The 13 Mile Walk
As the birds sang their sweet morning song, our alarm noisily chimed out and I knew it was 5:15am- the start of a very long but rewarding day. We packed our provisions for our long walk and gathered our registration papers and OS map and headed off to collect the second half of our team for the St Basils annual walk. This year it was taking place in and around Church Stretton, Shropshire.
We started out at 8:37am and encountered the steepest hill on the route very shortly afterwards. However, there was a great team effort and everyone made it to the top where the golf course awaited us (sadly not the 19th hole!). We argued, mildly, about directions and found ourselves with everyone else who had gone wrong (I’m not saying who was correct about taking that other path!) and then having to work together as a team to find the best and safest route up to re-join the correct route. Check point 1 (below) was a wonderful sight and also greeted our taste buds with Cadbury chocolate!
We strolled on up and down hills, over stiles, through muddy walkways- getting ourselves into some unusual Twister style positions to avoid getting our boots too muddy- and eventually down a country lane to the Bridges Pub. This was our lunch stop which involved pretzels, bananas, cookies and ale. After resting our aching feet (compeed is a must!), we plodded on through a farm (see my animal encounter below) and up another long gradual incline until we reached our final checkpoint. After this there was a lovely walk (or run) down the valley path into the most beautiful picnic spot in Church Stretton. When we finally arrived at the finish line, we were welcomed back with a delicious meal, a badge of honour and for me my comfy flip flops!
What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday- a 13 mile walk for a great charity in beautiful setting. It was such a well organised event and we are looking forward to the 26 miles next year. We have raised £250+ so far and so if you haven’t yet sponsored us but would like to, please by clicking HERE. All proceeds go to St Basils.
Well done team Ellis Hass & Co.!