Reflections on the Ride…and many grateful thanks.

We set off from Rhiwlas a week ago today and completed the Ride on Friday evening at Pen y lan as we’d planned. On Saturday Michael and I felt like pieces of old seaweed washed up on the beach…limp in the middle and desiccated around the edges. Our horses appeared to feel like us..both lying about in the field ..too […]

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The final furlong….a fantastic finish!

Farewell to Rhagatt as the rain was still pouring down..and on to Dinbren where our horses had spent another wet night. Of course the sun came out on cue as we climbed back into our saddles and positively blazed down on us as we ascended the steep path to Panorama Walk. Fifi and Rose had joined us for last day […]

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Day Three..a soggy start to a spectacular Day!

Survey the pouring rain from the warm kitchen at Rhagatt without enthusiasm. Our horses stand miserably in the yard. Michael and Fanny chivvy us out and we heave ourselves creakily into the saddle. We’ve been thoroughly spoilt at Rhiwlas and Rhagatt and probably gained a pound or two plus our poor old limbs have been severely tested over the last […]

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Back to Day One..the Full account!

The first day of our Ride for Cancer now behind us..M hugely relieved that all went pretty smoothly after the weeks of preparation and many last minute panics: maps undelivered, horses seemingly incompatible, unexpected logistical problems, etc. Eight riders and horses gathered together yesterday morning in front of Rhiwlas: Michael and I, Peter, Charlie Barnett, Susie, Emma, Fanny (just flown […]

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Day Two ..Blown away (nearly..)

Depart from Crogen in great style with two new riders for the day but again resist the temptation to gallop off across freshly drenched pasture. Michael has his maps and we have recce-ed the route thoroughly. The rain has gone, the sun is shining and our spirits are high. We remember our old friends with huge gratitude and privately give […]

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We HAVE lift off!

Part 1. (To be completed later after much needed bath!) Ominous clouds massing overhead…adrenaline-fuelled horses showing off in a high wind…springy turf underfoot…and off we go! Michael, Peter, Charlie, Emma, Susie, Fanny and I with Flora leading us up from the valley bottom to the highest mountain top..viewing Rhiwlas in all its splendour. Early problems with scoot boots being sucked […]

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Almost ready for lift off!

(Mini edition of hurricane Irma currently swirling through North Wales.) Gathering at Rhiwlas this evening: riders, horses, luggage, electric fencing, supplies for horse and rider..and …most importantly mackintoshes. Our incredibly kind hostess will be bracing herself for our arrival as Jane’s enormous lorry squeezes through the narrow gateway at the end of her drive. We are hoping for harmonious horses […]

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Recce-ing the Ride..no easy task!

We’ve chosen a route that presents quite a challenge! Travel Guides to the area emphasise that ‘Between Bala and Ruabon lies some of the most dramatic landscape in Wales. The River Dee snakes its way through steep sided mountains and popular tourist towns’ ..not easily negotiated by riders on horses. However, first by car and then on foot and horse, […]

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