Major Guy Horne

My Great Uncle Guy, born 19 September 1889 was my Grandfather’s twin brother. He served in the cavalry before, during and after the First World War. When I was young he mentioned two things that made a difference for the Ride.

He said that the popular image of the cavalry rushing everywhere on horseback was completely wrong. He told us there was only one Western that got it right (I forget which it was) and had the US Cavalry spending most of their time dismounted and leading their horses. The second thing was that if you were very hot and probably dusty (he had served in Egypt and I think in India) then a pair of silk longjohns under your breeches would stop them chaffing.


At Canterbury Cathedral with Tessa, a friend from college over 40 years ago. Craghopper trousers; Scarpa boots, and half chaps from Just Chaps.

So, when I was thinking about what to wear for the ride and I wanted plenty of useful sized trouser pockets which modern breeches and jodhpurs do NOT have, I realised that if I wore cotton walking trousers I would get the pockets. Two identical pairs would cover days on the road and a change for evenings. The risk of the loose material rubbing would be avoided with the silk underlayer. Craghoppers did the job (available from Blacks and lots of outdoor shops). They have plenty of pockets though the stitching on the thigh pocket took a battering from having my phone with its ‘armoured’ case on it and I was lucky to find it quite quickly by the road when it slipped through in Dorset. I got silk longjohns from Patra to go underneath.

My plan was to dismount and lead for 20 to 25 percent of the time which would give Strider’s back a break and help my hips, knees and ankles. That would be 500 to 600 miles over the whole journey so I investigated light walking boots as an alternative to riding boots and got endurance type deep plastic stirrups to give me a platform for a boot that did not have the stiffer sole of a riding boot. Cotswold Outdoor checked my foot size very carefully and suggested Scarpa walking boots. They did me pretty well though if the original plan had been to walk over half of the eventual 2,700 miles I might have gone for a heavier boot. I wore out one pair and bruised the soles of my feet with so much work on roads and hard tracks.

Thankyou Great Uncle Guy.

Talks in N. Yorkshire, Suffolk and Sussex

Ar Helmsley Art Centre on 12 June

For BHS Suffolk on 9 September

For Mid Sussex Bridleways Group on 22 October

Please tell others about these dates, and if you are within 40 miles of any of these places and would like a talk for your organisation or at your venue on a day before or after, then please get in touch and I can add it to the plans. Ring 07798 935100 or email

And wherever you are, if you would like to hear and see how Strider and I managed 2,700 miles to four corners of England via 30 cathedrals, contact me and we can make a plan!

Donations and Talks

The donation total has crept up past £70,000 which I am pleased about. It should keep on moving up as I have talks booked well into 2015. Dates include:

19 January, Toddington village WI

20 January, Evesham Rotary Club

3 February, at Shepton Mallet for MBBA

28 February, at Bere Heath Chapel, Bere Regis

4 March, for Three Counties Bridleway Group, near Kilmington on the A35

19 March, Woodmancote WI

7 April, Bishops Cleeve Ladies’ Probus

21 May, Edge WI

8 June, Leonard Stanley WI

12 June, at Helmsley Art Centre

9 September, for Suffolk BHS Branch

If anyone would like a talk up in Yorkshire around 12 June, or in East Anglia around 9 September, or on the way between Cheltenham and those places, PLEASE get in touch and lets fit it in!

Talks coming up: Manchester area, Northumberland, Cumbria

Here are dates for talks over the next two weeks. Sorry I have not posted them earlier.

Wednesday 5 November for BHS Manchester at the Packhorse Inn, BL9 7TU. The talk is at their Annual Meeting which starts at 7.00pm. Non-members are welcome for the talk.

In Northumberland:

At The Hearth, Horsely, NE15 0NT for Corbridge and District Riding Club at their AGM which starts at 7.30pm on Tuesday 11 November. Non-members are welcome for the talk.

At Holy Cross Anglican Church, Haltwhistle, NE49 0BL for ‘Haltwhistle Churches Together’ at 7.00pm on Wednesday 12 November.

At Stannington Village Hall, NE61 6EL, at the BHS Northumberland Annual Meeting which starts at 7.00pm on Thursday 13 November. Non-members are welcome for the talk.

Near Penrith at the AGM of Cumbria Bridleways Society which starts at 7.30pm on Friday 14 November. Non-members are welcome for the talk.

Sorting Maps at last!


A pile of bits of maps, small and large, has been waiting to be put back in order. Now all the bits I used for the journey have been sorted back to the 125 different maps they came from. This is 95% of the task done. Getting them coMap Sorting 3 June 14rrectly refolded was often hard as they had been mutilated to fit conveniently into a map case and then refolded on the road, sometimes in wind and rain.

Talk Dates – Latest

A Ride Round England: one man, one horse, 2,700 miles and 30 cathedrals

Here are locations and dates booked so far. Meanwhile there are plans brewing for talks in Dorset, Manchester and Kent, and I had a contact from Norfolk but no progress there yet:

Cotswold RDA at the racecourse in Cheltenham. Thursday 19 June at 7.00pm. Contact Cotswold RDA for tickets. Strider will be there!

Hest Bank, near Lancaster. Tuesday 8 July evening. Contact North Lancashire Bridleways Society for details and tickets.

Hereford Rotary Club. Monday 14 July.

Pucklechurch, north of Bristol. Wednesday 3 September at 8.00pm. Contact the Veteran Horse, Pony and Riders Club (VHPRC).

Willersey, Gloucestershire. Thursday 9 October. North Cotswolds U3A.

Willersey, Gloucestershire. Monday 13 October. Willersey Village WI.

Stroud area. Wednesday 15 October. Mid Cotswold Tracks and Trails Group

Oxfordshire; Thursday 16 October. British Horse Society Oxfordshire Branch.

Barrington, Cambridgeshire. Thursday 23 October. Details to be announced.

Oundle School, Northamptonshire. Wednesday 29 October.

Haltwhistle, Northumberland. Wednesday 12 November at 7.00pm. ‘Haltwhistle Churches Together’ at Holy Cross Church.

Penrith area. Friday 14 November. Cumbria Bridleways Society

Gotherington, Gloucestershire. Gotherington WI. Wednesday 25 November 2015.