Geneva to Hotel Bellevue
Starting my walk from Geneva city centre, I make my way to the fountain and continue beside the lake. It is a perfect day; sunshine with a breeze from the lake but otherwise a sane way to start a walk. By midday I take a cycle route away from the lake towards the mountains and the French Border. It is hard work now as I have not slept for two days having camped out in the airport the previous evening, and in any case, am carrying about 50 lbs all told. Once I am confident of my route I start to feel much better and on my last ascent which sees me only 27km from Morez, I decide to take refuge at Hotel Bellevue – 40 euros to conclude the day.
Hotel Bellevue, Gex to Morbais
Starting in hot sunshine I begin my ascent up theJura Mountain Pass as traffic flows through at a serene pace – even the lorries chug along cautiously. It is an arduous affair during the morning but the afternoon gives respite with a cool descent past the St Claude Junction; by now I am hitting towns regularly and make use of the facilities available.
At LaCur I rouse some curiosity as I deposit my backpack on a nearby seat at the Tourist Office and enjoy a sandwich. Soon I have an audience comprised of a touring party; I show them my pilgrim passport and an old publication. After wishing me farewell they depart and their distant waves see me on my way to Les Rousses and later Morez where I purchase groceries for tonight. A further ascent sees me Morbais where although the campsite is closed I am allowed to stay the night.
Morbais to Veiux Chalet Champagnole
More steep ascents set the tone for the day but broken nicely by interspersing villages. As the road narrows the terrain becomes more demanding and yet diverse with sheer drops of many hundreds of feet; it is awe-inspiring peering down onto treetops as they disappear into a bottomless chasm. At Champagnole I collect groceries and beyond the town, not far from my next route, I stop at a park and camp for the night.
Veiux Chalet to Samson
Taking in a village route most of the day follows minor roads with my main coffee break at Salin-le-Bains. From here the heat is unbareable though the scenery served as a opiate comprised largely of forest mountain landscape complimented by the constant presence of running waster. As nightfall came I met a group who give me water and an offer to camp. Feeling that the day was incomplete, I press on to the next village where I purchase cheese and wine; then shortly after I camp at a field near the road.
Samson to Rioz
Cooler today as I tackle the busy main road with caution, stopping for coffee at the next town around 11.30. After that the day disintegrates as the road network became complex around Besancon. Soon I am walking on the main road to Vesoul having failed to locate the byway I need to keep on course to Combeaufontaine. Continuing in fear for life I make it to Rioz by nightfall; grab some chips and put up a bivvy outside the campsite which is closed.
Rioz to Combeaufontaine
I sleep through sheer exhaustion and uncertain of what to do I visit the police station for help. They are great! Make me coffee and give me a route planner along the byways/cycle routes as far as I need. Then after signing my passport, I am on my way. This is a pleasant scenic journey through rural France which is a contrast to the earlier mountain route and a welcome rest from the motorways of yesterday. I pass many villages and enjoy some coffee breaks. On reaching my destination I pick up some groceries and set up a camp 2 km north of the village.
Combeaufontaine to Lamarche
It was a misty start and care was taken along the road. The one problem I have today is obtaining enough water and provisions though I manage to get adequate supplies at Jussey. After a visit to the Tourist Office and cenotaph I continue into the wilderness without seeing another shop or restaurant. It seems as though the place is in a time of its own- devoid of change or the passage of time. Only speeding motorsand farm machinery gives it away in an environment where people enjoy their allotments and orchards which have kept them self-sufficient for generations. Nearing dusk some youngsters help me obtain water. Later on course for the final 6km to Lamarche they track me down on bicycles to give me a king size bottle for the night. It is as though they know I am facing a tough evening and I am quite taken back by the kindness-it is the highlight of the day- God bless them.
Lamarche like all that preceded it is a dead place- rundown hotels which are closed-no sign of life any where and on leaving the place I quickly find a quite spot near the woods to pitch for the night.
Lamarche to Neufchateau
I am shattered having completed a week on the road at 12 hours per day with night under canvas- I need a proper sleep! As the mist clears the day heats up draining me and I neede to obtain water from the farmers. I only had a 37km walk today but the heat and lack of food made it slow work. Reaching a fountain in a village I lept into the water to cool down and enjoy a good soak. After that I made good progress reaching my destination by 5pm and promptly booking into the local hotel, Le Rialto.
