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Join our brand new 3 day ride for the central Lakes!

Having explored the riding routes around Skelwith Bridge, Grizedale Forest and Windermere we are now delighted to be able to offer our NEW Central Lakes Ride.

You will ride one of our gorgeous sure-footed Clydesdale or Shire horses, over three days, through Grizedale Forest, along the shores of Lake Windermere into Claife Heights and into the Langdales riding through the heart of the Lake District in the midst of the most outstanding scenery. A full Itinerary will be sent to you about 4 weeks before the ride.


General 3 day ride information and dates (pdf)
Booking form for a 3 day ride (pdf)


CHH wins North West England’s Toursim Award 2010!

Tim and Annie with Tourism Award judges at the North West Tourism Award for Best Tourist Experience 2010 (250x167)

Cumbrian Heavy Horses, the only heavy horse riding centre in the world, wins for Cumbria, in England’s North West Tourism Award, as “Best Tourist Experience 2010!!”

Read the official press release below:

A small business in the south west of Cumbria has been on a roll this summer; having won Best Tourism Experience in Cumbria in May (no small accolade considering the size of the county and diversity of the experiences on offer in the Lake District, one of the UK’s most well loved and visited areas), they recently went on to win at the Regional Finals , held in September at Manchester’s “The Point” (a new venue at Lancashire County Cricket Club), beating stiff completion from Shark Diving Experience, Art Exhibitions, and GoApe, amongst others.

Proprietor Annie Rose is delighted with the win, a true accolade for all the hard work and passion the team, both equine and human, put in to make this business a special experience, not just a horse ride. The main ethic behind the business is to promote the Heavy Horses as riding horses, and by winning this Award they continue to highlight the versatility of the horses, and what a fantastic experience they give to riders of all abilities and experience levels. Clydesdale and Shire horses, as well as Ardennes breeds, are often categorised as draught horses fit for farm work only – a line of thought which has had them on the Rare Breed Survival Trusts “At Risk” list for many years. Annie and Tim hope that, in promoting these beautiful horses in this way, they are ridden far more for the fantastic, fluent, energetic riding horse they are! To win the award the business has been mystery shopped, visited, and examined in great detail with assessors going out to every business, as well as having to put forward a detailed portfolio to back up any information put forward.

Building on this success they may be shortlisted for the England Finals, but Annie and Tim are simply delighted with their success so far. “It’s all about the horses” said Annie, “the whole team make this business work, it’s a lifelong love, a business built on a true passion for these magnificent horses, and we will continue to diversify and build on our current business model, promoting the heavy horse as a riding horse in a variety of ways. We believe that all our clients look for a quality experience, everything has to be right, from the moment they arrive in the yard to the quality of the ride, the horse, it’s training and how it looks all contribute; we have been a BHS Approved yard for years, which says alot to equestrians ”.

Cumbrian Heavy Horses was one of many business’ in Cumbria badly affected by the floods and cold last winter, They hope this next year will be an improvement, with plans afoot for an Indoor ménage with many ideas for its use, and a further Riding Holiday planned to add to the existing Cumbrian Classic Ride. So will we see them at the England Finals? We’ll find out in February.

CHH win award for Best Toursim Experience 2010!

CHH win award for Best Tourism Experience 2010!!!
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We are overwhelmed and proud to announce that Cumbrian Heavy Horses have won the Cumbria Tourism Award for Best Tourism Experience 2010. The award ceremony was held at the Rheged Centre in Penrith, attended by over 250 people.

Again, we would like to thank those many people who have contributed to this.

Now, we are put forward for the regional finals in October!

Annie Rose & Tim Ancrum

Café open

After quite some time and lots of work, “Gertie’s Café” has finally opened. Your partner is out on a ride with us... Why not have a cuppa and watch the foals play?

Choose from a variety of drinks and snacks and make yourself at home.

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Shop open (click thumbnails for details)

In the café you will also find a variety of horse gear such as chaps, jods, gloves, rain coats etc. - basically anything you would want to wear on a ride with us - or goodies, such as gift vouchers, lovely hand painted horse shoes, CD’s and of course our DVD. Our choice of products will be soon be expanded. So stay tuned to see what’s going on with our shop.

Oh and... our ever so popular T-Shirts, Polos, Sweaters etc. with Cumbrian Heavy Horses‘ Logo are always available in our shop.


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


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