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Month: July 2016

JfA 2016 Day 16: End of Journey

JfA 2016 Day 16: End of Journey

Burley We had a beautiful last ride over the Forest to Burley, ably led by Sally-Anne Pierson.   The Forest is beyond the imagination of most people who haven’t been there – do plan your own long ride to make the most of it. You can just make us out on this photo, strung across the crest of the closest hill. Journey’s end with Sally-Anne Pierson and Suzanne Kempe who kindly guided us across the Forest The originals, Venetia Craggs and…

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JfA 2016 Day ??

JfA 2016 Day ??

Some have been following this blog daily and may be wondering if The Intrepid Journeyers dropped off the Jurassic cliffs that were featured so dramatically last week. No, they are all safe and reached the New Forest with due acclaim but sadly have been in the blackest of the black hole of broadband and mobile cover which has covered the majority of the Journey.   More details if they ever find data coverage …

JfA 2016 Day 16: New Forest at last

JfA 2016 Day 16: New Forest at last

Three Legged Cross to Burley We started this journey having to negotiate the River Exe and the city of Exeter and to finish we have to do the same with the River Avon and the town of Ringwood.  It all took a lot of planning and here are Elizabeth and I at the final briefing … We started out along a long bridleway through Ashley Heath and very kindly the Forestry Commission had marked out a permissive route down to join…

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JfA 2016 Day 15: Better Late than Never

JfA 2016 Day 15: Better Late than Never

Tarrant Monkton to Three Legged Cross Yesterday we said good bye to the Sainsbury-Plaices, so the photos will once more be taken including the intimate details of the back of Scylla’s ears.  Last night we were joined by Caroline, so this morning she rode Scylla, whilst I rode Venetia’s Chuck, accompanied by Elizabeth on Nicky. At least the bridleways were clear, easy to use and with very few gates, being in arable country, but unfortunately many of the surfaces were…

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JfA 2016 Day 14: The ever-changing landscape

JfA 2016 Day 14: The ever-changing landscape

Bere Regis to Tarrant Monkton I knew when we were on Dartmoor that we would have no internet or phone connection, and rather naively thought that this would improve as we progressed eastwards. Not a bit of it. If I ran the country HS2 would be scrapped in favour of reliable high speed broadband and mobile coverage nationwide, not just in London!  So I apologise for being so tardy with these blogs, not helped by not having a rest day to…

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JfA 2016 Day 13: A head for heights

JfA 2016 Day 13: A head for heights

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…

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JfA 2016 Day 12: Isle of Purbeck mist and sea views

JfA 2016 Day 12: Isle of Purbeck mist and sea views

Loop across Isle of Purbeck to Old Harry and back  Venetia and I set off in the morning form Kingston to ride around the coast towards Studland and Old Harry, bridleway all the way. Charlotte and Elizabeth were to join us at an agreed spot, so that Elizabeth could enjoy the sea views too. The evening before Charlie had run us round to suss out a good meeting point with the trailer and where he wanted to get the best…

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JfA 2016 Day 11: Grazing with a view

JfA 2016 Day 11: Grazing with a view

Coombe Keynes, Lulworth to Kingston Today we have all felt great to be alive, wonderful weather, riding, scenery and more. This is what it is all meant to be about. No sagging gates; good going and fresher horses after their day’s rest.    Venetia and I did the five miles of roadwork through the MOD property, only open to the public at weekends. It was a lovely day, but the traffic ranging from old classic cars to camper vans was non-stop. At…

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JfA 2016 Day 10: ‘Rest’ Day

JfA 2016 Day 10: ‘Rest’ Day

Saturday was a rest day, for ponies and humans, so seemed to be mostly catching up on note-making and problem reports.  Not very restful but at least Nicky wasn’t determined to be caught up in wire this time.

JfA 2016 Day 9: More bad gates and wonderful vistas

JfA 2016 Day 9: More bad gates and wonderful vistas

Winterbourne St Michael to Lulworth We said goodbye to Mary last night. She had valiantly stepped in for three days when we had a gap. We are running light with only three of us, which has meant getting behind hand with blogs and problem reports for the councils etc. The countryside is changing and becoming more open with wonderful vistas. And despite various problems we covered the eighteen miles in five hours. We returned to the South Dorset Ridgeway which…

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