Greg Corcoran has packed up his tent, stocked up on Kindle books, and has started his solo 1100 mile fundraising walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats. His epic three month adventure will take him through beautiful countryside, averaging around 20 miles a day using both digital navigation and map in hand. Greg explains:
I love paper maps because I like to see the bigger picture. I’ve always wanted to do a long distance walk, although I’m not necessarily a keen walker! I know roughly the route I’ll take but I imagine things will change along the way.
I’ve taken a six month sabbatical from work so for the other 3 months I’m going to go off travelling to recover. I want to go to every country in the world before I die – and there’s a lot of them out there! I’m not sure exactly where I’ll be going but I’ll have three months of walking to decide.
My brother’s wife died at the Hospice and my nieces always said how much they loved it there and value the support they had as a family when their mum was ill, so I’ve always said if I’m going to do anything to raise money for charity, I’d do it for St Helena. It was a difficult time, so the Hospice was like a blessing for them.
I am also walking for Macmillan because my dad was looked after by them.
I’ve always wanted to do a long walk and I imagine I’ll be stopping to look at every bee, every flower, every bird that I see.
In my mind I have this idea of bumbling along looking at things but in reality I know there will be hard times when it’s pouring with rain and everything is wet.
I’m quite good at being on my own and I do want to do this by myself but I will be meeting up with friends along the way to walk with me for a stint.
I want to be wild camping as much as possible but will also stop at B&Bs, pubs and campsites. I’m going to try to stay off major roads as much as possible, instead following canals and towpaths or trails such the Cotswold Way, Severn Way, Pennine Way, West Highland Way…
Hopefully I’ll arrive at John O’Groats by mid-August, and if I’m still enjoying it, I may carry on up to the Orkney Islands. I know the weather will play a part in how I will be feeling and I do worry about getting an injury but even if it takes me the whole six months and I have to crawl, I’ll get there!
To sponsor Greg > uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GregCorcoran1
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