After the usual evening routine (shower, blog, eat, sleep), we awoke to a windy but overcast day, for the final leg of our adventure. The song for the day was “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” (Starship). We celebrated having got this far with a Buck’s Fizz to see us off, and set off along the marine road with the Menai Straits to our right.
Crossing fields and tracks, we spent a few moments watching a group of mares and foals, and tried not to laugh at Roz, after she’d stopped to ‘pick some flowers’ - when she got stung on the bum by a nettle! Ever the optimist, Lindsay was convinced that the weather was ‘brightening up’, but soon after, we felt a few spots of rain – which luckily came to nothing.
We carried on along the south coast of the island, heading for Plas Newydd – at which point the coastal path follows a busy road, which we weren’t looking forward to. Luckily, we were able to find an alternative route, which we could tell you about – but then we would have to kill you!
The mile leading to Britannia Bridge was mainly along the foreshore, and we were glad to reach the Carreg y Môn Hotel, where we stopped for refreshments, before the very last stretch to Menai Bridge. By now the sun was out and spirits were high, less than 2 miles to go!
On the wooded path from Britannia to Menai, Lins and Helen saw a red squirrel, a first for both of us. We were joined by Gwen, then Linda and Mike, and then Ruth and her friend Ellen and family just before Menai Bridge. At the Belgian Promenade, we were greeted by Stu and several onlookers, complete with finishing tape, champagne and chocolates. Ruth had baked us cookies and made us medals, which we proudly donned. The collection bucket had over £100 in it.
We came back to the caravan via the Llanfachraeg Fun Day, where Stu locked Helen in the car (in error, or so he says!). We’re now getting ready to celebrate with a meal at the Lobster Pot at Church Bay. We’re glad we don’t have to get up and walk tomorrow morning, but also kind of sad that it’s over. Despite the worst the Welsh weather could throw at us, we’ve seen some stunning landscapes and had a good laugh along the way.
So, over 100 miles and a few blisters and aching muscles later, we’ve raised over £1200 for the Snowdrop Appeal (the charity needs to raise £50k this year). The distance we’ve walked this week is the daily trip Ruth had for radiotherapy treatment at Clatterbridge. The money being raised by the Snowdrop Appeal will pay for software for a virtual simulator at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, improving radiotherapy services and giving future cancer patients better treatment closer to home. Not having to travel so far when feeling so ill will improve patients’ outcomes and make the gruelling treatment more bearable. Our aches and pains are nothing compared to what some cancer patients have to go through, so if you haven’t already donated, please visit our Justgiving site at www.justgiving.com/takemehome and help us to help the Snowdrop Appeal get as close as possible to their target.
Same time next year girls???