Sunday, 10th May, Bellingham to Park End, 11.03 miles
Carol Little on her hunter, Bob, accompanies us for the first 5 or so miles over Dunterley Fell. It’s great for us to have some company and she points out places of interest along the way, such as the Pennine Way. I am particularly impressed by her old hunting crop which makes negotiating gates look like child’s play. Now why didn’t I think of that before? Anyone got one going spare?
When we come to the junction, we say our goodbyes and go our separate ways, stopping by the burn in the valley for a coffee break and a good look at the map. When we reach the brow of the next hill the wind whistles up from way down in the valley, funneling its force at the top. I am pleased when we drop back down into the shelter of the next valley.
Arriving at Park End, Charlotte Ridley’ daughter, Laura shows us to a stable for Tommy. After I’ve settled him, I go in search of Charlotte herself. She’s preparing food for her ‘Horse Camp’ participants arriving tomorrow. The highlights of the cross-country phase of Badminton Horse Trials are playing on the telly. I’m immediately offered a glass of wine and it transpires that Charlotte is a former Badminton competitor, competing on a home-bred horse, Mistatiger, 7 parts thoroughbred to 1 part Clydesdale, for 5 years from 1995 to 1999. Tommy and I are here for a two day rest stop. I know we are going to have a great time.