Neufchateau to Vaucouleurs
After a night in an hotel I actually feel more tired and toil on a hot day making hard work of the morning session to Domremy where I enjoy a good coffee. After I got into a steady rhythm and enjoy the afternoon. Reaching Vaucouleure in early evening I feel as though I could press on further but wary of the previous times when short of provisions I opted to go to the supermarket, get food and after I set up camp whilst still light a few Km beyond town.
Vaucouleure region to Sur Meuse
Starting in heavy mist I had to concentrate hard for the few Km to Void where all is still quiet.Not able to get coffee I press on to Commercy and enjoy a market scene and beautiful town centre. Here I take coffee before pressing on to St Mihiel. On my way out of town I pass a war cemetery for those who fell in the battles of the Marne Meuse and Verdun. Beyond here are many places but few with shops though I manage to enjoy another coffee and later a cake at St Mihiel. There are more cenotaphs and memorials to the Great War; the Roman Camp at St Mihiel which was taken by the Bavarians despite brave fighting from the single unit left there to guard it. Again beyond the town is another war cemetery and a further 6 km I found the only hotel between St Mihiel and Verdun thanks to the help of a local lady. Merci beaucoup!
Auberge du Chaudron Fleuri, Sur Meuse toVerdun
I am glad of a good sleep at the hotel and kept some of supper for this mornings breakfast realising that there are so few facilities out in these rural parts. Today is also Sunday and a wet one at that as I walk all the way to Verdun without a coffee! Soon sort that at Macdonslds – good old Ronnie!
As the night continues I pass more cenotaphs and war cemeteries and manage to find a field to camp in before dusk.
Verdun region to Inur
Waking after some rainfall I enjoy a mist free session in the morning obtaining a coffee around 10am- it is the one and only as the trend of no facilities continues. Even at the town of Dun sur Meuse everything is either closed or under repair and the only place I could obtain water is the chemist! Eventually my efforts are rewarded with a supermarket at Stenay and a campsite at Inur to finish what has been the most productive day on tour so far realising over 50km.
Inur to Sedan
Horrendous night- torrential rain-had to abandon tent and take refuge in the wash room. Nightmare day as rain and traffic dominate the day though I pass through some historic places; Mouzon with its wonderful church and later Sedan where I retire to the municipal campsite which is actually closed but with adequate shelter to allow me to set up a basic camp and stay dry!
Sedan to Bough Fidele
Wet again as I toiled through the suburban areas of Charville Mervais stopping three times for coffee to take refuge from torrential rain. The day does not ameliorate and on leaving the city I took the D22 to Renwez where to my horror the hotel is closed- all to often I have been faced with this on this expedition and with more wet weather imminent I face the prospect of camping. This I do several miles on but it is a disaster- tent filled with water ruining everything- I am cold all night.
Bourg Fidele to Chimay
It is a living nightmare and in the end I binned the tent and half my equipment as it is no longer serviceable. Making it to a bar in town I ordered a coffee and pondered over my predicament soon realising I would be crossing the border into Belgium soon. On this note I pressed on to Rocroi where I was escorted from the cafe by 2 cows – probably an early milk delivery! At Rocroi it rains again so I retire to the Hotel de Commerce to write my diary whilst enjoying a coffee. Later I cross the border into Belgium and make steady progress to Chimay where I have difficulty in finding a hotel; on making an inquiry at a local residence the family kindly offered to let me stay the night; feeding me and making most welcome which I am very grateful for.
Chimay to Mons
Well the task of reaching Mons-58km from here seems a little realistic yet I was hopeful or at least convinced I would find a hotel along the way at dusk. The day went well stopping at Beaumont at lunch then ticking off all the villages thereafter. As night fell I struggle on expecting to find a hotel realising that I had yet to find one in Belgium! Before long I am entering Mons by the Cenotaph laid by the British and Canadians at the end of the war. I pass an Irish Cenotaph on the way into the centre where the only hotel I find is100euros – no thanks. Instead I find a park with a lovely dry spot under a conifer which shelters me from the dew.
