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South West England

19th September - 2nd October

The final leg of the Relay is South West England which includes Cornwall, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Devon, Bristol, Dorset and Wiltshire. A popular holiday destination, the South West is geographically the largest area of the UK and has the longest coastline of all the English regions. It is home to two entire National Parks - Exmoor and Dartmoor and the UKs longest and best-loved National Trail - the South West Coast Path. Running for 630 miles from Minehead on the edge of Exmoor to Poole Harbour, the South West Coast Path is regularly described as one of the world's greatest walks and passes through a number of National Nature Reserves and Heritage Coasts, five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, two World Heritage Sites, a UNESCO designated Biosphere reserve and a Geopark, as well as one National Park.

The region is also home to large parts of The Cotswolds - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and has the advantage of major cities such as Bristol and Bath where rich history and culture meets modern vibes. 

For walkers and horse riders there are endless opportunities to get out to do what you love most, with vast expanses of open moors, pretty hills and an incredible 700 miles of dramatic coastline, the South West boasts numerous trails with a visible rich history left behind by our ancestors.

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Useful local information

South West England Tourist Board www.visitsouthwest.co.uk

South West Coast Path www.southwestcoastpath.co.uk

Visit England - South West www.visitengland.com

Visit Cornwall www.visitcornwall.com

Visit Somerset www.visitsomerset.co.uk

Visit Gloucestershire www.visitgloucestershire.co.uk

Visit Devon www.visitdevon.co.uk

Visit Bristol www.visitbristol.co.uk

Visit Dorset www.visit-dorset.com

Visit Wiltshire www.visitwiltshire.co.uk

Cotswolds Tourist Information www.cotswolds.com

Visit Exmoor www.visit-exmoor.co.uk

Visit Dartmoor www.visitdartmoor.co.uk

Riding in the South West of England

South West Riders suggested rides and walks Suggested Rides and Walks. | SOUTH WEST RIDERS

Horse riding in Dartmoor National Park www.dartmoor.gov.uk

Ride Dartmoor - A Guide to Horse Riding on Dartmoor www.ridedartmoor.co.uk

Horse riding in Exmoor National Park www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk

Horse riding in The Cotswolds www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk

Horse riding in Cornwall www.visitcornwall.com

Five brilliant beach rides in Cornwall www.lisasnotebook.com

Horse riding in Dorset www.localriding.com

Horse riding in Somerset  www.localriding.com

Horse riding in Devon www.localriding.com

More information and some fun facts

  • Walking the entire South West Coast Path is the equivalent of scaling Mount Everest four times and the average time it takes to walk is seven or eight weeks!

  • Salisbury Cathedral is unusual in that it was built within a single century, has the tallest spire (123m/404ft), largest cloisters and largest cathedral close (80 acres) in Britain.

  • Devon has more road than any other county in England – 8,000 miles in fact

  • Graffiti artist Banksy is from Bristol, his work can still be seen at sites across the city

  • Like New York, Bristol is both a city and county.

  • Wadworth Brewery still use traditional Shire Horses to deliver all of the beer locally within a 2.5 mile radius

  • Exmoor ponies are believed to have inhabited the moors for tens of thousands of years. There have been fossil remains found in the area that dates them back to 50,000 BC and there are some that claim they have been present there since the Ice Age. There is also a record of ponies on Exmoor in the Domesday Book of 1086.

  • The biggest ice cream factory in the UK is the Walls factory in Gloucester

  • The Cotswolds’ network of drystone walls is the same length as the Great Wall of China.

  • A team of bakers from Bodmin, Cornwall, hold the record for baking the biggest Cornish pasty.  It weighed 1900 pounds and had a whopping 1,750,000 calories.

  • The traditional language in Cornwall is known as Kernewek (or Kernowek) which comes from the Celtic language family. Declared in 1777 as extinct as a language, Kernewek has been making a revival in recent history. Some schools in Cornwall now teach it as a second language, and some people are even bring up their children bilingually.

Horses4Health organised rides and events

HorseWorld Wellness Walk. 

Sunday 19th September 2021. Walks at 9.30am, 10.00am and 12.45pm

 

Join us on Sunday 19th September for a very special fundraising event raising money for Horses4Health.

 

You'll be escorted on a two mile stroll around HorseWorld's beautiful site, have the chance to find out about our lead charity and their rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming work, meet some of the horses, and hear all their amazing Discovery programme.

