Updated: Apr 15, 2020
Murthwaite ponies longed roamed the Howgill fells in Cumbria, UK.
This is a Murthwaite Fell Pony bred by Thomas Capstick. He built up a semi-feral herd of ponies which roamed free over 42 square miles on part of the Howgills. Sadly Thomas died on the 9th June 2015 and his herd of ponies was sold. As Tommy put it:
"The Cumbrian Fell breed isn't under threat, but the pony in its natural surroundings is"
(photo copyright Fleur Hallam Photography, from the book The Spirit of the Fell Pony)
The Murthwaite herd of ponies sadly no longer roam the Howgills. Fell Ponies have developed characteristics unique to the Cumbrian fell environment. The Heritage Centre project is being helped by the Federation of Cumbria Commoners www.cumbriacommoners.org.uk they have information about us on their website.