It was a weary one man and his horse who made a stop-off in Sheffield on an epic journey to cover all four corners of England.
William Reddaway, and his trusty companion Strider, clip-clopped gently into the city centre as part of their fundraising quest to cover 2,500 miles and visit 30 cathedrals across the country.
Traffic slowed to a crawl as it followed Strider and William - Strider carrying the pair’s kit, and William on foot - as they made their way along the usually busy tram tracks of West Street towards Sheffield Cathedral.
“We’ve done over 400 miles - only 2,000 more to go!” said William as the pair were greeted outside the Cutlers’ Hall by a crowd of well-wishers.
“There have definitely been tough days,” the 65-year-old retired manager revealed.
“Strider has had a sore back, so I’ve been doing an awful lot of walking on this first leg.”
William and Strider are hoping to raise £250,000 on their mammoth journey, which William expects will take around seven months.
He has packed just a few bare essentials for the trip, including one change of clothes, a sleeping bag and Strider’s first aid kit.
The cash they raise will be divided between two charities - the Family Holiday Association, and Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre.
“Both charities mean a great deal to me,” William said.
“The Family Holiday Association links with the Sheffield Family Holiday Fund to arrange holidays for children who otherwise wouldn’t have the chance of one. I’m proud to support these two worthy organisations.”
William and Strider set off from their home in Gloucestershire on May 11, and have visited six cathedrals across England so far.
They are travelling alone and have no support team, but are relying on the goodwill of livery companies up and down the land - one of which is Sheffield’s Cutlers’ Company.
Master Cutler Neil MacDonald, who met up with the pair yesterday, said: “We’re thrilled to support William and offer he and Strider our support.
“Strider was in fine form when we met him - and was even happier once I’d fed him an apple.”
William added: “It’s a lot for Strider to take in, all the busy towns and cities with so many people around, but he’s handling the experience really well.
“Although he didn’t like the trams in Sheffield as we were walking into the city centre.”
Visit www.rideroundengland.org to sponsor the pair.