What better way to enjoy the beauty of the Lakeland countryside and its changing seasons than to get someone else to do the walking for you! We can arrange rides to suit you from a one hour trek or lesson to a weekend riding break.
Do I need to be an experienced rider?
We cater for both total beginners and experienced riders and have a choice of over 35 well mannered and willing horses and ponies of all shapes, sizes and temperaments - there is a horse to suit everyone. They include native breeds and warm bloods and are anything from steady to forward going depending on your experience and preference.
The rides (depending on the weather, ground conditions and the ability of the rider) go along bridleways and quiet country lanes across open fells and through forests. Our numerous routes all offer glorious views of the surrounding fells. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Ullswater and Matterdale Valleys.
What about safety equipment?
All treks are led by qualified, friendly escorts and approved riding hats are provided free of charge. Substantial footwear with a small heel is advised, riding boots are available, again, there is no charge. When it's cold, gloves are a must!
Pony Trekking, 8yrs+, Group rides, ratio of 1 instructor to 6 riders.
£28.50 for 1 hour
£38.50 for 1½ hours
£48.50 for 2 hours
£58.50 for 2½ hours
£68.50 for 3 hours
£98.50 for Full Day (experienced riders only)
Lead Rein, 4yrs to 8yrs old.
£15.00 30 minutes you provide the leader
Private Lead Rein, 2 & 3 yrs old.
£25.00 30 minutes we provide the leader and a family member walks along side
Accompanied private rides.
Ideal for the more experience rider who wants to ride at a faster pace or the very nervous rider who prefers individual attention. The price varies depending on the instructor to rider ratio required so please contact us for a price.
Please be advised that all horse rides are subject to the availability of a suitable horse. You will be asked your height, weight and relevant experience when you book in. For safety and animal welfare reasons, Rookin House has a maximum weight limit of 110kg (17st).
Please be aware that our maximum weight limit may be lower than 110kgs and is subject to variation on a daily basis according to what horses are available for work on the day that you attend. In addition to a person's weight, whether we have a suitable horse available also depends upon a riders height to weight ratio, riding experience, general muscle tone and fitness levels.
As such and in the unlikely event of the horse being off work for whatever reason Rookin House is unable to guarantee that a suitable horse will be available for you on the day of your ride .
Horse riding is a great activity for young people and very rewarding. We can offer a half day session (3 hours) with a more hands on approach which includes basic aspects of horsemanship (grooming and tacking up), a ride out including instruction to make the visit an even more memorable experience. For Educational visits we can link the learning into core areas of the National Curriculum. The cost for a half day session is £25 each (based on a minimum group size of 12 and available mid week during term time).