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Full Circle Experiences
Full Circle Experiences
Packhorse Picnic, Adventure and Wellness Day

Packhorse Picnic, Adventure and Wellness Day   ACCESSIBILITY

From our base at the foot of Loughrigg, we take families and groups on a one day adventure with beautiful horses carrying the load, following part of an ancient pack horse route with stunning views of Rydal Water.

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man” - Winston Churchill

As true as this is, you will get so much more mental and physiological benefits from the many ways that we teach you to walk with the herd.

The sense of awe and inspiration that can be achieved from truly connecting with horses can be transformational.

Horses have very keen and acute biological function that keep them connected as a herd. Their sensitivity means they can co-synchronise their central nervous systems.  They can detect a heart rate from four meters aways and mimic this in order to feel the threat of a predator.  They can smell hormonal changes in our sweat and tears.

Learning to regulate your emotions and calm your body to complete stillness evokes deep connection.  Equally, raising your energy to meet their spirited exuberance can create a connection with these beautiful animals will help you hear them and see yourself with new light and perspective.

Your journey will include bushcraft, a delicious meal cooked on an open fire, wild swimming and a bare-footing adventure in the forest. A transformational and unforgettable journey.

Dates and times are available on request and subject to availability.

“I didnít know what to expect... but I was very pleasantly surprised”

I didnít know what to expect from my experience with Katherine and Ben, but I was very pleasantly surprised. It felt so wonderfully unusual, challenging and soothing to be around the company of horses, but more than that, it felt good to be around healers. Open, kind, generous and so in love with what they do (and each other), they both gave me gentle guidance on the next steps of my healing journey. And all against the backdrop of one of the most beautiful places on earth. Very highly recommended.
Reviewed by Angela Elvira Bruce - 2021
“working so beautifully with mother nature”

Wanted to say a massive thank you for yesterday!!! What a day!!! How wonderful being in Both of your powerfully leading, yet so kind and gentle presence, in your energy, your knowledge and support, in your gorgeously kind and loving transformative container, THANK YOU!! If this were all we did here, it would still have been well worth the travel from London!

PS: already having withdrawal symptoms now looking at the photos, I miss my lovely Amber!
PSS: let us know if you want us to write a review somewhere for you - so appreciating your amazing energy and for helping us with your talents, knowledge, areas of genius & transformation - working so beautifully with mother nature
Reviewed by Rocsana & Angelica - 2021
“we both left feeling invigorated, yet totally relaxed and happy”

Would absolutely recommend and do again. Brilliant from start to end and a wonderful time in all respects! I booked for myself and my girlfriend as a special thing to do on her birthday. It didnít disappoint and we both left feeling invigorated, yet totally relaxed and happy. Thank you so much!
Reviewed by Grant - 2021
“I feel so at peace!”

Thank you so much for today! I feel amazing right now! Honestly my fatigue has lifted like I havenít been able to get it to, other than my retreat a few months ago. Iíll definitely be back, I feel so at peace! Thank you so much again.
Reviewed by Maiya - 2021
“Brilliant from start to end and a wonderful time”

Would absolutely recommend and do again. Brilliant from start to end and a wonderful time in all respects! I booked for myself and my girlfriend as a special thing to do on her birthday. It didn't disappoint and we both left feeling invigorated, yet totally relaxed and happy. Thank you so much!
Reviewed by Grant - August, 2020
“Everyone should try this”

Wow! Barefoot tree climbing and skinny dipping (optional) were my favourite parts of the day. But I loved every minute of it. I felt so welcomed and put at ease by Katherine and Ben. The food was delicious and the horses were the sweetest I have ever met. The whole group really bonded and swapped numbers at the end. It was amazing. Everyone should try this.
Reviewed by Sally - August, 2020
“Very special indeed”

I didnít know what to expect and Katherine and Ben were so warm and lovely that I felt really happy from start to finish. The attention to detail and efforts to to bond the group and bring out the best in us all were amazing. Katherine and Ben are so talented at what they do and their knowledge about nature and horses and human behaviour is fascinating. We soon all felt like a group of friends having a great time and sharing laughs and heartaches. Very special indeed.
Reviewed by Lynsey - July, 2020

Accessibility for Packhorse Picnic, Adventure and Wellness Day

Montage of careers with differently-abled people on our Experiences and Wellness retreats

We can now offer a packhorse picnic to people with mobility issues.  We can provide a terrain hopper to transport our clients alongside their packhorse to the destination of our delicious picnic.

The packhorse picnic is a wonderful multi-sensory way for people to interact with nature with the aid of a horse carrying all the food and equipment and accessible fun and games all the way.  The horses are used to working with mobility aids and dogs.

Its great for people with:

  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Visual Impairment
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Mobility Issues
  • Any neurodiversity
  • Non verbal
  • Wheelchair users

We always offer carers and support buddies a free place on all our experiences.

