Long-time supporter and Friend of MPA, Barbara Sanders, is undertaking the most extraordinary feat this spring. Barbara will be walking from Penzance to Burnley and is asking people to support her efforts by donations to MPA.
Yesterday was the first day, and as she headed off from Penzance she has ahead of her, 700 miles that will take her along the North Coast Path, through the Somerset Levels, along Offa’s Dyke, across the Black Mountains, through the Peak District and then on to the home stretch of the Pennine Way. She hopes to walk past the Singing Ringing Tree at Crown Point, Burnley around the 27 April. Throughout the miles, and the 35,000 metres of climb the walk entails, Barbara will be carrying a 30lb pack containing everything she needs, including her camping gear, as she will make camp or stay in hostels for most of the trip.
Unfortunately the weather on Day One was wet and windy so she decided to stick to lanes rather than face a westerly headwind. There were no campsites open and her planned lunch time pub turned out to be shut on Tuesdays in the winter! So a testing first day. We do hope things get easier. A plus side to the day was passing the Tregiffian burial chamber.
The local papers have supported Barbara’s efforts by features in the Burnley Express and the Lancashire Telegraph, which is great. Although we think Barbara might find the Telegraph’s focus on her age as testing as Day One’s weather!
Contributions to Barbara’s fundraising can be made via Just Giving.
Look out for updates on Barbara’s progress on this blog and on our Facebook page.