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Nicola Davies would like to remind everyone about the Offa's Dyke winter schooling lessons.  Spaces are limited so forms need to be with her asap to secure a place.

Check the Rides & Events page for the dates and details.

Thanks very much Nicola!

        News added 27/09/16


The Bwlch Raid ride entry list is now available on to download from the BW Ride page.

        News added 14/09/16


The Bwlch Raid ride map and information is now available to download.

Click here for a copy of the Ride map

Click here for a copy of the ride information

        News added 03/09/16


Nicola Davies, surely Offa's Dyke busiest star, not only ran the Black Mountains Fun ride last Sunday but has also organised the winter schooling lesson programme.

Check the Rides & Events page for the dates and details.

Thanks very much Nicola!

        News added 24/08/16


Thank you so much to Nicola Davies, her family and friends who put so much work into organising this wonderful ride. You must all have got pretty wet marking the course on Saturday but, amazingly for the riders, today the weather was perfect.

Prophet at Black Mountains

Prophet has never done this ride before and this was his first pleasure ride since May 2015 so we took it easy and did the short 12 mile route, which was beautiful and suited us perfectly. Talking afterwards to friends who did the longer 16 mile route, it sounds like they had some fabulous canter tracks in the extra bit of forestry and thoroughly enjoyed their ride!

Cake sale

Back at the venue Robin held the fort and had a chance to catch up with old friends and enjoy some of the tasty cake and refreshments provided by Nicola. Proceeds from the refreshments will be donated to the Society for the welfare of Horses and Ponies (SWHP), which recently rescued ‘Curly’ a four year old mare from very near today’s ride route.

height profile

Carolyn's Garmin recorded the height of the short loop and shows why this is such a good ride to prepare for the Red Dragon.

        News added 21/08/16


Ride organiser Nicola still has plenty of room for more entries for Black Mountains Sunday.

Simply text or email to let her know you intend coming on 07968 928870 or email: 

        News added 17/08/16


The ride information is now available to download.

Click here for a copy of the 2016 ride map.

Click here for a copy of the route description.

Click here for a copy of the ride information.

Note that an additional check point has been added to the map but the route remains unchanged.

Please note that there will be no entries on the day as space is limited and it would be a terrible shame to have to turn riders away when the venue is full.

        News added 10/08/16


Great News!

The forestry have approved the new route.

The long route now has lots more smoother tracks and is 26.5km.

Please note that there will be no entries on the day as space is limited and it would be a terrible shame to have to turn riders away when the venue is full.

        News added 09/08/16


The Black Mountains Fun Ride map is now available.

We are waiting to hear back off the forestry whether they will approve a change to the route so the map is subject to forestry approval.

Click here for a copy of the 2016 ride map.

The long route is now 26.5km and avoids all the stony forestry tracks used back down the forestry in 2014. The new long route incorporates lots of nice smoother tracks and more mountain. And more cantering! The short route is 19km.

Start times are between 10:00 and 11:30

        News added 02/08/16


Come and join us for the first Bwlch Raid national ride. The route is fabulous, with grassy tracks over the open hill and stunning views. Classes from 16km to 64km over the weekend with competitive classes on both days.

Please note a change in organiser and entries secretary.
Fiona has been selected to represent Great Britain at the World Endurance Championships on the 17th September she is no longer able to be ride organiser! Sarah Rogerson and Rachael Cratchley will now be taking on the roles.
Contact details below. These have been amended on the EGB website and the ride webpage on the Offa’s Dyke website.

We wish Fiona, Oli and team all the luck in the world and hope that Bwlch Raid runs smoothly in their absence!

New contact details:
Joint ride organisers   

Sarah Rogerson 07568 072235 (after 6pm),                                    
Rachael Cratchley 07917 696002,  

Ride secretary (entries to)

Rachael Cratchley 07917 696002,
Gurshill Farm, Lydney, Glos, GL15 4LP.

        News added 28/07/16


Thanks to Nicola Davies for agreeing to bring the popular Black Mountains ride back to our calendar. This is a very popular ride so please book early to be sure of a place. Places will be limited and no entries will be accepted on the day.

