Robin Hood Riding Centre (Bassenthwaite)
|Vicinity||c. 500 m NNW of Bassenthwaite|
|Interest||Robin Hood name|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-09-04. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2019-05-30.
Robin Hood Riding Centre was located in a vicinity c. 2 km NE of Bassenthwaite Lake and c. 0.5 km NNW of Bassenthwaite village that is known as 'Robin Hood'.
A worn sign (at 54.684637,-3.200442), at the side of a road named The Rake, between Robin Hood Holiday Centre and 'Robin Hood' to the south, reads 'Robin Hood Riding Centre'. The Q&A column in the New York Times' travel section for 3. Jan. 1982 includes this question from V.V. of Ville Mont-Royal, Quebec: 'I would like to take a pony trek in the Lake District of England. When is the best time to do this, and where can I get information to make arrangements?' The answer cites a British Tourist Authority brochure titled Pony Trekking and Riding which under Cumberland lists 'Robin Hood Riding Centre (Bassenthwaite, Keswick)' among several others. This is all the evidence I have found online. In view of the state of the sign and the fact that buildings within 'Robin Hood' are now used for other purposes, it seems clear that the riding centre closed decades ago. The coordinates i have provided in the info box above are those of an outhouse within 'Robin Hood' that may have been a stable for the ponies.
For Robin Hood-related place-names within or close to 'Robin Hood' and the former riding centre, see Bassenthwaite place-name cluster.
- Not included in Dobson, R.B., ed.; Taylor, J., ed. Rymes of Robyn Hood: an Introduction to the English Outlaw (London, 1976), pp. 293-311.
- 25" O.S. map Cumberland XLVI.16 (1900; rev. 1898)
- 25" O.S. map Cumberland XLVI.16 (1925; rev. 1923)
- 6" O.S. map Cumberland XLVI (1867; surveyed 1864-65)
- 6" O.S. map Cumberland XLVI.SE (1900; rev. 1898)
- 6" O.S. map Cumberland XLVI.SE (1900; rev. 1898) (georeferenced)
- 6" O.S. map Cumberland XLVI.SE (1926; rev. 1923).