A Cumbrian businesswoman has reflected on three years in her dream job.

Angie Coulston, founder of Ullswater Saddleback Horse Trails, is based out of a farm in Pooley Bridge and has taken visitors to the county on picturesque treks through the Lakes since she started the company three years ago.

She started it during the pandemic and has since seen the business evolve to incorporate holiday homes as well, all while running a hairdressing salon.

“I set it up at the start of the pandemic and it evolved from just horse riding to offering accommodation for people on holidays.

“We run two holiday homes for the horse riding business and two others that are separate.

“We have paddocks on site as well, and offer three-night packages with two days of riding,” Angie said.

The Lakes are favoured by fell walkers and mountaineers, but horseback travel offers a much different perspective, as Angie explained: “As a horse lover, there is something magical about being on your horse in the fells.

“It’s being at one with nature, breathing in the air, and taking in the views.

“At the start of the trail, you might see a few folk about, but after a while, you are on your own in the fells, it’s just you and your horse.”

“People who visit just can’t believe how gorgeous it is here,” she concluded.

Going forward, she said there may be the prospect of expanding the times they run, to go into the Autumn break.