Mons to Tournai
Late start as everything is closed here and I need food and the tourist office. Leaving in torrential rain I pass through November 11th Street, onto Parc Road and then join the N50 to Tournai. Slow and arduous is how I describe it and when the sun finally appeared at Bescecles at 4pm I still face a further 20km to Tournai. Laboured it becomes too! However the rain abates and I manage to get a fish supper 6km from Tournai. On arrival is the same old story- no hotels and so I retire to a park and take shelter under a tree.
Tournai to Ronq
It is the Sunday market at Tournai and I join in the fun at the nearby cafe which is a centre of activity and commerce. Feeling comfortable I make my way out of town filming some of the majestic architecture which gives the place it’s character. The road is a less dramatic affair as I ticked off the villages, took coffee and stopped for a meal after crossing the border into France. I am now bound for Roubais where I hope to reconnect my journey through Flanders via the Menin Road. As I reach the urban swirl I continue along the busy streets eventually leading to Tourcoing where the architecture improves and I feel as though enough had been achieved for today. I took on another section to secure my route to Menin and then am fortunate in finding a budget hotel-Premiere where I feel happy to retire for the day.
Rocoq to Ypres
Leaving the Premiere Inn I walk into Menin and enjoy a coffee and chat with locals; one of the guys had spent time in Canada in the 60’s and still spoke good English. The journey continues along Iuper Street and eventually we cross the Ypres Salient which led me to an excursion to Hill 62 where the Canadians fought battles between 1914-16. Finally I conclude my pilgrimage at the Menin Gate where a great lion sits proud above reminding the world of the ultimate sacrifice made for peace. The soldiers names are all that remain of them though their souls live on in the heart of Ypres where locals and visitors commemorate their loss each night at the last post – 8pm.
We will remember them – God love them always!
WW1 WALK ACROSS EUROPE
– A Pilgrimage of War and Words
Commencing in September/October Robin Moore’s 1,000km walk across Europe will follow the 1914 allied frontline from Switzerland to Ypres and on completion will hopefully have raised funds for 4 UK charities. This Pilgrimage of ‘War and Words’ will be the third associated with Ypres in Flanders; we hope to document the expedition using video link via Face Book and then later publish as a book with some historic reference to the Great War. The journey will serve not only as a poignant reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by soldiers on the Western Front but also convey a message of peace and hope as I endeavour to raise money for local charities which in turn will provide specialist care and treatment.
I am hoping to add to the 2.4 million raised from the Peterborough Cancer Treatment Appeal which is dedicated to fundraising for equipment used in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer at regional NHS hospices, Stamford and Peterborough.
Another local charity we will be raising funds for is Action for Asperger’s at Lilford Lodge Farm, Barnwell. The charity provides counselling, emotional support, diagnostic and advocacy service for lives affected by Asperger’s Syndrome/Autism. Please contact Claire Crosby for information on how to make donations to this charity. firstname.lastname@example.org
For those wishing to support Cornwall Hospice Care please use the justgiving page at our website: cornishpilgrimage.org.uk
Another charity to benefit is Prostate Cancer UK (I have updated the justgiving page for this walk)and donations can be made at the Angel Inn, Oundle or at the Rose &Crown Islip; the MOVEMBER Campaign will be launched on completion of the walk for those wishing to ‘Grow a Mo’.
PCTA Sponsor forms and charity boxes will be available at some of our inns below and we are hoping to host a charity gig/open mic night early on in November.
SUMMER NEWSLETTER 2014
THE CORNISH PILGRIMAGE
Although this project is under construction it has been founded in honour of Cornwall Hospice Care and provides walkers/cyclists with an opportunity to discover this ancient and modern kingdom. The route contains 9 sections including a circular Gwennap Pilgrimage which we will be walking this year on August Bank Holiday Sunday from the Coppice Inn car park, at Lanner around 10am. The main Pilgrimage route spans Cornwall from Morwenstow Church on the north coast to St Michael’s Mount on the south; from here there are 3 extension routes to Land’s End. As well as introducing the idea as a ‘Journey of Discovery’, we are also inviting participants to raise awareness/funds for Cornwall Hospice Care; those taking part in the pilgrimage will have a passport to collect stamps along the way. I hope to be walking the route in the middle of August and expect to be in the Gwennap Region in order to complete the Bank Holiday Pilgrimage on my way to Michael’s Mount. Any one else wishing to support my walk and Cornwall Hospice Care can do so at our justgiving pages once they have become available. For details about our pilgrimage projects please check out our new websites:
Our weekend pilgrimage on behalf of Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall begins on the 9th August at
St Peter’s Church; a collection will also be held at the Co-op in Oundle during the morning. Details about the Pilgrimage can be found at:
Books are now available to download from this section; these include expeditions and guides.
