Harlington School 2015

Rimmy Sidhu, Sara Spatola

great glen walk

Their story, in their words…

“We walked and camped 79 miles from Fort William to Inverness in 6 days from the 4th of July to the 12thJuly 2015.

We started our journey from London and travel all the way up to Glasgow with a coach which took us 12 hours, then took another coach from Glasgow to Fort William for another 3 hour journey.

All throughout the journey we managed to stick with the plans and goals set when planning this challenge. Throughout the challenge we managed to cover the miles we planed: on day one we covered 11 miles, day two another 11 miles, day 3 another 11 miles, day 4 was 12 miles and day 5 we did 19 miles. At the end of each day we stopped at camp sites for the night.

During our journey we faced many difficulties. The main difficulty was the the long distance walking caused us blisters and as we both had heavy bags it caused us a lot of back pain. Another difficulty was sleeping in a tent every night.

This experience was new for both of us, most of the things we knew about camping was searched on internet or read in books. Most of the days during our challenge taught us something new, for example we learned the first day that temperatures fall a lot during night time and therefore the next night we had to do something about it like wear more layers.

Everyone we met during our challenge was were very nice and helpful and we thank them all. The first night we had to go to a campsite which was off the track and we couldn’t find it but then we met this couple which took us to the camp site, helped us with putting up the tent and also gave helpful advice.

The reason why we decide to do this challenge was because we wanted to do something different than usual, get out the routine we had and especially we wanted to challenge ourselves. Additionally this challenge also gave us the idea to use it as a way to fundraise money for Motor Neuron Disease Association (North West Kent branch) which we are both volunteers for since 2012. With this challenge we were able to fundraise £1,400.”