About us


Daily rides

Riding holidays


Find us




TA northwest

Approved by:
Trekking and Riding Society
of Scotland (T.R.S.S.)
British Horse Society (B.H.S.)

tab2b tab1b tab1b tab1b
flagge_grossbritannien flagge_deutschland

Cumbrian Heavy Horses is a new and exciting equine facility for the English Lake District and Cumbria - formerly operating on the Isle of Skye we moved to the Lakes a year ago and are pleased to to be able to cater for the many visitors to the Lake District who share our love and passion for horses and the beautiful area we live in.

Annie Rose

Annie of Cumbrian Heavy Horses - Horse riding in the Lake District

Annie with her best
friend: “Benny”

Annie runs Cumbrian Heavy Horses. She started West Highland Heavy Horses many years ago with the firm belief that heavy horses required a future without the traditional perception of them being a bygone relic!! That passion has led to the business' growth over the past 10 years from a two horse dray outfit to a vibrant and friendly yard with BHS Approved Riding School status using only Clydesdales and Shires for riding. The business' development coincided with her family,

which at times she has found difficult, and wants to say a huge thankyou to the many friends, including her children's dad, who have helped over the years! She loves developing the business but her first love, that of directly working with these beautiful horses, is still her driving passion (pardon the pun!!). She also knows that the Clydesdales and Shires are the real stars, so beautiful, and very much hopes that with the new facilities on offer here, with the vision she shares with the team, that many more folk can be encouraged to come and ride a fit, well schooled Clydesdale....

Robin, our ride leader

Robin of Cumbrian Heavy Horses - Horse riding in the Lake District

“I bring my worldwide travelling and mountain experience to my ride leading and enjoy challenging our riders!

A year and a half later (I originally came for 6 weeks!)I'm still with the big friendly giants. My skills base has gone from knowing very little about horses to now being a fully qualified Ride Leader. With BHS Stages One and Two, my Riding and Road Safety Exam and the HSE First Aid at Work now attained I lead clients of all abilities over farm fields, beach and fell and guide on several days of our six day rides - Annie and Tim just keep giving me reasons to stay on! I love to learn and part of the joy of working here is spending time with interesting riders, both experienced and novices, so much so that I never want some rides to end.. I'm supposed to be here to take some time out to decide what to do at university but am finding it very hard to even

consider dragging myself away from these perpetually surprising Clydesdales and Shires (not forgetting the Dingledozer our Ardennes of course!). I look forward to what life here will throw at me next!!

Linda of Cumbrian Heavy Horses - Horse riding in the Lake District

Linda, our part time ride leader

I have worked with horses for most of my adult life – on and off! Now I am doing something I really enjoy, working with the Clydesdales and Shires at Cumbrian Heavy Horses, with the beautiful Duddon valley as a backdrop. I live in Bootle which is just down the road and started work at Chappels in April. Having recently completed a series of qualifications in horse care, ride leadership and road safety I am well prepared to help people get maximum enjoyment and benefit from being with these wonderful horses. Clydesdales are gentle, good-natured giants and although I am only little (honestly it doesn't matter the horse are so good!) they are always responsive to their riders and always great to work with...(the people aren’t so bad either!), so look forward to meeting you!

“We hope she'll remain here as a friend and co-worker for years to come!”

Carol and Richard with Dana and Fraser of Cumbrian Heavy Horses - Horse riding in the Lake District

Carol and Richard, our special friends
and Prince’s main fan club members!

These two long term heavy horse fans have been mentors and quiet supporters since the businees' inception up on Skye. They own Prince our Shire and are always there for us. You might see them flitting in or out of the yard and always, if he's there, Prince gets a special cuddle!

Carol and Richard together with Dana and Fraser who were with us on the Great Migration.

Andy, Di, Graham, Laura and Ciorstaidh, our support group!!

Andy of Cumbrian Heavy Horses - Horse riding in the Lake District

Andy and Gypsy

I used to have my own heavies and thought my time with horses was over but Cumbrian Heavy Horses changed all that! I also fell in love with Gypsy on the Migration Ride and every moment I spend with her is a treasured part of my life. You will see me at weekends as I work for the NHS during the week but I am a qualified senior ride leader now and it gives me a huge amount of pleasure to help people of all abilities enjoy the special experience of riding with Cumbrian Heavy Horses. I consider it a privilege to be part of the Team and be allowed to work with this amazing group of horses and the lovely people who come to visit. The horses are my friends, my heroes and my heroines and I couldn't bear to think of life without them now. I have a very tolerant wife Doreen who helps occasionally.

This year my lead horse has often been Brutus and I want to pay tribute to this wonderful, talented horse. Tim drew my attention to horses having "Buttons" and Bru has all the buttons you need. I remember the first time I rode him, it was on the first day Cumbrian Heavy Horses opened for business and I felt it was such an honour. I will always regard it as an honour to ride him.

I met Annie and Tim 3 years ago when holidaying on Skye. Once I had ridden with them, I fell in love with Clydesdales. I was also privileged enough to ride some of the Migration. When I found out Annie and Tim were moving to Cumbria, I was delighted as it meant that I would be able to spend a lot more time with them and the horses. I now spend most weekends helping out and riding Hamish. I was lucky enough to be able to buy Hamish at the start of this year and have done my Assistant Ride Leader qualification this year so that I can help out with the rides if necessary. All the horses are amazing and as Andy says, they are all friends. I get a huge amount of pleasure being able to help there and to be able to spend so much time with all my equine and human friends.

Di of Cumbrian Heavy Horses - Horse riding in the Lake District

Di and Hamish

Graham of Cumbrian Heavy Horses - Horse riding in the Lake District

Graham and Sonny Jim

Before 2007 I had never even sat upon a horse of any description, but after being talked in to accompanying a friend on a ride I was hooked and it would be true to say that these heavies have really changed my life. I now spend all my weekends and as much free time as possible helping around the yard. In less than a year I have learnt so much about horses and equine management, which only increases my appreciation and admiration for the work that these amazing gentle giants do. My riding has steadily improved to a point where I can now accompany the team on any of the many varied rides available; this allows me to see the Cumbrian countryside, with which I grew up, from a completely new perspective…from the back of a Clydie! Annie and Tim’s passion and enthusiasm for these fantastic horses is infectious and I have certainly caught the bug, just come and visit us and you’ll see what I mean.

I began, as it feels, my legacy here with the heavies in the summer of 2005 and now each subsequent summer (and every other opportunity I get) I have been drawn back to build on my knowledge and concrete my passion for these “Hairies!”. I hold very fond, unforgettable memories of our old home in the Isle of Skye, with its rich friendships, yet embrace the improvements that our new location provides. Over the years I have spent with Annie a special relationship has developed as we have been privileged to share in many memorable events - our ridden demo at Blair 05, various showing attempts, taking our Clydesdales swimming in the clear waters of the Sound of Sleat ....such experiences enhance our enjoyment and this enthusiasm can be shared amongst our clients.

Laura of Cumbrian Heavy Horses - Horse riding in the Lake District

“I look forward to many more special summers with Annie, as well as the horses and the human team here at Cumbrian heavy horses.”

Ciorst has a Scottish spelling of her name, as we first met her up on Skye where she became our first "little helper". Seven years later she is our best friend and spends as much time here with us as her school holidays (and parents Martin and Margaret!!) permit. Her best friend here in the yard is Bailey the wee pony; she is a fabulous rider and has a great sense of humour, helps out everywhere, and knows the yard almost as well as we do!!You are likely to meet her in the holidays..

Ciorstaidh and Bailey

Ciorst of Cumbrian Heavy Horses - Horse riding in the Lake District

 (c) 2004-2015 Cumbrian Heavy Horses

Call +44 1229 777764 or mail annie@cumbrianheavyhorses.com - open all year 7 days a week!


NEW! Ride Dates for 2020:
While we are preparing the
re-launch of our website, please visit us on Facebook for all the latest news and riding dates! Thank you very much!