END OF SUMMER EVENT
FIRST WORLD WAR COMMERORATION WALK – 1000 Miles
Itinerary to be published in August which will cover a journey from Switzerland to Ypres in Belgium.
Robin Moore’s walk will benefit local charities:
Prostate Cancer UK
Cancer Research UK
Plus 2 others yet to be named.
We will publish justgiving pages for each charity and hold events to support the effort.
Click on CANCER CHARITIES to read more about the charities that benefit from Robin Moore’s expeditions and fundraising schemes.
Day 1 Geneva to Le Mont Sion (Neydens Region)
Mental start!! Several hours of walking round in circles – nobody has a clue where the French border is let alone a pedestrian route there! Thankfully a young lad stops and pulls out his mobile Sat/Nav. and thanks to his intervention all is well as I progress to the border via Carouge. At dusk I camp in a field which lies between the river and road – freezing cold and a few hours after settling I have a police visit. Thumbling in the dark for my passport amuses them and after commenting on my accent they leave me to shiver for another few hours.
Camping on wet mud gave little comfort and at dawn I continue my walk as far as an hotel where the proprieter offers me a free breakfast. We chat for awhile and in between serving her customers she sorts me out with a decent route in the form of ´The Famous Camino de Santiago´ – many of these paths I have walked before during my travels around the continent.
Day 2 Charly to Frangy
A 2-mile hike from the hotel leads to Charly where there is in fact a Gite dÉtape for pilgrims – a hostel for pilgrims providing a free bed and stamp for your passport. From here I set off up the steep, muddy lane which I´m glad to say is clearly marked. From a height of 760metres the pilgrim route – GR65 takes in La Motte, Charnouy and Contamine-Sarzin. Despite being very damp and muddy – similar to conditions you´d expect in the UK right now, it became warm once away from the cold wind that is prevalent in this stern mountainous region. By 3pm I come to a standstill at Frangy and book into a hotel for 35eu – at least I can enjoy a ´policeless´peaceful warm night´s sleep.
Day 3. Frangy to Chanaz
The Swiss alps continue to dominate the landscape bringing the cold winds which dispel any thoughts of camping. The terrain remained muddy and a steep rural blast between Le Grand Pont and Syssel is enough to blow out the cobwebs of a good nights rest.
The afternoon session encounters the small places associated with Le Bourget du Lac, and at Pont de la Loi I am overtaken by an equestrian group. There were many cyclists too – largely following the National Cycle Route which at times interracts with the Camino de Santiago. There is a pleasant river section that leads to the village of Chanaz which seemed like a good point to break off for the day. At the Gite de Chanaz I pay 10eu to camp but in fact spent most of the night in the warm changing rooms where I am able to get a few hours sleep – frost suggests it is still too cold for camping!
Day 3 Chanaz to St Genex Region
Leaving around 7am, I manage to purchase a coffee at the village and then I make my ascent away towards Yenne – 18km. Pausing momentarilly I capture the mountains poking through the mist evoking yet another scene of unvisited beauty. As the cold air disperses it becomes another glorious day but I have difficulty in obtaining food and water as shops are scarce in this region. As the afternoon drifts on I get tired and thirsty – often knocking on doors to obtain water from locals. The mountain route was desolate and at times unforgiving – winding throughout the forest where snow lay all around. Eventually I descend from Mount Tournier yet there is little that ressembled a community let alone a shop – only the churches remain prominent here. On my next ascent I stop at a solitary cottage which was in fact a guest house still closed for winter season.
The lady, Annie stopped her painting chore to refill my water bottles and on hearing that I planned to camp suggested I stayed at the cottage – this was a far better option to camping and although not yet open and heated it was a great comfort to me and Annie was very kind ensuring I was well nourished after a gruelling day on the GR65.
