Preparing for the Ride

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The Mary Towneley Loop covers approximately 47 miles of varied terrain and surfaces.

To enjoy the ride fully, please ensure that you and your  horse are fit to complete an 18 mile day, including hill work.

It is essential that shoes are sound prior to starting the trail.

Check that tack is sound and comfortable for both horse and rider.

Suggested requirements for what to bring with you:

Mobile phone, including B&B numbers -please be aware that there are some areas of the Loop where there is no mobile phone reception.

Pen knife, baling twine, hoofpick, first aid kit, guide book, head collar, lead rope, water, chocolate or snack, MTL Map with service providers, OS Map OL21, reading glasses!

If you are travelling without luggage transfer, make sure your horse is accustomed to saddle bags etc

    Weather conditions are unpredictable!

Waterproofs can be required at any time of year - or you could be lucky and need the sun cream.

Remember it is better to take layers off than not to have them with you.