This year, as Kathy turned 60, along side taking part in the Liverpool – London Trek, she decided to add another challenge to her list and took on the 60 mile walk along The Three Castles Path from Windsor to Winchester via Odiham castles. (She actually diverted off the path to Sandhurst Premier Inn on the first night so ended up walking a total 64 miles!) Kathy shared her experience of taking part in this challenge with us. Please take a read of this story to find out how she got on;
Due to the extremely hot weather I started walking early each day, had plenty of water and appreciated the shade from trees! My daughter Rachel walked the first 2 days and 35 miles with me, starting on Saturday at Windsor castle along the “long walk“ to the copper horse statue with husband Steve joining for the first hour. Steve did a fantastic job of driving me to start and finish locations and he walked part of the way on most days too. After leaving Great Windsor Park we were soon crossing Ascot racecourse (although were too early to see any races!) Following that, we walked through some beautiful forests which provided some much welcome shade.
Sunday’s walk began with a breakfast sandwich at Horseshoe Lake near Sandhurst watching the swimming part of a triathlon. Great to see so many taking part and very exciting to watch. We walked through villages and forests, crossed over the M3 motorway and finished our day walking alongside the Basingstoke canal to Odiham castle.
Monday started with a mile or so along the canal before climbing up towards woods.
Andy joined me at lunchtime and carried my rucksack which was fantastic. This enabled me to walk further than planned, extending this leg to just over 19 miles; an extremely hot day, crossing lots of farmland with fields of wheat, barley and oats. I was very tired that evening!
Tuesday was another early start. It was great having my friends Nicky and Frinny joining me for my final day. After walking along overgrown paths we followed the river Itchen into Winchester. On arriving there we were met by Steve, Andy and my lovely friend Sue. We celebrated with very welcome tea and cake.
I would like to say Thank you to the generosity of family and friends I have so far raised just over £1500 for Caring Matters Now which will help them in their aims of support, research and raising awareness. I have added a link below to a recent video about the photographic exhibition held in 2019 which was how I found out about the charity. Being in touch with others like myself who have large birthmarks and learning more about the condition has helped me psychologically and emotionally; I am learning to love my skin like never before. That’s why I am so excited to fundraise.
So thank you again.