In April of this year a State of Emergency was declared in Malawi following disastrous droughts so we are initiating an emergency food program to provide an extra meal every day for the children at MOET School for 6 months. This programme costs £2,500 and it was all covered (and more) by the walk done by Robin and friends (including Cara the Dog) on 28th August.
Clarendon Way is a 26 mile (marathon) walk from Winchester to Salisbury Cathedral.
For more details see https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/robinclarke1
For Robin’s account of the day see below:
We started our walk at 7.30 from the West end door of Winchester Cathedral after a lovely calming blessing and an adapted prayer for pilgrims walking to Santiago de Compostella given by Canon Roly, acting Dean of Winchester Cathedral. My nephew Dickon (who is a verger at Winchester Cathedral) and Sophia were also there to wish us well. The first half party consisted of Robin, James, Annie, John and Cosmo. Within about 10 minutes it started to drizzle but luckily didn’t last and although there were a few worrying moments the only time it rained hard we were fortunate to be sheltered by the woods (see pic) Actually most preferred the cooler temperatures for walking.
The beginning of the walk takes in the beautiful old buildings surrounding the cathedral and then you start walking through water meadows. After clearing Winchester it goes through woods and along a ridge with fine views. James and I did a recce a few weeks back and there are several places where the signing vanishes but with the aid of a 4cm to 1km map which I had miraculously managed to download onto my phone (yes I am v proud of that achievement) we managed to avoid these pitfalls.
After walking through Kings Somborne you cross the tributaries of the River Test and it was the last of these where we had our picnic.
Sophia and Lizzie had laid on a magnificent spread (see pic). Sophia had found Crab Samosas and Prawn and Lobster rolls in Winchester farmers market as well as quiche, pork pies, bean salad and chocolate brownies (cooked by Phoebe), strawberries to finish up. The two Phoebes had a paddle in the Test to cool their feet down (see pic) and after eating far too much the second half party set off – Robin, James. Phoebe 1, Sarah, Phoebe 2, Kerry Ann and the Cara the dog! The second half was equally stunning with ridge views, cool woods and then the final ascent into Salisbury. There were several rest stops where walkers had a chance to put their feet up – note (see pic) where James has the added bonus of a Dog Breath fascial from Cara and pic above where we got our first view of the spire. No-one had brought Cara a water bowl so Phoebe did some clever watering by hand (see pic).
Finally we walked into the centre of Salisbury and through the North Gate where the magnificent vista of the Cathedral opens out –see pics above.
So far we have raised around £3500 which covers the Emergency Food fund for an extra lunch each day for 6 months for the kids and £1000 on top towards the secondary school however funds are still rolling in so if you haven’t sponsored me yet and would like to the fundraising page is still open for a while yet and I would love to raise more for the secondary school