A winter series of public lectures in Bristol the theme of which is world-wide adventure.
Our lecturers are well known explorers, mountaineers, travel writers, TV personalities, adventure sports personalities or anyone who has an epic story to tell and can enthral our audience with a rattling good yarn. The talks are invariably illustrated with slides and/or film.
Tickets are available from Stanfords' Bristol shop and their online store. Click our ticket office link
Megan's interest in Asia was sparked by a childhood in the Far East. After degrees in Southeast Asian Studies, she spent ten years as Head of Geography at a London girls' school. In 1987 she moved home to Wales with her husband to farm sheep, breed Welsh ponies and raise three children.
As a former keen endurance race rider, she was selected for the British Intermediate Team, but since then has concentrated on breeding Welsh ponies. An international Welsh pony judge, her home-bred ponies have achieved great success in the showring and are exported worldwide.
One of the main aims of the Long Horse Ride is to support husband Iestyn Thomas's charity ChallengeAid, which raises money for disadvantaged children in the developing world through fitness promoting challenges. With this in mind, in 2013 Megan carried on riding to the furthest westerly point of Ireland and is currently planning to continue into North America.
When she is not travelling, Megan and her family also run a small country house B&B.
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Megan Lewis - 19/03/2014 19:30
In 2008, Megan set out on horseback from the eastern end of the Great Wall of China to ride coast to coast across Eurasia and back home to Wales. In doing so she also intended to achieve two further aims - not only to be the first person on record to ride from one end of the Great Wall to the other, but more importantly to carry a message of goodwill from Beijing to London between the Olympics, raising money for charity in the process. In her saddlebag she carried an Olympic flag presented by the Chinese Equestrian Association in Beijing to be handed over to the British Equestrian Federation at the successful conclusion of the ride in Greenwich.
Over the next four years, the venture took her along the Great Wall, following ancient silk routes across the deserts, mountains and steppes of Asia, skirting the shores of the Aral and Caspian Seas before the final leg through the fields and forests of Europe. Often riding alone during the 12,800 km journey, Megan and her horses faced a variety of trials and tribulations including blizzards, wild stallions and scorpions, not to mention frustrating delays caused by accidents and official bureaucracy…