The Great Clydesdale Migration is:

The main purpose of this epic ride, which has brought riders from all over the world together, is to move West Highland Heavy Horses from their home on Skye to their new and future location in the Whicham Valley, Cumbria. Here, after a short rest, they will become Cumbrian Heavy Horses!

The 10 horses began their epic journey on the 21st September (2006) and will end 31st October. Leg 1 - Armadale to Tomdoun Leg 2 - Tomdoun to Kinlochleven Leg 3 - Kinlochleven to Crianlarich Leg 4 - Crianlarich to Drymen Leg 5 - Dryment to West Linton Leg 6 - West Linton to Ettrickbridge Leg 7 - Ettrickbridge to Gilsland Leg 8 - Gilsland to Howtown-on-Ullswater Leg 9 - Howton-on-Ullswater to Dunnerdale Home run - Dunnerdale to Chappels Farm En-route they and their owners Annie and Tim are covering some amazing terrain:

The ride will take them from the West Highlands of Scotland, thru to Fort William, onwards via parts of the West Highland Way to the north of Loch Lomond. From here they will travel alongside Loch Lomond, through the Trossachs National Park towards the north of Glasgow. Next, they'll make an easterly push towards Edinburgh, travel south into the Southern Uplands, towards the Cheviots then head back west towards Carlisle, and on into the Lake District National Park.

The route will follow old drove roads, forestry tracks, old Roman Roads, farm tracks...odd pieces will be on tarmac but as much as possible off road!

Everone involved hopes to have a fantastic time, experiencing the countryside and the rich history of the areas they pass through at close range over weeks of travel, with a great bunch of people, great accommodation and comprehensive back-up arrangements.




Map image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service.
Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey
and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.