We did it! From Holy Island to Heavenfield, Billy and Tim walk 97 miles for charity

Executive Chairman, Billy Hodgson

 Tim Deveaux and I have been friends and colleagues for nearly 50 years and both share, besides other loves (a pint or two) for the outdoors.

Last year Tim raised funds for Prostate Cancer when he completed the Pennine Walk Way. I joined him in the middle of his journey from Middleton in Teesdale ending in Alston, averaging 20 miles a day.

This year we decided to walk St Oswald’s Way for charity. I raised £400 for the Dogs Trust and Tim raised the same amount for St Oswald’s Hopsice. I would like to thank family, friends and colleagues in reaching this figure.

Here’s a little insight into our six day adventure beginning at Holy Island.

To be able to walk with my dog, Sam, I had to drive to our next destination and find a way to return to our starting point. I achieved this by being brought to Holy Island from Bamburgh by Charles, the 80-year-old owner of the B&B /farm in which we were staying.  Charles now adds to his CV taxi driver for myself as he also collected me from Craster the next day to bring me back to Bamburgh to collect my car. Crossing the Pilgrims Way causeway in strong winds dodging the water, was not the best start.

Bamburgh to Craster

The rain started as we walked out of the B&B and ended just before we reached Craster!

Soaked to the skin but we ended the days walk with a great meal at the Jolly Fisherman.

Craster to Warkworth

The previous day I rang the Sun Hotel at Warkworth and spoke to the chef to ask if he knew of a taxi company that could bring me back to Craster to start the walk. The chef, Craig, offered to pick me up and take me back to Craster. Craig continued to be my taxi driver for the rest of the walk.

The best day of the walk concluded with a barefoot meander along Warkworth beach – heaven!

Warkworth to Rothbury

We stumbled upon a flower festival in a beautiful 11th century church in Felton. We didn’t think we would be allowed in with Sam, as well as us being soaked. However, several ladies, who loved Sam, offered us coffee and cake as long as we bought a raffle ticket!   We hoped to get to Rothbury to see the England v Scotland game but we made it with 10 minutes left. All was not lost as we saw the only exciting part of the game with a welcome pint or two with the owner of the hotel. By coincidence, I met a lady from the Chamber of Commerce who was present at the awards ceremony when we won Business of the Year!

Rothbury to Kirkwelphington and Kirkwhelphington to Heavenfieid

We continued the walk to Kirkwelphington and the next day on to Heavenfield where we finished at St Oswald’s church and a welcome pint awaited us in The Wellington at Newton!

A great 6 days!!