Three men conquer the Cotswold Way in just three days
The Cotswold Way is a 104 mile scenic walking trek and Gary Newman and his friends Simon Ekner and Steve Telfer managed to complete the trek in three days to raise money for charities close to their hearts, the British Lung Foundation and Pancreatic Cancer UK.
The trio admitted that they are always up for a challenge and have completed the Tough Mudder event as well as climb the Welsh Three Peaks for charity. Trekking the Cotswold Way in three days (the equivalent of four marathons) has been their most epic yet! The guys managed to raise a whopping £1,670 for their chosen charities, £670 over their target with the help from 52 donations.
Gary was kind enough to send us through the details of his journey in his own words, so without further ado, here's how you walk the Cotswold Way in three days!
'Well we have done it. It was the hardest 3 days of my life bar none. It all started on the Thursday night at the Volunteer Inn at Chipping Campden. We arrived at about 7pm to a very warm welcome, checked in, dropped the luggage in the room and headed back down to the bar to finalise our plan of action. The Volunteer Inn is a lovely pub with a good local feel. After having a chat with the landlord it was clear that we would have no problem with the first collection of our luggage by Carry-a-Bag and we were able to put that to the back of our minds.
The first day of trekking started at 5am by all of our alarms going off at exactly the same time. It's fair to say this is when it all properly dawned on us the magnitude of what we were about to do. Hitting the Cotswold Way at precisely 6am, we started to crack on. The first day of trekking was 41 miles in total, by 2pm we were 20 miles in and all starting to feel the burn and our pace had slowed considerably, conversation was at a minimum and it was a case of head down and plough on. I think it is fair to say that reaching the Air Balloon Pub in Ullenwood was probably one of the best sights of the journey almost matching the beautiful views over Cheltenham from the golf course. With a bed waiting for us at Star Glamping at Ullenwood just a mile down the road it was a case of stuffing some food down and getting to sleep.
Getting up in the morning on the second day was a bit more of an issue. Aches and blisters had settled in and the start of the walk was slow with Steve really struggling with a knee injury. We powered on but it was very slow going and the weather was horrendous all day. It was definitely the hardest day of the trek. Soaked through, cold and walking through woods which seemed to go on forever, it was really tough. With 38 miles to trek, we finished late but finally got to our destination which was a beautiful cottage called Merlin Haven in Wooten Under Edge. Our bags had been dropped off at The Royal oak on the High St as promised once again by Carry- a-Bag. The bath in the cottage was beautiful although navigating the stairs in the morning was quite a task. We could all hardly walk and looked much older than we actually are.
The third day left us with just over a marathon distance to trek. The thought of this didn't seem too bad at the start of the day but by the end it felt just as long as the other days. Finishing at 9pm and the last two miles taking 90 mins to trek, we were done. Sideways rain and cold to the bone, it was tough but the sight of our families at the end made it all worthwhile.
In a nutshell it was hard, your feet are constantly burning and your legs are full of twinges and niggles but the memories we created will last us a lifetime. Some of the views we saw along the way were like nothing I have ever seen. The English countryside is marvellous and something that should never be taken for granted. We have raised £1650 to date and this is still rising, we had set ourselves a target of £1000 so we have really smashed this out the park. As for my 2 mates, legends! I couldn't have done it without them and that's a fact.'
- We loved our holiday in the Cotswolds, thank you for all of the arrangements! | H & H Netherlands
- The walks were good and beautifully picked + the bags were perfectly delivered! | H & H Netherlands
- We had a very good time and will come back with friends and recommend you and this kind of holiday - Thanks a lot! | A Christophe
- Although the weather has not been ideal, i.e. we had a lot of rain - we really enjoyed the tour! And it was no problem biking with the dog on the tour - he enjoyed it too! | C Ramrath
- I have a lot of thanks for the perfect organisation and we'll happily recommend your holiday agency! | D Stephan
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