Day 5 Guiers-Cotenvert (Annie Latge) to Voiron
It would be another month before Annie can expect visitors walking the Camino most of whom hail from Austria and Germany, so she was happy to stamp my pilgrim passport and acknowledge me as the first walker of the ´season´- God Bless her.
After a lovely breakfast at Annie´s I made short work getting to Saint-Genex-Sur-Guiers and was soon walking up the river bank to Aoste where fishermen were enjoying a calm sunny morning. The Camino route proved difficult to follow at times and in the afternoon I found myself on the cycle route which led me on a massive excursion to Les Abrets which should have been just 5 km away and yet took nearly 4 hours to walk! Unhappy with this and not certain of the direction to Lake Paldeau I completed the evening section on road as far as Voiron where I camped rough on a farm track just beyond town.
Day 6 Voiron to St . Hillaire-du-Rosier
Happy to continue by road today, I would endeavour to rejoin the camino either St Antoine-lÁbbaye or Valence where the path follows the Rhone for the remainder of its course.
After walking 13 hours yesterday I feel tired – not helped by another cold, sleepless night. It is quite hot today and I stop frequently for coffee and water, as the sun nears the top of the mountains I enjoy a tiny little knap at a picnic park between Teche and St Sauveux. Passing St Marcellin I take a wrong turn but thankfully realise and retreat and make good in the final hour. At St. Hillaire du Rosier I see a small hotel along the thoroughfare and am lucky to stay there for 30eu.
Day 7 St Hillaire to Valence
Continuing my journey along the remainder of the D1092 I enjoy a warm morning to Romans sur-Isere where I change route and now walk the cycle track beside the N532 dual carriageway. It is slow progress to St Marcel-les-Valence as I set off in search of another great city. As the road winds through the city I take time to explore and photo the prominent landmarks. After obtaining a geographical fix on my exit across the river to the opposite bank where I can join the Camino to Arles, I retire to the Lyon Hotel where I pay 38eu for a room.
Day 8 Valence to Cruas
A bottle of vin rouge and a good night´s rest was all I needed to recupperate and once across the river I was soon stepping out on the camino route along the Rhone to Beauchastel. It remains warm with an added presence of equestrians and cyclists, who as locals probably frequent the route daily. There was a solitary boat along the river and after the morning stint I stopped for coffee at a club-style cafe where the jukebox played ´We´re all living in America´! After ´´feeling chilled´´ out by that experience I continue my journey to Le Pouzin which is shared by towpath and road.
Everything converges on this place and the session that follows takes me to nightfall and I am lucky to stay at the Cruas Campsite which lies on the Camino Route which is only a few metres from the river bank.
Day 9 Cruas to Bourg St Andeal
It was another night in the changing rooms I´m afraid as the evenings here are still cool, unlike the day which is always full of promise. The first part was a bit misty as I encounter the EDF Power Station. I get lost a few times trying to get beyond this point but once on course I put in a good stint to Le Teil. It was a less enjoyable affair to Viviers where at least I got some provisions for the evening.In the heat I try to focus on the chalk clifs which obscure the Rhone and as the chill of night draws in all was at peace once again. I saw freight trains pass by all day and walked through concrete towns -´literally´ – places that have evolved from the cement industry which now provide a strong economy (at least 3and 1) and good foundations too – I hope! On reaching Bourg I get a room at a local hotel and enjoy a meal of bread and cheese which I managed to buy at the last town.
Day 10 Bourg to Laudin
Using the cycle route I walk on to St Just where I have coffee and Raisin bread for breakfast. At Pont-st -Esprit I sit on a bench and enjoy a picnic and then take photos of a statue which commemorates the local men who fought in the Great War. The nearby Abbey sees me on the way again with a few signposts for Arles to add momentum. At Bagnols I run into trouble trying to follow the Camino de Santiago to Laudin and I find myself on a circular cycle route which puts pay to the evening session. By dusk I find a lonesome hotel in the region of Laudin and call it a day. I was glad of the room but the wine I ordered cost me 20eu!!
