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Cumbrian Heavy Horses

Annie Rose
Chappels Farm
Whicham Valley
Nr Millom
LA18 5LY

Tel: 01229 777764
Annie Mob :07769 588565


Prop: Annie Rose

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

Cumbrian Heavy Horses is a small professionally run Riding Centre unique in our use of the magnificent Clydesdale and Shire horse, for riding.  Our love of these gorgeous horses remains our driving force; we hope to pass on that passion to all our customers, experienced and novice alike!

Situated in the Whicham Valley, we are within the boundaries of the Lake District National Park and nestle in the foothills of Black and White Combe. We are just a few miles from the coast and have access to some of the UK's most spectacular riding, with farm rides, beach and fell rides, (on occasion mountaineering on horse-back!!) suitable for riders of varying ability, with steadier rides and mounts for the nervous novice and forward going fluent Clydesdale horses for those wishing to experience the thrill of riding a
REAL horse!!!

In time, once we "find our feet" (or should that be hooves??!!) (sorry!!), we hope to make available Heavy Horse training courses in care, management, riding and driving (many of our horses drive too) and a whole range of other options - more details to follow in the near future.

Our stone built traditional farm provides a suitable setting for us to offer fantastic riding on well schooled Clydesdale and Shire horses we can take you to places high in the fells, on the beach or on the farm rides in the valley... all spectacularly beautiful;our horses move with grace, speedand power... we hope you enjoy your experience here with us!!

We are the worldwide
ambassadors for the ridden Clydesdale movement as featured on BBC's
Countryfile programme and recently in HORSE magazine galloping down the
beach! Dispel the myth of the plod!!!

Our horses are our life, our love, our passion..

We believe in "Working horses working for a living"

We hope you enjoy our horses, riding them, working with them, as we do!

Thank you for your interest!!

Our riding options

Join us for a horse riding or trail riding experience of a lifetime. All our horse riding is on our magnificent Clydesdales and Shires with an element of tuition incorporated in every ride; we hope you find our instruction a valuable part of your time here with us!


Farm rides
This ride is run in several ways, either as a beginner/novice experience, a mixed abiltity group, or as a fast ride for experienced riders. The ride is through local farmland comprising of fields, tracks and stream crossings, all with the fantastic Whicham valley views. We ask on booking to ensure you do get the type of ride you want!
All our rides are accompanied by a trained member(s) of staff. We always go to great lengths to make sure a rider is suitably matched to their horse.


Or for the more experienced rider why not try...

Day rides to the beach!
This beach rides are available as full and
half day rides, and are for experienced riders /groups who are able to walk, trot and canter in full control of their horse!. The ride takes you from our Chappells Farm Base, along the Whicham Valley, and on to the nearby Irish Sea Coastline which offers miles of sand and sea for you to enjoy......An amazing riding experience...!

Riders need to be comfortable with canter and controlling a horse in open spaces. We plan this ride around the daily tides so please ring in advance. We suggest bringing good clothing, packed lunch and light refreshments.


Or for that special riding adventure:
Half day and full day fell ride
A half or full day ride, suitable for more experienced riders/groups who are able to walk, trot and canter. Taking in local Lakeland trails it offers a fantastic chance to see all the local scenery and views which, from the top of White or Black Combe, can include the Blackpool Tower, the Isle of Man and Wales!!
These rides are pre-planned so we ask you give warning of your desired booking date. Again we suggest bringing good clothing, packed lunch and light refreshments.

For prices click here

For your information: prior to ride please consider...




In general many of our riders have their own equipment, but for those who come unaware that they might like to ride we supply a selection of hats (all to current safety standards) and footwear, as we need clients in shoes or boots with a distinct heel, this prevents their foot from sliding down into the stirrup and potentially getting if you don't have anything suitable, panic not, maybe an extra pair of socks would be a good idea, but we should be able to get you on that enormous horse properly attired! We also have some half chaps to borrow for faster rides.

Ahh... the weather!!

We expect anyone who books to therefore we supply some clothing for those who come unprepared, some waterproofs, we also sell them in the gallery. A force nine gale would be the exception. Even we are not THAT tough!!!!


Prices and details might be subject to change without notice - thank you!

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