New ride will breathe fire into horse riders' passion
A new route launched by the UK’s largest equestrian charity, The British Horse Society (BHS), will enable horse riders to explore Wales from top to bottom and side to side!
The Great Dragon Ride brings together a number of popular riding routes to create a 293-mile trail spanning from the North Coast of Wales to the South and from East to West. The ride, which can also be enjoyed by walkers and cyclists, was officially opened by the Society’s President Martin Clunes at Margam Country Park near Port Talbot yesterday.
Speaking at the launch, Martin said: “This is a fabulous way to get out and about and enjoy the countryside with your horse. A lot of horse riders get bored of using the same old routes, so to have the opportunity to explore in this way is wonderful.
“It is also great news for Welsh tourism. Riders will be able to bring their horse and stay along the route, which will undoubtedly create opportunities for local businesses.”
The ride has been many years in the making and is a real testament to the perseverance of the charity’s many volunteers, none more so than Brenda Wickham who has been a leading light on the project since it began. Brenda led a team of volunteers, who worked with local authorities, the Forestry Commission and local businesses, to bring this stunning route across Wales to fruition.
BHS Senior Executive (Access), Heather Clatworthy, said: “The commitment and dedication of our volunteers and staff to this project, which has been several years in the making, is humbling. Their hard work has provided riders, walkers and cyclists with some excellent routes across Wales.”
The BHS is delighted to welcome The Great Dragon Ride onto its National Bridleroute Network. The charity has created a network of linear and circular routes across the UK which can be enjoyed on horseback, bicycle or foot for generations to come.