William Reddaway, 65 and his horse Strider set off from their Gloucestershire home in May on a gruelling charity tour of the UK aiming to visit every cathedral in the country.
At the half-way mark he was at Brightling Park as a guest of Gardie Grissel last weekend. Despite intensive planning the journey which has not been without glitches - from riding through urban areas, impatient drivers (Cheshire winning the ‘worst driver’s prize,) trams (which Strider hated) as well as extreme weather ranging from searing heat to torrential rain as he has conquered some of Britain’s more challenging terrain.
Near disaster struck when Strider’s saddle slipped and his back became badly blistered meaning William could no longer ride. Undeterred he set off on foot with Strider at his side. Gone were saddle bags, replaced by a rucksack with the bare essentials needed to get through each day. The pair still managed up to 27 miles a day – enough to challenge the fittest of individuals. He aims to raise £250,000 divided between the Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (equine therapy for disabled children) and the Family Holiday Association.