We are now up to day 16 of 21. Well over 200 miles walked. This is totally new territory for both of us both physically and mentalily. We have gone through some fantastic scenery and high emotions in the last few days. The walk up the South Tees valley, the climb up Cauldron Spout, the views over High Cup Nick, the climb out of Dufton and then arriving at the highest part of the walk at Cross Fell (899m).
Surprisingly we are both doing very well with absolutely no Compeed being used. We are now in Roman Wall territory and looking forward to a very easy walk today. After that the next four days will be a real challenge trekking through the wilds of Northumberland. The arrival in Kirk Yetholm will with be great emotion having then completed over 270 mie of walking.
So we have just completed day 10 of 21. Very nearly half way there. So many varying terrains and conditions. 3 days ago we were being battered by storm Hector. Possibly the worst conditions that I have ever walked in. Fountains Fell was nearly a place too far. We then had to follow it by an ascent of Pen Y Ghent in gale force winds. For the first time Sam actually admitted to being nervous. We’ve since had some pretty wet weather and to cap it all yesterday just as everyone in Keld was preparing evening meals there was a power cut. We ended up with fish and chips from Kirby Stephen.
Show (co)Chairman Sam Blacker & show secretary Steve Ross are off on their travels again. You may rember last year that we walked the Offas Dyke track, well wanting to go one further Sam decided that he would like to walk the Pennine Way. This is a 21 day walk staring in Edale in the Peak district and finishing in Kirk Yetholm (Scotland) just over the scottish border. I originally was going to do the K2 base camp trek but after having a partial knee replacment in November I thought it best to stay in the UK (for this year at least!).
So we are now 5 days in and have travelled over 70 miles with some long and hot days behind us. Things are going well (at the moment) but the prospect of walking for a week longer than we have ever done is still very daunting.
As usual we have already had a variety of accomodations and experiences which will bode us well for our upcoming talks to the WI etc.
We were originally supposed to be a party of 3 but unfortunately Malcolm (Sam’s brother in law & show treasurer) was very unfortunate to suffer a stroke. Thankfully he is recovering very well and is hopng to join us for a day shortly.
Another shout out must go to Dan (Sam’s son in law) who had decided to join us for the first 3 days, had booked his accomodation, bought new boots and then was rushed into hospital to have his appendix removed. Get well soon Dan.
We are off to Malham tomorrow and will slowly work our way up the country. We are not doing this for a specific charity but our president (Fiona Harris) is supporting the British Heart Foundation so any donations would help raise spirits.
Schedules & Entry Forms for the 2018 show are now available at
Fiona has now had her first fundraising event which was a quiz night at Bramham Village Hall. The evening was a great success with the 91 contestants raising just over £1000 for the British Heart Foundation. Fiona would like to thank everyone who took part and also all of the people who helped run and make it such a succesful event.
Fiona’s next fundraising event is a 70 mile bike ride from Bramham to Bridlington in June this year. Currently Fiona has only managed 17 miles so any donations to her JustGiving page would be a great motivator https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fionacharris
Fiona Harris has been elected as the 2018 show president. Click on the link below to read Fiona’s story and also an update from the outgoing president (Richard Search)
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