Charity Walk

Week 54 – Redcar to Scarborough

Wednesday 9th to Tuesday 15th October 2019

Redcar to Loftus  8 miles
Staithes to Whitby  12.48 miles
Whitby to Ravenscar  9.82 miles
Ravenscar to Scarborough  11.52 miles

Total miles this week 41.82

Total miles to date 2410.69

Redcar

 

Redcar pavement

 

One of Redcar’s many ornate wrought-iron panels by architectural metalworkers Chris Topp and Co. “Based on the concept of the seaside postcard and represent local scenes, with each including a letter which when taken in order form a riddle with a hidden clue”.

 

“Left Luggage”, 2007, by Lewis Robinson. Gifted to Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council by “Working Title Films” to celebrate the filming of “Atonement” during the summer of 2006. Redcar.

 

Redcar

 

Redcar Sands

 

Saltburn-by-the-Sea beach huts

 

Saltburn-by-the-Sea

 

Saltburn-by-the-Sea cliff lift

 

Redcar to Loftus

 

Redcar to Loftus

 

Charm bracelet sculpture at Huntcliff, Skinningrove. Redcar to Loftus

 

Cattersty Sands, Loftus

 

Skinningrove. Redcar to Loftus

 

Skinningrove. Redcar to Loftus

 

Illusion art. Staithes

 

Runswick Bay. Staithes to Whitby

 

Runswick Bay. Staithes to Whitby

 

The coastal path went up there! Runswick Bay. Staithes to Whitby

 

Staithes to Whitby

 

Staithes to Whitby

 

Ducks at Sandsend. Staithes to Whitby

 

Whale bone arch, Whitby

 

Cinder Track, Whitby to Ravenscar

 

Cinder Track, Whitby to Ravenscar

 

Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby to Ravenscar

 

Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby to Ravenscar

 

Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby to Ravenscar

 

Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby to Ravenscar

 

Whitby to Ravenscar

 

Remains of the railway platform, Ravenscar to Scarborough

 

Ravenscar to Scarborough

 

Scarborough

 

Scarborough Gaol

 

Scarborough

 

Week 53 – Newbiggin-By-The-Sea to Sunderland

Wednesday 2nd to Tuesday 8th October 2019

Newbiggin-By-The-Sea to Blyth 10.90 miles
Blyth to Tynemouth  11.62 miles
South Shields to Sunderland  9.44 miles

Total miles this week 31.96

Total miles to date 2368.87

 

The “Land Couple”, a smaller version of Sean Henry’s 2007 “Couple”, a large (12.25 x 21 x 6 metre) sculpture on the breakwater at Newbiggin-By-The-Sea

 

Newbiggin-By-The-Sea

 

Newbiggin-By-The-Sea

 

Newbiggin-By-The-Sea to Blyth

 

Newbiggin-By-The-Sea to Blyth

 

Entrance to Blyth Marina

 

Blyth

 

Blyth

 

Blyth beach huts

 

Replica 6″ WWII guns, Blyth

 

National cycle network #1, Blyth to Tynemouth

 

Blyth to Tynemouth

 

Whitley, Blyth to Tynemouth

 

From 21st August to 1st November 2019, 50 big and 114 little individually painted elephant sculptures took over North East streets, parks and public buildings in the biggest and brightest art trail ever seen in the region, raising vital funds for St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice.

 

The Black Middens are a rock formation at the mouth of the River Tyne. In the past they were a particularly dangerous hazard to ships as they are mostly hidden below the water level at high tide. Many ships have been wrecked on the Black Middens over the years, particularly in high winds (Newcastle University, 2017)

 

Black Middens, North Shields

 

This 10ft 6ins (3.2m) sculpture in North Shields, called Fiddler’s Green, is a memorial to fishermen from Tyneside who have lost their lives at sea

 

South Shields

 

The Leas, South Shields to Sunderland

 

South Shields to Sunderland

 

South Shields to Sunderland

 

South Shields to Sunderland

 

Detail of Wearmouth Bridge, Sunderland

Week 52 – Beal to Lynemouth

Wednesday 25th September to Tuesday 1st October 2019

Beal to Belford 9.42 miles
Belford to Seahouses 10.01 miles
Seahouses to Howick 13.02 miles
Longhoughton to Amble  12.08 miles
Amble to Lynemouth  11.36 miles

Total miles this week 55.89

Total miles to date 2336.91

 

