The Golden Horseshoe endurance ride will have another new route for 2008.

The famous Exmoor ride will take in the picturesque Doone Valley and Cheriton Ridge, and the tough uphill haul at Robbers Ridge.

The new route — in addition to amendments made for last year — will include open moorland, steep climbs, river crossings and deep wooded combes. The halfway halt is at Honeymead.

In the hope of attracting some new riders as well as pleasing Golden Horseshoe regulars, organiser Barbara Wigley is currently negotiating access to other new areas. These include Winsford Hill, Withypool Common, Horsen Hill, Pickedstones, parts of the Tarka Trail, Porlock Common and Wilmersham Common.

The Golden Horseshoe was Britain’s first endurance ride, started in 1965 over just 50 miles. Next year’s competition — scheduled for 11-13 May 2008 — features a range of classes from a pleasure ride to 160km competitive ride.

The Golden Horseshoe will also have a new start and finish site for 2008, with easier access to the traditional venue.

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