Well, actually around 120 but only 85 count as the Pilgrims Way with the rest primarily extra mileage to accommodation. And that’s Phase 1 of the Pilgrims Way finished having done the stretch from Oxted to Otford (near Sevenoaks) today. Up and down the North Downs and going past a vineyard. But it was tough going physically and each mile was hard won.
Walked past Chevening, which belonged to Earls of Stanhope. The adjacent Parish Church had Jane Austen’s Uncle as Rector for nearly 40 years. Apparently his vicarage was the inspiration for that in “Pride and Prejudice”.There is no escape from Jane Austen!
One nice thing today was seeing Spitfires fly over on a number of occasions-sorry no photos-but a reminder that victory can be a hard fought thing.
Well, I’ve woffled on each day and I hope some bits have been interesting. And I will be back next year to complete it. The next big activity is on Sunday (the Great North Run). Hopefully my feet will have recovered in time…
I am hopefully just a signpost. Without them we get lost. This isn’t all about me but about pointing to the needs of persecuted Christians and how, together, we can make a difference.
I hope you have enjoyed these blogs and I will do a further review of the whole experience. But if at any point you feel inspired to donate that would be a real encouragement; just go to the justgiving link on my homepage.
And finally thanks for those who have encouraged and prayed. No man is an island; we all need each other. Without you and the Lord I wouldn’t have made it this far!