With special permission from Wythenshawe Park BHS Manchester welcomed 34 riders to take part in a fantastic pleasure ride which connected Wythenshawe Park to Chorlton and the River Mersey for the perfect urban riding experience. With the sun beaming, it seemed everyone was out enjoying this idealistic location, a perfect example of why these routes are so important to so many users, with both two legs and four!
With accessible off road routes decreasing it is now more urgent than ever to gain help and support to keep the routes with have open and to share them. Riders taking part took on obstacles which are a everyday occurrence for riders in the area such as motorway bridges, three bar horse stiles and riding river banks. All to prove that riding even in an urban area is possible and enjoyable! All of our riders received a “Ride Out UK 2019” rosette after completing the 6 or 10 mile routes. One horse liked it so much he even wanted to stay! Thankfully for all the volunteers involved, after a little patience he agreed to head home for the night instead.
Ride Out UK is a BHS campaign to get riders using equestrian routes in order to help protect their existence. Simply put if you don’t use it, you could loose it! In addition riders entering these events are helping to raising money to improve the equestrian network. The money raised by this ride will be going towards improving access across Manchester. Your BHS Manchester team has earmarked some of the £500 raised at this event to create better signage on a popular ridden open space area to help new riders find there way and keep on riding and protecting these routes!
Here’s what our riders had to say…
"What an amazing day! Sunshine, easy to find venue, lovely helpers and a really well marked route. This ride is really varied with a little road work, lots of paths round the edge of the park and lake, and great tracks parallel to the river Mersey. Due to the weather the paths at the river were a bit busy in parts but everyone was pleased to see the horses and made nice complimentary comments. The geese swimming down the rapids and the people canoeing were a new experience for Bella and lovely to see. Thank you to a great team for putting on such a well organised and pleasant to ride route! Pretty rosettes at the end too!
Photograph kindly provided by Emma Whittenbury Photography