 Black Mountains

See the Rides page for more details.

        News added 12/07/16


The July newsletter has been printed and posted out today.  Those who have requested it by email should have received a copy by now.

It is also available to download by clicking here.

        News added 05/07/16


A very big THANK YOU to Ride Organiser Belinda and all who helped at last Sunday's ride. Neither myself (Webmaster Rob) nor Carolyn could make it this year but we have seen some very positive reports on facebook and we know how hard it is to put on these rides by yourself, so well done and thank you very much for all your hard work.

        News added 05/07/16


Urgent Notice 15/06/16:

Unfortunately the main road to Blaenavon is closed on the W/E of the ride so please follow these alternative instructions:  

Directions to Whistle Inn ,NP4 9SJ  

Unfortunately the A465 is closed between Gilwern and Brynmawr on Sunday 3rd July.

So if you are travelling from Monmouth, Newport, Hereford direction you will need to turn off the A465 onto the B4246, signed Blaevavon, Llanfoist and Big Pit. Then turn left at roundabout onto B4246 signed Govilon, straight over mini roundabout, then after a mile turn left signed Blaenavon, Big Pit. The road will become twisty, cross over the canal and then the road starts to climb, over a cattle grid and continue climbing until you pass Keeper’s pond on your left, continue straight on down the hill and over another cattle grid.

Turn right onto B 4248, opposite the Gulf garage, signed Brynmawr. Follow for 1.2 miles to another cattle grid and turn immediately left down to Whistle Inn.

        News added 15/06/16


summer barbecue

        News added 09/06/16


Thanks to Belinda Stewart for kindly agreeing to run the very successful Blaenavon Ride again this year. The landlord of the Whistle Inn very generously allows us to use his field as a venue.

Belinda would really appreciate help with this ride and if you cannot ride why not email her with an offer of help?

Plenty of cantering over open hills with fantastic views.  Incorporates part of the National Cycle Network.  16km & 26km routes (10 & 16 miles).  Pub open all day.  Non riding members can visit Big Pit National Coal Museum within walking distance of the venue.

Please enter in advance as parking is limited.

Start time is any time between 09.30 and 11.30 am.

Click here to open a copy of the 2016 ride map. This the same route as for 2011 and 2013

Click here to open a copy of the talk round.

Belinda Stewart
Ty Jarrett, Brunant Rd, Clydach, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 0NG.
Tel: 01873 832272

Entry fees for all Group pleasure rides is £10 for EGB members & associate members, £15 for temporary day members  

        News added 06/06/16


Ride Cancelled

It is with great regret that the the ride organiser is forced to announce the cancellation of the Bluebell Ride scheduled for Sunday April 24th.  

We submitted a map to the Forestry on March 13th, which was the same route as approved in 2015 (the majority of which has been used for several years), apart from the addition of the new tracks introduced to acclaim on the March Hares ride this last February 28th. However, Forestry advised us on Friday 15th April that they could not approve the route - following which we urgently explored several options with them, the only one acceptable to Forestry being a route they suggested - which has a total distance of 10km. This is inadequate for the 130+ entries that we have. Subsequently Forestry have withdrawn even this offer.  

We are extremely disappointed, and will make contact in the coming weeks with senior managers at the Forestry Commission to ascertain whether they have a change in policy or emphasis, or whether the refusal is inconsistent with their policy.  

All web entries will have automatic refunds of entry fees in due course, for all postal entries no cheques have been banked so please contact the Entries Secretary and advise whether you want your cheque returned or just destroyed.  

We will advise at a later date what future options are possible.  

Chris Wray, Ride Organiser.

        News added 19/04/16

We have just been sent new maps and ride information for both the GER and Fun Bluebell Rides.

These are available to download from the respective ride pages:

Bluebell GER

Bluebell Fun Ride

       News added 15/04/16


Schooling sessions over the summer with Carole Broad (FBHS). They are kindly going to be held at Lesley Dunn's in Trellech, NP25 4PQ (by Maryland venue). Lesley has a lovely new 42 x 27 arena with parking in her field (with the exception of severe weather).    

