Kingston to Bere Regis
The nice thing about this trip is that it is a team effort and we are sharing the horses and the back up duties. So this morning Venetia, Charlotte and Elizabeth set off and all enjoyed the stunning scenery around Corfe Castle and beyond.
At Elizabeth’s great age, she is unable to do full days so I replaced her and Charlotte, and Nicky the pony had a lift in the trailer. We had a few niggles such as bolted bars across the bridleway going into a golf course, with a very narrow gap left at one side. But the problem report this evening has been positively short compared with most on this Journey.
Wildflowers blazed among the turf …
… and it was a pleasure to see blue waymarks on bridleways again!
We had rousing canters on the cliff tops, enjoying one of the few lengths of coast path to which horses have access; it’s dreadful discrimination that riders are excluded from so much of the coast.
We’ve hacked 18 miles north east towards Cranborne Chace, with some lovely long bridleways, one along the valley following the River Piddle was over four miles long. Meandering around firstly a quarry and then a golf course.
The horses are bearing up well, though Scylla’s shoes are getting a bit thin, her behaviour is far more civilised this week. A long ride works wonders with attacks of temperament.
You can’t see them here but Chuck was reshod on the last rest day, with golden nails, so looks very swanky, except when they’re covered in mud …
Wonderful photographs today by Charles Sainsbury-Plaice; many thanks. What a difference with a pro on the job! You can see more of Charlie’s work on his website.