Bookings and Enquiries

Full Circle Experiences   Request a date below to book your place on Packhorse Picnic, Adventure and Wellness Day
Alternatively, contact Katherine & Ben for more info:
E-mail katherinebeaumont76@gmail.com  Call 07557 768 047

Do you have any questions? Send us a message below

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the minimum age range

The minimum age for a participant is 5 for all activities except Packhorse Picnic (then it is 8) and Wild Woman Nature Retreat (then it is 14 unaccompanied). Children under 5 may come along if you think it is suitable, they can attend free of charge.

Do you need to be fit

You need to be reasonably agile and fit to take part in Packhorse Picnic.  However, we will support the people who are not used to hiking, climbing, balancing or yoga etc.  (we take regular rests and adjust accordingly for beginners).  Please call or email us and ask, we do our very best to include everyone.

Will I be safe

All our experiences take place outdoors, and when required, practice safe social distancing.  All our facilitators are trained in first aid and carry first aid kits.  We never go up into the hills without a trained facilitator and we keep the groups small and intimate so that we can keep a careful eye on everybody taking part.  Training and mindful regard is at the heart of everything we do.

Whats the maximum group size

The is a maximuim of 10 participants allowed for any Full Circle Experiences or Wellness sessions.

What should I wear/bring

For outdoor activities:

  • Comfortable and warm clothing and lots of layers.
  • Waterproofs just incase.
  • Sensible walking boots or trainers.
  • Your swimming costume and towel if the event requires it.
  • A small rucksack with refreshments.


Were are the toilets

There are toilets at Rydal Hall and public toilets in Rothay Park in Ambleside.


Can I book a private group session

Yes, all activities are available to book for private groups.

Do I need to book in advance

Booking a Experiences or Wellness session in advance of your Lake District holiday booking is essential, as our activities sell out very quickly.

Can I book at the site

Yes, you can e-mail us from your Full Circle Holiday on katherinebeaumont76@gmail.com, also, if you are staying elsewhere you may book with us.

What if there is adverse weather conditions

Adverse weather is defined by our own risk assessment.  An outdoor activity may be cancelled due to the unlikely event of adverse weather, no refunds will issued in this case and Full Circle Holidays Ltd cannot be held liable for any further damages.

What if I need to cancel

If you desire to cancel your Experience or Wellness session:

  • 28 days in advance of the event date, A full refund is retrievable.
  • 5 days or less than of the event date, no refund is given.
  • Within 28 and 6 days of the event date, only your deposit is retrievable.
An Experience or Wellness session can be rescheduled or transferred up to 5 days in advance of the event date.  The deposit ammount may be transferred and used against any of our accommodation units.

What if I need to change the time of my booking

Contact us and we will try our best to accommodate your preferred time.

Can I book accommodation and how

Please see our accommodation section on this website to book a yurt or cabin.  Also ask us about availability in The Hermitage where we have a holiday flat.

Where can I park

If you have booked one of our cabins or yurts then you will already have free parking.  You will also find parking in Rydal at Pelter Bridge and White Moss car park if you get there nice and early.  Miller Bridge car park at Ambleside has also been extended so get there nice and early and you should have no trouble parking there.  It's just a short walk then to our meeting point.  If the groups are small and located at The Hermitage then, there may be free parking on enquiry at The Hermitage.

Can I arrive by public transport

Public transport is the best way to travel to avoid parking blues and to do your bit for our beloved planet and countryside.  The bus will drop you right outside Rydal Hall or in Ambleside, walk to the meeting point, Rydal is a lovely 1 mile walk from Ambleside.

Can I buy a gift voucher

There are 'Book Online' buttons on this website to take you through to buy a gift voucher.  Gift vouchers for our Experiences and Wellness sessions, or even a glamping retreat, will make wonderful unique gift for loved ones.

Can I bring a dog along

It is posible to bring along a dog, but please confirm this with Kathering before booking.


Where can I get food

For the Packhorse Picnic, Adventure and Wellness Day and the Forage and Feast, we will provide delicious and healthy food and snacks, you will be very satisfied.  Bringing your own packed food is ideal but there are plenty of amazing places to eat in Ambleside and Grasmere, though, we recommend that you prebook any restaurant.  There is a teashop at Rydal Hall that sells food and there is also The Badger Bar Pub and Restaurant at Rydal.

What else can I do in the area

Rydal is an amazing place where you can while away hours enjoying waterfalls, the lake, caves, woods and hills.  You can also spend time in Grasmere and Ambleside, just a short walk or bus ride away and enjoy the unique shops, cafes and tourist attractions and walks.

Full Circle Activities

During your stay, why not treat yourself to a Full Circle adventure 'Experience' or a 'Wellness' session?
(also available to none-residents)

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