The sessions will be in groups of 3 and cost £23 for an hour. They can start at 10am. Groups will cater for all abilities.  

The dates are:

Sunday 15th May
Sunday 19th June
Sunday 24th July
Sunday 28th August
Sunday 11th September

Nicola would appreciate anyone interested to send her the form and payment as soon as possible so sheI can make the necessary arrangements.

Click here for the booking form

       News added 04/04/16


We would like to give a very big THANK YOU to Maryland Ride organisers Nicola and Lesley for bringing back this popular ride.

We couldn't go today but have seen the rider reports on facebook who all praise the marking, the riding and the sunshine!  Not sure if either organiser could have done much about the weather, but who knows!

       News added 20/03/16


There has been a further update to the ride maps so please ignore the earlier versions.

       News added 14:00 19/03/16


Both ride maps have been updated with route/distance details.

       News added 09:00 19/03/16


Ride Update:

Hi folks,  

Bluebell ride is fast approaching (24 April) and we are now looking for volunteers.

We need the following:

- Time keeper & assistant time keeper
- Ride Secretary & Assistant (x2 as we plan to have the PR ride secretariat separate)
- Parking Stewards
- Road Stewards
- Vet writers
- someone local with a spare trailer, for the ride sec/vets to shelter in IF the weather decides not to cooperate!  

I do hope some of you will volunteer!  

Remember: no volunteers = no rides 

We look forward to the offers flooding in!

Please get in touch via this page, or you can go to the EGB or Offa's Dyke FB pages if you prefer to PM me.  

Email Cecilia:

THANK YOU in anticipation!

Cecilia Lindberg (Volunteer coordinator) Chris Wray & Andrea Champ (Ride Organisers)

Draft maps have been loaded which have been submitted to the Forestry for approval - so please note these may be subject to change!

The draft National Ride map is available here - note that the GERs distances are 33, 41, 49 and 67km, and the PR 33km, blue bit is wet weather alternative.

The draft Fun Ride map is available here - note that the distances are 8, 16, 27 and 33km (33km is on the GER map), blue bit is only used by the Lead Rein 8km.  

       News added 18/03/16


The map and rider information is now available.

Don't forget that space is limited and they will not be able to accept entries on the day so now is the time to get your entry to Nicola. 

Click here for a copy of the ride map.

Click here for a copy of the ride information.

Click here for a copy of the route talk-round.

       News added 08/03/16


Don't forget to enter the Maryland Fun Ride on 20th March. 

Space is limited and they will not be able to accept entries on the day so now is the time to get your entry to Nicola.

See the Maryland ride page for more details

       News added 05/03/16


The March Hares ride information is now available to download.

Update from the ride organisers:

I'm sorry this has been delayed, we have made a very substantial route change this year to avoid a deep and boggy track (a 4x4 was stuck there during last year's ride) followed by a nasty road section. All was well until we recce'd the route and realised that one stream crossing was so wet and soft after all this rain that later horses would have been in mud up to their hocks - so we asked Forestry for a route change to bypass this stream on 31st Jan...... after multiple emails and texts to ask again and again, we finally get their approval on late Sunday (after I had final recce'd the entire route last Saturday).

So I hope you have a much better route than last year, it is just frustrating it has taken so much effort, right down to the wire, to get it to you!

Note from webmaster - although I received this on Wednesday 22nd February, I have been away with work and have not been able to load the ride information until now.  Please accept my apologies for the 24 hour delay.

Click here for the Ride map

Click here for the rider information

Click here for a list of vet times

       News added 25/02/16


Entries for March Hares close on Monday 15th February so get your entry in quickly!

       News added 14/02/16


The Forestry Commission has confirmed the ride date and the ride is now open for entries.  As parking is limited we can only accept advance entries and no entries will be accepted on the day.

Click here for more information.

       News added 05/02/16


The January Newsletter was printed last night and posted this morning.  It will be emailed out later today and is also available using the link below.