Day 11 Laudin to Graveson
A tough day now beckons in order to make up for the previous bad evening session and this time I will see it through along the road. I am able to use the hard shoulder and make light work of Avignon but walk round the town a couple of times so as to be sure I was on the correct route to Arles. Looked more like a motorway but was in fact a modern dual carriageway which eventually diminished into the usual bog-standard secondary route which at times can be a bit too narrow. After collecting provisions at Graveson I walk on to a peaceful location beside the canal and set up camp just before dusk – it was lovely – and warm for a change.
Day 12 Graveson to Arles
Good sleep and a great start – no traffic until reaching the industrial outposts of the ´modern Arles´´. A kind lady treats me to breakfast at her hotel and later I spend time exploring ancient Arles. I was so captivated with its charm I spent the night there and got my coach to Spain on Monday instead where I immediately started a 5-day walk from Valencia to Alacant which would take me to completion of a continuous circle of walks around the country! Read more soon -will also be publishing on EBOOKS later in the year, walks on the continent will be available in this section.
WALKING IN SPAIN
Day 1 Valencia to Cullera
Commencing a new adventure in Spain around 7am, I first had to find directions how to get out of Valencia. A road sweeper assists and soon I am walking the underpass which runs through the city gardens. When I run out of city and foot path a young maid points me in the right direction and soon I emerge at a narrow lane next to the motorway. I run into some gypsies who were less helpful but a local guy confirmed my route and I was soon on my way. It was basically a cycle trail weaving in and out of the smaller coastal places the first of which was Pelida where I stop for coffee. At the next stop the motorway becomes the CV500 which caters for allcomers making my journey into El Saler a straightforward one. Beyond here I have water to my right which is strange as I am walking the Mediterranean coast and it should be on the left! There are sluice gates ahead forming a dam, and I wonder whether it is a fish farm.
Later in the day I reach Cullera and get a taste of resort life which is the main attraction of this coastline. I sustain myself with oranges picked from the trees and decide to walk through the town.The idea paid off as I found both campsite and supermarket and spent a lovely peaceful evening there for just 7eu with only a family staying here at the top of the pitch.
Day 2 Cullera to Olivia Region.
I sleep well despite heavy festivities from a nearby saloon. The constant sound of explosions signal the advent of a bank holiday which the Spanish will celebrate passionately. The cool air was welcome as I eventually leave the town (there was tons of it!) and soon I joined the N332 coast road, my route for the remainder of the journey. By noon it is hot and there is a motorway section to encounter between Xeresa and Gandia. At Gandia I follow the coast road into Daimus and Olivia where the celebrations are at a peak. I had drunk youths driving motorcycles at me and then taking their hands of the steering bars, explosions going off all around and people barely able to walk because they had ´´over-celebrated.´´ It was great fun for most of us!
Leaving here the evening stretch became intense and inconclusive as I had lost a page in my map and unsure whether to take a detour into the next resort. I made the decision to camp rough behind some pine trees along the road rather than risk an unwanted excursion.
Day 3 Olivia to Culp
A sleepless night with dogs barking and traffic belting past followed by an early morning 12 km hike was not the tonic I needed to start the day. At Ondara I get in a mess with the motorway and have to start again to ensure I get on the right road as both are extremely busy at this point. The 2 roads cross at a toll gate and I am unhindered by the interraction heading off to an English Cafe where I stop for a chat and a coffee. From here the day drags on along winding roads- no Camino de Santiago here, though desolate sections remind me of the Otira Gorge in New Zealand which I walked last year.It is a change from the urban sprawl though still potentially a dangerous experience along the bends and the partially built bridges. By evening I enter the busy resort of Culp and am immediately overwhelmed by the spirit of tourism. Each road is a nightmare to cross and after purchasing groceries I escape to the scrubland beyond the town and pitch my tent beside some bushes. Although concealed a dog barks throughout the night!
Day 4.Culp to Benidorm Region
I felt warm and slept well despite the barking hound which I saw on leaving the scrub. I wasn´t even on his land which made me cross and I shouted at him before disappearing into the traffic flow.Straight away I find a cafe and enter for breakfast, coffee and a shave. It was a good interval and after paying my bill I left in search of Benidorm – not that I was gripped with enthusiasm or anything mildly excitable about coming here! Soon the towering flats emerge and I pass inumerable hotels with unpronouncable names! The landscape is dominated by rows of flats and on rejoining the road it seems more like a motorway which at least gave me the hard shoulder. And like a true ´man of the road´I stop to eat my lunch on a concrete plimp next to the crash barrier. Eventually I find a roadside cafe where I chat to a couple who had taken notice of my progress reiterrating that they thought it was a remarkable quest. Continuing a little further I find a newbuild village with a supermarket and with night drawing in I head into the scrub for another night of camping rough.
