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Sponsor Keith Burton walks in aid of the Macmillan Nurses of Staffordshire

MACMILLAN SPONSORED WALK 2012  -   LETTER OF THANKS FROM KEITH TO ALL HIS SPONSORS

SOUTH WEST COAST PATH

FALMOUTH – SOUTH HAVEN POINT (POOLE)

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Keith's Daily PROGRESS REPORT 2012 - RELAYED EACH DAY BY TEXT MESSAGE 
CLICK HERE to see Photos taken by Keith on his walk

10 May 2012 Thursday - Arrived at Veryan at 4.30pm after a very eventful day.  Ferry tossed about like a cork to St. Maws.  Place ferry cancelled.  Bus to Gerrans, then 3 mile yomp to Place to begin walk.
Beautiful St. Anthony's Church then onto St. Anthony's Head.   Limited view due to mist and rain.  Paths very slippery.   Tripped over pole, and was covered all over (including the camera) in mud.   Pit stop at Porthscalho across boulder fields on Porthbean Beach.   Then a short walk here.  My clothes are now being washed!
Received £6 from 2 ladies on St. Anthony's Head and £5 from a couple in the New Inn, Veryan, with Belgian Shepherd dogs.  I thought the horse outside was also coming with me!  (Riding on it would be cheating of course Keith - Webmaster comment :-))

11 May Friday - Arrived Mevagissey 4pm.  A quiet section of high cliffs were tough to Dodman Point.  Could see the Lizard.  Easier from there to Gorran Haven then here all in the sun.

12 May Saturday - Arrived Fowey 4.30pm.  Another very tough day.  High climbs with open views to Pentewan.  Then enclosed to Black Head.  Easier to Porthpean.  Hard going to Gribbin Head.  Fowey heaving - Daphne du Maurier Festival.  Oh! yes, a navigation error led me through the China Clay Factory. A short cut that tilted the hats of the workers.

13 May Sunday
- Arrived Looe 4pm. By far the best day so far.  Ferry to Polruan.  Many coves and rocky coast.  Red Deer on lush Pencarrow Head.  Beautiful Polperro for tea.  Talland Bay.  East via ferry, west to East Looe.  Very warm with cloudless sky.  £10 from River View and more very kind offers.  A day to savour. 
Forgot to mention that I spoke briefly to a family from Portland who invited me to call in.


14 May Monday
- Arrived Plymouth.  A day to endure through gritted teeth.  Rain all day, head down.  Rame Head a wash out.  Rain stopped at Crymal Ferry.

15 May Tuesday - Hi all. Enjoyed day walking over the Hoe & Barbican & Mayflower steps.  There is so much history here.  Tolpuddle Martyrs returned here from exile.  On to Noss Mayo tomorrow.

16 May Wednesday - Ferry to Mount Batten Point.  Up and over JennyCliff  Bay,  Bovis and Heybrook Bay.  Low level walk to Warren Point and Yealm Estuary.  Lovely walk in sun.  Many photos taken.  (Tonight's accommodation is Cellars at Noss Mayo - it was the summer house of Lord Revelstoke.  A carriage was made for Lady Revelstoke so she could take a carriage for tea on the hills).

17 May Thursday
- Fast track to near Erme Estuary. Walked along this morning at 4mph arriving at low water. The wind was a problem from here.  Then more testing - only 2 feet deep to cross - boots off and crossed Erme Estuary at 10.30am.  More ups and downs to Bigbury.  Then small boat to Bantham.  Tough two miles to here.  There were squally showers all day.

18 May Friday - arrived Salcombe at 2pm.   Easy 2 miles at sea level to Hope Cove,  Then a roller coaster  to Bolt Head.  Mostly inland against a biting wind.  Amazing rock formations similar to the Tors on Dartmoor.  YHA is Overbecks NT gardens.  Enjoying tea on the terraced garden,  YHA opens at 5pm.

19 May Saturday - walking to Stoke Fleming today.  A great day's hike.  Another ferry.  Woodland start.  Gara Rock to Prawl Point was a cliff walk.  Then just before START became easier.  From Start Point to Slapton Sands.  A hot and sunny day.
Five of us left Falmouth - Kirk & Allie from Utah, US and David & Mary from Bath.  Kirk & Allie at YHA and David & Mary passed me at Start Point.   Two ladies gave me sponsor money.  At Beer Sands cafe I am sure4 I will bump into Kirk & Allie.  But David & Mary leave the trail soon.  Thanks for sharing my journey.


20 May Sunday - walking to Brixham today.  Paths rough and slippery to Dartmouth Castle.    Then woods to Froward Point.  Very steep cliffs to Sharkham Point.  Stroll from Berry Head.  A tough day but dry.   A kind lady gave a donation on the Lower Ferry from Dartmouth.  Very grateful.

21 May Monday - walking to Teignmouth today.   Arrived Shaldon 5pm.  Ferry to Torquay.  No real views to Maidencombe and Babbacombe .  Sheer cliffs, wooded and away from sea.  Clear for the last two miles to here.  Another tough hot day.  I received a £10 donation from a family at Babbacombe Beach cafe.  So very grateful.

22 May Tuesday - walking to Budleigh Salterton today - Arrived 4.15pm.  A road walk to Dawlish, then sea wall and cycle track to ferry.  Lovely last four miles, red cliffs and beaches.  Camera stolen at Teignmouth.  There was a path diversion and had to check map.  Walked about 10 minutes and then returned but camera gone.  Left details with Prom. Office and local family will search.
David and Mary from Bath began their journey from Falmouth to Exmouth.  They took a photo of me at Start Point which they hope to send me a copy of.  Phil from Wallsend will burn Plymouth - Lyme Regis. (Editor guesses this means he will copy the images he took for Keith).  Buy Cam...(Editor - not sure what this means - probably Keith intends to buy another camera). 


Photo below sent me by Mary and David Kelly, now back home in Bath.
They photographed Keith (with his pack, his stick and his sun hat) at Start Point on the 19th May.


© Copyright Mary Kelly 2012

 

23 May Wednesday - rest day (and he's deserved it says Editor.  Keith now well over half way - 9 more days). Keith received a call from the Teign Post today.  They are writing an article about his walk in this Friday's edition.  (I hope he gets to buy a copy).  AND, he has bought a new camera to replace the one stolen/lost!

24 May Thursday - back on walk to Beer - arrived at 5pm.  Easy start Otter Estuary.  Hike in the sun to Landram Bay.  Then descent to Sidmouth.  Severe cliffs to Branscombe.  Now cliffs are white - easier - but with a struggle.   The undercliffs are very interesting as fossils are clearly seen in the chalk cliffs towering above.

25 May Friday - walking to Chideock - arrived 5.45pm.  Good hike to Seaton.  3 hours walking in hot and humid weather on the undercliffs to Lyme Regis.  Across beach to Charmouth.  Then the golden cap - the highest cliff on south coast.  It has been a difficult day, coping with the heat.   The Axe undercliffs are scrub and trees and well away from any views.  Some may feel too enclosed.   I used 1 litre water.  From Charmouth a wonderful view of the summit of the golden cap - yellow in the full sun.

26 May Saturday - on to Abbotsbury.  Arrived 3.15pm - a day of two halves.  Doghouse Hill.  Crawled up Thornecombe Beacon into a very hot and busy west bay.  Easing to B.Bradstock.  Last 5 miles along beach.
Given £5 donation from a family at Beach Cafe at West Bexington - very grateful.  I am also on the Macmillan Way.

27 May Sunday - walking to Portland.  An easy 10 mile hike over many stiles and around Chesil Bank Nature Reserve to ferry bridge.  Bus to Portland then Church Cove.  East Weare.  To the Bill tomorrow. 
I wish to thank Mrs Peach and Penny Stewart for their kindness and generosity this morning, donating £15.  I am very grateful.

28 May Monday - rest day.   Continued the circuit of Portland.  Freshwater Bay and on to the Bill's west coast.  Westcliff.  Chesil Cove ending with a visit to the Castle.  Totally different coast.  10 miles.  From the flat expanse of Portland Bill it changes on the west coast as the huge cliffs plunge into the sea.  It takes on a lunar landscape at times.  Interesting quarries including a Sculptor Park with many found on the rocks.   The air was filled with a variety of birds.  Many choughs. 

