Book by two grand­moth­ers doc­u­ments mam­moth trek

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS -

TWO GRAND­MAS who trekked from Land’s End to John O’Groats have re­leased a book doc­u­ment­ing their epic jour­ney.

Gwen Spros­ton, 69, from Chelford, and Linda Brack­en­bury, 67, from Chea­dle Hulme, met at the East Cheshire Ram­blers group and de­cided to take on the mam­moth 1,200km chal­lenge to­gether.

But not con­tent with the tra­di­tional route, the pair de­vised an al­ter­na­tive more scenic path, which also carved nearly 200km off the 1,400km trek, com­plet­ing the jour­ney in just over two months.

Gwen, pre­vi­ously a farmer at New­ton Hall Farm in Mottram St An­drew, said: “Both Linda and I were keen walk­ers and when she asked me to do it I jumped at the chance.

“If, when I’d fin­ished, some­one had asked me to walk all the way back again, I would have done it like a shot. You get away from all life’s prob­lems when you walk.”

Us­ing public foot­paths and bri­dle­ways as much as pos­si­ble, and bed­ding down at bed and break­fasts and hos­tels en route, their route in­cluded a 31,077-me­tre as­cent.

They were joined by mem­bers of the Ram­blers, who walked with them for a day from Barn­ton to Glaze­brook, as well as friends and rel­a­tives who cheered them on along the way.

And with just three days’ rest, the trek was no mean feat for two pen­sion­ers.

But grand­mother of six Gwen said: “You just get on with it don’t you, if you want to walk it you do it.”

The book, Walk­ing e2e, End to End, was writ­ten by Linda, a re­tired Univer­sity of Manch­ester lec­turer in com­puter science.

It de­tails each stage along with maps, as well as giv­ing ad­vice on trans­port and ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Gwen, who un­der­took her first walk­ing chal­lenge to mark her 60th birth­day af­ter the death of her hus­band of 38 years, Al­bert, said the book is a great ac­com­pa­ni­ment for any­one who fancies a walk­ing chal­lenge.

She said: “Linda is a bril­liant or­gan­iser and spent a long time work­ing the route out. It’s a fan­tas­tic book.”

Linda added: “Thanks to Gwen’s su­perb nav­i­ga­tion we hardly put a foot wrong.

“Both of us felt a ter­ri­ble sense of anti-cli­max when we got to John O’Groats.”

All pro­ceeds from the book, along with more than 1,500 pho­to­graphs Gwen uses at talks, will go to lo­cal char­i­ties.

Walk­ing e2e can be or­dered via Linda’s web­site at brack­walks.

●» Linda Brack­en­bury, left, sign­ing copies of her book with Gwen Spros­ton

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