Cornish ChallengeI cannot believe how fast this year has gone. It seems like only a few weeks ago that Helen and I first started actively planning our Cornish Challenge and yet it was last September!

We drive down to St Ives on Thursday to start our walk on Friday, and, of course, in true British tradition the weather has been lovely for days but it gives rain at the weekend…

I think we are ready. After the Pride of the Peak epic we have had another couple of walks of about 15 and 17 miles with the packs. One involved navigating our way round footpaths and bridleways linking Staunton Harold Reservoir and Calke Abbey grounds with Foremark Reservoir. We took Spud with us, and ended up having an impromptu weight training session as we had to physically lift him over several high stiles, much to his disgust!

Woods near Foremark Reservoir

Woods near Foremark Reservoir

The second route was a linear walk along the Trent and the Trent and Mersey Canal from Trent Lock to Willington. It was a scorching hot day, which showed off the fresh colours of May to perfection. This was quite an easy walk actually as it was completely flat, but every little helps… I have still kept up the running and gym work and even got out on an 18 mile bike ride around Holme Pierrepont, so hopefully I have done enough… time will tell!

Cows by the River Trent

Cows by the River Trent

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