Beal to Belford

 

An unconcerned fox, Beal to Belford

 

Beal to Belford

 

Beal to Belford

 

Beal to Belford

 

Beal to Belford

 

Beal to Belford

 

Beal to Belford

 

Beal to Belford

 

Belford to Seahouses

 

Belford to Seahouses

 

View of St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh, where Grace Darling is buried. Belford to Seahouses

 

 

Bamburgh Castle, Belford to Seahouses

 

Belford to Seahouses

 

Seahouses to Howick

 

Remains of Dunstanburgh Castle, Seahouses to Howick

 

Seahouses to Howick

 

Longhoughton to Amble

 

Longhoughton to Amble

 

Longhoughton to Amble

 

Longhoughton to Amble

 

Longhoughton to Amble

 

Longhoughton to Amble

 

Warkworth Bridge, Longhoughton to Amble

 

A wood carving at Amble

 

Amble to Lynemouth

 

Amble to Lynemouth

 

Week 51 – Bo’ness to Beal

Wednesday 18th to Tuesday 24th September 2019

Bo’ness to Queensferry 11.26miles
Queensferry to Murrayfield, Edinburgh 10.32miles
Murrayfield, Edinburgh to Musselburgh 11.51miles
Dunbar to Thorntonloch 8.02miles
Eyemouth to Berwick-Upon-Tweed 10.61miles
Berwick-Upon-Tweed to Beal 10.82 miles

Total miles this week 62.54

Total miles to date 2281.02

Bo’ness

 

Bo’ness

 

Approaching Blackness. Bo’ness to Queensferry

 

Blackness Castle, Bo’ness to Queensferry

 

Blackness Castle, Bo’ness to Queensferry

 

Around the grounds of Hopetoun House, Bo’ness to Queensferry

 

The grounds of Hopetoun House, Bo’ness to Queensferry

 

Entrance to Hopetoun House, Bo’ness to Queensferry

 

Queensferry

 

Queensferry

 

Queensferry

 

Queensferry

 

Queensferry to Murrayfield

 

Dalmeny House, Queensferry to Murrayfield

 

Barnton, Queensferry to Murrayfield

 

Ornate gate, Barnton. Queensferry to Murrayfield

 

Corstorphine Wood, Queensferry to Murrayfield

 

Corstorphine Wood, Queensferry to Murrayfield

 

Murrayfield to Musselburgh

 

Murrayfield to Musselburgh

 

Murrayfield to Musselburgh

 

Murrayfield to Musselburgh

 

Murrayfield to Musselburgh

 

Musselburgh

 

Detail of mussel sculpture, Musselburgh

 

Dunbar to Thorntonloch

 

Dunbar to Thorntonloch

 

Dunbar to Thorntonloch

 

Torness Nuclear Power Station, near Thorntonloch

 

Torness Nuclear Power Station, near Thorntonloch

 

Eyemouth

 

Eyemouth

 

Eyemouth to Berwick-Upon-Tweed

 

Eyemouth to Berwick-Upon-Tweed

 

Burnmouth harbour, Eyemouth to Berwick-Upon-Tweed

 

Eyemouth to Berwick-Upon-Tweed

 

Eyemouth to Berwick-Upon-Tweed

 

Goodbye Scotland. Eyemouth to Berwick-Upon-Tweed

 

Castle Vale Park, Berwick-Upon-Tweed

 

Berwick-Upon-Tweed

 

Under the main road bridge at Berwick-Upon-Tweed

 

Berwick-Upon-Tweed to Beal

 

Berwick-Upon-Tweed to Beal

 

 

Week 50 – Helensburgh to Bo’ness

Wednesday 11th to Tuesday 17th September 2019

Helensburgh to Balloch  10.41 miles
Balloch to Killearn  10.25 miles
Strathblane to Kilsyth 13.14 miles
Kilsyth to Falkirk 11.36 miles
Falkirk to Bo’ness 10.86 miles

Total miles this week 56.02

Total miles to date 2166.76

Helensburgh

 

Helensburgh to Balloch

 

Helensburgh

 

Helensburgh to Balloch

 

Helensburgh to Balloch

 

Helensburgh to Balloch

 

Part of an engraved bench, Balloch

 

Loch Lomond, Balloch

 

Balloch to Killearn

 

Balloch to Killearn

 

Balloch to Killearn

 

