Portugal 2020/2021




In the early autumn of 2019, still ruled by an unquenchable wanderlust and desire to see the world on horseback, we sold almost everything we owned, gave up the safety and security of our settled lives in Cornwall, packed our few remaining belongings, three horses, mule, and wolf into a lorry and set off for the Iberian Peninsula. We spent a warmer, drier winter in lovely Portugal preparing for the next big adventure: a 3000+ kilometre long trans-European ride to Romania. 

We were all ready to set off in mid March but on the day we were due to leave, Spain declared a state of emergency and closed it's borders. Shortly afterwards Portugal went into lockdown. By the time the borders re-opened and travel restrictions were lifted, it was too hot and too dry to set off so the journey had to be postponed. 

Although we couldn't ride to Romania as planned, that didn't put an end to my dreams of horseback travel. When the hot, dry Portuguese summer ended and rain brought the grass back, I set off with all my equines and rode the 750 kilometres south down to Cabo de Sao Vincente, the most south-westerly point on mainland Europe. I was joined by my friends Sophie and Amber at different stages along the way, and Vlad rode with us and drove the lorry as a support vehicle for the last stretch of the journey. 

A book about that adventure is coming soon...


Watch this space for a book about that adventure...