 

Booking is essential as places are strictly limited. The cost is £5 per person, under 16s go free, and we're sorry but no dogs are allowed on site. (Oooh and did we mention there will be cake...?! )

 

Book your place here: www.horseworld.org.uk/wellness-walk

Wheddon Cross Self-Guided Ride, TA24 7DT

Sunday 19th September 2021 and Sunday 26th September 2021

Support The Great Horses for Health Relay and our seven UK Equine Charities by riding one of two routes:


15K ROUTE: Mainly tracks, some fields & roadwork on quiet lanes riding through the pretty village of Winsford
Generally hilly terrain with several gates and river crossings/ford. May be livestock
en-route

8K ROUTE: Woodland, with a couple of fields, some hard tracks and minimal road work. Some steep tracks, generally hilly with one field area that can get churned up if cattle have been in there.
Several gates and river crossings.


There may be livestock en-route.

REGISTER NOW to be part of this by clicking the Join Now button on the homepage (£15 registration fee for which you will receive your rider pack).

EMAIL info@horses4health.co.uk advising whether you wish to do the short ride or long ride and you will be sent the full map and instructions.


ALL RIDERS MUST HAVE THEIR OWN PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE. VEHICLES ARE PARKED AT OWNERS OWN RISK

Parking ONLY on the gravel surface NOT the concrete area in car park.

ALL MANURE & LITTER TO BE REMOVED & TAKEN HOME FOR DISPOSAL

 

MINIMUM SPONSORSHIP OF £15 REQUIRED PER RIDER TO BE UPLOADED VIA THE DONATE BUTTON ON THE HOMEPAGE OF THIS WEBSITE


ENTRIES CLOSE 17th SEPTEMBER 2021 (for 19th ride) 24th SEPTEMBER (for 26th ride)

Barton End Guided Ride. Stroud, GL6

Tuesday 21st September 2021, 10.00am

 

Join a guided ride of c. 13 miles departing from Barton End Stables, GL6 at 10.00am. Maximum six riders so register now to confirm your place.

Exclusive to fully registered Horses for Health riders - register now by clicking the Join Now button on the homepage then e-mail info@horses4health.co.uk to register for the ride.
 

All riders must have their own Public Liability Insurance & wear the Horses 4 Health Hi Vis on the ride.

 

There will be the opportunity for a pub stop at the Trouble House Pub

Free parking at Barton End Stables by kind courtesy of the yard. Vehicles are parked at own risk. Barton End bear no responsibility for any damage etc.

ALL LITTER & MANURE TO BE REMOVED & TAKEN HOME WITH YOU.

MINIMUM SPONSORSHIP OF £15 REQUIRED PER RIDER TO BE UPLOADED VIA THE DONATE BUTTON ON THE HOMEPAGE OF THIS WEBSITE


ENTRIES CLOSE 19th SEPTEMBER 2021

Haflinger Horses4Health Guided Ride. Barton End, Stroud, GL6

Wednesday 22nd September 2021, 10.00am

 

Calling all Haflingers in the south West! Join a guided ride of c. 13 miles departing from Barton End Stables, GL6 at 10.00am. Numbers are strictly limited so book  now to confirm your place.

Exclusive to fully registered Horses for Health riders - register now by clicking the Join Now button on the homepage then e-mail info@horses4health.co.uk to register for the ride.
 

All riders must have their own Public Liability Insurance & wear the Horses 4 Health Hi Vis on the ride.

 

There will be the opportunity for a pub stop at the Trouble House Pub

Free parking at Barton End Stables by kind courtesy of the yard. Vehicles are parked at own risk. Barton End bear no responsibility for any damage etc.

ALL LITTER & MANURE TO BE REMOVED & TAKEN HOME WITH YOU.

ENTRIES CLOSE 20th SEPTEMBER 2021

Horses4Health Guided Ride, Barton End, Stroud, GL6

Thursday 23rd September 2021, 10.00am

 

Join us on a guided ride through the pretty woodlands of Horsley, departing from Barton End Stables, GL6 at 10.00am. Numbers are limited to six riders so book  now to confirm your place.

Exclusive to fully registered Horses for Health riders - register now by clicking the Join Now button on the homepage then e-mail info@horses4health.co.uk to register for the ride.
 

All riders must have their own Public Liability Insurance & wear the Horses 4 Health Hi Vis on the ride.

