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Bespoke tour to remember First World War horses

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: August 15, 2014

By TINA ROWE

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Britain's largest rescue and rehoming horse charity has organised a bespoke riding tour to visit First World War battle sites and commemorate the debt owed to horses.

The nine-day trip offered by World Horse Welfare will be steeped in history, offering riders the chance to ride through Northern France and Belgium and to visit cemeteries and museums as well as battle fields.

"We invite supporters to join us on our unique Battlefield Centenary Ride that will follow in the hoof prints of the brave horses and men of the Great War.

Together we will remember the sacrifices made during this horrific four years by our soldiers and horses who fell in the many battles that ensued," said Frances Plume who is organising the ride on behalf of the charity. Riders will travel on the Eurostar to Brussels and will meet a military historian who will transport the riders back 100 years as he guides the party through the many sites that helped to change the face of history.

The official tour begins in Mons, via Soignies.

The party will then travel to Mauberge where they can try a special commemorative WW1 ale called 'Souvient tol' in a local brewery.

On the second day, after a one-day stopover in Mauberge, the real riding begins.

From Mauberge to Le Cateau, the participants will visit the room and grave of English WW1 poet and soldier, Wilfred Owen, before staying the night at Le Cateau.

The team will travel on to Maretz and then Vermand, near Saint Quentin, to spend the night in gypsy caravans. The guided tour will continue through to Sancourt; Bussy; Saint Crepin aux bois, north of the Foret de Compeigne and Villers Cotterets, via Pierrefonds.

The ride runs from September 12-20.

For details on how to get your place, contact Frances Plume on 01953 497210 or email: francesplume@worldhorsewelfare.org.

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