Duration: 1-4 days
Price point: Premium
Wild camping pack pony treks to hidden corners of the Lake District
Discover little-known places away from the crowds
Suitable for all abilities
Meals, accommodation and equipment all included
Ideal for family and friendship groups
This is walking adventure so no previous experience with horses is necessary
Travelling as part of a small group (up to eight people) you'll travel up to eight miles a day to discover iconic fells with breathtaking views of Cumbria and the Western Dales.
You'll overnight in wild camps with your ponies, sleeping in tents and cooking on an open fire. Our rare breed Fell ponies carry all the basic equipment from pots and pans to tents and sleeping bags. It's a timeless way of travelling (think Lord of the Rings!) and sleeping out under the stars is a magical and unforgettable experience.
This is a unique experience and our supplier is the only company to hold license agreements for wild camping in the Lakes and the only company offering wild camping pack pony treks in the UK.
At a glance
Group sizes: Minimum 4 adults maximum 8 adults (subject to Covid restrictions)
Trip type: Walking
Season: May to September
Grading/difficulty: Moderate. You will be walking up to eight miles a day over fells that stand at over 2000 feet.
Getting there: Train to Kendal, taxi to Basecamp Farm
Pick-ups: We can help with arrangements
Age restrictions: No maximum age. No minimum age for lowland wild camp, Minimum age 18 for high fell wild camps
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Sustainability and values
Your host follows a clear sustainability policy with no Single-Use Plastic, a low impact 'Leave no trace' policy and uses local suppliers wherever possible.
If you care about Climate Change, you'll care about carbon emissions from travel
All of the tours offered through Natural Britain have been assessed for the amount of carbon emitted and this is shown against each featured itinerary below. To help make sense of this figure, you can head over to our Carbon Emissions page for useful comparisons with overseas travel etc.
"Where time stands still..."
Tom LLoyd has a lifetimes experience travelling with horses and ponies and is the owner of the Hades Hill herd of Registered Fell ponies which his father established in 1957.
Pack Pony Treks in Cumbria
This tours runs on a group basis from March to October. Per person prices:
4-6 people: £740
6 - 8 people: £605
Group dates are being set for 2021, please select your preferred date on the booking calendar and we will get back to you with details.
Howgill Fells Wild Camping Trek
You'll start this walk from the edge of the Howgill fells and make your way over Yarleside (2,096 ft) before dropping down into Bowderdale (reputedly the longest uninhabited valley in England) and make camp next to an ancient packhorse bridge.
Sleeping in tents and cooking over fire, the ponies carry all the basic equipment from pots and pans to mattresses and sleeping bags. All you need to bring is a small rucksack or day bag and suitable all weather clothing and footwear while we take care of everything else
Day 1. Start trek into the Howgill Fells
Arrive in the afternoon/evening at basecamp on the edge of the Howgill fells. Meet and make friends with the ponies. Pack the kit ready for the morning.
Day 2. Trek to Bowderdale
Day 3. Trek to Old Packhorse Bridge
Day 4. Return to base via Ravenstonedale Common
The carbon impact of this trip is
24.7 kg CO2e per person
The above calculation shows the approximate amount of carbon that will be emitted by taking this trip (this does not include meals or getting to the destination). Details of how this figure is calculated can be found on our
Carbon Emissions page.
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