Their story, in their words….
Our challenge was to walk the entire Cotswold way from the 24th to the 31st of July. Our plan was to walk an average of 17 miles a day for seven days from Bath Abbey to Chipping Campden. I am pleased to report that everything went to plan, even though it was a lot harder than we expected. We arrived in bath at about 13:00, had some lunch, then made our way to the abbey to start the walk.
The first day was extremely tough as we were walking for around 6 hours in 30 degree temperatures, but at around 19:00 – 19:30 we arrived at The Compass Inn and set up camp for the night. We got up early the next morning and walked for about 4 hours before stopping for lunch. We had about an hour long break for lunch every day, then finish the days walk.
We managed to keep to this schedule until the 5th day, where upon arriving at Manor Farm, we found it to be closed for the summer to let the ground recover. That night we had to wild camp in a neighbouring field. The next morning we made our way to Chipping Campden.
Upon arrival at about 14:00-14:30, we decided that instead of staying there for the night, we would catch the bus to stratford and stay in a youth hostel as it would allow us to have a longer lie-in. But that was the only change to our schedule.
During the challenge we learnt that teamwork was extremely important in helping us reach our goal. When the going got tough for one of us, we all slowed down and took some of the weight out of their pack to try and help them keep going. We also learnt that we should have done it towards the end of the summer instead of doing it at the beginning as the temperature would have been much more suited for hiking. We also learnt that along with being physically challenging, hiking is also mentally challenging.
There were points along this walk where our friendships were tested but we showed great comradery to put it all behind us and to keep on pushing towards our common goal.
Overall it was great experience for all of us. We really felt that we came out of the challenge as better friends and as better people. It showed us who we really were and has made us eager to undertake more challenges in the future.