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Charity walk along the Cornish Coastal Path inspired by the book “Salt Path”.

Day One

“What a day’

17miles along the harshest section of the Cornish Coastal path!

The walk started in St Ives, which is a very pretty town along the South West Coastal Path. Here is a theme of art and modern arts centre at the Tate.

We set of on a fairly sunny and warm, morning. But, by lunchtime, literally as we started to eat our hearty sausage rolls, cheese and ham sandwiches and a can of coke the weather changed into a storm with high winds and heavy rain. Soggy Sandwiches don’t rock!

We walked a total of 17 miles, 6 in the summer and 12 in a winter storm!

The terrain along this section can only be described as ‘awful” the mixture of both weather and terrain pit this section into a category on its own and one I would not wish to do again.

https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/157/

The walk was with Emma, Laura Louise, Kate Headson and Richard.

This challenge was inspired by Raynor Winn’s book- The Salt Path. I cannot recommend it enough!

Laura is completing the walk to raise money for three charities Encompass South West, Mind and the South West Coastal Path.

Please click and donate the tab below.

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=LauraReader2&pageUrl=1

This walk was my first adventure with my amazing wife. Emma has watched me pack my sack and walk off into the distance for years. She was amazing and get all our spirits up. She definitely has that determination and fire in her soul to see the job through to the end.

The above picture is the distance we walked over the two days. Laura went on to walk a further 45 miles over four more days!

Day Two.

We stayed at an amazing bed and breakfast in a small Cornish town called Pendeen. The town is small yet has two pubs and a great community.

We arrived drenched to our underwear, cold but yet in high spirits. The land lady Mora was brilliant, she took out boots, wet clothes and prepared a pot of tea. Smashing, we even had biscuits!

Those big chain hotels could learn a valued lesson from meeting with Mora, she has time for her customers and puts them first rather than policy checkins and have you paid us enough.

On Sunday morning, we set of directly after breakfast and walked through the village to join the relentless Cornish Coastal Path. Within half an hour we met our first challenge of the day. The coastal path took us to section of rocks that we scrambled up and down to find the at we were literally on the edge of a cliff. We had to turn around and climb back.

Over the next few hours we scrambled along the path which became more accessible and easier to gain speed without to many hitches and in the sun!

Part of my volunteer work is working with the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme with one part linked to putting teams together and working with them to form teams. This always become a challenge as people are all individual and sometime listen to their own heads and love for adventure. The reason why I wrote this is, two of our team decided without too much thought to take a diversion or possible short cut. Let’s just say they had a safe adventure and made some of the Sunday walkers giggle.

This section of the coastal path takes you along a lower level walk with amazing opportunities to watch sea seals and smell the sea weed. A full sensory walk. We ended up boots of paddling along the sandy beach at Senin to a welcomed pint of beer.

Again thank you for reading. Do not have another walk planned and welcome offers to join you on your walks. I will add a few more photos to my web page.

This one is me eating a dry lunch sat in the sun.

https://mybigwalk.com/

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“Mind” Cornwall Coastal Path Walk

In two weeks time I will on the plod again!

This time I have been asked to join the amazing Laura on her trek Alain’s the Cornish Costal path in aid of raising both money and awareness for the Charity Mind.

Laura Louise bio;

After reading the book ‘The Salt Path’ by Raynor Winn I have been inspired to organise a charity challenge whereby I will complete 69 miles of the South West Coast Path in September. As a Youth Project Worker for the homeless I see daily the stigma and judgement attached to homelessness and I am hoping to raise vital funds as well as awareness on my journey. I am inviting various individuals or groups to accompany me on different sections of the walk to share their story and help others benefit in the power of communication as an aid to mental well-being. I will also be donating a share of my profits to the South West Coast Path itself. I feel blessed to have such an extraordinary section of the U.K on my doorstep and am hoping to tell tales of walks along the path and how the path itself has had a positive impact on people and communities and continues to do so.

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Please click on the link below for loads more details.

Once again I will put a few posts up for my 1/3 rd of the walk.

https://mybigwalk.com/

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Foot long blond hair, cut off to help raise money for the RNIB

Charlotte Cook from Ilfracombe has been an amazing young person. She has been growing her hair for many years, in a conversation with her mum she said that she would like to have the beautiful blond locks cut for charity. Her mother reluctant agreed. Please read on.

She has had the hair cut in the hope to add some donations towards my fund raiser for the RNIB. Please can I ask you (if you haven’t already donated) to add a few pounds to the pot and help Charlotte see the cut has helped.

The hair is going to the Little Princess Trust and the kind donations going towards the RNIB.

Funding – please click and follow the website link.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/66ngqnc?sharetype=teams&member=891570&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&rcid=d532e2054ceb40f0a2bd1c6458a508e4

Little princess that please click and read. https://www.littleprincesses.org.uk/donate-hair/

As always thank you for reading this post, please have a look at the other posts on both this website and the Facebook page

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Team Imeson;

Team Imeson has to be one of the most unique teams around.

I have worked with many different types of teams of people and ones that do not have the same goal. As ‘Team Imeson’ is mainly family we have a great start on the team building part and the goal is one that we all had ambition to make it happen. However i do not think that every family would want to take on what we have achieved?
I have tried to write short descriptions on the roles we took. I could of written a lot more, but feel the story is best told over a drink. There will be a few short videos to follow. I have watched the trailer which filled me with fear of the extent of the ‘epic expedition’.

