Going horse riding in the Lake District is the perfect way to see all the beauty of Cumbria without the blisters!

Enjoy a gentle trot through one of the many traditional Lakeland villages or test yourself and your horse on an exhilarating hack up a challenging peak. Where ever you decide to ride you will no doubt be able to enjoy panoramic views of lakes, fells and valleys full of flora and fauna.

There are many areas to explore which are suitable for you and your horse including The Pennine Bridleway, The Eden Valley Loops, Mallerstang valley and Wild Boar Fell.

There are also many riding centres offering you and your family a half day or whole day out on the fells with a horse specially suited to your needs.

We have collected together a number of Riding Centres that are located within 20km of great holiday accommodation. Just click on `Browse our cottages suitable for horse riding' to start looking for great holiday accommodation just a stone's throw from horse riding heaven!

Rookin House

This family owner and operated activity centre close to Ullswater offers plenty of great horse riding opportunities as well as quad biking, all terrain vehicle rides and archery! Tel: 017684 83561

Holmescales Riding Centre

Horse riding treks throughout the Lake District countryside with excellent tuition, well schooled horses and superb riding facilities. Hacks cover a varied terrain with stunning views towards the Lake District. Tel: 01539 729388

Sockbridge Pony Trekking
Sockbridge Pony Trekking

With over 50 years experience this horse riding centre offers beginners and the experienced horse rider treks of up to two hours covering areas such as Askham, Helton and the Barton Fells. Tel: 01768 863468

Leacett Cottage Riding Stables

A British Horse Approved Riding centre near Melkinthorpe in Cumbria. Treks vary from half an hour to one and a half hours with the opportunity to ride through Whinfell Forest providing some of the best views in the area. Tel: 01768 862153

Park Foot Pony Trekking

Park Foot is situated on the edge of Lake Ullswater and provides a brilliant place to do some Pony Trekking around the beautiful countryside surrounding the lake. All pony treks are fully supervised so it is a brilliant adventure no matter what your experience

Murthwaite Green Trekking Centre
Murthwaite Green Trekking Centre

Located in Silecroft on the Cumbrian Coast Murthwaite Green Trekking Centre gives you the fantastic opportunity to ride along the five mile golden sands and shallow waters of Silecroft beach. Tel: 01229 770876

Bigland Hall Equestrian

Aiming to provide the best quality horse riding in the Lake District Bigland Hall Equestrian Centre offers a wide variety of rides suitable for all ages and abilities. Tel: 01539 530333

Crook Barn Stables
Crook Barn Stables

Enjoy stunning scenery through bridleways and thoroughfares on one of the horses at the Crook Barn stables. Visitors can also say hello to the other farmyard animals on site - chickens, ducks, geese and pigs. Tel: 01539 441088