The two grannies (aged 70-ish) are so pleased to have managed to complete the Pennine Way in 18 days – 268 of England’s (and a few of Scotland’s) toughest miles. We are also very proud of the girl/granddaughter who navigated, tolerated us with unfailing good humour and patience and held us up when the wind threatened to blow us off our feet (yes Cross Fell, I’m referring to you).
For the first two weeks the weather was atrocious. We had rain, from constant heavy drizzle to torrential downpours; swollen streams; high winds (Cross Fell again); and mud of every description – peat bog, forest bog, cow-puddled clay, ordinary mud. But when the rain stopped and the clouds lifted, the air was clear and the views were superb; I’m thinking particularly of Top Withens, Cam High Road above Hawes, Hadrian’s Wall and (grudgingly) Cross Fell.
Though it seems churlish to complain, it was almost too hot over the final weekend, but it did mean we were able to finish with a couple of superb days’ walking high on the remote Cheviot Border Ridge before descending into Kirk Yetholm.
We would never had managed it without the fantastic support of many friends at home and people all along the way, who supplied pots of tea at the end of a long day, dried our boots, washed our clothes, gave us beds for the night, brought fresh supplies of fruit cake and chocolate and sent wonderful messages of encouragement and support.
I’m completely overwhelmed by the generosity of so many people who have made donations to the Boaz Trust in recognition of our efforts. You were obviously much more confident than me that I would actually finish this trek and it certainly helped to keep me going during some tough stretches.
However, this is little compared to the challenges that Boaz Trust clients experience before and during their journey to the UK – and for whom Boaz Trust is often their only source of support once they arrive in this hostile environment.
There is still time to make a donation to mark our achievement and support Boaz Trust – go to our giving page here.
Thank you once again for your support. Now it’s time for a little lie down.
We are so grateful for the #twogranniesandagirl team – walking the Pennine Way is a massive accomplishment, and they have raised an amazing amount of money for our work with destitute asylum seekers and refugees – we cannot thank them enough!
If you are inspired by their efforts, then please consider if you would like to take on your own challenge to raise money and awareness for the Boaz Trust. If so, then please click here to get started.