2,500-mile charity horse rider to arrive in Burnley

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Veteran long-distance rider William Reddaway (65) will pass through the Burnley countryside tomorrow (Saturday) during a 2,500 mile six-month charity ride.

He and his four-legged companion, Strider, are raising funds for Wormwood Scrubs Riding for the Disabled Association and The Family Holiday Association. They will ride along the Mary Towneley Loop, which passes through Cliviger, to complete the first eight stages and 500 miles of the route which began in Gloucestershire.

A member of the Long Distance Riders’ Guild and stalwart British Horse Society Access Officer, he said: “This has been a spectacular way to get to know and see England. So much history lies beneath our feet which without the work of people such as the late Lady Towneley would have been irretrievably lost.

“North East Lancashire is not a place I would ordinarily have thought of visiting but the Pennine Bridleway and Mary Towneley Loop are absolutely breathtaking in the variety of terrain, flora and fauna and a delight to travel through.”

See their web page www.rideroundengland.org.