The following three pictures are of the locations of the climbs and walks.

The above picture is of The Yorkshire Three Peaks route,

Laura:

The “epic expedition team” has to thank our driver Laura. She is only 21 and has been driving three years and owns a small affordable family car, VW Polo.

Picture of Laura Imeson stood at the top of Snowdon in July 2019
She drove over 1800 miles in 10 days, visited 8 towns/cities starting in Liverpool ending up in Blackpool via… Chester, Ben Nevis, lake District, Yorkshire Dales (Ingleton) and on many different types of roads. Including the hill ranges over Scarfell Pike near Windermere. She learnt all about “average speed cameras” “white van drivers” and braking distances on mountains!
I sat as a passenger and never went for the handbrake once I even spelt. Listen to her music and now recognise Jungle music..lol.
I think she should look at a career change and become a “Raleigh Driver” or long distance lorry driver. She did love the driving even if we stunk the car out with walking clothes and boots.
Well done Laura.

Ollie

Ollie arrived in Liverpool ahead of both Laura and I as he caught the 1200 from Euston. His reasoning for timing was to check-In the reasonable priced hotel and then find a suitable place for a haircut.

Picture of Ollie carri g out the splits on to of Snowdonia

His approach to organising the important parts of the trip and “forward thinking” followed with a similar pattern throughout the expedition. There was a daily theme usually around when we are going to eat or which route UP we took. Joking apart this made the days easier to follow and less stressful, other than the worry of how UP was the route!.

Ollie also took control of the social media and hopefully kept everyone up to date and amused. Please keep looking in here as he is putting a couple of videos of the trip together which he will upload to You Tube once completed.

His role was important, with his confidence on both the map reading and timings of where we should be, by when became better. Plus his constant checking I was okay and even pulling me up part of Scarfell Pike. His approach got us through the extremely challenging Yorkshire Three Peaks in less time than allowed. Even though we could of given up several times. It’s a tough challenge.

All in all Ollie is a great team player and leader, add his skills with his sister. I personally think we could take on a bigger trip and one that takes us across a greater geographical challenge.

If you wish to follow Ollie’s life search his name on Instagram.

The Home Team.

Emma:

Emma, from the initial day of reading Ollies letter she has stepped up and helped with so many elements. I will struggle to mention them all. She is a brilliant wife, mum and most importantly our boss.

This list is only part of the stuff she has supported us with.

1) Putting up with the amount of time apart we have had. I did quite a bit of weekend training and then the trip.

2) Helping promote our epic trip and reminding us to do the same. A great driving source.

3) Help with gathering raffle prizes for our Bingo and Pub quizzes.

4) The help with the washing and the packing of our kit including washing the mountain of stuff on our return. Ollie doesn’t live in Devon which has meant making sure his walking kit was fit for purpose. Plus my blindness men’t packing stuff in separate colour coded bags.

Pat (mother-in-law)

Pat, has supported us in many ways including helping with financing the food part of the trip. Promoting the epic expedition through her great circle of friends.

Home Contacts;

Caroline Channing and Mark Williams

Part of my risk assessment included the awfully ”what iff” problem. Ie “What Iff” we had an accident on one of the mountains or a road traffic accident.

Both Caroline and Mark agreed to monitor the tracking devices and be prepared for a phone call if something went wrong.

Thankfully nothing did, but the role like all in Team Imeson was an important one. We were so grateful of the all the supportive people watching our backs.

Our Social Medial Support

We had over 400 people watching Facebook, 130 followers on Instagram and over 1000 hits in our web page all saying positive things. It was appreciated and we hope that you will continue to stay interested in the future trips and expeditions.

I hope I have not offended anyone or missed anyone out. My next few posts will be related to the different types of accommodation and the future ”follow on” activities from this expedition. Starting with a presentation to some of the sponsors.

Once again thank you for reading and supporting #TeamImeson.

#TeamRNIB.

Picture of our heart going out to all our supporters and home team.
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Chester to Ben Nevis.

Day Three Update. Wednesday

Today’s three words.

Yellow Weather Warning.

We left our reasonable priced hotel after a hearty breakfast, stopping for fuel and oil and hitting the amazing long list of motorways and A roads towards Fort William. Laura drove for an amazing 6 hours without any hiccups.

We checked into our first youth hostel at the base of Ben Nevis without issues – again reasonable priced with a brilliant kitchen and wash room.

We checked the weather via the Ben Nevis website and are please to announce the storm didn’t make it this far.

The geographical area including the hostel is so beautiful, I would love to spend more time in the highlands exploring.

“if anyone is looking for company please give me a shout”.

Again thank you for the followers and kind comments. Please keep sharing. Todate we have raised £1400 towards the RNIB which is brilliant, our target is £1500 so with the up and coming pub bingo and a possible few more donations we should smash it.

Please visit our Facebook page. Search for – Blind Man Roy.

I must note that I’m writing this at 0500 as I’m excited to get to climb the largest mountain in Scotland!

#WakeUpKids. #TeamImeson #TeamRNIB #Highlands

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North Devon Coverage of our “Three Peaks Plus” expedition.

Thank you to Rob for the interview and the article in your Business magazine.

http://www.business-action.co.uk/

I’m keen to promote the work the RNIB do, the journey that I am on and the ambition I have to keep walking long distances.

Please click, read and share.

https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/62684845/business-action-june-july-2019