day 28 report

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Thursday 28th May. Completed four weeks on the road! After a ghastly night I decamped early as there were, I kid you not, dog- walkers up and about at 4.30 in the morning! Now, I have a cat called Ringo and Ringo doesn’t require much walking, indeed I have received very short shrift when I continue…

day 27

View from the hotel early in the morning

I left the Cliff Hotel in Harwich and walked a couple of miles along the sea front to the Foot Ferry, so called because it only takes for passengers and not because of its size (in case you were wondering). It is considerably bigger than a foot long although, admittedly, smaller than the ferry that continue…

day 26

Entering Harwich

DAY 26 (Tuesday 26th May). I was a little sad to say goodbye to my hosts, Hillary and Jerry Russsell of Russell Lodge in Frinton on Sea and continue on my journey. My target destination for Day 26 was Harwich in the north east corner of Essex, where I could take the ferry across the continue…

day 25 report

DAY 25. 25th May 2015 I am having a rest day today. My very kind hosts Hilary and Jerry Russell suggested I stay two nights so I am happy to do that and use today as a rest day. Walking 20 miles a day is I very hard work and the last few weeks have continue…

day 24 report

Day 24. A good day. I walked from Brightlingsea via the lovely St Osyth, then Jaywick, Clacton on Sea, Holland-on-Sea and arrived at Frinton on Sea. The sun shone for much of the day but then God evidently decided he was spoiling me and turned on the rain tap again. I’m not quite sure how continue…

day 23 full report

Approaching Wivenhoe

Day 23 Walking the Kingdom for Drug Free Kids. Saturday. After a very harrowing Friday, this was a much better day completely devoid of near-death experiences but jam-packed with near-life ones. I walked from West Mersea, where thankfully the tide was out and had therefore not covered the causeway that is the only route on continue…

day 23 radio report

Day 23. Walking the Kingdom. As you know my walk is to raise support and donations for Pete Dwan’s.campaign for drug free kids so please, please if you agree that this campaign should be helped, make a donation now. In the meantime, here is the radio show I did on Day 23 for broadcast in continue…

Day 22

Leaving Maldon

WALKING THE KINGDOM IN SUPPORT OF THE DRUG FREE KIDS CAMPAIGN. DAY 22. Three weeks done and a fourth weeks begins! I reckon I have now covered around 400 miles or thereabouts. It is very tough physically, especially at my age, but worth a supreme effort considering the cause for which I am doing it: continue…

day 21 end of day report

Market Hill Maldon

WALKING THE KINGDOM FOR DRUG FREE KIDS. DAY 21. Today was a very good day. I hit the road a bit late having finally torn myself away from the lovely Rochford hotel but I’m glad to say that today was my first day un-marked by wrong turns and other navigational errors. This saved considerable wear continue…

beginning of day 21

WALk THE KINGDOM DAY 21. Good ironing everyone! The sun is shining, the birds are singing and very soon I will hit the road again and hoping the road doesn’t hit me back! Thanks to. Lyndsey of the Rochford Hotel for s very nice and encouraging conversation this morning and to Mark the hotel manager continue…

day 20 report

Rochford, Essex

Good evening everyone! So tonight I have reached Rochford in Essex. I have had to come inland quite a way to find a way over or around the River Crouch. I didn’t get quite as far as I would have liked today. A miscalculation on my part of the distances involved, a couple of navigational continue…

Day 17

COCK-UP DAY: WALK THE KINGDOM DAY 17 So, bit of a problem today. The Gravesend to Tilbury ferry doesn’t run on a Sunday! That will teach me to do my homework properly! (And you all thought I was a well-oiled machine!) Just in case things run too smoothly and I get bored with everything going continue…

Day 16

WALK THE KINGDOM DAY 16. Got off to an early start and reached Allhallows in time for breakfast. But arriving in time for breakfast is rather pointless if there is nowhere to actually sit down and eat the breakfast you have been in time for. Such was the case with Allhallows, which consists of some continue…

Report day 15

WALK THE KINGDOM DAY 15. Tonight. I am in Lower Stoke on the Isle of Grain peninsula. I didn’t quite make my target, which was Allhallows on Sea, which is just a few miles further up the road but there was the chance of accommodation at Lower Stoke so I decided to stop here. The continue…

additional day 14 report

Walk the Kingdom Day 14 addendum. Almost forgot one other nice moment in my day. I stopped at a shop in Lower Halstow for refreshments, the BEST STOP, and the two gentlemen there very kindly gave me a couple of bottles of Lucozade Sport on the house once I had told them what I was continue…

Report 14

WALK THE KINGDOM DAY 14 REPORT. I have definitely had better days. For example every day over the last 63 years that did not involve me being rained on relentlessly for eleven straight hours. The pic I posted earlier sums my day up pretty well. What I had planned as a relatively stress-free day with continue…

Report day 13 continued

WALK THE KINGDOM DAY 13 continued. Okay so Colin has just given me a great breakfast that has set me up well for another day of – just for a change – walking. COLIN VIDLER is a former pro middleweight boxer who owns and runs the INVICTA guest house on Marine Parade in Sheerness. He continue…

