Well it would appear that last week’s 19 mile training walk was not a fluke. We managed to walk 18 miles along the Bure Valley path. That gives us a total of 37 miles in a week!
You may be wondering why I am suddenly attempting long distance walks. On 6th September my Mum and I will be attempting the Yorkshire 3 Peaks in order to raise money for the Pregnancy Sickness Support charity. The challenge is 25 miles over 3 peaks in less than 12 hours. That last sentence still fills me with dread. 25 miles! However, I have had some amazing sponsorship the past week to spur us on. You can read more about our challenge here and here.
The Bure Valley path is in Norfolk and runs alongside the Bure Valley Railway between Wroxham and Alysham. The route is 9 miles one way. This was a typical view of our 18 mile round trip.
Occasionally we got to see the two Bure Valley Steam trains – although we generally heard them several minutes before they came into view.
The 9 miles there went surprisingly quick. It was strange not having to look at a map or find the next signpost. Although the route was picturesque with fields, rivers and meadowland it was hard to motivate yourself when the path stretched far into the distance. One thing that spured me on – the thought of a cup of tea once we reached Aylsham. This is one thing I will lack up the 3 Peaks. I am certain that none of the peaks have a coffee shop at the top!
We spent a while at Aylsham ‘Whistlestop’ cafe and dealt with our feet. We have opted for smothering our feet in talcum powder and changing our socks – something we will do after each peak. It started to rain so we took the opportunity to test out our waterproof gear – including bright orange waterproof backpack covers. It does look like our backpacks are branded with the orange colouring of Adventures of Adam! The weather soon brightened up though and once again we were walking in the heat.
Although we have been walking long distances and Mum is very good at keeping a fast pace we have never walked to a time limit. Mum wanted to see if we could walk the 9 miles back in 3 hours 15 minutes. This doesnt sound quick but remember we had just walked 9 miles and our legs were still hurting from last weeks 19 mile walk! A reward was offered though. I could have an icecream if we reached Wroxham by 3.15pm. One challenge I was certainly up for!
I am very pleased to say we managed to walk the 9 miles back with 1 minute to spare! I certainly enjoyed that ice cream.
With just over 2 weeks to go until our actual Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge this was our last long distance training walk. Our feet and legs need to recover. We have two shorter (9 mile) walks planed and realise we both need to do lots of stretches before the big day. Other than that we are all set. All we need now is some more sponsorship! Can you spare a few £’s to sponsor me to enable Pregnancy Sickness Support help other women with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Read our HG story to find out the hell we went through in order to bring Adam into the world.
Yorkshire 3 Peaks – here we come!