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Date registered: April 16, 2014

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  1. The Day After — July 19, 2018
  2. Day 15: Buckland to Oxford — July 18, 2018
  3. Day 14: Sevenhampton to Buckland — July 17, 2018
  4. Day 13: Royal Wootton Bassett to Sevenhampton — July 16, 2018
  5. Day 12: Calne to Royal Wootton Bassett — July 15, 2018

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  1. Day 2 – Gone with the Wind — 7 comments
  2. Day 23 – Walking with the End in Sight — 5 comments
  3. Day 3: Brockenhurst to Lyndhurst — 4 comments
  4. Day 4 – No Offence! — 4 comments
  5. Two days to go… — 3 comments

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Jul 09

Day 6: Middle Woodford to Warminster

Salisbury plain proper this time, one vast hot frying pan with no escape from the sun beating down from a vast sky. Last time I was yomping across this plain was in the coldest winter on record, 1962/3, when I was a Sandhurst cadet trying to excavate trenches from the frozen flint and, as I …

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Jul 08

Day 5: Farley to Middle Woodford, Salisbury

We slotted half an hour to watch the England match yesterday and the pub room was crowded. As England won, it was a happy occasion. Okay, I know I am a sour old thing but I couldn’t help noticing that everyone watching was noticeably overweight, including the children. As a follow-on to yesterday’s blog, are …

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Jul 07

Day 4: Lyndhurst to Farley

Still scorching weather, getting used to it. Just as well for there is not a lot we can do about it! The country – long white roads – makes me wonder if I am about to meet Hardy’s Henchard on the way to sell his wife at the fair, thence to become the Mayor of …

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Jul 06

Day 3: Brockenhurst to Lyndhurst

A steaming day with record beating temperatures. We walked, fortunately, down scrunching tracks that bisect the New Forest. Moses dived into every pool he saw. I met an aged man who, to my irritation, began the old boast: “I’ll bet you can’t tell how old I am?” Nonsense! I am always tempted to answer “104!” …

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Jul 05

Day 2: Christchurch to Brockenhurst

Another hot and fairly humid day that didn’t start well; we found we were sited on a dangerous road with vast lorries whirling towards us winding round hair pin bends. What looks like a dainty and harmless little B road on a map can turn into a big bastard of a road in reality. And …

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Jul 04

Day 1: Bournemouth to Christchurch

Five miles along the front with chatty and fun guests, we pass miles of wooden beach huts selling so I was told for at least £0.25m each. It’s a crazy world. We pass sad memorials to young men and crashed planes and continue into Christchurch. The men of greying Britain have been taken by surprise …

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Jul 03

The Day Before

We drive slowly through the ancient paths of the New Forest avoiding herds of tiny ponies towards our first host. Our gentle hosts will have to remain nameless because if we begin to praise one we have to praise them all and any gradations in gratitude or enthusiasm would be immediately noticed and although no …

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Jul 02

Two days to go…

We start by thanking all donors for their generosity. Without your support and encouragement ZANE would not exist. Jane and I started walking a fews days early. We thought it prudent to whirl our old limbs up a few hills to see if they could, once again, stand the strain of a new long distance …

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Jul 10

Lovely words from The Phraser

Georgie Knaggs, aka The Phraser, freelance writer and ZANE Trustee joined Tom and Jane on the last afternoon of the walk and has written this lovely account on her blog: ZANE (Zimbabwe a National Emergency): walking for the forgotten in Zimbabwe  

Jul 03

The Day After

Liverpool A long walk to end the trek at Liverpool Cathedral. On the way we tramped through Huyton where, in 1974 I contested the seat of the then Prime Minister, Harold Wilson. He was a great man, one of the most talented Labour politicians of his generation, and sixties and seventies Labour was blessed by …

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