Day 13 report

WALK THE KINGDOM DAY 13. I was too tired to write up my day last night, so here I am doing it on the morning of Day 14 before I set off for my next destination. On the morning of day 13 I was up early and in the MacDonalds at Bobbin for a coffee continue…

Day 12 end of day report

WALK THE KINGDOM DAY 12. Hello! It is 11:16 pm and I am currently writing this in the all-night McDonalds at Bobbin in the Borough of Swale. I reached Sittingbourne, walked through the town and out the other side and started up the A249 towards Kemsley when I ran out of steam, having walked for continue…

Report day 11

WALK THE KINGDOM DAY 11. END OF DAY REPORT. A good and interesting day today with plenty of variety. I said goodbye to Serena and Piero of the Westbrook guest house in Margate where I had spent a pleasant and comfortable night and set out for Whitstable via Cultiver and Herne Bay, via the Viking continue…

Day 11, a brand new day.

Good morning everybody! Today is a brand new day. I will be hitting the road soon and hoping the road doesn’t hit back. Feeling refreshed after my stay at the Westbrook Lodge guest house. Once again, my thanks to Serena and Piero for the kindness in putting me up. Gonna try for Herne Bay and continue…

First Camping Experience!

WALK THE KINGDOM DAY 10. CAPTAIN’s LOG STARDATE LUNCHTIME. HELLO! Having a rest day today, which means I set myself a target of about just eight miles and walked at a leisurely pace. Starting at about 6 AM I broke camp and took a stroll to Margate, reaching it about 10 AM and having a continue…

The send off!

Whilst Steve is starting his first leg of the Walk we’re giving him a hand with his blog! Here are some photos of the send off….

Radio Show U S

Wow! Recorded a great hour-long show with US-based The Liberty Beacon’s Roger Landry. Great discussion of the global importance of providing children with an effective education concerning drugs. Follow this link to listen to the broadcast.   www.tlbtowncrier.com/?powerpress_pinw=2093-podcast

The Urban Warrior Show

On the Urban Warrior Show on Salford City Radio Monday evening. It went very well but unfortunately no recording of the show is available. Next on the show in two weeks time when I’ll be on the road and then (hopefully) every Monday after that for as long as the walk lasts. Recording another show continue…

Another Radio show recorded for the U.S.

Recorded a great radio show last night – an hour long show with Pete Dwan and Roger Landry for the US-based Liberty Beacon network that will go in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. A really, really good show – especially because Pete and Roger did most of the talking – that continue…

Launch minus six days and counting . . .

Six days to go before I start my nine month, 4000 mile mega-walk of the British coast in aid of Pete Dwan’s drug education work: reaching the kids before the dealers do with the truth about drugs. Three radio shows to do before I go. Doing two radio shows each week while I’m on the continue…

Launch Minus Two Weeks and Counting . . .

Two weeks to go before I start the Long Walk. It’s getting very real now. I start walking from the War Memorial in East Grinstead High Street between 9 and 10 am. Ahead of me will lie over 200 days and 4000 miles. I’m as ready as I will ever be. Will I make it? continue…

Massive response from AgeUK

The article about Walk the Kingdom on the AgeUK Facebook page got 1667 likes, 177 shares at this and a massive list of lovely comments and well-wishes in just 24 hours! A big THANK YOU to AgeUK, this is really appreciated https://www.facebook.com/ageuk/photos/a.115907375100412.14889.109962349028248/992387380785736/?type=1&theater

Video and Pics – Training Day 27/3/15

The following videos and pics are from my training walk of Friday 27th March 2015. As being able to take pics and make short video reports using my iPad will be a key feature of the project, then training involves not just lots and lots of walking with a fully loaded backpack but also getting continue…

Why I am walking the Kingdom for Drug Education

This article outlines my take on the basic philosophy behind the drug education campaign of drug educator Peter Dwan and why I am pulling out all the stops to support it. According to UK Home Office statistics: “1 in 12 of 12-year-olds has tried drugs at least once, so has 1 in 3 of 14-year-olds continue…

On the Radio 15th March 2015

I was on the Urban Warrior show this evening,talking to Pete Dwan about my mega-hike of the British coast. You can hear the broadcast here (I’m on at the 30 minute mark): http://podcast.canstream.co.uk/scr/index.php?id=30022. I think this podcast will be available for a few weeks.

Walk the Kingdom Newsletter #2

A briefing from Steve Cook, the man on a mission Hello! Here is the latest news on the build-up to the launch of my walk of the coast of Britain, which starts in May. This is just a brief summary but you can also share my adventure and help the crusade to reach the kids continue…

Artist donates paintings to Walk the Kingdom

One of my all-time favourite artists, Gill Bustamente,  has kindly made available 40 of her original watercolours to the Walk the Kingdom project and these will be auctioned to raise funds in support of Walk the Kingdom. The auction will be on Saturday 28th Feb at a private residence in East Grinstead, West Sussex, starting at 7pm. continue…