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Andrew Gray

Walking from Windermere to Kielder

Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]In July 2018, I'll be undertaking a two-week walk from England's biggest natural lake to its biggest reservoir, raising funds for the [url=http://www.clwydspecialridingcentre.co.uk/]Clwyd Special Riding Centre[/url] in Llanfynydd, Flintshire.[/p][p]The [url=https://www.ldwa.org.uk/ldp/members/show_path.php?path_name=Lake+to+Lake+Walk]Lake to Lake walk[/url] starts easily enough, with the chain ferry across Lake Windermere (pictured). It then passes through the Lake District, Eden valley, North Pennines and up the North Tyne to end at Kielder reservoir: 267 km (166 miles) through some of Northern England's finest, and most remote, countryside.[/p][p]I will be walking partly to celebrate my 51st year, and partly in memory of my aunt, Anne Sopwith (pictured with her dog), who founded the Clwyd Special Riding Centre in 1982. This remarkable centre supports a wide range of activities, uniquely including residential riding holidays. Please see the website at [url=http://www.clwydspecialridingcentre.co.uk]www.clwydspecialridingcentre.co.uk[/url] for more details, and please sponsor me generously![/p][p]As the Chief Executive of the Riding for the Disabled Association told Anne Sopwith's family after her death last year, "The achievement of creating one of the best known RDA Centres in the UK was massive in itself, but the additional vision to make it one that so many people could benefit from through holidays was ground breaking. It is impossible to know how many riders, drivers and RDA Groups generally have visited the Centre, but it is a place held dearly in the hearts of many and this is down to the determination and hard work of Anne and her team."[/p][p]My aunt was 52 when she founded the Clwyd Special Riding Centre, so with a fraction of her energy I should have no problem completing the 166 miles from Windermere to Kielder.[/p][p]The other landscape pictures below are a view towards the Scandale Pass in the Lake District (2017), and from Isaac's Tea Trail within the North Pennines (2013). If you would like to join in any part of the walk, please get in touch (you should get my contact details if you give money through this site, or can contact me through the [url=https://www.facebook.com/events/2035891163360031/]facebook event page[/url]). I can also provide paper sponsorship forms and more information nearer the time, and will add updates on facebook.[/p]
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Aug 15, 2018


Pleased it went well Andrew. Well done!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Aug 14, 2018


Well done for completing the challenge!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jul 30, 2018


£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jul 27, 2018

Frances Hinton

Well done, was with you in spirit for part of the way. Glad it went so well. And better late than never, on my part.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jul 26, 2018

Chloe Wong

Amazing!!! Well done Andrew

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jul 24, 2018


£40.00 plus £10.00 Gift Aid

Jul 21, 2018

Alan and Sandra

Congratulations Andrew. Such a good cause. Well done P, C and V.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jul 19, 2018


Happy 50th birthday walk!

Jul 17, 2018

Alex and Howard

Good luck Andrew. See you on 29th

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jul 12, 2018

Caroline Roberts

Hope it's going well, Andrew and you're managing keeping the blisters at bay.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid