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One man's horse ride of a lifetime comes past St Paul's

A six-month trip covering 2,500 miles, taking in 30 cathedrals and all done by one man and his horse, has come past St Paul's.

William Reddaway and his trusty steed, Strider, made it to London last week, more than half-way through their Ride Round England adventure which began back in May.

Having started in Gloucestershire, the intrepid duo have been as far north as Berwick and east to Norwich, passing through some of England's finest Cathedral cities including Coventry, Durham, York, Lincoln and Ely.

The visit to St Paul's was particularly special as William's brother Richard is a Cathedral volunteer and guide.

Unfortunately, William arrived at St Paul's without Strider, the decision having been made that the 11-year-old may not cope with the sound and bustle of the City of London. So instead of posing together outside the Cathedral, William was met inside by Prebendary Nick Mercer at the monument to the Duke of Wellington, which is topped with a statue of Copenhagen, the Iron Duke's famous battle horse.

But not one to miss out on a photo opportunity, Strider managed to get a picture of himself with the dome of St Paul's when they visited Southwark Cathedral two days later.

The Ride Round England project was taken-on by keen horseman and traveller, William, just after he turned 65 in January this year, seeing it as a chance to make serious journey on horseback and to raise a lot of money for two charities he supports.

Due to finish in November, the ride has currently raised more than £38,000.

For more information about the project, visit www.rideroundengland.org 

You can also keep up with all the news and photographs of William and Strider on their blog and Facebook pages.