29 May Tuesday - walking to Lulworth Cove.  A great day's walk.  Weymouth Bay in early morning sun.  High level meadows to Ringstead Bay.  Three dippers of white rock.  Wonderful Durdle Door.  At the end looking down on Lulworth Cove.  It is difficult to describe the last four miles.  It was spectacular - towering white cliffs against blue sea.  Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove were like gems set in a crown. 
Very grateful for kindness and donation from Leam House.
walyed local.  Wareham Morris Dancers were at Pub last evening performing outside and in.   A lively evening.  Tough start up St. Aldhelm's Head and 800 Y.O. Chapel.  From here to Durlston Head where a major quarry area.  Tilly Whim Caves - now closed.  An easy stroll to Swanage.   Much cooler today with good views.  Paths were very close to edge at times.  Went to Corfe Castle by Steam Train.   Enjoyed the break. 
Final 7 miles tomorrow.

30 May Wednesday - walking to Worth Matrevers.  A short day as path closed to Kimmerage.  Used taxi.  Not as dramatic as yesterday.   But Hen & Hous-Tout Cliff were very tough.  Worth Matrevers well off track.  Worth the effort.  It was much cooler, but sea mist and really closed in when almost here.  Shared a taxi - knees not up to 8 mile road walk.   The local is the Square & Compass.  No hand pulls - barrels on floor.  Also a museum inside and chickens everywhere.

31 May Thursday - stayed local.  Wareham Morris Dancers were at Pub last evening performing outside and in.   A lively evening.  Tough start up St. Aldhelm's Head and 800 Y.O. Chapel.  From here to Durlston Head where a major quarry area.  Tilly Whim Caves - now closed.  An easy stroll to Swanage.   Much cooler today with good views.  Paths were very close to edge at times.  Went to Corfe Castle by Steam Train.   Enjoyed the break. 
Final 7 miles tomorrow.

 
1 June  Friday - walking to South Haven Point. The day began with a beach walk - a gentle climb to Ballard Point.  On to Old Harry and The Pinnacles.  Followed by a Studland Bay beach walk and journey's end.

The walk this year has been much tougher overall - especially with the heat during the last week - making it much more challenging.   To Kirk, Allie, David, Mary, Phil and Matt - many thanks for your company.

I am so very grateful for the kindness and generosity given to me by the many people I met on my walk.  It gave me the energy I needed when facing difficult times.   Now to catch the train home and to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in Penkridge this coming weekend. 

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Dear friends

The trail this year will be to complete the second half of the South West Coast Path, beginning at Falmouth on May 10th and ending at South Haven Point, a short ferry ride from Poole on June 1st..

Although the heights of the coastal path are less than the Scottish Highlands, there are many, frequent and very steep sections, with some resemble a wooden staircase, with a day’s ascent especially the North Cornish coast of between 4500 – 5500 ft.

This 310 mile section is not as straight forward, as there are 7 ferry crossings and it could be a tricky crossing of the tidal Erme estuary. The safe crossing at low water is 10:30 having walked over 10 miles to reach there, but I also need to be on the last ferry from Bigbury at 15:00 with another 7 miles of really tough walking, graded as severe by the guide book. Also Lulworth to Kimmeridge across MOD Tank range will be closed, resulting in a 13 mile detour.

The weather will again play a major role in determining what progress can be made safely. Although the weather last year was predominantly dry, the 50/60 mph head winds encountered on the Atlantic coastline were of a real concern. 

The preparation has again been affected by a severe foot infection and I have been unable to walk for five weeks and am struggling to reach my usual fitness level.  However, I have some weeks left to get into some form of shape.

Accommodation has again proved quite problematic, resulting in some long and arduous days ahead. I am thankful to the hosts for there kindness, and given the assurance of a very early start from Noss Mayo to reach the Erme estuary and Bigbury on time.

My commitment to raising funds and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support has not diminished due to injuries.   822 people are diagnosed with Cancer each day, with the prospect of four million people living with Cancer by 2030.  

I would like to thank you for your previous support and will send a brief description of the each days walk which will be posted on this web page:  http://www.penkridge.org.uk/folders/keithburton.htm

I hope to arrive back in Penkridge on June 1st

Kind regards

Keith Burton

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Photos of Keith Burton's walk 2011 on South West Coastal Path
 

Hello Supporters 

The trail this year will not be as remote as the previous years, but will be another challenge of a different nature beginning on May 17th

The last nine months have proved quite difficult due to a bite to my hand received during the Scottish trail, which has not fully recovered.  Also trapping the sciatic nerves has prevented even normal walking for several months and I remain in some discomfort at times, but no plans for a “Hospital Stopover" this time.

The South West Coastal Path is the longest trail in the UK - 615 miles stretching from Minehead to Pool.   My intention is to walk from Minehead to Falmouth, covering 330 in 24 days.     There are many demanding and long days due to the scarcity of suitable accommodation, but I am grateful for the kindness of many establishments in helping me to secure accommodation.

John Linney has decided against continuing long distance trails at the moment, but remains a good friend and we plan some walking in Snowdonia together later this year.

My commitment to raising funds and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support has not diminished due to injuries.    822 people are diagnosed with Cancer each day, with the prospect of two million people living with Cancer by 2020.  

I would like to thank you all for your previous support and will send a brief description of the days walk to be posted on this web page.   I hope to arrive back in Penkridge on June 12th .             

Regards - Keith Burton

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PROGRESS REPORT 2011 - TEXT MESSAGES EACH DAY

Tuesday, 17 May
- Arrived MINEHEAD at 2pm.   Walked to the Monument, a great pair of hands holding a map marks the start of the 630 mile journey (the South West Coastal Path) to Plymouth.   At 4.15pm I am waiting for the Youth Hostel to open.  

Wednesday, 18 May - Walked along Prom and then a mile of clear track.   Followed by a very steep climb through woods.  Even my spectacles were sweating!   Very humid.    Then out on to Open Moor via North Hill and Selworthy Beacon.    Views limited - mist and mizzle.    Then a steep descent on a very rough track to Bossington.   I was given a £10 donation from the Tea Room - an encouraging start to the walk.   Finally a quiet stroll to PORLOCK arriving at 2pm.  Walked about 9½ miles today.  At Reins House B&B I was kindly given a donation.

Thursday, 19 May - Warm and sunny but the 3 hour walk on the track through woods with diversions was tough.  At last the sun-bathed coast.  On to Foreland Point with a lovely descent to LYNMOUTH, arriving at 3.45pm after a 12½ mile walk. 

Friday, 20 May - As I write this message I am on Hangman Hill, near Combe Martin.  Good Day walking.  A valley of rocks - a road walk to a woody bay - Heddons Mouth - big climb up a cliff path - A roller coaster to here.   Strong headwind when on exposed ground.   Met a Dutch couple (Dane and Gerrard) camping along the way who invited me to join them for a cuppa.  A 13 mile walk today (detouring half a mile to get the most expensive lunch I have ever bought).  Taking lots of photos and hoping batteries last until I can get some more. "Now for a shower" were his last words when he phoned me at 5.30pm.  (He hasn't met any adders yet!)

Saturday, 21 May - Passed beautiful sandy, golden coves and wide mouth bay.   Complex at Ilfracombe.   Then hike on the Tors over coast and Exmoor.  Over Bull Point.   On Morte Point many seals.   Arrived 6.32pm.   12½ miles today.

Sunday, 22 May - A very wild day.  Many surfing.   Sandy culvert giving shelter to Pullsborough.  Headwind to Baggy Point.  Waves smashing against rocks - Finlandia!   Easier to Croyde Bay.    Then an epic sand walk across beach.  A slog, head down, to Saunton.   A lovely walk through Braunton Burrows.   Shame about stormy winds.  Then gentle entry into Braunton.  Mrs. Wood of Highways House (Woolacombe) was very kind by taking and collecting me from local (
not sure whether that means "pub"!) Wonderful hospitality.   Daughter Lisa made a £10 donation so very grateful.     6.30pm
Forgot to add there was a local wedding reception at the local near Woolacombe. (above problem now solved!) I was invited to join them.  There was a few months-old baby "Lacy May".   We raised our glasses to wish for a happy and healthy life.  I felt very privileged to have taken part.