Free parking at Barton End Stables by kind courtesy of the yard. Vehicles are parked at own risk. Barton End bear no responsibility for any damage etc.

ALL LITTER & MANURE TO BE REMOVED & TAKEN HOME WITH YOU.

ENTRIES CLOSE 21st SEPTEMBER 2021

Barton End Guided Ride. Stroud, GL6

Tuesday 28th September 2021, 10.00am

 

Join a guided ride of c. 13 miles departing from Barton End Stables, GL6 at 10.00am. Maximum six riders so register now to confirm your place.

Exclusive to fully registered Horses for Health riders - register now by clicking the Join Now button on the homepage then e-mail info@horses4health.co.uk to register for the ride.
 

All riders must have their own Public Liability Insurance & wear the Horses 4 Health Hi Vis on the ride.

 

There will be the opportunity for a pub stop at the Trouble House Pub

Free parking at Barton End Stables by kind courtesy of the yard. Vehicles are parked at own risk. Barton End bear no responsibility for any damage etc.

ALL LITTER & MANURE TO BE REMOVED & TAKEN HOME WITH YOU.

MINIMUM SPONSORSHIP OF £15 REQUIRED PER RIDER TO BE UPLOADED VIA THE DONATE BUTTON ON THE HOMEPAGE OF THIS WEBSITE


ENTRIES CLOSE 19th SEPTEMBER 2021

Horses4Health Cotswolds Ride, Badminton GL9

Wednesday 29th September 2021, 10.00am

A beautiful GUIDED 2-3 hour ride (distance/duration will be determined by riders who register) through the villages of Burton, West Kington, Castle Combe and Littleton Drew.

Free parking provided with tea / refreshments at the end of the ride.

THIS RIDE IS BEING HOSTED BY A TRUSTEE OF OUR LEAD CHARITY: HORSEWORLD TRUST


Available only to fully registered Horses for Health members - REGISTER NOW by clicking the JOIN NOW button on the homepage to receive your rider pack then e-mail your interest on this ride to info@horses4health.co.uk


All riders must have up to date public liability insurance. All vehicles are parked at owners own risk.
ALL LITTER & MANURE DROPPINGS MUST BE REMOVED

MINIMUM SPONSORSHIP OF £15 REQUIRED PER RIDER TO BE UPLOADED VIA THE DONATE BUTTON ON THE HOMEPAGE OF THIS WEBSITE


ENTRIES CLOSE 27th SEPTEMBER 2021

Horses4Health Guided Ride, Barton End, Stroud, GL6

Thursday 30th September 2021, 10.00am

 

Join us on a guided ride through the pretty woodlands of Horsley, departing from Barton End Stables, GL6 at 10.00am. Numbers are limited to six riders so book  now to confirm your place.

Exclusive to fully registered Horses for Health riders - register now by clicking the Join Now button on the homepage then e-mail info@horses4health.co.uk to register for the ride.
 

All riders must have their own Public Liability Insurance & wear the Horses 4 Health Hi Vis on the ride.

Free parking at Barton End Stables by kind courtesy of the yard. Vehicles are parked at own risk. Barton End bear no responsibility for any damage etc.

ALL LITTER & MANURE TO BE REMOVED & TAKEN HOME WITH YOU.

ENTRIES CLOSE 21st SEPTEMBER 2021

Horses4Health Park and Ride, Camborne TR14

Saturday 2nd October from 09.30am

Fancy a canter around the beautiful Cornish countryside? Look no further than this fun ride with on-site parking at Top Field Stables, Camborne.


Choice of SHORT and LONG routes - just follow the markers & away you go!


Then return to the yard for a few nibbles & Prosecco (soft drinks available) and chat with Sophie Gifford, Horses for Health Founder and Petra Ingram, CEO of HorseWorld Trust.

EXCLUSIVE to fully registered Horses for Health participants - REGISTER NOW by clicking on the Join Now button on the homepage then e-mail info@horses4health.co.uk to book your place on the ride.


H4H Hi-Vis must be worn on the day. Riders are required to raise minimum of £15 sponsorship before riding to be submitted on to our fundraising site by clicking the donate button on the homepage.

 

All riders must have their own public liability insurance. 

More rides and events for the South West coming soon.

Please keep checking back here and on The Great Horses for Health Relay 2021 Facebook group.