Saddle up - it’s time to do your bit for charity!

That was the appeal to Huddersfield’s horse-riding community from organisers of the annual Examiner Charity Challenge.

They want people to take part in a well-organised guided ride through spectacular scenery.

The Charity Challenge horse ride this year departs from Marsden Old Goods yard on Sunday, May 18.

The car park has ample facilities for horse box and trailer parking and toilet facilities are provided.

 

The ride is one of several events backing the Charity Challenge, which is celebrating its 25th year. There are a series of walks at the Lepton Highlanders sports complex and also walks for toddlers in Beaumont Park, as well as bike rides.

Rachel Fielder, one of those organising the horse ride, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to raise money for your favourite charity whilst enjoying a fun, yet challenging ride through historic Marsden, out into the Peak District National Park and across ancient moorland with spectacular views.

“The route takes us over the famous Victorian Butterley spillway, the only listed spillway in the country, and up onto the “mile gallop” to join the Pennine Bridleway.

“Most of the route is off road with plenty of opportunity for trotting and cantering.

“Stewards will be on hand along the route to supervise the few road crossings.

“This 11½ -mile ride returns across the newly restored ancient pack horse route over National Trust owned Marsden Moor to the Easter Gate Bridge and back into Marsden”.

Riders must wear safety clothing, footwear and BHS standard hard hats.

Entries can be made via the Examiner website before Friday, May 9. Entries made on the day must provdie their owne ride leader and will be given a map of the route.

For more information contact Rachel Fielder on 07727 086965 or Nicola Turner on 07855 832636.

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