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Packhorse Picnic Adventure Lake District

Ambleside, Cumbria

  • A day with pack horses in the Lake District
  • Start with a horse meditation class
  • Guided walk & picnic hamper lunch 
  • Go wild swimming in a stunning spot 


What's Included

  • Enjoy a day of horses, adventure, food and relaxation
  • Take part in a relaxing meditation session with the horses
  • Pack up the horses with the food and equipment for the day
  • Walk alongside the horses taking in the beautiful scenery
  • Stop for a picnic lunch and hot tea along the way
  • Repack the horses and travel to the swim destination to enjoy an invigorating wild swim
  • A leisurely stroll back to base
  • Please note this is a typical itinerary and the programme could be different on the day

What Can I Expect

This is your invitation to a packhorse picnic in the Lake District! Spend the day with horses on a guided walk with a picnic feast, meditation and perhaps even wild swimming included.

Your hosts for this adventure describe this experience as a wellbeing day. It’s a very gentle and mindful way of connecting with nature, enjoying food and relaxation, whilst taking a stroll around a lovely corner of the Lake District.

As you gather over a nice hot tea in the morning, you will be introduced to the wonderful pack horses who will be accompanying you on your day. And what better way to start the adventure than with a little meditation with the horses. This will be an indelible moment of the experience for many.

Relaxed and rejuvenated, it’s time to pack up the horses (they'll be carrying the hampers containing your lunch feast) and then head off on a gentle guided walk through stunning countryside around Ambleside.

Walking alongside your pack horses, amongst the woodlands and moorlands of the Lakes, your hosts will select the perfect spot for your stop for lunch. It’s a truly convivial affair, sharing some good, healthy food with likeminded people.

Nourished and watered, you’re all ready for the off again. There’s no doubt that being by water is very calming and therapeutic, which is why your route will be taking you to the water’s edge.

If the weather is clement and you’re feeling ready for it, this is also the chance for you to plunge into the water for some wild swimming. The horses absolutely love it too and watching them splashing around is really rather mesmerising.

Feeling thoroughly invigorated and inspired, it’s a leisurely walk back to base, with plenty of time to reflect on what you enjoyed most about your packhorse picnic day in the Lake District.


  • Weekdays and selected weekend dates throughout the year
  • Experiences generally start at 09:00 finishing at 15:00
  • Dates are subject to availability


  • Hawkshead, Ambleside

Suitable For

  • Suitable for all ages
  • Under 16s must be accompanied by a participating adult
  • No experience of horses or meditation is required


  • Not suitable for spectators

Anything Else

  • Indoor meditation sessions take place in a barn when it is raining
  • Suitable outdoor clothing should be worn along with sturdy boots
  • Participants should bring swimwear and a towel
  • Sun hats and sun cream are recommended during summer months 
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