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"Super" Grandad is stepping it up for our hospice
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"Super" Grandad is stepping it up for our hospice

Published date: 11 September 2017

"Super" Grandad is stepping it up for our hospice

We have some AMAZING challengers who take on all manner of crazy events to raise money for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice but some people just stand out for going over and above!  One of these people is Peter Martin, who at the age of 72 is walking the total length of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, also known as the St. James Way.  Just to give you the enormity of this task, the route is 535 miles……. No, that isn’t a misprint, Peter, at the age of 72 is taking 6 weeks to walk 545miles!!  Isn’t that incredible?

So far Peter has raised nearly £1700.00 for Zoes Place and the total just keeps rising, justifiably I might add!

The Way of St. James was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during the Middle Ages.  Legend holds that St. James's remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain, where he was buried in what is now the city of Santiago de Compostela.

Peter will be taking the Camino Frances or the French Way is the classic Camino route.  It stretches approximately 780 km across northern Spain.  It begins with a strenuous hike over the foothills of the Pyrenees.  From there it follows hilly, woodland paths and winds through the fields, villages, and towns of Navarra and Rioja.  The route then climbs to the high plateau of the Meseta in Castille and Leon.  Here the exposed, treeless route consists of long stretches of nearly flat dirt or gravel paths through sparsely populated agricultural land.  This area also contains long walks through the beautiful cities of Burgos and Leon.  After leaving the Meseta, the route crosses the Montes de Leon into Galicia.  The path through Galicia includes steep, rocky ascents and descents, open upland, wooded paths, and small rural roads through pastures and villages.  Rural tranquillity yields to excitement with a sweeping descent by road into Santiago.

To follow Peter’s incredible adventure, click on his BLOG for regular updates.  If you would like to see the amazing sights of the St Jame’s way, why not check out Peter's Photo Gallery.

Peter will be approximately half way through his challenge now, and I am sure he will be feeling tired and home sick.  I am sure he would really appreciate a little boost right now, so if you are able to spare a few pounds, you can visit his JUST GIVING page and leave a donation and a message of support.

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