Welcome to the Cornish Family Coast to Coast Challenge – an 180 miles cross country walk that will take us from St Bees, Cumbria to Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire. Mum, Dad, 5 kids (age 4 - 12 yrs old) and a grandad (72 and counting) will 'walk a mile in the shoes' of families who have been displaced through war, famine, fear or persecution. Over 16 days (come rain, shine or blisters), we will peak mountains, traverse valleys and hike through moor and woods. We’ll be raising money for refugee families who, unlike us, had no choice but to leave their homes – families just like ours and yours.
Our chosen charity, Refugee Action York (RAY), offer practical aid, emotional support and an open door to men, woman, children and families without discrimination. Hear their stories and follow our intrepid journey either online or by our side. In true British style, let us stand (or walk) together in welcoming our newest countrymen to England’s green and pleasant land.
Saturday, 2 September 2017
Sunday, 27 August 2017
Saturday, 19 August 2017
Thank you to all at RAY who came to walk alongside us today (and hand out our last 150 flyers). Hopefully their pictures will come in soon so we can share them with you all too.
And a special, biggest, heartfelt THANK YOU to our crew. Paul and Christine - AKA Grandad and Grandma. Photographers, cheerleaders, tent erectors, sock washers, cooks, chauffeurs, grandchildren distractors and patient waiters. WE LOVE YOU. And couldn't have done it without you. Please don't go!
As our day (and our hike) finally draws to a halt, there is only one thing left to do. It is off to the supermarket for a whole tub of ice-cream each. Tonight is a guilt free, comfort seeking, snuggle enjoying, feet up and look forward to a lie-in festival. Hope your Saturday is just as fun. Night all!
Friday, 18 August 2017
Playing in the ford turned into playing of a different kind on the romantic 'beggar's bridge' at Galisdale.
A sneaky play on a river rope swing, while mum was walking ahead unaware everyone had stopped, delayed our entry into Grosmont. And good luck too. For the barrier came down as we approached and the North Yorkshire Moor Railways put on a little show for us. Even better, as we waved at the happy faces of those lucky enough to be day tripping on the steam train, there appeared in one of the windows some fellow coast to coasters named John and Verity who are spending their honeymoon in a wonderfully romantic fashion. Congratulations to you both.
A waterfall... ...and a troll bridge. And chips at the beach in Whitby
Thursday, 17 August 2017
Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Speaking of conspiracy theories...Is there any reason the signs are unwilling to tell us what is around here? Bridleway, bridleway, bridleway or bridleway? Choices galore!
'I heard a story about C when I volunteered at the Hub one Sunday. She had fled her country because of the violence, the war, and the terror of herself and loved ones being raped, tortured or murdered. She spent time in a camp, where she helped others, because she had worked as a nurse. She wanted to feel useful; didn’t want to burden anyone with the situation that had cracked open and shattered her entire world.'
THANK YOU! Thank you to everyone who has supported our efforts with donations, encouragement and even walking alongside us. We have ...