Monday, 23 May -
  Feet on fire and thankfully at Hostel.  11 miles of walking on a tarmac bed to Instow.  No views.  Rain storm.  Got bus to Appledore.   A good soaking on Northam Burran.  Today was Keith's longest walking day - 23
½ miles to Westward Ho.

Tuesday, 24 May - Clovelly Harbour below my lofty perch.  Four big green dippers towering over the coast to Bucks Hill.  Through woods and fields in the sun.  A great day.  11½ miles and arrived at Fuchsia Cottage

Wednesday, 25 May -
Warm and sunny here at Clovelly.  Enjoying a rest day.  Little has changed!  Wellington, Toby and Donk no longer carry people, but pose for photos.  Four tough days ahead.    I would like to thank Mr and Mrs Curtis for their hospitality and generous donation.   So grateful.

Thursday 26 May -
An amazing day.  From sheltered forests to the wild windswept Hartland Point.  From green hills to raw rocks carved by nature.  Less severe past the Point but headwind relentless and covered in spindrift.  The tea hut at Hartland Point car park gave some respite but tea was being blown out of the mug.   Hostel very good - miles from the pub!  Walked 13 miles today.     (Total so far 111 miles - About a third of the walk now achieved)

Friday 27 May -    From a quiet start to a serious descent to Welcombe Mouth and many more.  Henna, Vicarage Cliff, stairway to heaven or descent to gateway of hell.  Respite on tops as they were broad and covered with flowering gorse.  Amazing rock formations.  Then gentle stroll into Bude.  Wind less severe.  Sunny all day.  15½ mile walk today.

Saturday 28 May -  A very tough day due to severe wind.  Easy until drop in to Widemouth Bay.  Headwind in soft deep sand - tiring!  Blown over facing steep descent at Millook and Pencannow Point.  Left path at Crackington Haven.  Wind making it too dangerous and I will continue tomorrow.  Caught bus into Boscastle.

Sunday 29 May - A dismal walk to Tintagel.  Rock valley impressive in any weather.  Unable to see castle as mist closing in.  At 11am weather changed.  Very rocky coastline with few caves with Trebarwith Sands the only one.  Six big climbs in good conditions.   A much better day.

Monday 30 May - Very rough 3 miles to Port Quinn.  Many steep climbs.  Easier around coast to Pentire Point.  Pit stop at Polzeath - Surfers paradise.   On to Rock for ferry to Padstow.  Saints way to here.  Finally reached Little Petherick.   I am so grateful for kind couple at Port Quinn, near Rock and at ferry and free crossing.   Also a couple here on holiday.   A long day!

Tuesday 31 May -  Retraced route along Little Petherick Creek to Padstow.  Much quieter than yesterday.  A gentle climb to join coastal path.  Passing lovely sandy coves in the sun.  Through sand dunes, around wheat fields to harbour and hawker coves.  Then a climb to Stepper Point and lookout post.  Good views of Harlyn Bay.  Strolled into Trevone in full sun.  Yesterday was a long and tiring one - I enjoyed this quiet day.

Wednesday 1 June -  A very rewarding 18 mile hike.  Calling at Harlyn and Mother Ivy's Bay, Trevone Head, Constantine and Treyarnon Bay.  Gentle cliff walk to Porth Cothan and pit stop.  More demanding to Bedruthan Steps, then descent to cross beach at Mawgan Porth and on to Watergate Bay where many surfers below.  Across Porth beach.   All day the sun shone, a magical day.   A £5 donation from a lady at Well Parc Hotel.  Also many Corn Buntings are breeding down here. I have not seen them before. 

Thursday 2 June - Rest day at Newquay

Friday 3 June - Warm start.  Began with a narrow track high above Fistral Beach, followed by short road walk to the Gannel.  Tide out and a plod on wet sand and then over the dunes and headlands.   More dunes to Holywell Beach, Penhale and Ligger Point.  Then thrashing in the Penhale Dunes to stagger here to the Hostel at Perranporth on top of  the Cliff.   A good day in the sun.  The hostel overlooks Perran Sands.  Now sat outside watching the sun go down - a magical moment.

Saturday 4 June - From Perranporth to Portreath is dominated by old tin mines and spoil heaps.  With Chapel Porth and Porthtowan covered with surfers.  A very hot day.  

Sunday 5 June -  Walk began with two very steep climbs to Ralph's Cupboard and Carvannel Hill.  The level track over Reskajeage Downs to Hells Mouth was a pleasure.  Also given a £3 donation.  On to Navax and Godfrey Point.  Hard going over endless dunes to Hayle and a another £5 gift.  Road walk to Lelant tired and foot sore 

Monday 6 June - 6 miles to Zennor Head were very difficult - one large Boulder field.  Warm and sunny made a difference.   7 miles to Pendeen.   Walk slightly better but unable to make steady speed.  From P.W. to Cape Cornwall was a walk through a major tin mine area.  Sadly no time look.   On to St. Just - arrived at B&B after 10 hours and 17 miles.

Forgot to mention a near miss with, yes!, an ADDER!   Rounding a bend near Gurnards Head there he/she was, coiled and basking in the sun.   It uncoiled and disappeared into bracken rather than up my pole for another go :-))

Tuesday, 7 June -   An easy walk to Sennen Cove and Lands End.  Very windy.   Fairly easy over green hills away from the sea.  Going heavy from Porth Gwarra to Lamorna.  Many coves with steep descents and ascents.  The headland tracks were very narrow with the odd brick stairway.   From Lamorna it was a pleasant stroll into sunny Mousehole, then a hard road walk here to the b&b.   A long day!

Wednesday, 8 June - 3 miles on way to Marazion.  The next 8 miles to Sydney Cove following coast a few feet from the sea.  Perranuthoe, Prussia and Sydney Coves were a delight in warm sun.  Scene changed at Ransey Heqad, when many more drops into and out oid coves -Trewavas Head and Tregear Point in particular.  East last half mile.   Sun out all day.

Thursday 9 June - Bright start.   Saw Kestrel chicks on the rocks.  Across Loe Bar, Poldu Cove and Marconi Monument, down to Mullion Cove with big climb up.  Then a landscape change - level moorland with small dips.  Choughs nesting and flying.  Then in and out of Kynance Cove on to wide open space nearing Lizard.  Hostel tonight by Lighthouse - very good.  Sunny periods.

Friday 10 June - Apart from Cagwith Cove, Coverack and the Devil's Frying Pan, there was little to feature  on leaving the Lizzard.   The path was away from the sea over gorse and heather covered cliffs.  Paths were very poor and slippery after Kennack Sands.  Around a large quarry making quite a trek inland to Porthallow.   No rain in the afternoon.  I can see Falmouth from the window of the room I am staying in tonight.  

Saturday 11 June -  My final day began with a difficult overgrown track to Nare Point.  I then caught the ferry across Gillan Creek.  Then a lovely trek along Helford River to the ferry from Helford to Helford Passage.  From there it was a low level trail back along the river to Rosemullion Head.   Then a walk gently along Falmouth Bay via Maenporth.  A wonderful day to end on.   I am so grateful for meeting so many kind and generous people that have donated, assisted, or given me their good wishes - it means so much.  Also to walkers Roy, Rob and John who shared part of my journey.

 FROM Bevan (the webmaster) - "WELL DONE KEITH, CONGRATULATIONS.  YET AGAIN YOU HAVE SHOWN WHAT CAN BE ACHIEVED AS A VOLUNTEER, EVERY YEAR WALKING HUNDREDS OF MILES IN AID OF MACMILLAN NURSES CANCER SUPPORT.   HAVE A PINT ON ME IN FALMOUTH TONIGHT AND ALL YOUR FRIENDS IN PENKRIDGE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU BACK AGAIN SOON AND SEEING YOUR PHOTOS.   Our Voluntary Car Scheme has just about survived whilst you have been walking the Coastal Path down there (Keith is the Co-ordinator)." 

