On the 15th of August Ed will make a 15 day, 268mile journey down the spine of England along the Pennine Way – the oldest and arguably most iconic of England’s national trails.
Walk The Spine is not only a feat of endurance but a testament to Ed’s will in overcoming his disability as he aims to complete the walk in just two weeks a week faster than an able bodied person.
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Ordnance Survey providing mapping for Walk The Spine
Kirk Yetholm 15 Miles
Lamb Hill Day 2 9 Miles
Byrness Day 3 15 Miles
Belligham Day 4 16 Miles
Haltwhistle Day 5 22 Miles
Alston Day 6 19 Miles
Dufton Day 7 19 Miles
Middleton Day 8 16 Miles
Bowes Day 9 23 Miles
Hardraw Day 10 15 Miles
Horton Day 11 14.5 Miles
Malham Day 12 20 Miles
Lothersdale Day 13 19 Miles
Hebden Bridge Day 14 13.5 Miles
Marsden Day 15 11 Miles
Crowden Day 16 16 Miles
Ed is passionate about the impact that the outdoors has had on his recovery and continues to challenge himself to both inspire others, redefine perceptions of what is possible following a life changing injury and support the charities close to his to heart.
Through the challenge Ed is keen to encourage others to venture outside for all the physical and psychological benefits it presents. The current pandemic has shone a bright light on the importance of looking after ones mental and physical health and Walk The Spine offers up a prime opportunity to get outdoors as a community in the name of charity and wellbeing.
Walking along ‘the spine of England’ is particularly poignant given Ed’s journey and therefore fitting that his other chosen charity is Wings For Life - a research foundation dedicated to finding a cure for spinal cord injuries for which Ed is an ambassador. 100% of every donation Wings For Life receives goes directly to world class research and helps provide hope to the thousands of people affected by spinal cord injuries around the globe.
Ed will also be raising money for his own charity the M2M Foundation for which this will be their inaugural since receiving official charitable status earlier this year. You can find out more about the M2M Foundation HERE.
We’re encouraging you to join in remotely. Pick a day, or two, or ten…and cover the equivalent distance wherever you choose.
Record your route and share your progress with us via social media using #walkthespine for a chance to win some Berghaus goodies. Ed's progress will also be tracked in real time via GPS so you can keep tabs on how he's getting on.
Ed will be fundraising equally for The M2M Foundation and Wings For Life.
Participants will be able to join Ed’s team on JustGiving if they wish to support his chosen charities and of course there will be prizes for the best and most inventive fundraisers. However, the overarching aim of Walk The Spine is to get you outdoors and we encourage those taking part to fundraise for their own charities should they so wish.
Millimetres to Mountains aim is to be the catalyst for positive change in people facing challenges in life. Through discovery and adventure we provide a platform for individuals to redefine their own limitations and take steps towards a brighter future.
We raise funds to take groups on adventures for them to realise the true transformative power of the great outdoors.
Whether it be mental health issues such as anxiety or depression, overcoming a physical disability or people who have just lost their way we believe in the power of reconnecting, both with people and nature.
Until the end of August we’re encouraging you to get outside and set yourself your own challenges… Let us know what your up to, record your route and share your progress with us via social media using #walkthespine.
We’re also running a number of competitions ranging from longest distances to funniest outfits. With loads of great prizes on offer, some cracking weather and the opportunity to raise some money for charity there really isn’t any reason to stay indoors!
If you would like more information, and to be kept updated on the Walk the Spine challenge please complete the form below.
If you would like to find out more, or join Ed and get involved, please complete the form below.