Click here to open the January 2016 Newsletter.

       News added 09/01/16


An update from Chris Wray:

For a couple of years now I have been working on route changes to remove a nasty boggy track (a 4x4 was stuck there for part of the ride last year), and also quite a nasty road section. This year my plans will come to fruition!

The first half of the ride will be substantially different, with 2 much safer road crossings compared to before, some nicer new tracks, and a better crewing place. The worst bits of the route (see above) are now avoided. I hope you like the new tracks!

The only road sections now are the short one (less than half a km) just north of Parkend, on the dead-end road through the quiet village of Ellwood (0.7km), and quiet residential roads as the route twists through the Palmers Flat area (0.6km) – so the total distance on public roads is now about 1.7km on each loop.

The 65km class will be 64km, and will do the 32km route twice with vetgate at the venue between loops. The 40km class will be 42km, and the 50km class 52km which will do the 40km route plus one section of 10km twice. The 30km class will be 32km.

There are some crewpoints where “Larger Vehicles” (over 5m long – see page 21 of the 2015 members handbook) will not be permitted, but they WILL be permitted at the following crewpoints: 6 on the 52km route, 5 on the 40km route, 4 on the 32km route – these are all pretty well spaced, so crewing in “Larger Vehicles” should not restrict your enjoyment or competitiveness!


Cecilia has been posting on the Forum and Facebook for volunteer helpers to assist with running the ride. IT CANNOT RUN WITH INSUFFICIENT STEWARDS. There are 19 roles that need to be filled (Secretary, Timekeeper, Car parking – all needing 2 people, Vet Steward and vet writers, on-route stewards for directing riders and at road crossings (no gate stewards needed, hurrah!). Cecilia as of today (7th Jan) has 3 volunteers to fill these 19 jobs…. Please contact the organisers Cecilia Lindberg (send a PM on Facebook or EGB Forum) or Andrea Champ (PM via the EGB Forum) with your offers of help. They look forward greatly to hearing from you!  

I will try and answer any questions on the route and crewing posted on Facebook or the EGB Forum. But my responsibilities only cover the route, so other questions need to go per the Ride Schedule to the Entries Secretary, Nicola Davies.


       News added 08/01/16


Thursday 28th January at 7:00pm

A talk from local vet and experienced endurance rider Georgina Vaughan (nee-Hirst) and Charlie Fleming with cake at half time.

Georgina will be talking about travelling your horse and Charlie will be talking about her experiences at the Tevis Cup, the well-known 100-mile Western States Trail Ride, being placed 50th overall.  

Venue - Clthya Arms, Abergavenny, NP7 9BW

       News added 05/01/16


Bring your horse for a check-out prior to the new season of Endurance – you will have:  
 - 1 hour group (of 4) ridden lesson with instructor Samantha Owen (BHS AI Stage 4, advanced Endurance rider and international crew)

 - observation of the lesson by vet Emma Jones MA VetMB CertES(Orth) MRCVS, farrier Lee Morgan DipWCF, Master Saddler Rob Jenkins, physio (TBA) and dentist (TBA).

 - followed by an hour of trot-ups, hands-on assessments, and 1 on 1 discussion of their observations with each of the professionals.  


Monday 8th February – first session for 4 from 10:30 to 12:30, second session for another 4 from 1pm to 3pm. Possibility of further dates if popular!  


Abbey Equine, Abbey Equine Clinic, Llansabbath Barns, Llanellen, Abergavenny, NP7 9BY.  


£20 per horse, or £5 for observation without horse – profits to SWHP  (professionals giving their time free).

Note, for any treatments suggested you would need to make arrangements (appointment, payment) with the professional concerned.  

Bookings and payments to be made through Fiona Griffiths –

       News added 05/01/16


Strength and Flexibility for Riders:  

What is it?

A workshop on strength and flexibility for all riders - suitable for ALL levels (or lack of!) fitness and flexibility and all ages. There will be something for everyone. We will prepare a handout with exercises so that riders can continue to work on their own at home, and there will be plenty of time for questions afterwards.  