Photos of Keith Burton's walk 2011 on South West Coastal Path

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MACMILLAN SPONSORED WALK 2010   
DUCANSBY HEAD via DUNNET HEAD & JOHN`O`GROATS   -  CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE PHOTOS OF HIS WALK

Letter of thanks to all who donated and supported them - they raised £1,203.

Keith Burton & John Linney will attempt to undertake another wilderness walk in the U.K.    The walking begins from Fort William on June 2nd, hopefully reaching Dunnet Head (the most northerly point of mainland UK) on 20th June, and then walking across the head of Scotland to end at Duncansby Head (the most north easterly point of mainland UK), on the 22nd a total of 251 miles   

Although this based on The North of Scotland Way to Bonar Bridge, we have plotted our own course from there on to eliminate many miles and days of road walking. There will be some linking up with access & stalkers tracks, but mainly ascending & descending very steep Glens with  rivers to ford with no idea of how wide or deep they will be at the time of crossing.

In contrast to our two previous Scottish encounters the first week will be quite benign. The challenge comes with collecting the tent and equipment sent in advance to the Inchbae Hotel six days later.   There will be a total of five nights spent in the open or a Bothy in some instances & we would hope the weather will be favourable.

It will be a wonderful experience, but a navigational nightmare should mist descend to boot level.   We will arrive back in Penkridge on June 24th.  

Keith Burton                                       CLICK HERE FOR COPY OF SPONSOR FORM or Phone Keith 01785 714386 

Whilst walking alongside the Calendonia Canal, Keith and John came across this BAR.   I guess the word hidden behind the plank is "Pub". 
photo by John Linney, who had to return home after an infected blister (I wonder if the truth is that he downed that many he fell in the cut :-))

ITINERARY - FORT WILLIAM - DUNCANSBY HEAD VIA DUNNET HEAD & JOHN O GROATS
               
               
DATE LOCATION DISTANCE HOTEL    

 TEL NO

               
Jun-02 CORPACH 0

MANSFIELD G.H

  O1397772262
3 GAIRLOCHY 11 DALCOMERA   O1397712778
4

BRIDGE OF OICH

11 LUNDIE VIEW   O1809501428
5 DALCHREICHART 19 SERENDIPITY   O1320340356
6 CANNICH 17 BACK  PACKERS HOSTEL O1456415263
7 STRUY 9 STRUY INN   O1463761219
8 CONTIN 17 ANN DARACH   O1997421408
9 STRATH RANNOCH 13 INCHBAE LODGE   O1997455269
10 GLEN MOR 14 NH369283952   WILD CAMP
11--12

BONAR BRIDGE

18 KYLE HOUSE   O1863766360
13 ROGART STATION 14 SLEEPERZZ   O1408641343
14 BEN ARMINE FOREST 14 NC7084219433   WILD CAMP
15 LOCH CHOIR 10 NC6517130403   " _ "
16 BADANLOCH LODGE 12 NC7984433283   " _ "
17 FORSINARD 12 FORSINARD HOTEL   O1641571221
18 ALTNABREAC 15 ND0044945563   WILD CAMP
19 HALKIRK 15 ULBSTER HOTEL   O1847831223
20 -21 BROUGH 15 DUNNET HEAD HOUSE O1847851774
22 JOHN O GROATS 15 SEAVIEW HOTEL   O1955611220
23 THURSO BUS WATERSIDE GUEST HOUSE O1847894751
24 TRAVEL HOME          
TOTAL

  251    Miles

       
         
         
         
         
         

KEITH MADE IT - BUT HAD AN EXCITING AND VARIED JOURNEY,
TAKING IN NOT ONLY MOUNTAINS AND ROUGH WEATHER, BUT ALSO
LOSING HIS FRIEND JOHN (INJURED KNEE) AND KEITH HIMSELF SPENDING
THREE DAYS IN INVERNESS HOSPITAL
with, what is now thought to have been a suspected

SNAKE BITE!

 

 

 

 

 

Text Messages from Keith and John whilst on their walk

 

THEY RAISED £2,323 IN 2009 - HELP THEM BEAT THAT!

2 June Arrived at Corpach 4.50pm. Mist cleared at Lancaster. Ben Lomond standing proudly over the Loch.  Clear views of Ben Nevis snow capped summit ridge.
3 June   A beautiful 9 mile walk along Caledonian Canal in hot sun.  The way lined with Broom, Gorse and Bluebells all in bloom.  Hard track and sore feet.  B&B opens in 2 hours by Loch. 
4 June Made very welcome at Dalacomara.  Very hot 10 mile slog through Forest Trail above Loch Lochy.  Then 5 miles to Bridge of Oich. Very limited views but added seven blisters!  We met 6 people on the train coming and then meeting again along the trail.  Staying at b&b at Gairlochy and then meeting through forest plod.  Enjoying their company and pint at Laggan Loch. We would like to wish the four friends from Dunfermline "Good Luck". This was their first trail and they coped very well on a difficult day.
5 June A very hot 5 mile canalside walk with the way lined with broom and bluebells.  Then 8 miles of forest trails giving open views on summit of Glen Affric snow capped mountains.  It was good to feel soft earth under our feet entering the forest but very rough the last 5 miles.  Relieved to arrive at 6.30pm. May be cooler tomorrow.
6 June Midge dawn ambush in forest then great to be on hills again up to 1800 feet summit in mist on featureless moor. Then 6 mile road walk to find hostel closed down!     Highland hospitality saves the day.  Thanks to such kindness we are enjoying a meal amongst friends.
7 June Arrived Struy 2pm.  A 7 mile walk the length of a bluebell covered Strathglass.  It was a beautiful valley not to be forgotten.  John has been struggling with a blister under his little toe for a couple of days  but it is now infected and he is unable to continue.  I will go on alone to the end as best I can.
8 June Arrived 5.45pm Good Estate track for 5 miles.  Many Lochans, open moor for 5 miles.  Crossed River Aultogowrie and 2 miles of bog and mire.  Then 7 mile road walk all in the rain!!!    I received a very warm welcome from Ian and Linda at Andaragh.  8 hours on the hills then a feast of Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pud.  Chatting with a glass of wine to end the day.
9 June Arrived 4pm.  A dry day, a forest walk to Rogie Falls. Crossed 3 foot deep burn!!  Then 4 mile forest hike to B&B.  But bridge gone and unable to cross river, facing a 10 mile detour.  Just as I was trying to assess my situation, Alex came by on a tractor working in the forest.  He went to his car and drove me here.  He was so kind.
10 June No news - Keith was to spend the night camping in Glen Mor.
11 June At 1.30pm I am on my way to Inverness Accident & Emergency.  Chronic thumb infection.  May be in overnight.  (We now await news that Keith is able to continue his walk - Editor)
6pm - Arm in plaster. Waiting to be admitted at Inverness Hospital..
12 June 10am  - Still want to go on - if allowed?
8pm - Feeling brighter.  Know more tomorrow.  Cheers
13 June 10am - Hand beginning to respond.  I have not given up hope of walking with possibly a day sack from Halkirk.  Waiting for consultant to advise.  At midday, the message is that Surgery will not be necessary on his hand and Keith intends to continue.  I expect he will be travelling back to Bonar Bridge (Kyle House) to collect his kit.  (Editor)
14
June
9am - Consultant at Inverness Hospital is discharging me at some time today wishing me good luck on my journey.  Now waiting for plaster to be removed.  Limited hand movement at moment.  1pm - Feel like a mobile chemist.  On my way now back to Bonar Bridge for tonight to re-assess my journey.
15
June
No news but presumably resting and re-organising.
16
June
7.15pm - Arrived Rogart.  8 miles on metal road passing heather and gorse covered hills with isolated lochans in warm sun. Last 2 miles through tree stumps and scrub - only fell twice!  Today, the sky was full of low flying Lapwings, Curlews and other waders, etc.  (Middle of the breeding season now in Scotland).  Staying tonight in a converted Railway Carriage. Cast your mind back to the 1950s - Wonderful!! 
(Keith also writes "antibiotics are taking their toll by their sheer number! But nothing relating to alcohol - cheers!  I have met so much kindness along the way.  Tomorrow I plan to take the train to Forsinard and then train to Georgemas Rail Junction for Halkirk and a two night stay which will bring me back on schedule.  I have sent all camping equipment home".  (Editor - very sensible, he mustn't take any more risks).
17
June
Just enjoying a relaxing afternoon at Forsinard Hotel.  Scenery looking from train on way here was wide and wild.  Amazingly beautiful.
10pm -Spent a very enjoyable evening in the Fisherman's Bar talking and watching Hen Harriers (a raptor that breeds on the high moors).  Arm now in a sling to reduce swelling.  Many are saying it is a snake bite!
18
June
Now 8.43am and leaving shortly for Georgemas Junction, then a 4 mile walk to Halkirk for two nights.  On Sunday I will walk to Dunnet Head.
6pm - Halkirk area is wonderfully wild.  Many birds of prey and waders (including Snipe) - awsome!   The manager of Ulbster Hotel at Halkirk also lost his wife to cancer 5 years ago so is obviously sympathetic to our walk in aid of Macmillan Nurses. 
19
June
11.15am - Gala Day at Halkirk.  Pipe Band 6.30. Gala Queen Crowned 7.30.  Activities all day.   Windy but dry.
20
June
Forecast good for tomorrow.  Will spend time exploring Dunnet Head.  Also given free refreshments Castletown Hotel.
21
June
8.45am  - Can see Old Man of Hoy & cloud covered Orkney from B&B garden. Have taken photos.
11am - Now standing at lighthouse at Dunnet Head and midges biting.
6.05pm - It has been a beautiful day here.  Wonderful views west to Cape Wrath to Duncansby Head.  Saw puffins flying.  Privileged to be here. Thoughts of John (Linney).
22
June

