Under cloudy skies but joined by family, friends and well wishers, William Reddaway  and his horse Strider, set off from Farncombe Estate, in Broadway on their Ride Round England. They will travel to all four corners of England via 30 Cathedrals to raise awareness for two charities, the Family Holiday Association and the Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre.
William said: “After two years of planning this project, I am very pleased to now be setting off on our adventures. We have spent the last few months preparing both physically and mentally for this and I think it will be quite a challenge. However, I am excited to be visiting so many cathedrals and look forward to meeting people on the way. These are two charities that are very close to my heart and I sincerely hope I can reach my fundraising target.”
William and Strider will be travelling alone, relying on friends and contacts to put them up throughout England. He has done the initial route planning, using bridleways and roads, and is now checking that route with contacts around the whole country. As the route is sorted he is looking for accommodation. His first priority for each night is good, safe grazing for Strider and after that a bed for himself. While that planning goes on he and Strider are also getting prepared. William has been delighted with support already received from The Saddle Exchange Company for his saddle, South Essex Insurance Brokers for the insurance on Strider, and Simple Systems Ltd who will provide Strider’s feed and advice on nutrition as his work gets more and more demanding. The 400-acre Farncombe Estate, above the village of Broadway in the Cotswolds, where William worked for 28 years is providing the venue for the start and finish of this 2,500 mile journey.
For further information about the ride visit www.rideroundengland.org, William has a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/rideroundengland. Strider has his own Twitter feed @riderndengland.