Walk the iconic Lake District fells with a pack pony

Watering hole, Howgill Fells

From a one day trek to a three night wild camping expedition.

 

Our Team

We are trained Mountain Leaders with a lifetime of experience travelling with ponies.

 
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Tom LLoyd

Since taking over the Hades Hill herd of Fell ponies from his father Walter Lloyd in 1995, Tom has travelled the length of the country and back with his ponies and spent half his life living under canvas. Tom is also an international award winning filmmaker.

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Clare Dyson

Not only is Clare a qualified Mountain Leader but she has travelled the Western Lake District on horseback to the top of Helvellyn with Hades Hill Pansy. Clare’s trip with Pansy was featured on the BBC.

Fell ponies were traditionally bred as pack ponies

One day family trek with a pack pony

From our base at the foot of Windermere we can take family groups on a one day adventure following an old pack horse route.

Start the day meeting the herd (in the winter you can help feed the ponies) then we load the pony with everything we need to cook lunch on an open fire as well as waterproofs, a communal shelter and snacks. Suitable for families, the walk is about 4 miles round trip back to our base.

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Leading a trek across the Howgill fells

Three night wild camping adventure

For the more adventurous traveller we take groups of up to 6 people on a 3 day wild camping trek. We cover between 5 and 8 miles a day over the fells with a choice of starting points.

Camping in tents and cooking on an open fire, the ponies carry all the basic equipment from pots and pans to tents and sleeping bags. All you need to bring is suitable all weather clothing and footwear and we take care of everything else.

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Pack ponies carrying kitchen and sleeping equipment

Overnight trek and bothy adventure

If you like the idea of a pack pony expedition but would prefer to sleep in a bed, we can take groups of up to 6 people on an overnight trek staying at Skiddaw House, the highest hostel in Britain.

Surrounded by mountains, with no other building in sight, Skiddaw House offers a real escape from it all. It's off-grid, out of reach of mobile signal and 3.5 miles from the nearest road.

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What a trip!
It was miraculous to have been transported somewhere else entirely for the weekend. It felt strange to be back in the land of cars and mobile phones after such an amazing trip deep into the Lakeland fells. Thanks so much to the the Fell Pony Adventures team Clare & Tom and ponies Fay, Pansy and Fairmile. I can’t wait to do it again.
— Charlie Pryor
Wow! Having never spent time around horses before, I was slightly apprehensive and wondered if I would be dodging kicks and constantly re-tying bags to disgruntled horses! However nothing could be further from the truth. From the outset it was clear that the horses were born for this sort of work and Tom & Clare’s love, respect and knowledge for the horses meant that their wellbeing was put first at every stage. I now can’t wait to do another trip!
— Ross Bowyer

Overlooking Borrowdale (the longest uninhabited valley in England)