3.35pm - Blue skies and warm sun. Leafy lanes, coastal views. Brew at Castle Mey.  Now a Jog to Duncansby Head (the real north eastern tip of mainland Scotland) and Journey's End.
WELL DONE KEITH!
5.21pm - Celebrated with tea and a piece of Queen Mum's cake at Castle Mey (Queen Mum's pad!  Most northerly castle in mainland Britain)..  Mist rolled in from sea to spoil views. Many puffins nesting on cliffs here and excellent views of them. 

23
June
10.45 pm - As I prepare to return home, I am so grateful for the aid, kindness and support given to me, which gave me the desire to complete this years challenge.  It had its lows and highs that were never planned for.  Speaking to a lady on returning to John o Groats from Duncansby Head, she told me that she had been recently bereaved and explained how Macmillan was and is helping to support her and her family.  I am so privileged to play a small part in an organisation that can bring hope and comfort in times of despair. 

 

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John and Keith on their sponsored walk in 2008
just leaving the "Old Byre Bunkhouse" - a type of 1930's YHA

 

A DAILY REPORT IS NOT POSSIBLE THIS YEAR AS THE MOUNTAINS AND TERRAIN THEY ARE TRAVELLING OVER MEAN THEY CANNOT GET MOBILE PHONE CONNECTION TO SEND IN REPORTS.

WE WILL PUT A REPORT OF THEIR ADVENTURES ON THIS PAGE WHEN THEY RETURN.

 

THEIR COMPLETE JOURNEY IN PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES
STUNNING PHOTOS
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MACMILLAN SPONSORED WALK 2009                                          Letter of thanks to all who donated and supported them - they raised £2,323
A SCOTTISH COAST 2 COAST
Hello Supporters
Keith Burton & John Linney will attempt to undertake another walk on the wild side.  There is no guide book for reference as we have devised this route ourselves, using our experience of the area gained two years ago when walking “the cape wrath trail”.

We begin on May 17th from Morar (4 miles south of Mallaig)  along loch Morar, Glen Pean, Glen Kinge, Glen Garry, Invergarry, Fort Augustus, Laggan, Kingussie, Aviemore, over the Cairngorms to Braemar, Glen Gelder, and Glen Lee, leaving the hills for the villages of Edzell & St Cyrus, 3 miles north of Montrose.        

There will be nine nights under canvas or mountain Bothies due to the very remote areas we will be crossing.  We also expect to be out of mobile phone range for days on end.    The first four days will be mostly mud and mire should the weather be as poor as previously encountered.   We also expect more of the same as we cross the Cairngorms, spending one night in an isolated mountain bothy (corrour) which includes scaling a difficult boulder field & also in deep midge country, before the refuge of Braemar.

We will be walking on the Balmoral estate for two days; I hope I am not mistaken for a wild boar for walking too quickly in the long grass and shot by Prince Harry!!

 It will be a wonderful experience, but a navigational nightmare should mist descend to boot level.

 We will arrive back in Penkridge on June 5th following a venture of 204 miles.

Regards
Keith Burton
 

    MACMILLAN SPONSORED WALK LK 2009  
               
    A SCOTTISH COAST TO COAST TREK  
               
               
DATE LOCATION   MILES   HOTEL   TEL  
MAY                
15/16 MORAR   0 GARRAMORE HOUSE   O1687450268
17 LOCH MORAR   11 WILD CAMP   GRNM798915
18 LOCH MORAR   10 OBAN BOTHY   GRNM863901
19 GLEN KINGIE   12 KINBREAK BOTHY   GRNN002961
20 GLEN GARY   12 TOMDOUN HOTEL   O1809511218
21st INVERGARRY   10 FAICHEMARD FARM   O1809501314
22 FORT AGUSTUS 10 F.A.CAMP SITE   O1320366618
23 CORRIEYAIRACK FOREST 13 MELGARVE BOTHY   GRNN463960
24 LAGGAN   11 MONADHLIATH HOTEL O1528544276
25/26 KINGUSSIE   13 THE LAIRD`S BOTHY   O1540661334
27 AVIEMORE   12 CAIRNGORM HOTEL   O1479810233
28 CAIRNGORMS   12 CORROUR BOTHY   GRNN981958
29/30 BRAEMAR   17 BRAEMAR LODGE   O1339741627
31st GLEN GELDER   11 GELDERSHIELD BOTHY GRNO257900
Jun-01 GLEN MARK   10 SHIEL OF MARK BOTHY GRNO337827
2 GLEN ESK   12 ST DROSTAN`S LODGE O1569730967
3 EDZEL   12 NEGARA     O1356647409
4 ST CYRUS   14 ESKVIEW FARM   O1674830890
5 MONTROSE   3 TRAVEL HOME      
               


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2008

MACMILLAN SPONSORED WALK - The Reivers Way

 

Dear Friends,     

Thank you so much for the support and sponsorship given to John  and myself, before and during our Northumberland “Reivers Way Trail in June”, which maintained our high spirits during long and sometimes difficult days.

The total raised was £1812.80, which was a wonderful amount.  Your money will go directly to help people living with cancer and their families.   Your thoughtfulness will help Macmillan Cancer Support working alongside the NHS to provide equal and ready access to the best information, treatment and care for cancer to everyone no matter whom they are or where they live.

All Macmillan services are free of charge. All are provided by the generosity of people like you who have supported financially Macmillan in many different ways. With your help Macmillan is making a real difference to the lives of people living with cancer. Whether that be Hospital based or community nurses, visiting people at home to offer care and support and information to both patients and their families. A Macmillan Dietician and Macmillan Occupational Therapist complement the work of our nurses

With very best wishes and renewed thanks.

Yours sincerely

Keith Burton 
Chairman (Stafford Borough Committee)

 

JUNE 18 to the 30th 2008  -   Details of Walk -  Sponsor Form

Keith Burton and John Linney (both well known people in Penkridge) will be undertaking a 178 mile trail in 12 days across the high Northumberland moors titled the “Reivers Way”.   Begining near Corbridge then into Allendale Town, Hadrian’s Wall, Rothbury, Cheviots, Wooler, Lindisfarn, Bamburgh, ending at Alnmouth.

The Trail is very remote and pathless, with very difficult ground conditions from Hadrian’s Wall to Wooler and is rarely walked. Thankfully our load will not be as heavy as last year as we are not camping this time.

We are grateful for the level of support given on my previous trails and again our journey will be posted on this Website.

Keith Burton.  

18 June - Text just received from Keith and John to say that on Day 1 they have just arrived at Slaley at 4.30pm after "a tranquil walk along the banks of Devils Water with fields of poppies with Forest interludes - a great start".    It was a relatively easy walk today - only 6 miles - another 172 to go!   Tomorrow, they have a 13 mile walk to Allendale.  Tonight they are staying at the Travellers Rest.

