En­nerdale the equine way

Trail (UK) - - Base Camp - Mar­garet Ferne, An­gle­sey

The fea­ture on the Lake Dis­trict Black Sail Youth Hos­tel in a re­cent is­sue of Trail [Mar17] re­minded me of the day a cou­ple of years ago when I was there – prov­ing that on foot or cy­cle aren’t the only ways to ar­rive! A small group of us, all mem­bers of the Ice­landic Horse So­ci­ety of Great Bri­tain, were stay­ing with our Ice­landic horses at Felldyke Bunkhouse near Lam­plugh for a week. We rode from En­nerdale Wa­ter up the main track to the Youth Hos­tel. The weather that day was not favourable, so we re­turned along some forestry trails on the south side of the River Liza and had a thor­oughly en­joy­able day in spite of the con­di­tions.

Ice­landic horses, although small in stature, are tough and ver­sa­tile, and are bred to cope with mixed ter­rain. In Ice­land they are used for herd­ing sheep and horses in the moun­tain­ous in­te­rior, as well as for trekking tourism.

Black Sail Youth Hos­tel: reach­able only by bike, foot or hoof.

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