Strathblane to Kilsyth

 

Strathblane to Kilsyth

 

Bonnybridge, Kilsyth to Falkirk

 

Antonine Wall, Kilsyth to Falkirk

 

Antonine Wall, Kilsyth to Falkirk

 

Antonine Wall, Kilsyth to Falkirk

 

Falkirk Wheel, Kilsyth to Falkirk

 

Falkirk Wheel, Kilsyth to Falkirk

 

Kilsyth to Falkirk

 

Helix Park, Falkirk

 

The Helix, Falkirk

 

The Kelpies, Falkirk, by sculptor Andy Scott

 

Falkirk to Bo’ness

 

Approaching the Avon aqueduct, Falkirk to Bo’ness

 

Avon aqueduct, Falkirk to Bo’ness

 

Falkirk to Bo’ness

 

James Watts’s workshop, Kinneil. Falkirk to Bo’ness

 

Kinneil House, Falkirk to Bo’ness

 

Bo’ness

 

 

Week 49 – Ayr to Bowling

Wednesday 4th to Tuesday 10th September 2019

Ayr to Kilmarnock 6.33 miles
Barassie to Stevenston 12.91 miles
West Kilbride to Largs 10.65 miles
Largs to Wemyss Bay 5.76 miles
Glasgow to Bowling 11.85 miles

Total miles this week 47.5

Total miles to date 2110.74

 

Ayr

 

Ayr to Kilmarnock

 

Barassie to Stevenston

 

Barassie to Stevenston

 

Clydesdale horses. Barassie to Stevenston

 

The dragon on top of the dunes, Irvine

 

Irvine Bay

 

Irvine

 

Irvine

 

“The Carter and his Horse” by David Annand. Carters used to transport coal to Irvine Harbour

 

Barassie to Stevenston

 

A seat for one. Barassie to Stevenston

 

West Kilbride to Largs

 

Portencross Castle, West Kilbride

 

West Kilbride to Largs

 

West Kilbride to Largs

 

West Kilbride to Largs

 

“The Pencil”, Largs. A monument, which looks like a gigantic pencil, commemorates the defeat of a Viking fleet at this spot in 1263

 

Largs

 

Wemyss Bay railway station

 

Glasgow

 

One of the Glasgow Harbour Tunnel Rotundas. Built in the 1890s by the Glasgow Tunnel Company, the Rotunda covered 24-metre (79 ft) deep shafts to tunnels which enabled vehicular and pedestrian access to the other side of the river Clyde.

 

Cycle route besides the River Clyde

 

“Rise” by Andy Scott, which represents the regeneration of the River Clyde.

 

The Forth and Clyde Canal, Glasgow to Bowling

 

The Forth and Clyde Canal, Glasgow to Bowling

 

Bowling

 

Bowling Harbour

 

Bowling

Week 48 – Stranraer to Ayr

Wednesday 28th August to Tuesday 3rd September 2019

Stranraer to Glenapp 9.88 miles
Glenapp to Ballantrae  9.59 miles
Culzean Country Park to Maidens  3.73 miles
Culzean Country Park to Ayr  12.56 miles

Total miles this week 35.76

Total miles to date 2063.24

 

Glenapp to Stranraer

 

Glenapp to Stranraer

 

Glenapp to Stranraer

 

Cairnryan, Glenapp to Stranraer

 

Glenapp to Ballantrae

 

Glenapp to Ballantrae

 

Glenapp to Ballantrae

 

Glenapp to Ballantrae

 

Entering Culzean Country Park

 

Culzean Country Park

 

The fake “ruined” archway, the entrance to Culzean Castle

 

Culzean Castle

 

 

One of the many lovely trails throughout Culzean Country Park

 

Ayrshire Coastal Path

 

Approaching Maidens

 

Culzean to Ayr

 

Culzean to Ayr

 

How you can donate

Via Virgin Money Giving

Although I will not turn down cash donations it is preferable to donate via my Virgin Money Giving page here.

“Virgin Money Giving is a not-for-profit company created by Virgin Money to help charities raise more. Whilst you can’t run a fundraising website for free, you can do it without making a profit – keeping the costs down for everyone.

We simply ask for a small one-off payment from charities when they register with us and take 2% of donations to cover our costs, which we ask donors if they’d like to cover. Card fees are paid for by the charities but we claim Gift Aid on their behalf free of charge”.

