The Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path is one of only 15 designated National Trails in England and Wales. Starting in Suffolk at Knettishall
Heath Country Park it follows the route of a Roman road to Holme-next-the-Sea on the north Norfolk coast. At Holme the Peddars Way meets the
Norfolk Coast Path as it runs from Hunstanton to Cromer.
Hand Aid is the charity project being promoted by Hunstanton Concert Band to raise money for Becky Palmer, their lead trombonist. Check out Becky's page for more information about the fund-raising.
Becky and friends decided to walk the Peddars Way National Trail from Knettishall Heath to Holme-next-the-Sea and raise money for Hand Aid through donations and sponsorship.
NevIle Betts (Nev) and Mary Palmer (Becky's mother) started at Knettishall Heath at 4.30 a.m. with the intention of walking the 46.3 miles to
Holme-next-the-Sea. Becky Palmer and Susie Mitchell started at Castle Acre at 7.30 a.m. and aimed to walk the 20.1 miles to Holme-next-the-Sea.
Trina Barrow and Peter Taylor provided First Aid cover and also monitored the walk with two-way radio and mobile phones. Others who provided
support and comfort by strolling along from time to time, providing all-important chauffering services or just being there, included Sarah
Childs, Emily and Dave Savage, Rachael Davies and Robert North. Tony Foster walked out to meet Nev and Sarah a few miles after Ringstead and
kept Nev company through the final stages. The last 3 miles or so in Holme was walked by Nev in the dark with Tony lighting the way with a
torch. Later, back on Beach Road, light was provided by Trina and Peter's back-up car.
The team most definitely fulfilled the Hand Aid promise -
and this is how they did it...
Becky Palmer - 20.1 miles taking 7 hours - an average of just over 2¾ mph.
Susie Mitchell - 20.1 miles taking 7 hours - an average of just over 2¾ mph.
Mary Palmer - 33 miles taking about 12½ hours - an average of about 2½ mph and, on the 7th July, she walked the remaining 13.3 miles to Holme-next-the-sea in 4½ hours. So Mary completed the 46.3 miles in a total 17 hours for an overall average of 2¾ mph.
Neville Betts - 46.3 miles taking 18 hours 25 mins - an average of about 2½ per hour.
Additionally we reckon that Sarah probably did about 18 miles, Trina about 8 and Tony about 6 in support roles. When Mary completed the walk on the 7th July Sarah walked with her for the first six miles and Robert kept her company for the last five miles or so.
All of the walkers felt it absolutely necessary to touch the National Trail signpost in the dunes at Holme-next-the-Sea just to make sure that they reached the end of the walk!
Everyone then made their way to Curlew Cottage in the village where Jan Foster was playing host to all those involved with the walk. Jan and Tony kept everyone supplied with food and drink whilst the walkers took the weight off their feet...
The publicity generated by this charity walk, and the cover generously given by the local press (especially the Lynn News), resulted in an unexpected letter of enthusiastic support from Phil and Elaine Davies accompanied by a cheque for the fantastic sum of £1,000. Very many thanks to Phil and Elaine for this incredibly generous donation.
Becky, and everyone connected with the Hand Aid fund raising initiative, wish to thank all the kind people who sponsored the walkers. Your wonderful support, and of course the tremendous efforts of the walkers, has managed to raise the magnificent total of £2.396 and here still some more pledges to be collected so this total is expected to rise.
Just so that you too can feel the excitement, and the pain, experienced by our intrepid team of walkers please check out this gallery of photos. The pictures were taken by Becky Palmer, Mary Palmer, Susie Mitchell and Tony Foster.
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