I Walked The Walk

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“Fancy walking 23 miles along the Thames Path?”asked a friend a couple of months back. I heard myself saying yes without much thought really. It was to raise money for our local hospice and was organised by a friend of my friend who had recently lost her sister to cancer earlier this year. I lost my Dad to this cruel disease some 20 years ago this Summer so it felt a fitting tribute to him too….

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I love walking and as one of that rare breed of non drivers I get lots of practice. It stood me in very good stead..

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I expected lots of the above landscape with urban sprawl and city sky scrapers littering the journey….but there was so much more…..

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Fabulous wooden structures rising from the river at every corner….

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Most places I have no record of as photos were taken on the hoof as it were but I do know the following are Greenwich and the Cutty Sark….

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This was the view from Nando's terrace….we terrorised staff until they let us in to use the loo! Never refuse women in orange who have full bladders….it's the law!!

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Giant outdoor game of Jenga anyone?

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Anthony Gormley sculpture with cable car above…..must take a ride on that some day!

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And the fantastic bit of kit that is the Thames Barrier…normally used 3 or 4 times a year….except in January this year when it was raised 17 times to cope with our biblical rainfall!

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Anyway we made it….some 6 hours later. My battery lasted longer than my phones so have no evidence of our sprint finish…I kid you not….or the fact that I had no blisters.

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All in all it was a great day and the diverse landscape kept us all focused and determined to finish….we only lost 2 of our number along the way…..1 to horrendous blisters and the other to ongoing back problems.
As a footnote….scuse the pun….I felt very proud of my 59 year old rather short and slightly chubby legs!……and to date our group raised over £4000 for St Helena Hospice.

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17 responses »

  1. You’re an inspiration! This is truly amazing–I cannot imagine walking so far. It does look like the walk was interesting–so many different kinds of scenery.

  2. Well done you! As a lifetime walker myself, I would have stepped up and joined you on such a glorious excursion around lovely London in the sun. When else would such an occasion arise? Top job! x

  3. You guys are amazing! Kudos on all accounts! And thank you for the photos; I must visit that part of London one day… and where on earth is that cable car?? I had no idea, I’m gonna look it up!

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