One evening in January, while having an evening meal in a pleasant pub along Lancaster Canal, Simon and I discussed having a semi-long distance canal walking adventure.
Canal walking sounded good to me, a challenge with no hills could be relatively easy in comparison to some of our more difficult hill-walking hikes.
So I thought…
Lancaster Canal, in Lancashire, turned out to be 57 miles in length. Chesterfield Canal, Nottinghamshire, was a ‘mere’ 46 miles in comparison.
Maybe a slightly easier walk then. I liked the idea of an ‘easier’ challenge!
A three-day hike, I said.
Two days at most, Simon replied.
Err, okay, right.
So, at the start of May, Simon and I embarked on a 46-mile walk along the Chesterfield Canal.
In two days.
I had done some walking (mostly six-mile or less with a few intermittent longer treks of 9 or 8 miles) and two Zumba classes in the last two months.
But was it really enough for a 46-mile trek (in two days!)?
But it would be flat so, I mean, it must be quite easy, right?
We will see…
This walk, from West Stockwith to Chesterfield (or vice versa), is one of wildlife, history, beautiful scenery, geography and industry. It’s called The Cuckoo Way because that was what the old horse-drawn boats were called. No-one knows for certain why.
It starts in the River Rother, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, and ends at West Stockwith, Nottinghamshire. Or vice versa, which was the way we did it.
Simon got a cheap Ordnance Survey map early March and the B&B in Worksop was booked on March 19.
On Saturday, May 4, we would get a lift to the start of the walk from Simon’s parents and our adventure would begin….
Coming soon: Cuckoo Way – Day One