19 June - "John and I arrived at Allendale at 5.30pm - today we walked through forest glades, bog and mire.  Miles of long grass and heather.  Gale force wind in our face across exposed moors.  A beautiful descent to Allendale".  Their bed for the night is at the Kings Head Hotel.  Tomorrow - a 14 mile trek to Barden Mill.

20 June - "Arrived near Hadrian's Wall at 5pm - A good day.  Along East Allen River, low and high at Staward Gorge.  Hay meadows in full bloom - across rolling fields and over many stiles, through nature reserves and woodland.  An odd shower".  (photos taken by other walkers along today's route)   Tonight Keith and John will be enjoying a rest and a pint at the Twice Brewed Inn.   Saturday morning they start a 13 mile walk to WARK.

21 June - "We began today with a climb to join Hadrian's Wall to Low Stead - then crossing fields of high tussock grass which was hard going in the rain.  Then lovely meadows to arrive at Wark at 3pm. "   Tonight they stay at Battlesteads Hotel.  Tomorrow an 18 mile walk to Elsdon. 

22 June - "Arrived Elsdon at 5.15pm after a tough day walking 22 miles.  Left pretty Birtley walking for miles through scrub, heather and forest paths.  Walked through neck-high reeds, bog and mire.  Great views of the surrounding countryside".   They stay at The Bird in the Bush tonight before setting off on Day 6 to Thropton which is approx. a 19 mile walk.

23 June - "We arrived at Thropton at 5.30pm via Rothbury.   Another day walking in the woods but not as severe as yesterday.  A steep climb to the top of Simonside Hills from where there were great views of the Cheviots stretching out into the distance.  Warm and sunny.  Tonight we are staying at the Three Wheat Heads."   Keith and John are now roughly half way - tomorrow they head for Uswayford on Day 7 of their 13 day walk.

24 June - "At just gone 2pm we are 3 miles from Uswayford.  Green lanes and Upland meadows as we passed Harbottle.  Then surrounded by the green domes of    the Cheviots as we joined the old drovers' route, Clennel Street".   Tonight we stay at the only accommodation in this remote area, Uswayford Farm.  And tomorrow, we set off to Wooler, about 18 miles.

25 June - "A very long day over the Cheviots, some boggy areas and not arriving at Wooler until 7.15pm.  It rained all day until 5pm.  Forest paths very slow going.  Beautiful rolling country.  A slow descent into Wooler in full sunshine".   Their stay tonight is at the Ryecroft Hotel.   Tomorrow their target is about 12 miles to Fenwick on the east coast and overlooking Holy Island.

26 June - "Arrived Fenwick 3.30pm after a 12 mile stroll over meadows and hard track.  Views of  the Isle of Lindisfarne though showers all the way.  We stopped for a while to visit Cuthberts Cave".  Staying at the Manor House.

27 June - "Walked over the causeway at noon to Lindisfarne.  We had a pleasant time visiting the Priory, the Church and the Castle.   Warm and clear and good views of the Farne Islands in the distance".    Staying at the Manor House again. before tomorrow's walk down the coast to Bamburgh.  Only 3 days of walking left.

28 June - "Arrived Bamburgh at 5pm.  Warm and sunny all day.  A dull start with a 3 mile boggy walk in Kyloe woods.  Stopped at Belford, then continued on the coastal path to Budle Bay (Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve)  and onto Bamburgh Hall where we are staying the night". 

29 June - "Arrived Craster at 5pm.   Great coastal path from Seahouses.  Low Newton-by-the-Sea and Dunstanburgh Castle.   A lovely warm day.   Last night we stay at the Harbour Lights".

30 June - 6 mile walk this morning to Alnmouth and then train journey home to Penkridge.   Another great walk and hopefully raised a lot of money for Macmillan Nurses.

WELCOME HOME KEITH AND JOHN - WELL DONE

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Details of Walk

Dear Supporter,     

Thank you so much for  the support and sponsorship given to John and myself, before and during our wilderness walk, which maintained our high spirits during long and sometimes difficult days.

The total raised was £2437.00, also we were able to claim a further £436.52 from gift aid making a grand total of £2873.52, and this is a fantastic amount.

Your money will go directly to help people living with cancer and their families. Your thoughtfulness will help Macmillan Cancer Support working alongside the NHS to provide equal and ready access to the best information, treatment and care for cancer to everyone no matter whom they are or where they live.

Macmillan has a strong presence in Staffordshire. We have 35 Macmillan nurses based throughout the county, some based in hospitals helping people from the moment they are diagnosed, others working in the community, visiting people at home to offer care, support and information to both patients and their families. A Macmillan Dietician and Macmillan Occupational Therapist complement the work of our nurses.

All Macmillan services are free of charge. All are provided by the generosity of people like you who have supported financially Macmillan in many different ways. With your help Macmillan is making a real difference to the lives of people living with cancer.

With very best wishes and renewed thanks.

Yours sincerely

Keith Burton)
Chairman (Stafford Borough Committee)
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Reports on the walk from Keith and John -
Keith is phoning most nights with news of the day's walk for this website.

1st Day - They left Fort William and walked for 12 miles;  camped  by the river where they were eaten by the midges.
2nd day - The heavens opened;  but still climbed two 500 ft. peaks to Glen Pean.  The Rivers were very high and they were nearly washed away twice.  They met three Belgians who gave up on their walk because of the floods - but not our intrepid Keith and John!
3rd day - weather atrocious but still they carried on - John falling into a hole in the bog and Keith bending one of his walking poles into a right handed one. 
4th day - they walked an incredible 17 miles in 12 hours arriving at their destination at 8pm.
5th day - another 12 miles with wonderful scenery to Sheilbridge where they were at last able to get a mobile signal and reach the outside world! 
6th day - Shielbridge to Killilan - 14 miles
7th day - Strathcarron - 500 metre climb to Falls of Glomack.  Blustery, splendid views of green hills all round.  Took lots of photos.  A severe descent. Slippery and Keith fell and twisted his knee badly.  Eventually found bunkhouse accommodation for the night.  They are determined to finish the walk.
8th day - Decided to make this a day of rest.  Give swollen knee a chance to ease and do some shopping, buy a new stick and Keith has lost his cap.  Pouring at the moment  Will be staying another night at the Strathcarron Hotel on Loch Carron.
9th day - Onward with miles of boggy ground with boots sinking right in.  Very difficult walking.  Fantastic views of the mountain tops.  Must get some midge cream. 
10th day - Left Kinlochlewe and had a great walk to Lochan Fada and then headed up the hills to Loch an Nid where we pitched tent and camped the night.  Lovely warm day with a covering of snow on the tops. 
11th day (27th May) - John and Keith woke this morning to a solid frozen tent. Then a relatively easy walk on to Dundonnell (13 miles) and then to Camasnagaul (by Little Loch Broom) where they had booked b & b.  Now just over half way to Cape Wrath.  Keith's twisted knee is a little better today and as they will be staying in Ullapool for two nights, it will give the knee a better chance of healing.  Both John and Keith are in good spirits. 
12th day - Had a walk along the shore of Little Loch Broom and then caught a local bus to Ullapool where they had planned to stay for two nights.  
13th day - A rest day simply sightseeing around Ullapool before two days of serious walking including one night spent in a bothy or camping.  Two rivers to cross and if the rain keeps on they are prepared to wade through two rivers at chest height if necessary.  It will probably be 1 June now before they phone again (no mobile phone coverage in the wild country they are traversing).
14th day - Knockdamph   )    During the next few days, they walked through some of the wildest country
15th day - Loch Alshe       )      in Scotland, camping out several times as there were no hotels or b&b's on

16th day - Inchnadamph    )      the route.  The weather was very mixed with torrential rain some days pouring off the moor, 
17th day - Unapool           )      followed by hot, sunny days with magnificent views of the mountain ranges they were walking    
18th day -Achfary             )      through (and sometimes climbing - one day they climbed up two 700 metre climbs).    
                                                The people they have met along the way have been absolutely marvellous, not only welcoming
                                                them with open arms, but also providing them with food for their journey but also sponsorship so
                                                far totalling £75 from Hotels and B&B's.  Thank you to all those residents along the way who
                                                have helped Keith and John. By the way, Keith's knee is still giving him some pain but it is not
                                                preventing them from being determined to complete the trail.
19th day - Rhiconich
20th day - Kinlochbervie
21st day - Cape Wrath - Keith and John arrived safely at the Cape.  On their 232 mile walk they raised £85 from people they met and talked to on the way.  DON'T FORGET - YOU CAN SPONSOR KEITH AND JOHN'S WALK BY CLICKING ON THE LINK AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE AND COMPLETING A FORM.

