Ride a cock-horse

The news has been awash recently with reports of snow and rain throughout the country, and amidst all that slush and wet, I began to think about other methods of getting from A to B. We have been fortunate here in Bowness-on-Windermere, in that we have not suffered from anything more taxing than a cold weather front, as the newscasts would have it, so that even those guests of ours who rely on public transport will not get their feet wet. However, I have heard reports that just 25-30 miles north of Bowness, people have abandoned their snowbound cars on the roads.

For some reason, the issue of travel made me think of the nursery rhyme, ‘Ride a cock-horse’. (I can still hear in my mind the catchy tune that goes with this nursery rhyme.) Published in 1784, this little ditty goes:

Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross,
To see a fine lady upon a white horse;
Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,
And she shall have music wherever she goes.

It was this little verse that inspired my post today, as I got to thinking that perhaps our guests might enjoy horse or pony treks in the Lakes. It is a novel way to see the Lake District, its fells, waters, and beach (at Silecroft). Just a scant 2-3 miles from Blenheim Lodge is Lakeland Pony Treks in Troutbeck. Quite apropos to my post today, the website states, ‘Our rides go out in all weather but if conditions are too extreme or dangerous we will contact you.’ (www.lakelandponytreks.co.uk/treks.htm)

coniston water, lake district

Enjoy horse-riding above Coniston Water. Enjoy the lovely fresh air and excellent panoramic views. (Photo by Dave Willis courtesy of http://www.cumbriaphoto.co.uk.)

When our kids were approximately 1.5 and 4 years respectively, we took them riding in Coniston. The riding stables there, Spoonhall Trekking Centre, is still going strong. In fact, last year, we arranged for a Japanese guest to take her son there for an exhilarating ride. He returned full of enthusiasm for this new found sport and could not wait to experience it again.

There are a number of riding stables in Cumbria, with a few located close by Silecroft, the only beach in the Lake District. One of these stables specialises in riding on heavy horses. Now, I would dearly like to try this one myself, should I have the opportunity. We had some guests staying with us last year who went daily to Cumbrian Heavy Horses, where they learnt how to ride these gentle giants.

Horse-riding is only one of the many activities that guests visiting the Lake District can enjoy. It is a great way to explore the fabulous landscapes of this very scenic part of the world, and takes one away from the main roads in order to enjoy the fresh clean air of the fells and see their beauty close up. For guests who stay with us, we are more than happy to help them book their rides at the various stables. One small thing though: we can only pre-book rides for our adult guests if they are not shy about revealing their heights and weights to us, as we have inevitably been asked for these vital statistics whenever we have made bookings on our guests’ behalf.

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