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A two-day horse trek in the Yorkshire Dales


By: Judith

I had come to Malham, in the Yorkshire Dales for some R and R ­ riding and relaxation of course! This part of England is characterised by fells and green valleys and dry stone walls interlinked by ancient pathways and picturesque villages. The Yorkshire Dales Trekking Centre is run by Zana and Angela Jackson supported by their multi talented family. Most people seem to find out about riding holidays from the internet these days and this ride was no exception. One lady had spoken to owner Angela Jackson on the 'phone and remarked how friendly she was confirming my view that the attitude of the organisers to their clients is one of the most important factors in choosing a holiday.

Dales ponies
There's something special about riding a breed in its native habitat. Our sturdy Dales mounts with their glossy black coats were a tourist attraction in their own right.
We were introduced to our ponies and given a few minutes in the sand school to get used to them. We were advised to forget such terms as 'on the bit', 'contact' and 'collection' and have loose reins and enjoy! All the ponies have dressage training to complement their natural strength and tractability making them ideal for all types of riders.

I was to ride “Black” a 14hh ­ year old gelding whose name is not so obvious as you might think, as Dales ponies can be grey or roan too!! He was cute in a macho sort of way and felt very dependable.

The ride took us over hill and moors to Grassington and as we climbed out of the village we relished the peace and quiet of the beautiful limestone scenery. Then, as we reached our first bridleway we were alone, apart from the curlews and the skylarks. The views were magnificent and we had our first canter on the springy turf. With fleecy saddle covers our ponies were like armchairs and after a great lunch at The Angel at Hetton, armchairs were what most of us needed! We then had to traverse some sticky, boggy patches and cross wooden sleeper bridges ­ at all times our guide Zana gave helpful advice on how to cross tricky terrain.

After more great views and a last canter we arrived in Grassington village, said goodbye to our ponies and headed for Grassington Lodge for the night. This newly refurbished bed and breakfast run by Tim and Diane Lowe was very welcoming. We sat in the lounge with tea and scones as we discussed our day and the characters of our ponies. The accommodation was first class with en-suite bedrooms and every facility we could want. We then adjourned to the pub for our evening meal. All meals were included in the ride except for extra drinks.

The next day we took every opportunity for canters on grassy tracks. 'Just yell "Go faster" if you want to,' said Zana. We did, of course! We had a great 'yee haaa' up a hill to the amusement of walkers passing by. Our lunch stop was at Kilnsey where we ate our gourmet sandwiches outside, with tourists stopping to photograph our mounts under the picturesque Kilnsey Crag. We then headed back over the ancient Mastiles Lane Drovers Road used since Roman times, passing the site of a Roman marching camp. Back down the steep hill back to the stables where we said a sad farewell to our ponies. This two day holiday is an idea way to experience the joys of travelling with your horse and non-riders can find plenty to do within the area. Come and see the Yorkshire Dales and ride native ponies in their original habitat - you won’t be disappointed.

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