TrussyTrek 2016 - far east to far west

a 555 mile solo walk from Lowestoft to Land's End

April 12 - May 15

Supporting 1st Hurdsfield Scouts, Cubs and Beavers Group

START: Ness Point, Lowestoft

Land's End

FINISH: Cape Cornwall

 

 

Sponsored by Satmap Systems Ltd

(providing Ordnance Survey mapping @ 1:25000)

and financed by Freedom Computer Services

 

 

Also supported by

The Thread

Canalside Community Radio

for north east Cheshire 102.8 FM

 

Listen here to Paul and Warren Tyler (ex. GSL) being interviewed by Canalside Radio on March 15, talking about 1st Hurdsfield Scouts and

Trussytrek 2016.

Aim:

To publicise 1st Hurdsfield Scouts, Cubs and Beavers Group in Macclesfield Cheshire, and raise much needed funds to improve their Brocklehurst Avenue facilities. Including Gift Aid TrussyTrek 2016 has raised over 3200 for 1st Hurdsfield Scouts. The online donation page is still active here.

 

About the walk:

TrussyTrek 2014 saw me (Paul Truswell) successfully navigate 300 miles on foot (and 3 boats) from Lindisfarne to Iona raising 2500 for local charity Cre8 here in Macclesfield. 2016 turned my attention to England and the challenge of walking across it at its widest, east to west from Lowestoft to Land's End. This was a very different walk to TT2014, for one thing at around 550 miles it was much longer, for another it was very much more populated so I wasn't alone quite so much...

TT2016 had very different challenges to TT2014, but it was no less rewarding because it crossed England's 'green and pleasant lands' rather than the wilds of Scotland. The very varied route, which I started on 12 April 2016 from Ness Point, Lowestoft, took me along the Norfolk/Suffolk border then on to the Ridgeway over the Chilterns, I then traversed the southern edge of Salisbury Plain to visit Stonehenge, then onwards to Castle Cary.  Finally there was the long haul west to Land's End via Crediton, Bodmin and Mevagissey. I actually finished at Cape Cornwall on May 15 but as few have heard of England's only 'cape', for publicity purposes I walked there via Land's End. I am aware that Ardnamurchan Point is the farthest west point on the island of Great Britain, but this walk was across England, not the geographical entity.

 

 

1st Hurdsfield Scouts are online at

www.hurdsfieldscouts.org.uk

As with TT2014 this route saw me walking into the prevailing weather conditions, not because I was assuming that having had a comparatively easy crossing of Scotland in the same direction that the same would happen twice; it was because to do this route west to east, ...well it just wouldn't work. I don't want to be unkind to the good people of Lowestoft, but the idea of ending there just didn't flick my trekking switch! Arriving at the last vestiges of England at Land's End and Cape Cornwall as she dissolves westwards into the mighty Atlantic Ocean, as it turns out in perfect conditions, well let's just say it was a 'no-brainer' :)

 

 

I took hundreds of photographs on route. Many of these are still available to view via the following social media links or take a look at Trussytrek the movie

...14 minutes of stills action!!

Social media:

 

facebook.com/trussytrek

 

instagram.com/trussytrekker

The route is shown below - click on the map to see a more detailed version: