Horseman’s Sunday at St Martha’s Church April 22

The old tradition of holding a blessing for horses at St Martha’s Church is being revived on Sunday, April 22 at 2.30pm.

Spectators on foot (and dogs on leads) are welcome, and local riders are being invited to hack up to the Church. A special arrangement has been made so that horses can climb right up to the Church.

Horses will assemble outside the churchyard walls; spectators, families and dogs will be invited into the churchyard.

The blessing will be given by Chilworth’s Reverend Stephanie Sokolowski.

St.Martha’ Church, perched right on the summit of St Martha’s Hill, can only be reached on foot, or on horseback. For spectators only, there are small Car Parks on either side of the hill (these will get busy) accessed from Tyting Lane and from White Lane. Note that neither of these Car Parks is suitable for horse boxes or trailers due to height barriers and single track roads. From Chilworth, footpaths and bridleways lead up to the top, passing Chilworth Manor. One route goes from the Percy Arms, through the Gunpowder Mills, and up to the top where there are spectacular views across the Surrey Hills.

Appropriately, Surrey Hills AONB is organising the event, which is designed to promote horse riding in the Surrey Hills. The veterinary practice, Mayes and Scrine will be on duty and is also sponsoring the rosettes which will be handed to riders.

Riders need to register their interest at http://www.surreyhills.org/horsemans-sunday-event
Spectators can just turn up for this free event.

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