Bodmin Beacon

Fun Ride

 The fun ride was started by Sara Newton then taken over by Lions in 2012.
Sara still deals with all things equestrian as Lions know very little about horses other than they are related to Zebras, (a good food source).

We run the event to raise money for Cornwall Hospice Care (Mount Edgcumbe).
 The route is approximately 10 miles with a mixture of moors, pasture, roads & woodland, it's not a race so you can ride according to your & your horses ability. If you like a good gallop there are opportunities along the way. The route will be marshaled where it meets the road for your safety, we will also record your allocated rider number just in case you get lost or have an accident, we will know where to start looking.


very sorry but this years ride has been canceled due to last minute land owners permissions 

Fun ride 2019 will be on the 15th September
not the 8th as previously published


Click below to link to the ride facebook page



fun ride update 12th sept 2018


over £2000 raised for cornwall hospice care at this years ride!!

What a day, the weather was good the and the turn out was the best we have had!

Together you have managed to raise in excess of £2000 which will go to the Cornwall Hospice care.

There were 109 horses that were entered, the first time we have gone over the 100 mark!

I would like to thank the land owners and commoners for allowing us to use parts of their land, and also thank the Lions members that turned out to marshal the event.

Also a special thanks to Sara Newton that puts a lot of time and effort into organising the equestrian side of things.

All in all a good day, we hope you all had a great day, and hope to see you all again next year.....we can do it all again!

Well done and thank you.


Dave Truran - Chairman Bodmin Lions Fun Ride.



First photos in by Lion Roy.
As you can see it took him one or two shots to get his focus in then all was fine on a fine day for a horse ride.

fun ride 2018 was on sunday september 9th

Please phone sara on 01208 831948 / 0787 967 7141 for more information

With the A30 roadworks now at an end we are going back to our original start/finish.

The start point is at Cardinham Downs (Our original start point).

Heading towards Bodmin from Launceston, go past the Bodmin Airfield turning and it is the next left off the A30. It's about  1100yards, TAKE CARE no slip road & not well marked Sign {Cardinham 2}. The start & parking is on the moor approx 300yards on the right.

From Bodmin take the A30, over the new bridge for Bodmin Airfield, back on the A30 towards Bodmin, It's about 1100yards, TAKE CARE no slip road & not well marked Sign {Cardinham 2}. The start & parking is on the moor approx 300yards on the right.

There will be some signs out just before the turning, but unfortunately they won't be large!

If you are using satnav post codes won't take you there but enter Lat 50.29.48N & Long 04.40.49W or Decimal 50.49666N 4.68027W
Depending on your sat nav it may try to route you past the airfield ignore it keep to the written instructions above


There will be some signs out just before the turning, but unfortunately they won't be large!


Fun ride update 24th sept 2017

What poor weather to start the day but Lions turned out in force to marshal our annual ride. We had over 50 intrepid riders turn up with the promise of improving weather a few down on last year but all was well for a good event.
Three pictures are shown below, for a full set of photos click on any picture to link you to the new Bodmin Lions news forum on facebook.
Donations, entries, & match funding for Loyds Bank came together to raise £1211 for Cornwall Hospice Care.






 our ride in 2016 took place on Sunday September 4th & £1395 raised

The presentation to Cornwall hospice took place at our meeting on 3rd oct 2016

Once again we are happy to report a very successful event on Sunday 4th. September
Some 65 riders took part in a delightful ride over 10 miles of Bodmin countryside often not normally available to the public.
All participants seemed to enjoy themselves and said how much they appreciated the arrangements made by the Lions. With the help of Lloyd's Bank match funding, £1395 was raised for the benefit of Cornwall Hospice Care.
We are very grateful to local landowners for their cooperation and especially to Gerald Worden for allowing us to use his field as a start and finish venue at short notice.

Click on any picture below to enlarge



Sunday 6th sept 2015

What a Lovely Day for a horse ride

Over £1000 raised for Cornwall Hospice Care

Sundays ride over the new route worked well, Lions would like to thank all the Land owners for the use of there land. We had great feedback from the riders on the day & many posts on the ride Facebook page.

Click on the image below for a slide show of the day.


Fun Ride 2014 took place on Sunday Sept 7th
A full report will be published here soon but I can say over £1000 pounds was raised for Cornwall Hospice Care

Sorry about the report it just didn't happen but here is the inevitable cheque presentation photo taken on Monday 3rd Nov.
From left to right Funride chairman Dave, Lions President, Bill, Emily & Sara who do all the entries, on the end Judy of Cornwall Hospice Care.
As you can see in the photo the event raised £1263.83 well done to all

Below are a few pictures of us Lions, wives & a slideshow of riders



To go through the pictures starting at the top left.
We have the early crew sorting flags & signs ready for distribution, from there on the it seems, there is a great deal of standing, sitting or just posing. In spite all this apparent inactivity we successfully booked in, guided, recorded & booked back over 100 horses & riders for our annual Fun Ride.

Click Here For Slideshow