Disabled Across Britain

Disabled Across Britain was an event that took place in August 2010, when a number of disabled and nondisabled people hiked across Great Britain from Newcastle to Bowness-on-Solway. On the first day of August 2010 we stood with our feet in the sea, with the vast expanse of water along the west coast of Britain to our backs in Whitley Bay, Newcastle. As the sun rose we stepped out onto dry land and began our journey along Hadrian's Wall with the intention of hiking all the way down into the sea on the other side of Great Britain. The 90 mile hike took five days.

The walk across Great Britain had proved to be a fun, interesting and certainly challenging adventure. On Sunday morning we began walking the 23 kilometer leg of the journey to Heddon-on-the-Wall, where we would sleep. The second day was just as much of a challenge as we did our best to grind out as much of the walking as possible. The following day was mountainous in the extreme - absolutely exhausting! The fourth day’s walking brought us to Sandysike Bunkhouse, where our host, Richard Sutcliffe, gave us a very good dinner. The final night we slept in a charming bunkhouse at Hillside Farm, about five miles from the end of our walk. Early on Friday  On the final morning we strolled over to Bowness-on-Solway where our cross-Britain journey came to an end. We walked right into the sea on the other side of Great Britain to ensure that we had indeed walked all the way across Great Britain. 

Why did we do it?

There are many different reasons we decided to trek across G.B and each one had its own significance to each of us.

One of the hikers was a 75 year old man. He joined us in order to demonstrate that older people need help, not because of their age, but because of becoming disabled. Caspar runs a full marathon and two half marathons every month and is not disabled in any way. He wanted to highlight both the fact that age itself is not a disability, and also that regardless of age disabilities should not go unnoticed, which in the case of the elderly they quite often do. Some non-disabled people also took part as supporters and to enjoy themselves.

All in all it was a journey to show what a great feat we could achieve as a team of both disabled and nondisabled participants and to show that, disabled or not, you can learn to work as a unit and achieve any goal. Any realistic ambition can be realised if disabled people are properly assisted and supported.

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