The Walk is Completed

By Carlisle Market Cross- (photo taken by Senga)
By Carlisle Market Cross- (photo taken by Senga)
We have made it to Carlisle and been welcomed at the cathedral by the Dean and Canon Warden Jan. We had a very good
by Carlisle Cathedral (Photo taken by Alan)
by Carlisle Cathedral
(Photo taken by Alan)
Evensong at the cathedral, the girls’ choir sang superbly well and it felt a fitting climax to the walk. Just so you cannot say we have not done a ‘Corner to Corner’ we did manage to stagger northwards and cross the border to Gretna Green the day after by the shortest (though safest) route.
Across the Border (photo by Alan)
Across the Border
(photo by Alan)
Thank you to those we met yesterday – Kathie and Alice whom we met on our final mile; Carrie and Alex who walked with us along the main shopping street; Senga (who took a photo for us) at the Cathedral; Angela and Alan (who also took a photo); at the Cathedral Judith and Kath; at the shop in the Cathedral Irene and Barry. From today’s walk, Campbell and Alison (Christian Aid workers for the Annan district); another Alan who took our final photo at the border; and also Hi to Julian at the ‘News and Star’ in Carlisle.
Thank you to everyone who has followed this blog.

Final Statistics for those who might be interested in such things

Miles to Carlisle Cathedral 609 to the Scottish border 620
(John has re-checked all the mileage and now makes it 623.4 miles which is a tiny bit over 1000 km – he is dead chuffed!)
Total number of kissing gates 304
Scrabble games won Nancy 20 John 20 Draws 3 (one real and 2 stalemates)
Amount raised to date Online £1158 Offline £ 2950.05 Total £4108.05

Recognised Footpaths used
North Downs Way
Thames Path
Grand Union Canal Walk
Shakespeare Way
Chiltern Way
Oxfordshire Way
Oxford Greenbelt Way
Gloucestershire Way
Monarch’s Way
Heart of England Way
Macmillan Way
Winchcombe Way
Cotswold Way
Severn Way
Shropshire Way
Sandstone Trail
North Cheshire Way
Cheshire Ring Canal walk
Ribble Way
Breath of Fresh Air Path
Lancashire Coastal Path
Miller’s Way
C2C cycle Way
Eden Way

Accompanying Waterways
River Medway
River Thames
Grand Union Canal
River Evenlode
River Severn
Langollen Canal
Weaver Navigation Canal
River Weaver
Trent and Mersey Canal
Bridgewater Canal
Glaze Brook
Leeds-Liverpool Canal
River Douglas
River Ribble
Lancaster Canal
River Conder
River Lune
River Kent
River Sprint
River Lowther
River Eden
River Petteril

Motorways Crossed

Greater London
Greater Manchester

Cathedrals, Abbeys and churches
St Mary the Virgin, Hastingleigh
Canterbury Cathedral
Rochester Cathedral
St Luke Charlton
Southwark Cathedral
St Paul’s Cathedral
St Mark’s Dedworth
Christchurch Oxford Cathedral
Wesley Memorial Chapel Oxford
St Mary Magdalene’s West Knighton
Tewkesbury Abbey
Worcester Cathedral
Shrewsbury Abbey
Wesley Church Chester
Chester Cathedral
Christchurch Ormskirk
St Andrew’s Longton
St Mark’s Burscough
St Mark’s Natland
Border Kirk Carlisle
Carlisle Cathedral

7 thoughts on “The Walk is Completed”

  1. WOW! That’s SO wonderful. Congratulations to you both. What a marathon. What an achievement. You must really be happy with what you’ve done, all the people you’ve met, the places you’ve seen, the hope you’ve given and received!

    Love from, Moira xxx

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  2. Many Congratulations on completing this fantastic walk. It was great to meet and host you at All Saints Dedworth in Windsor when you had done about 25% of the walk. Ruth and I are pleased you ended the trip safely and raised a good sum of money. What interesting stories you will have accumulated over the last few weeks. We hope to see you again at some point.

  3. PS – As someone born near Dover I could not place Hastingleigh – your first listed church. I had to Google it to find it is about 2 miles from where one of my cousins lives – just outside Ashford!

  4. Well done to you both! A truly worthwhile feat in so many ways, and very inspiring to others. Enjoy a well earned Bank holiday rest!

  5. This is a fascinating and enviable achievement – what a vision of the country you must have having now completed the walk! And congratulations on the very significant amounts that will have been donated to Christian Aid. I always thought of your Christianity as pretty muscular, John, butu this beats all! A superb walk for a superb cause.

  6. Congratulations!!! I have followed you quietly ever since that day we met at Canterbury East, and have enjoyed reading your blog and tracking your progress, both financially and geographically! Jolly Well Done.

  7. Hi John and Nancy, congratulations on this wonderful achievement! I hope you are both well. I saw an article about you a while back and have been meaning to get in touch ever since! I am now running the children’s work at my local church down in Kent, a large part of which is leading the holiday club (I am very much inspired by our old holiday clubs at Heslington). If you are ever in the county again on one of your walks please let me know, it would be great to see you 🙂

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