Galloway trail riders group enjoy adventurous day at Robbers Gate

Last week the Galloway Trail Riders Group riders met at a designated horse route parking at Cally Avenue, Gatehouse of Fleet.

Maps and short notes of various routes were given out and 11 riders set off in groups.

Weather was just right for riding and two of the members decided to go more or less solo as both horses were so used to having stablemates to ride out and this proved a very good exercise for both Rosemary and Steve and proved that they could do it.

Some folk chose to take the horseshoe waymarked route, all in Cally Woods, and the going was very kind to horses.

More adventuresome riders then rode up to Robbers Gate, crossing tarmac towards Disdow Woods and on to that lovely grassy uphill track to enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding countryside .

There were lots of options here.

It was then the farm track down hill past Hillhead and the wee Shetlands back through Robbers Gate and Cally Avenue.

After seeing to the mounts, the members had good chat and thanked the gate openers, he Stewart family - Colin, Kirstin and Lorna who also took photos.

The Galloway Trail Riders Group’s annual general meeting was well attended when a healthy financial report was given.

The rides during the year were all well attended but weather let the club down for the outing to Monreith, a very wet and windy Sunday.

Office bearers were elected as follows:- Chair - Bobby McCaw;Vice Chair - Jill Widdop; Treasurer and Membership - Lorna Forrest; General Secretary - Annie Walker; Committee - Sheila Watson, Karen Miller ,Diane Whitmarsh and Frances Dove.

Membership is now due - adults £10; junior 16 years and under £5. Charge for non-members joining a ride - £5.

Meantime most of the group’s activities are on Facebook.

A spokesman for the group said; “We would like to advise that our aims are helping to promote safe riding routes for the benefit of our community; help keep existing routes and develop new off road routes and ensure parking facilities for the same.

“We produce a short talkround and map of the routes on the day we are riding.

“We liaise with land managers and adhere to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code in regard to seasonal disturbances which could harm businesses or wild habitant and check that gates and surfaces are not in any way damaged by horses and riders.

“We hope that other countryside users walkers, cyclists etc can work with us to promote a better enjoyment of our beautiful countryside.

“We encourage responsible riding and road safety initiatives.”