Cash

If you would like to donate using cash that’s fine. I will make a note of the amount and whether you are donating to the three or only one of the charities. I then transfer your donation to the charities online.

How to support me

I am not someone who naturally asks for assistance – I feel very cheeky even asking – so this post does make me cringe a fair bit, but there are some things that I find tricky and where practical help would be much appreciated. If you can help with any of the following please contact me via email, FB or Twitter, thanks…

Accomodation

This is a big one. If I had to book into a budget hotel or B&B each night it could cost me about £1400 per month alone! Obviously this is just not sustainable considering it could take me about 2 years to walk the coastline. So a huge help to the cause would be to offer me a bed for the night. I’ve had all my jabs and I’d love your pets (even your spiders, snakes and rats!) So if you have any of the following you could offer that would be wonderful:

  • A spare room
  • A sofa
  • A bed in a camper van or caravan

Packed lunch

Having no cooking, food storage or prep facilities whilst travelling makes things far more awkward and expensive than if I were on day trips from home, so being sent on my way with a snack would mean I don’t have to try and source suitable food before I even start the day’s walking. Don’t worry, I have no food allergies or intolerances and will eat pretty much anything. I wouldn’t even expect you to think about what I’d like, just give me what you’d like in your lunchbox and I’ll enjoy the surprise. That’s assuming your favourite isn’t Whiskas lamb in jelly sandwiches…I’m more of a gravy girl myself.

Clothes washing

Although I became accustomed to washing my laundry in the bath when I was a teenager (Mum couldn’t afford to replace the washing machine…cue the tiny violins 😉) we did at least have a spin dryer and a washing line. But trying to wash trousers and fleeces in a sink, with no way of spinning them, when I need them dry the next day, is far from ideal. So if I could chuck my stuff in your washing machine that would be another big help.

Giving me a lift

Some areas I’ve walked are very rural with very no or limited accommodation and poor public transport services. This means that I have great difficulty getting to any nearby places to stay. So if you could give me a lift to the start of a walk, or pick me up from the end of a walk and take me to my temporary “home”, that means I don’t have to miss sections out.

Luggage transfer

As I don’t have any means of easily storing the kit I don’t need for a while and retrieving it at a later date, I have to carry everything I may need for the duration of this 2+ year trip. This means that I’m carrying up to 14kg, which is not only very tiring but it also increases my risk of injury. In some areas there are companies offering luggage transfer services, but they tend to be seasonal and require a minimum number of bags to operate. Their fees would also eat into my budget considerably. So if you can move my rucksack onto my next “home” that would take some of the strain out of this journey.

Delivery address

Sometimes I may need to buy supplies and typically these are from online retailers because what I need often can’t be found widespread in the shops. For example, most of the face creams and sun lotions that are available on the High Street bring me out in a face full of spots, so I usually have to buy them online. Being able to have things delivered to addresses I know I’ll be passing would be a great help.

Cash

I wasn’t going to include this as I felt it was rather self-indulgent to ask people to donate towards my trip. But it’s been mentioned a few times now (eg “it’s going to cost you a small fortune in maps, convenience food and accommodation!”, “Are you being sponsored?”) so I’ve decided to add this as an option for those who would like to help me personally but are not able to offer practical support. My GoFundMe profile can be found here. Sorry. [Cringe] 😬

Week 47 – Dumfries to Ardwell and Portpatrick

Wednesday 21st to Tuesday 27th August 2019

Dumfries (Burns circular walk) 5.53 miles
Portpatrick to Stranraer  11.77 miles
Ardwell to Stranraer  12.37 miles

Total miles this week 29.67

Total miles to date 2027.48

Burns Walk, Dumfries

 

Burns Walk, Dumfries

 

Burns Walk, Dumfries, next to the River Nith

 

Burns Walk, Dumfries

 

Dumfries

 

Portpatrick

 

Southern Upland Way, Portpatrick to Stranraer

 

Misted spider webs on gorse

 

Southern Upland Way, Portpatrick to Stranraer

 

Knockquhassen Reservoir, Southern Upland Way, Portpatrick to Stranraer

 

Mull of Galloway Trail, Ardwell

 

Ardwell to Stranraer

 

Sandhead Bay, Ardwell to Stranraer

 

Ardwell to Stranraer

 

Ardwell to Stranraer

 

Ardwell to Stranraer

 

Ardwell to Stranraer