I read another thread Travel time in Medieval times about this, but I'm still struggling to find a more definitive answer.
I have a town suffering from scarce food, due to previous years of crops not producing enough and their food stores deteriorating. They're a town of "rebels" and therefore have few allies to trade with, and have resorted to hunting. They live side by side with dogs, but see it as a last last resort to eat them because they're incredibly ingrained into their history and way of life.
They have a few options which they're taking advantage of: 1) primitive greenhouses; 2) they've always been run by a council, not a singular person, so one of these people will be taking charge; 3) raiding.
My question is: Would it be quicker for a dozen men on horseback to travel across the land to a different place to raid stocks and wealth, or is it quicker to travel to a town by the river, and take a boat to this land?
Obviously, raiding parties are usually bigger, but it is a small town that plans to raid outskirting farms. Once they reach their destination, they will have no horses, and will infiltrate the farms quietly to secure goods.