Riders were on the right tack when they decided to raise money for Manorlands.

Together they raised about £5,000 during the hospice’s first horse trek through the Yorkshire Dales, entitled Mount Up For Manorlands.

More than 130 riders and horses congregated at the Coniston Hotel Estate near Coniston Cold to set off on treks of seven, 14 and 16 miles.

Many riders tackled fences used for the annual Hunter Trials, which are held within the grounds of the Coniston Estate.

They then rode on tracks, quiet lanes and bridleways up the dale towards Malham, before looping back to the start.

About half of the riders tackled the long rise to Weets Top, with impressive views of the Dales and Malham Tarn.

Sixteen of the participants hired a horse from Kilnsey Trekking Centre, whose staff also helped in the organisation of the ride.

At the finish, horses were given a Mount Up For Manorlands rosette and riders a ‘Ride for Ryder’ medal. Horse feed company Dengie gave nutritional advice and free samples to participants.

Sue Ryder events organiser Andrew Wood said: “This was our first horse trekking event and we learned a few lessons, but it was a great day and the response we’ve had from the participants has been excellent. Hopefully we can do something similar in the future.

“We owe a big thank-you to our hosts at Coniston Hotel, our sponsors, volunteer helpers and the team from Kilnsey Trekking Centre.”

The event was sponsored by Whitakers Animal Feeds of Keighley.