Photos of their adventure will appear on this website soon.


 MACMILLAN SPONSORED WALK 2007    -      CAPE WRATH TRAIL

Hello Supporter

Keith Burton & John Linney will attempt to undertake the only true wilderness walk in the U.K.  The walking begins from Fort William on May 17th, hopefully reaching Cape Wrath (the most northerly point of mainland UK) on 7th June, and then walking across the head of Scotland to end at Durness, a total of 232 miles.

Although this is a national trail, there is no actual path and certainly no waymarks.   There will be some linking up with access & stalkers tracks, but mainly ascending & descending very steep Glens with many rivers to ford with no idea of how wide or deep they will be at the time of crossing.

The first week will be the most challenging crossing Knoydart area, with the first four days spent under canvas as there is no metallic surface within many miles of where we will be. Also there will probably be no mobile signal and will be totally on our own with Deer & Eagles for company.     

There will be a total of nine nights spent in the open, or a Bothy in some instances, and we hope the weather will be favourable

This will be the most physically and mentally challenging walk I have undertaken and luckily John's interest came as a complete surprise, but due to the severity of challenge the safety risk has been reduced.

It will be a wonderful experience, but a navigational nightmare should mist descend to boot level.  We will arrive back in Penkridge on June 9th

Regards

Keith Burton

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In 2006


Keith's latest Sponsored Walk in aid of Macmillan Cancer Relief
begins on 11 June 2006 when he starts his walk along "Offas Dyke".    Click here for details of his walk.

Keith will be phoning me quite regularly on his walk to let us know of his progress. 
13 June - Keith phoned at just after 5pm to say he has had "a day of two halves" - wonderful views and then the heavens opened   He met two ladies at Nelson's Temple during the day who walked with him and who kindly donated £6 to his Charity.
 
14 June -  Monmouth to Pandy - Walking over rolling countryside today by streams, rivers and along valleys. Very hot and he had to ask a farmer to re-fill his water bottle. Then heavy rain and he was slipping and sliding and everything he touched was orange (the colour of the soil in this area).   Today he walked from Monmouth to Pandy and climbed over 76 stiles.  He has been told that tomorrow is a stile-free walk!

15 June
-  Pandy to Hay-on-Wyre - The people where he stayed at Pandy gave him £3. Thank you to them and all those who are sponsoring his walk.  Today was a contrast from yesterday which was along valleys and and rivers and streams.  Today was a steep climb up on to a high ridge and then a walk on the ridge with magnificent panaromic views over 13 counties.  Truly wonderful looking down on rolling countryside.  Descended to Hay-on-Wye after an 18 mile walk where my b&b was situated, where else in Hay on Wye, but right next door to a second hand bookshop.  This small town has more secondhand bookshops than anywhere else in the world!.

16 June - Hay-on-Wye to Kington - I left Hay on Wye and walked along leafy lanes, through corn fields and climbed up onto Today a wild moorland ridge with wonderful views in the distance of the Stiperstones, Carodoc and the Long Myndd.  I saw lots of birds, including Kestrel, Hen Harrier and Buzzard.  It was a 13½ mile walk today and I am staying tonight in Kington. 

17 June
- Kington to Knighton - Another hot day in the high 70's.  I am now about half way through the walk.  Tomorrow is the hard one and I am hoping the weather isn't going to be too hot and humid.  However, the forecast isn't a good one for a long walk.  I understand there is a water tap half way and I guess I will be standing under it for a while. 

18 June
- Knighton to Mellington - A tough day but weather kind and not so hot - 15 miles and 8 switchbacks - eight times up a hill and eight times down.  Glorious views but 2 bad blisters on feet - I was rather tired but happy at the end of the day after a couple of glasses of wine.   An easier day tomorrow thankfully with a look round Montgomery.

19 June - Mellington to Fordon - 14 miles today through fields of wheat and barley, many filled with red poppies.  A hot and humid day but some great views of Montgomery Castle.  Couldn't find a chemist but the local Dr. provided me with blister treatment. 

20 June - Fordon to Llanymynech - Left Fordon at 8.30am.  A steep climb into the forest and then a slow descent through fields to Welshpool with views up to 60 miles.  Then along side the River Severn to Four Crosses where I chatted to a local farmer for quite a while, was charged by a herd of cattle and had to leap a stile, then along the canal with Swans and lots of Dragonflies.  About 3.30pm the wind got up and the day got cooler.  I walked 18 miles today. 

21 June
- Llanymynech to Froncysyllte - A bright and breezy day. Climbed up Windmill Hill from where I could see into 6 counties - Chirk Castle in the distance.  Lovely scenery.

22 June - Llangollen to Clewyd Gate - A windy day!  First I crossed the Thomas Telford Acqueduct and nearly got blown off.  Then a gentle climb to Panarama Way where I could see Llangollen below me.  Then a 5 mile walk to Lane Worlds End, then 3 miles into the mountains through forest and finally 2 miles over moorlands with Lapwing, Curlew, Buzzard and Skylark for company.  I reached my destination at Clewyd Gate after a pleasant walk through hay meadows.

23 June - Clewyd Gate to Sodom - the penultimate day.

24 June - the final day's walk - it was tough but today I had friends join me for the final day's walk.  We eventually made it, tired but very pleased I had achieved my goal and phoned to Bevan the news whilst sitting on Prestatyn Beach, before returning to Penkridge this evening.   You will be seeing me shortly to collect your very kind donations to the charity I support - the Macmillan Cancer Relief in Staffordshire.   Thank you to everyone who supported my efforts.

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Keith Burton (the Chairman of Macmillan Cancer Relief in Staffordshire) would like to hear from anyone who can help with fund raising, even if only occasionally.    Phone him on 714386

(There are six Macmillan community nurses in Mid Staffs General Hospital NHS Trust in Stafford General Hospital - Click here to find out how you can help - HELP is desperately needed)
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In 2005 your Sponsorship of Keith's Pennine Way Walk raised the magnificent sum of £1,437.43 for the Macmillan Nurses of Staffordshire.   Thank you to all those who contributed.  Click here for letter of thanks.


Nearing Keld

Keith's 2005 Sponsored Walk in aid of Macmillan Cancer Relief
began on 2 June 2005 when he started his walk along "The Pennine Way".   
Keith has been phoning in most evenings to report progress but unfortunately the webmaster has been also on holiday in the Western Isles (but not walking the distances Keith is!).   He has just finished Day 12 of his walk.   The weather has been very mixed with some very wet days when he was soaked through to the skin even though he has very good waterproofs - to glorious sunny days when the sights and sounds have been wonderful as he crosses the fells and moors and climbs the rocks across the Pennine Way.   Some of the walks have been difficult and in places very slippery in the rain but Keith has kept to his itinerary and apart from a twisted knee today (which he is treating tonight and hoping it will not affect his walk) he is in fine fettle.

Keith continues to keep in touch.  The Pennine Way is renowned for being a very tough walk and the weather is not making it any easier.   Keith says the bad weather would appear to be following him across the Pennines!  Despite the weather, Keith is still in good spirits and cheerful.   He has his GPS this time which he has needed at times because of bad visibility.   He has been meeting some wonderful people also walking the Way.  Today (17th) he has a relatively easy day over only 7 miles from Steel Rigg to Twice Brewed Inn (what a name!).  After today only 4 days walking left.
Keith phoned on the 21st June to say he had just completed his walk - he described it as a "Walk across the roof of the World".  He had a tough time with some real bad weather and one or two near scrapes but again, he has shown what determination can achieve if you plan something well enough and have committment.   WELL DONE KEITH!  There is still time to sponsor Keith  - phone him on 714386.    He will be back Co-ordinating our Penkridge Voluntary Car Scheme next week!

