It is common for many visitors to England’s Lake District to walk beside the lakes or hike in the fells – alone, with special companions, or in a group. What is less common is to do it alongside creatures that have been specifically bred to work in these hills. We spent a day with Tom Lloyd, owner of Fell Pony Adventures, and two of his ponies, Lucky and Prince, for a hike along the country lanes and through the woods above the villages of Lakeside and Newby Bridge on Windermere. It was a day of hiking as we’ve never had before!
Halfway through our hike in the hills above Windermere, we stopped alongside Simpson Ground Reservoir for a delicious picnic lunch that Tom had prepared and the ponies had carried for us.
We want to support Tom and his family, his business and colleagues in the work they do to bring greater attention to these fascinating animals. Following are a number of links to Fell Pony Adventures, plus videos that Tom has made, and the podcast that he currently hosts. I hope you can check them out, and definitely stop by to meet them if you’re ever in the area.
Fell Pony Adventures Facebook Page