Cumbria School of Saddlery

Teaching the skills of the Rural Craftsman

About the Courses

If you haven't had prior experience of preparation of leather and hand-stiching I would advise you to take the Bridlework Part 1 course first. Improvers can return to further their studies by attending the Bridlework Part 2 or Repairs course. The re-flocking course can be attended independently at any time as the technioques are different.


Please bring with you a notebook. Long hair should be tied back. Tools, leather and materials will be supplied by the school or you may bring your own. Leather, materials and fittings used on the course must be paid for at the end of the week. Tools may be purchased from the school

Tea, coffee and biscuits are served regularly during the day. There is a microwave cooker, crockery, utensils and a fridge in case you would like to bring in food. There is a van calling every day at 9.30 with sandwiches, crisps, hot sausage or bacon rolls, drinks etc.

The Environmental Policy

The business strives to maintain overall performance and compliance with relevant environmental legislation while minimising its impact on the environment. Our policy is:

  • To reduce waste and material usage through encouraging the repairing and maintaining of existing equipment. Supplies of leather and materials are monitored for their sustainability.
  • To prevent pollution and minimise the impact of water and energy use by increased efficiency.
  • To ensure students are made aware of the environmental aspirations of the business.
  • To control and minimise waste through re-using materials and re-cycling paper, card and cans.
  • To keep transport emissions to a minimum through commuting by cycle, low car use and encouraging car-sharing by students.
  • To monitor progress in environmental performance on a regular basis and improvements implemented where possible.