Just over three months ago I sent out my first requests for overnight accommodation. 320 emails, 25 letters and more than 5o telephone calls later my route planner has gone green. During the planning process red has represented nights when I had nothing in place, yellow represented nights under discussion, and green those nights where some kind of accommodation is confirmed. Yesterday I changed the last three nights from red or yellow to green and have now confirmed each of the 48 nights of my journey from Land’s End to Canterbury.
Church buildings, church halls, a Christian retreat centre, a lighthouse hotel, a glamping shed and many private homes make up my sleeping arrangements for the seven weeks. I am delighted that I don’t have to carry a tent on my journey, and feel blessed by the generosity of the people who have opened up their own home to me.
Over the next week I plan to publish details of my route. This will include gpx map files for those of you who want to see each road, track and pathway I am planning to take, a day by day list of start point, end point and distance, and also weekends when I am hoping to meet up with somebody to do an equipment exchange.
If you think that you might be able to help out by travelling to meet me at a designated place along my route,and bring a pre-packed box of equipment (returning another box to my home), and maybe join me for a small part of my journey, please get in touch with me:
Key dates and locations: (You are welcome to join me on other weekends too)
Sunday 16th July: St Sennen Cornwall (Land’s End). I need to get to land’s End in order to begin my journey!
Saturday 29th/Sunday 30th July: Kenn/Exeter. In order to swap over equipment.
Saturday 12th/Sunday 13th August: Mottisfont/Winchester. In order to swap over equipment.
Saturday 26th/Sunday 27th August: Icklesham/Rye. In order to swap of equipment.
Sunday 3rd September: Canterbury: I need to come home!