Day 5 Benidorm Region to Alacant
A few spots of rain troubled me little and by 7.30am I was on the road. Stopping at the first cafe I came to the English owner arrives on cue and lets me in while he cleans up after a party. He goes on to explain that he came out here to look after his dad and decided to buy a pub. He now feels that England has been ruined and turned into a ´Nanny State´´ and in any case has no desire to go back.
Does England have a future I ponder, but thank him for his kindness and from here I kick on to Compello where I have coffee and a muffin. I am now walking the boundaries of Alicante which takes up the rest of the morning. On reaching the city they had moved the Estacion de Autobus and so I had a longer excursion trying to find that, when I eventually found it – it was closed!! I return at night and manage to buy a ticket to Santander for 48eu and once there I can rest in my favourite hotel – Hotel Alisas who have looked after me since my travels began in Europe back in 2004. Anna has booked my ferry to Plymouth and so by Thursday I could be back in England – well Cornwall at least!
ALISAS HOTEL, SANTANDER, Tel:+34 942 222 750.
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Catalunya – 1000km – Perpingnan to Santander (then Plymouth to Land´s End.
Basque Coast – 500km – Biarritz – Santander.
Camino de Santiago – 800km – St Jean to Santiago
Camino Portuguese – 300km – Porto to Santiago
Portugal (incl. Caminos de Fatima, Santiago and Atlantic coast) – 7000km
Med coast 1. – 1200km – Faro to Alicant
Med coast 2. – 1200km – Nice to Valencia
Med coast 3. – 200km – Valencia to Alicant
Belgium – 0700km-Ypres to Nantes
Holland – 250km – Eindoven to Ypres
France – 0700km – Nantes – Biarritz
Swiss – 0500km – Geneva – Arles
Geneva to Ypres – 1000km
Welcome to a new year of walks, books and fundraising.
As well as focusing on local events such as the Oundle Pilgrimage and discovery walks in Cornwall this year will delve into the past with an historical walk from Switzerland to Ypres showing insight life on the western front during the First World War.
This year begins at Geneva in Switzerland where I will hope to walk to the Mediterranean coast to link up my tour of Europe in the South of France (last journey completed near the border of Italy).
Having raised a substantial amount for Prostate Cancer UK, we are hoping to support and promote Cancer Research UK and have posted a justgiving page on the website to help gain for financial help for the charity.
The walk supersedes the Australia expedition which has been postponed through lack of financial support in funding the journey. The walk was dedicated to MOVEMBER –Prostate Cancer charity and funds have already been raised for this effort.
The photos show our local pubs in Oundle presenting funds they have raised in support of Robin Moore’s efforts on behalf of the charity.
Wendy at the Angel was very keen to help out and the Rose & Crown have always backed Robin’s efforts and is best-known as HQ to the Oundle Pilgrimage Challenge which will take place this year on August 9th.
Paul Coles and I are currently working on a new website which will feature EBOOKS as a download facility enabling access to all my walks across the globe (28,000 miles); we will also put on some local guides and our pilgrimage booklets.
Archives blogs, maps of each walk and day-to-day diaries will be posted to give an insight into the life and times of a ‘serious man of the road’.
START: Geneva (Switz)
Via the following:
Arles (South France Med Coast)
How to Sponsor the expedition:
WALKING IN SPAIN
On completion of this journey it is hoped that I can return to Spain for a pilgrimage walk where I may also make a video of the many wonderful places I have visited here throughout many years of arduous trekking.
‘Robin Moore’s Walking For Charity’ on Facebook.
