This year I’ve decided to take 3 months off work to try and fulfil a dream of walking all the way from Land’s End in Cornwall to John o’ Groats at the tip of North East Scotland. In total this walk will be about 1200 miles long, a good 1000 miles further than any trail I’ve walked before!
There’s no set route for this trail so basically I get to make it all up as I go along! The shortest route is by roads, but I’m not taking 3 months off work to walk down A roads! Instead I’ll try to stick to trails and paths wherever possible. You can find my proposed itinerary here.
The aim of this walk is to raise funds for Crohn’s and Colitis UK (CCUK). As some of you will be aware I have suffered from Crohn’s Disease since the age of 16. I am incredibly lucky that currently my illness is kept under control with a variety of drugs (in fact I’ll be making sure this route goes via Bristol Royal Infirmary so I can get my 8 weekly infusion)! However there have been times when I couldn’t walk around the block, let alone the length of the country!
It is thanks to the research and campaigning by organisations such as CCUK that I’m currently in a situation to even contemplate this walk. Their aim is to improve lives right now and, ultimately, to find a cure.