Who is teaching?

Agneta Lindberg is a fitness professional with 30 years' experience in the fitness industry. She teaches all types of fitness classes and Pilates. She is also a former horse rider.

Feel free to contact her with any questions you have before the event -

mobile 07957 233 134,

website at  

What do I need to bring?

Wear comfortable clothes, bring a yoga mat if you have one or a big towel if you don't.  
How much?

£5 per person. Please email Cecilia Lindberg if you would like to attend, as it would be helpful to know approximate numbers.  


17:00 on Saturday 13th February 2016  


Staunton Village Hall, near Coleford. There is plenty of parking at the rear.

       News added 04/01/16


A great big thank you to Charlie and Nicola for organising this years Christmas Cracker ride and particularly for dealing with a last minute route change to make sure the riders had an enjoyable route.  We couldn't go to this year's Christmas Cracker Ride so we have copied some of the sound-bites from the EGB Forum:

"Thank you Charlie and all your helpers for a super ride today. How nice was it be out and about again! It even stayed pretty much dry all day. The new route rode well with super marking. Always the perfect after Christmas outing. Thank you!"

"Thanks to you all for putting on this ride and finding such a good new route at short notice. Lovely to be able to bowl along on good firm tracks with very little mud."

"Thank you everyone involved, super new route that rode really well.  Our first outing since Red Dragon and we thoroughly enjoyed the 22km route.  So nice to be out riding in light drizzle and NO wind!! Many, many thanks for organising."

       News added 27/12/15

Wishing all Offa's Dyke members and friends a very merry Christmas and a happy New year.  We wish you a successful 2016 season with whatever rides or lessons you do - starting with the Christmas Cracker Ride on Sunday.  It might be right at the end of 2015 but it counts as a 2016 ride for OD Group Trophy points!

     News added 25/12/15


The Xmas Cracker Ride route has had to be changed due to forestry operations.  The new map is now available to download.

Click here for a copy of the revised 2015 ride map

     News added 24/12/15


The Xmas Cracker Ride instructions are now available to download.

Click here for a copy of the 2015 ride instructions

     News added 13/12/15


The Xmas Cracker Ride map is now available to download.

Click here for a copy of the 2015 ride map

     News added 06/12/15


A great big Thank You to Chris and the Offa's Dyke Committee for such an enjoyable BAM last night.  The evening was well attended and the BAM business dealt with efficiently.  this left plenty of time for food, chat, awards (including ride organiser awards from Piers Geddes) and the raffle.

Well done to everyone who received an award - a full list will be posted when available along with details of the forthcoming events.

     News added 06/12/15

Last weekend at the EGB AGM, Offa's Dyke member (and OD Group Chairman) Chris Wray won the 2015 Novice Championship 2015 with his homebred Peponi. Congratulations, Chris!  

Chairman Chris

Chris Wray's homebred mare Takwenya also won the Vlacq Khamul Memorial Trophy for Awarded to the highest placed horse / rider combination, UK based (living and training in the UK) in the FEI World Open Rider rankings. Takwenya was also 2nd in the EGB FEI Championship. Amazing trophy, Chris!


    News added 05/12/15


Please note the last minute change of venue

All Offa's Dyke Members and Associate Members are cordially invited to come along to the Branch Annual Meeting (BAM) of Offa’s Dyke Group with buffet and bar at:

Telephone Number:  01291  689303 .

Start time 7pm for 7.30pm BAM start, eating at 8pm (ish). 

Please bring along a raffle prize on the evening.  


A466 from Chepstow to Monmouth – turn left by Royal George Hotel; follow road along valley; turn right over small bridge (signposted Raglan); couple of 100 yards bear right following lane up the hill for about half mile and Fountain Inn on your left.  

B4293 from Monmouth to Chepstow – turn left at Cobblers Plain(before Devauden), follow lane for about a mile; at small crossroads turn right, along lane and at next junction turn right (signposted Tintern) and Fountain Inn on your right.

    News added 20/11/15


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