Ennerdale the equine way
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.