What a great start. It has been two days since I “officially” launched my challenge to walk Offa’s Dyke next year for Multiple Sclerosis and the response has been brilliant.
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Next year my dog and I are going to walk Offa’s Dyke to raise money for The Multiple Sclerosis Society (MS) – all 177 miles….. phew, there I said it.
This will be a massive physical challenge for me – 12 days walking carrying full kit and camping every night!
I committed to this plan about week ago on twitter (view the tweet), but it has been an idea building for quite a few years.
During today’s BBC Countryfile programme, there was an interesting feature on Edgar Brown – a man who enjoys walking in the countryside with no shoes and socks on.
Now this captured my imagination – as a child I loved nothing better than walking through the fields around our house barefoot, taking in all the sensations and feelings. Even to this day, I enjoy walking barefoot through dry grass and across sandy beaches.
This was a filler walk, so I won’t go into too much detail. The walk goes from Hartwell, via Salcey Forest and the tip of Long Street Hanslope to Grafton Regis – with a slight detour to make sure we didn’t get to the pub before opening!
After a lovely lunch at The White Hart, we followed the canal, up the locks, to Stoke Bruerne. After another pint, we visited the entrance to Blisworth tunnel (since when did it become a tourist attraction?) and then made our way, across the fields, back to Hartwell via Roade – ending in the Rose and Crown in Hartwell for a final pint!
After my 19 mile walk yesterday, I can now follow up on my original post on my new Sorbothane double strike replacement insoles. The terrain on the walk was varied – uneven footpaths, small rolling hills (for Northamptonshire they were hills!) and tarmac.
A business meeting in Cannock gave me the opportunity to fit in the walk around Cannock Chase I have been wanting to do. The meeting was on Monday, so the plan was to come up on Saturday, stay at the Camping and Caravanning Cannock Chase camp site Saturday and Sunday nights, and do a full day walk on the Sunday.
The walk has the following highlights: Castle Ring, RAF Hednesford, Katyn Memorial, Glacial Boulder, Sherbrook Valley, Shugborough Park, Essex Bridge, and Wolseley Arms.
Once my body had adjusted to the amount of walking I have started doing since Christmas, I can just about walk 20 miles or so without feeling too much discomfort in my limbs, muscles etc. The same cannot be said about my feet however – after 10 miles or so the heels and ball areas of my feet start to become uncomfortable, and after 15 miles complete agony.
A very pleasant 19 mile walk through the East Warwickshire and West Northamptonshire hills – The walk starts at Napton-on-the-Hill, and goes through Marston Doles, Priors Hardwick, Byfield and Hellidon. Pub stops were at The Cross Tree at Byfield and The Bridge at Napton. Other features include Shuckburgh Park and the watershed!
Unfortunately, since my first post, I haven’t managed to spare the time for a long walk (much to the disgust of the dogs) – however last weekend we were visiting friends in Cannock, and I took the opportunity to have a little explore of Cannock Chase.
A 15 mile walk mainly through Northamptonshire. The walk starts at Lavendon (actually in Buckinghamshire), and passes through Bozeat, Wollaston, Strixton, and Easton Maudit. Other areas of interest include the proposed site of the Nun Wood Wind Farm.