Last Saturday, 10 year-old Lucie Hudson set off with her mother and grandmother on the long hike from Bishops Castle to Clun, as the youngest entrant to the Bishops Castle Round & About walk. Lucie, Sandra and Kerri can be seen, from right to left in the picture, about to leave the Town Hall.
This was not Lucie’s first walk; earlier in the year she hiked with Bishops Castle Primary School 12 miles to the Long Mynd. However, this one was tough. The family strolled along green lanes, through woods and over the hills to a welcome coffee (thanks to the Co-op) at Mainstone Village hall, before reaching the long, steep and slippery climb to Offa’s Dyke. Hard enough for experienced walkers, it took all Lucie’s determination – and she did it. After that it was all (almost) downhill, along the Cefns, with their beautiful views, to a very welcome lunch at Clun Memorial Hall.
Dan Aherne, at 15, was the youngest walker to complete the whole 23 mile circle. From Clun, he climbed up to Bury Ditches, then through the Walcot Estate and along Oakeley Mynd back to Bishops Castle – exhausted but triumphant.
These young people, along with nearly 200 other walkers, were collecting money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
Should you want to support them, donations can be made for another week by visiting www.beatingbloodcancers.org.uk/give and mentioning the Round & About Walk in the details section.