Preparing for the Kinder Loop
The Loop is very rugged and strenuous in places so you and your horse need to be fit and prepared. Make sure you are ready to ride up to 6 hours a day for 3- 4 days.Some paths are also very stony so do not expect good going and a fast ride. Instead expect fabulous scenery and a real sense of achievement!
Sections of the route follow rough paths across exposed moorland. Take account of the weather and the ability of all members of your party (riders and horses) - be prepared to modify your route. In case of emergency (police, fire, ambulance, mountain rescue) dial 999. Be aware that some surfaces can become slippery in wet weather.
Take warm and waterproof clothing and always allow for the worst weather. A waterproof jacket and leggings are essential.
In hot weather, protect yourself from the sun and carry additional water. A collapsible bucket is useful to draw water for horses.
Take food and water for the rider.
Carry a map (Ordnance Survey OL1) and compass and tell someone your plans. Know how to read the map and use the compass and be familiar with the route before you set off each day. Put the map in a map case so it doesn't get wet.
Wear a helmet and reflective clothing and take a whistle to attract attention if you get in difficulties.
Carry some form of identification on you and your horse and have a charged mobile phone in a waterproof container in case of emergencies. Medical armbands are availble from the BHS.
Take a protective equiboot and emergency farriery kit because it can be difficult to obtain a farrier at short notice.
Take a lead rope and a headcollar or dual purpose bridle/headcollar
First aid kit for you and your horse. Include a hoofpick, wound wipes, antiseptic cream, dressing, bandage, plasters
List of phone numbers for local vets, farriers and places you are staying.
List of local Peak District National Park Rangers - they can give information on conditions in the area especially if the weather conditions are poor.
A pen knife and bailer twine can be very helpful.
Code of Conduct on the Kinder Loop
Pass other users and livestock with care. Walk, do NOT trot or canter past walkers or other riders
Fasten any gates that you open.
Stay on the route, don't contaminate water and take your litter home.
Be aware that you may meet motor vehicles on some parts of the route.
Ride at a safe and controlled pace.
Groups should not take up the whole width of the path, leave space for others to pass.
There may be repairs to the Trans-Pennine Trail during 2013 with temporary closures or diversions. Please check the Trans-Pennine Trail web site before going on Kinder Loop