He started the 270 mile walk in Edale, Derbyshire and finished in Kirk Yetholm, Scotland.
This was a walk down memory lane for Richard as he did it back in August 1980. “It was much more enjoyable this time, as I had a comfortable bed and hot water every night”, said Richard. “Being a bit older I was able to appreciate the scenery and nature more, and it was great to be away from the phone for so long!”
Nonetheless, it’s a tough walk with more than 30,000 feet of ascent.
“Although I had done quite a bit of training, nothing can prepare you for walking day after day for 18 days, much of it on broken ground. It took a toll on my feet as well as my left shin, which made some of the walking quite painful. I would soak my feet every night in cold water.”
Walking the Way solo, Richard said there were some long days, none more so than the punishing 27 mile trek across the Cheviots on the final day.
“I started that morning at 5am!,” he said.
“I had had 2 other longish days and each time I had left at 6am and found the early morning to be the best time to walk as there was nobody about, except the wildlife. It was unfortunate that it decided to snow that day. Fortunately it was quite flaky so I didn’t get too wet. But it was very cold. And that was Bank Holiday Monday!”
A huge thank you to Richard for undertaking this epic walk for us. His my donate page is still open for donations, so if you’d like to donate, you can do so here.