car. Takaway evening meals also an option, enquire upon booking.
Dogs are welcome to stay with us with a non riding partner but dogs must not be left unattended in bedrooms at any time. The cost for a dog is £15 per night.
Collection is offered from Grange over Sands railway station which is just 2 miles away.
Maximum weight limit 90 kg, minimum age 3. Childrens pony days from age 6 years. Kids Camp age 8 years to teens.
We have suggested two riding programmes, one for novice riders and one for more experienced riders who are confident in walk, trot and canter. We are always happy to tailor make a riding package to suit you, if you want to add or take away rides just ask and we will send you a quote!
Beginners/Novice ride including 2 nights bed and breakfast plus 2 x private lessons and 2 x Lakeland hacks (rides out) £395p
Extend to 3 nights Beginners/Novice ride with B&B plus 3 x private lessons and 2 x 1 hour Lakeland hacks £495
Experienced ride including 2 nights bed and breakfast plus 3 x 3 hour Lakeland hack £495pp (or one full day and 1 x 3 hour hack, depending on when you can arrive by).
Extend to 3 nights Experienced ride with B&B plus 1 x private lesson, 2 x 3 hour Lakeland hack and 1 x 1 hour hack £595
The single supplement charge is £25 per night
Lunch is available as a hot or cold meal and dinner is available as a plated cold meal at a cost of £25 and £15 respectively.
Non-rider 2 night B&B price from £175pp
If you have a horse-mad child then why not take a look at our unaccompanied riding holidays!
Take a riding holiday in The Lake District and enjoy riding out for all levels. Lessons and hacks here are perfect for beginners. For other great holidays for young children and their parents please click here.
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We inspect all the horses in our horse riding holidays to ensure the best quality holiday for you.
For tips regarding your holiday such as what to wear and riding ability, please visit the Travel Tips page.
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We have a large range of holidays to suit a range of riding abilities. Please see here for more information.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.