A different sort of post just for a change. This week is the birthday of my Mother whose death occurred almost 5 years ago. She suffered from cancer on several occasions and so my wife, uncle and I have decided that we are going to do something positive in her memory. We’re going to walk the entire length of Hadrian’s Wall to raise money for Cancer Research.
Hadrian’s Wall crossed England and indeed Britain at just about the narrowest point and is 84 miles (about 135km) from the Solway Coast to Wallsend in the East where the River Tyne is so wide that the Romans believed formed an inpenetrable barrier in its own right. Traditionally most people walk from west to east. This is partially because the prevailling winds blow from the west and also as there is limited transport out of Bowness whilst there are no such problems with Newcastle.
We are going to walk this route from East to West which is the way the Romans built it. There is also the advantage that your first day starts in a big city and ends in the country rather than the less enticing way of finishing your trek spending 6 or 7 hours walking through increasingly busy and noisy surroundings. Also as I am originally a local, I know where picturesque highlights are no matter what people in faraway London or overseas might say.
Most people take 7-10 days to do this route but we are going to do it in 5 days. Whilst it might be something of an achievement, I think if one can’t walk 15-20 miles a day then it is a bit of a poor show. The hardest bit for me will be because I have asthma and am prone to chest infections, though I suspect this is from the dirty London air it doesn’t help me if I start off ill as walking across the moors is probably not the best way to get better!
Having said that, last time I was in the area and on the first day of my holiday my chest was so sore I could barely walk across the room of my cottage. It didn’t stop me climbing Skiddaw by it’s hardest route either, maybe I’m just stubborn!
Another advantage of starting at Wallsend is that you get the hardest parts done earlier on. I’ve been to the wall several times and driven along the length of it on the old parallel military road hundreds of times but I’ve never walked it in duration.
There are lots and lots of fortifications and Roman remains along the entire length of the wall and for anouther 30 miles down the western coast so plenty to see and do.
One of the main reasons for doing this though is to raise money for the Cancer Research Charity. I hope that some of you will be able to spare a donation or two for this very worth cause.
We’re doing the walk in early July and I will no doubt blog about it and Hadrian’s Wall itself in the future. For now though the link to the Just Giving page is below. I know most people put a photo up on these pages but I don’t have a recent photo of me and Mam but if she were here she would be more concerned about me wrapping up warm and not disappearing down an abandoned mine-shaft.