More than 30 horses and riders rode around Penarth and sauntered along the Esplanade in the summer sun at the weekend as part of a drive by the horse-riding community to bring their “Pass Wide and Slow ” campaign to public attention.
For a Victorian town like Penarth it was almost a throw-back to 19th century when everyone travelled either on horse-back or by shanks’s pony.
The campaign aims to improve the way in which car-drivers and horse-riders co-exist on the highway and is calling on the Welsh Government to run an annual road safety awareness campaign.
Similar town-rides were taking place in Swansea, Neyland, Flintshire, Machynlleth and Portmadoc over the weekend.
Horseriders say the areas where they can ride their steeds is “very limited” – and , in any case, usually have to reached by road – so almost every horse-ride does involve a road journey.
The weekend ride began at Cosmeston Farm Livery on Lavernock Road Penarth and traversed Westbourne Road, Victoria Road, Stanwell Rd, Rectory Rd, Beach Rd, The Esplanade, Cliff Hill, Raisedale Road, Westbourne Road, Lavernock Road ending back at Cosmeston Farm … and no doubt provided local gardners with some useful fertiliser en-route.
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