THE OUNDLE PILGRIMAGE RAISING FUNDS FOR LOCAL CHARITIES
The Oundle Pilgrimage Project founded by Robin Moore has raised thousands of pounds for local charities. Robin seen here at The Rose & Crown, Oundle with Sue Ryder representative Neil Barker from Thorpe Hall, Peterborough; the above cheque represents the amount raised for hospice care and Heartstart in Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. The pilgrimage can be walked or cycled and part of it may even be circumnavigated using the waterways of the Nene (future project). It was founded for Sue Ryder Hospice at Thorpe Hall and a weekend pilgrimage is held in honour of the charity every August Farmer’s Market Weekend.
We also encourage people to participate at any time of the year, and if they wish, help other local charities in the area. Sue Ryder supporter, Nigel Laxton from Fotheringhay was one of the founding pilgrim walkers and like Robin walks the whole route each year completing the task in just one day! Having walked with Robin on expeditions around the country he is no stranger to the difficulties of an endurance event. This year he led a group ‘The Fotheringhay Six’ from his local pub, the Falcoln around the pilgrimage route raising over £1800 for ‘HEART START’. The money paid for an important piece of equipment held at the village for the local region in case of emergency life support. ‘This is an invaluable contribution to the community and we are fiercely proud of Nigel and his team’s efforts although he hopes that such a trauma does not arise whereby the device has to be used’.
Rather than sit back and bask in the glory of their efforts, these local heroes now endeavour to improve and modify the concept of the Pilgrimage.
There is a cycle guide, family route and the main guide available at Trek-Kits where you can obtain a sponsor form, purchase a Pilgrim Passport and any equipment you may require to undertake the task. Certificates are presented to all that raise money for our local charities.
Next year we will be launching a new website at http://www.robin-moore.co.uk
This will have new features; plus all information about the pilgrimage including maps, places to stay, campsites and the churches and inns that will help make the experience a pleasurable one. We are at present working on 5 circular walk guides of around 10 miles per one to encourage people join in the fun and contribute to worthy causes in the community. You can still in any case try the walks for pleasure and enjoy our beautiful Nene- dominated landscape interspersed by historic villages defined by bold architecture; where rural life is accentuated by medieval churches with ornated facades and the idyllic charm of olde worlde inns that have been the social fabric of village life since ancient times.
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ROBIN MOORE’S CHARITY WALK AND PRESENTATION
The cheque displayed at The Rose & Crown, Oundle represents the amount raised from Robin’s recent European Expedition in September. Funds raised from the walk were divided between hospice care and cancer research. The representative for Cancer Research UK, Annette Beeton from Burghley Park and Peterborough Ladies Committee received £550 towards equipment for the Oncology Unit, Peterborough Hospital (part of Cambridge Research Institute which is the largest in Europe).
Before setting of to Nantes, Robin neighbour Anna Fernyhough who founded the ‘Little Ducklings Pre-School at Barnwell, held a garden party which raised £130 towards the presentation. Robin has always been supported by the Rose & Crown where patrons have been generous; we were also able to add a couple of donations made to Robin by Barmy Army supporters earlier this year when Robin walked the West Coast of New Zealand for the Cancer Society.
‘We did in fact raise £835 for Cornwall Hospice Care thanks to kind-hearted locals who walked part of Robin Moore’s Cornwall Pilgrimage over August Bank Holiday.’ And when the final count is added from the donation envelopes Robin delivered for the charity at the time it is hoped the amount will exceed £1000. The support from the Coppice Inn and Lanner Rugby Club in Cornwall made a tremendous difference to our fundraising this year; The Coppice supported Robin’s walk by hosting a harvest auction to help him raise the money for his effort which was donated to St Julia’s Hospice at the end of October.
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Robin has been supporting Cancer Research since 1992 and has walked over 27,000 miles for local and international charities; he is the founder of both Cornwall and Oundle Pilgrimages, has written 20 books and raised around £100,000 for local causes.
Robin is presently hoping to raise enough money for a month’s walking in Australia (Victoria to Sydney) next month. He hopes to support Cancer Research UK and Prostate Cancer. For all those who want to support MOVEMBER and grow a moustache please go to the Rose & Crown to sign up for the challenge or have a go on the Angel Inn raffle; we will also be selling pens, badges and other articles for £1 per items. Please help by making a contribution.
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Next presentation at the Rose & Crown is for the Oundle Pilgrimage Challenge for Sue Ryder and local charities.