    PENINE WAY SPONSORED WALK (EADALE TO KIRK YETHOLM)  
                   
JUNE   LOCATION MILES  ASCENT(MTR) HOTEL     TEL NO
                   
2   EADALE   0 0   RAMBLER HOTEL   01433 670268
2   CROWDEN 16 911   THE OLD FARM HOUSE   O1457 857527
3   MARSDEN 14.5 773   PEAR TREE COTT   O1484 847518
4   HEBDON BRIDGE 17.5 464   BADGER FLD FARM O1422 845161
5   HOWARTH 11 692   APOTHERCY HOUSE O1535 643642
6   GARGRAVE 18 726   MASONS ARMS   01756 749304
7   MALHAM   6 316   BUCK INN   01729 830317
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14   DUFTON   13.25 461   GHYL VIEW HOTEL   017683 51855
15   ALSTON   19.75 1069   CUMBERLAND HOTEL 01434 381875
16   GREENHEAD 16.5 577   GREENHEAD HOTEL 016977 47411
17   STEEL RIGG 6.5 416   TWICE BREWED INN 01434 344534
18   BELLINGHAM 14.75 504   LYNDON HOUSE   01434 220361
19   BYRNESS 14.75 544   BYRNESS HOTEL   01830 520231
20   USWAYFORD 14 914   USWAYFORD FARM 01669 650237
21   KIRK YETHOLM 14 854   BORDER HOTEL   01573 420237

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On the 4 June 2004, Keith Burton set out on his second Coast to Coast walk in aid of the Macmillan Cancer Relief in Staffordshire.  This year he began his walk at Llanfairfechan in North Wales and finished in Rhosili in South Wales.  Full details of his walk appear below. 

 

WELSH COAST 2 COAST - JUNE 4th - 19th 2004

And today, Saturday 19 June, Keith phoned to say he had completed his walk and was standing on the Beach at Rhosili, not a cloud in the sky and a gentle sea breeze blowing.  He said he has had a wonderful week walking the length of Wales, over the hills and through the valleys.  The weather has been very kind (no rain!).  He would like to thank everyone who has followed his walk and supported him, particularly those who have sponsored him in aid of Macmillan Cancer Relief in Staffordshire.
If you haven't sponsored him, you can still obtain a form by simply phoning 01785 816892.

Today (18th June), with only 1 day to go, Keith is taking a well-earned rest to give his tired feet a chance to heal a little.  He has reached Swansea Bay and says he has walked through some brilliant countryside and scenery in the last few days.   He reaches Journey's End tomorrow, the 19th June, after walking alone on a 218 mile journey from the north coast of Wales to the south coast of Wales.  

Keith phoned on the 14th June (only 4 more days to go!).   He is coping with the 17 feet blisters but has had a toe infection which has been giving him trouble - not to mention the heat!   But he's going to do it!
 

DATE  LOCATION MILES HOTEL   TELEPHONE
4 June LLANFAIRFECHAN   Village Inn 01248 680620
4 June Capel Curig 14 Cobdens Hotel 01690 720243
5 June Beddgelert 15 PRINCE LLEWELYN 01766 890242
6 June Maentwrog 21 The Grapes 01766 590208
7 June Barmouth 18 Bryn Melyn Hotel 01341 280556
8 June Machynlleth 17 White Lion 01654 703455
9 June Pontewyd 18 Diffryn Castle 01970 890237
10-11 June Elan Village 17 Elan Valley Hotel 01597 810448
12 June Rhandirmwyn 21 Nant-y-Bi 01550 760211
13 June Llandeusant 18 Cross Inn 01550 740617
14 June Ammonford 19 Perry Vale Inn 01269 593785
15 June Pontaedulais 17 Fountain Inn 01792 882501
16 June Swansea Bay 14 Oyster Hotel 01792 654345
17-18 June Oxwich Bay 9 Little Haven 01792 390940
19 June Rhosili 9 Journey's End  
  Total Miles 218    

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Coast to Coast Walk in 2003

 Keith raised £3,486.53 through your sponsorship which will go to the Macmillan Cancel Relief in Staffordshire and will help them work alongside the NHS to provide equal and ready access to the best information, treatment and care for cancer to everyone no matter who they are and where they live.

On the 6th June 2003 Keith Burton of Templars Way, Penkridge, will begin his solo sponsored walk travelling across Britain coast to coast.                     

Keith is undertaking the 198 mile walk to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Relief in Staffordshire.  Starting in the picturesque surroundings of St. Bees Keith will make his way all the way across the country finishing at Robin Hood's Bay on 21st June 2003. 

At the end of each gruelling day, Keith has meticulously planned his stop over points at local pubs and inns along the way to provide much needed rest and recuperation.

To enable Keith to undertake this brave challenge, training began over a year ago using his local gym and fitness centre. 

Keith explains the reason why he is raising money in this way for Macmillan Cancer Relief:

“Although we (myself and my late wife Jenny) have walked over Lakeland Fells, Yorkshire Dales & Moors, we never attempted anything like this, so it will be a mixture of excitement and apprehension when I set off from St. Bees on June 6th.  This also gives me a chance to raise much needed funds for supplying more Macmillan Nurses. 

When death may be weeks or days away it is a very special kind of care that is given.  It was such a relief for me to see Jenny cared for in such a wonderful way.  Sadly Jenny had only one night of such care as there were no more available for the next two days of her life. 

This is my way of saying thank you for that one night, in the hope that money raised will assist in providing what I now call “Angels of the Night”

If you would like to help Keith by sponsoring him on his walk, you can contact Keith on 01785 714386 or Caroline Hughes at Macmillan Cancer Relief on 01785 616416.  Sponsor Forms can be obtained from Keith.

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On Tuesday evening 10 June, Keith phoned me from the Bulls Head, Shap to say his walk is going very well, the weather has been very kind and good.  He has now covered one third of his planned walk.  Today he walked 15 miles (his longest day) and made ascents totalling 3,265 feet.
Keith phoned again on Friday night, 13 June, to say he was now half way having now walked about 92 miles.  He was staying the night at Thwaite (all his stops and itinerary can be seen by clicking on the link below.   He is thoroughly enjoying his walk and says he is meeting some fantastic people during his travel.  Everyone is giving generously towards his sponsorship and he has raised over £90 during his walk from complete strangers.  There was £5 waiting for him with a note on his breakfast table this morning!  The forecast is good so he is looking forward to the second half of his walk.
Monday, 16 June - another phone call from Keith towards the end of the day as he was approaching Richmond after a glorious day's walking along the River with meadows of colourful wild flowers everywhere.   The weather (like here in Penkridge) is glorious and he is glad he isn't walking too long a distances in this heat (although he has some good fresh breezes blowing up there in Yorkshire).  Today he has walked about 11 miles
and his feet are fine!  (I must ask him how many socks he has gone through when he next phones!).
Tuesday 17 June - Keith walked 26 miles today arriving at Ingleby Cross after 10 hours of walking - tired and after a shower at the Bluebell he was going to join the other walkers for a meal and a chat.   Today, his walk took him through vale country and agricultural land, often he could only see crops of corn around him.
Thursday, 18 June - "I have reached Glaisedale" phones Keith.  A 20 mile walk today over the Yorkshire Moors with heather everywhere and Red Grouse calling.  "I am carrying my lucky stone which I picked up from the beach at St. Bees on the West Coast and will be dropping on the beach at Robin Hood's Bay on Saturday when I reach my ultimate destination".
Friday 19 June - "5.15pm - A glorious day's walking - the weather has been superb.  I am staying tonight at High Hawkser and will be walking the last 3 miles tomorrow with my brother.   I can see the sea from here.  Not long to go now."

Saturday 21st June -
KEITH REACHED HIS GOAL:  ROBIN HOOD'S BAY
AND DROPPED HIS PEBBLE ON THE BEACH WHICH HE HAD BROUGHT WITH HIM FROM ST. BEES ON THE WEST COAST
Many congratulations Keith - A long walk for a great cause!

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