SCOTLAND TO CORNWALL 2017
Late in the summer of 2017, I finally took the plunge and set off to realise a childhood dream: to travel Britain on horseback.
I started my journey in Durness, the north-western most town on British mainland, and rode 1,000 miles alone and unsupported all the way back to my home in Cornwall, relying on the kindness and hospitality of complete strangers along the way. I used the journey to raise money for the Riding for the Disabled Association. To find out more about the journey, please purchase my book Before Winter Comes.
Photos from the journey can be found below.
The author with Spirit and Taliesin near the start of their journey
Chapter 2: 'The freedom Ailbhe brought me was utterly intoxicating. This was true happiness'
Chapter 2: 'they had been bred for meat and were being fattened for slaughter'
Chapter 4: The track to Cashel Dhu
Chapter 5: 'Taliesin was tired so I led him most of the way, and whenever we stopped to admire the view or catch our breath his bottom lip drooped, his eyes glazed over, and he dozed off'
Chapter 5: Camping at Mudale
Chapter 5: The author wearing a midge net
Taliesin modelling his hi-viz gear
Chapter 7: 'A spirited-looking bright bay foal with a white five-pointed star on his brow and little black socks'
Chapter 7: '..and a forlorn-looking chestnut with a dark blond main and tail and a large white diamond in the middle of his forehead'
Chapter 9: 'boggy, rock-strewn hills clad in purple heather rose up to our right, and to our left the land fell sharply away to the shores of Loch Eriboll'
Restocking our supplies at the shop in Cannich
Chapter 11: coming up the Corrieyairack Pass
Chapter 13: 'We stayed for two nights at a Bed and Breakfast near Bridge of Balgie'
Chapter 14: the burial ground near Callander
Chapter 22: 'I could just make out the mountains of the Lake District away to the south-west - dark and featureless shapes in the strange atmosphere'