Author Promotes Her Long-Distance Horse-Riding Book at Nantwich Bookshop event

Article and Photographs: Jonathan White

Author Claire Alldritt promoted her new book – ‘From East to West by Saddle is Best’ – at Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge on the evening of Wednesday 23rd March 2022.

Claire Alldritt with her book ‘From East to West by Saddle is Best’ (photograph: Jonathan White)

Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge staff member Kathryn Rush introduced Claire to the audience.

Claire has always had a passion for outdoor adventure. This started at a young age, with both parents being involved in the Scout and Guide movements resulting in many weekends spent under canvas, whittling sticks, peeling spuds, and cooking over an open fire. In adulthood, this led to adventure travel in many different countries and wild places around the world. Closer to home in Scotland, the adventure is constant; when Claire says she is just ‘popping out’ with a rucksack over her shoulder, don’t expect to see her for a while. Her fascination to see where a trail leads to, or what’s just around the next corner, feeds her constant desire to explore.

‘From East to West by Saddle is Best’ by Claire Alldritt on display (photograph: Jonathan White)

A better work-life balance as a paramedic, enabled a return to all things equine and the realisation of her childhood dream to own horses. Mixing a love of the hills with owning horses, plus a craving for exploration, challenge, and adventure – led to a sport she likes to call dobbineering. She regularly carries out this gentle kind of mountaineering with horses in the Scottish Highlands, exploring the glens and an occasional hilltop but especially the history of the places and routes travelled through. 

What started as an idea on maps spread out along the length of her kitchen floor, turned into a challenging journey over mountains, through glens and around lochs. Against the backdrop of stunning Highland scenery, Claire Alldritt made her way from the east coast of Scotland, journeying with her two horses, working her way across to the west to dip her toes in the Atlantic Ocean.

Often using old drovers’ roads and avoiding as much tarmac as she could, this is a story of exploration, trust and resilience mixed with insightful glances into the history of the land passed through. Claire’s journey shows the value of friends old and new (whether with four legs or two) written with lively imagination and humour as they made their way along the trail.

The ticket price included a signed copy of Claire’s book and an extensive range of snacks.

Denise Lawson, Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge, said: “What a fabulous evening with Claire. Great to see and hear about her journey across Scotland on horseback. Looking forward to her next epic story.”

For further information relating to Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge please visit them at 46 High Street in Nantwich, or contact via phone: 01270 611665, email: steve@nantwichbookshop.co.uk , website or Facebook.

Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge opening times: Monday to Saturday (9am to 4:30pm, last food orders at 4pm), Sunday (10am to 4pm, last food orders 3pm).

The Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge’s premises were built soon after the Fire of Nantwich (1583) and are an excellent example of the architecture from this period. Seen from the front there is a distinct ‘sinking’ to the centre of the building. This is also prominent internally on the 2nd floor. The cause is supposedly due to half the building having been constructed (1584) over Castle Street’s cobblestones and the other half over the then filled, dry moat of the castle (mini piles and a steel frame have been utilised to stabilise the building).