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packhorse

a horse used to transport goods, equipment, etc.
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ASTONE bridge in a Solihull village boasts a unique claim to fame as the only surviving ancient packhorse bridge to be found in the West Midlands.
The packhorse bridge at Hampton-in-Arden, now a Grade II* Listed structure as well as a Scheduled Ancient Monument, is one of the latter, as it features three stone and two brick arches.
British Horse Society members hope to re-establish the 160-mile Pilgrims' Packhorse Trail from Offa''s Dyke at Llanfynydd, Flintshire, to Aberdaron, Pen Llyn.
Walkers have now also won the exclusive right to walk along the Coastal Path, so it is good that a packhorse route suitable for walkers, cyclists and horse riders is about to be revived.
It then follows the old packhorse route of Salter's Lane, climbing to Sharperley Plantations and Great Eppleton before dropping back down into Hetton Lyons Country Park.
The argument - heated at times, though not widely known - revolves around the use of packhorses to carry freight and riders into the Sierra Nevada mountain range and the impacts on its terrain and other visitors.
Our weeklong sojourn into the grandiose basin began as a sibling reunion (four brothers and a brother-in-law), an experiment in using packhorses (every prior extended backpacking trip of mine had been just that - hauling in gear on my shoulders) and a chance to pay back my dear old dad for introducing me to the Sierra Nevada range more than 25 years earlier.
Packhorses, which were usually donkeys rather than horses, were used for transporting the wool and it is said that at one time the donkeys in Thurstonland out-numbered the people.
So it may seem surprising that David Heathcote-Smith, manager of Huddersfield's Packhorse Shopping Centre is looking forward to 2013 with some relish.