Travelers and gypsies at the Appleby fair were seen walking in the river and washing their horses in an ancient tradition that was threatened by a flood warning yesterday.
Hundreds have wandered the streets of Appleby to make the most of the last day of the famous annual horse fair.
The participants dressed to impress when they came through the Cumbrian village after hundreds of people braved the bad weather for the show yesterday.
This year's show, which draws families, horse breeders, and Shetland pony lovers alike, also saw traditional horse washing scenes in the Eden River that have been going on for centuries and are meant to prepare the animals for their debut.
A woman rides a horse in the Eden River during the Appleby, Cumbria Horse Fair, which is an annual gathering of travelers
Hundreds of travelers today enjoyed the river after yesterday's flood warning in Appleby, Cumbria, was lifted
According to longstanding tradition, horses are run and washed at the fair before their debut in the Eden River
After the heavy rain yesterday, however, the riders were told not to wash their horses in the river because they fear they could flood. Nevertheless, some drivers were pictured in the river in the afternoon.
Matthew Neal of Eden's advice to the BBC said, “Every time a person or animal enters the river, there is a risk.
"But now the river levels have risen … the various authorities have taken measures to ensure the safety of people and animals.
"We urge people to heed this warning and stay out of the Eden river."
Today river Access was reopened this afternoon as river levels drop after access to the ramp was closed all day yesterday for safety reasons after heavy rains.
The famous fair, which lasts four days and attracts around 10,000 people, exists since 1685 under the protection of a charter of James II.
Travelers have seen them walking through the streets of Appleby on horseback to make the most of the last day of the annual horse fair
The participants had dressed to impress when they walked through the city of Cumbrian on foot or on horseback (picture). One woman with lipstick walks through the city (left), while another rides through the city with her horse (right).
This year's exhibition also saw traditional horse washing scenes in the Eden River that have been going on for centuries and are meant to prepare the animals for their debut. (Photo) A woman rides a horse down a street while a girl walking next to her pulls a face
Three women ride their horses through the center of Appleby. The roads are closed to motor vehicles every year
A woman rides her horse to Appleby to make the most of the last day of the annual horse fair. Based on last year, it was estimated that around 10,000 people would attend the show
Two women paddle through the Eden river on their horses and make the most of the last day of the fair. Drivers had been warned to be careful near the river as the recent rains could increase the likelihood of flooding
On the last day of the horse fair, two riders dive in with their horses. One seems to have fallen off her horse
Dozens of fair visitors lined the banks of the river to see riders take a jump with their horses before the fair ends
Two women dive into the cool river water with their horse, while three boys and a girl race through the waves along the shore
A woman in a fur coat and sunglasses is standing next to a man on a barrier in Appleby. The fair is known for attracting traveling families, horse breeders and Shetland pony lovers
A woman walks her dog down the street in Appleby (left), while two other women are seen together on the street dressed to the nine (right).
Two boys in matching shirts lead some ponies down the street. Horses and ponies are bought and sold at the fair, which takes place every year
A woman leads a young girl on a horse down the street. The horse fair has been taking place for hundreds of years since 1685 when it was protected by a document issued by James II
Horses were also galloping up and down a road by their riders, who tested their speed and endurance
Pictured here is a man galloping a horse at the Appleby show. The horse is racing down the street
A young man tries to make his horse spin while riding in a cart behind it while trying not to hit the cart in front
Two men make a high-speed trot on the country road with their white horse. Appleby is a small village in Cumbria
A small Shetland pony also dragged a miniature trailer that might be used for a dog
Two carts shoot down the cleared street at high speed. The roads around Appleby are closed to motor vehicles during the event so that the riders can test their horses on the asphalt
A man rides a caravan with two children while his horse gallops. Another chestnut horse can also be seen
Some men inspect a white pony at the fair. Horses and ponies are bought and sold at the annual Cumbria event
Each man leads two horses, tied together with ropes, along a street in Appleby that is colored black, white and brown
A man, woman, and young boy sit in the back of a caravan while being carried away by a horse at the annual fair
A man walks down a street in Appleby and carries a little girl, followed by a woman and a fourth person (left), while a man appears to be involved in a conversation with a woman (right).
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