Stroll On

This week we see the launch of a very special account of one man’s journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats – on foot! In April 2016, Chris Francis from Humshaugh in Northumberland, set out to complete a long held ambition to walk the length of Britain.

Along the way he kept a blog of his experience which friends, family and supporters could read and share his journey with him.

With the help of his friend David, Chris chose to raise sponsorship for his walk and fundraise in aid of Tynedale Hospice at Home, raising an incredible £4,500!

Over a year later, and after his blog was so well received, Humshaugh Publications have published ‘Stroll On!’ which is described as a ‘Blogger’s account of a walk through Britain from Land’s End to John O’Groats and includes a foreword from Conrad Dickinson.

It makes for a fascinating and inspiring read! You can pick up your copy from our Hospice Bookshop in Hexham or you can order it from our online shop.

Hospice volunteer, Sophie Rieckmann was one of the first to read Stroll On! and she shares her review with us here:

“Find those old walking boots and hop down to Hexham to grab your snacks and backpacks – we’re off to see Britain by foot! Well, actually, Chris Francis has done all of the hard work for us, all we have to do is sit in the comfort of our own homes with a nice cup of tea and enjoy his adventure. Described as ‘A Blogger’s Account of a Walk Through Britain form Land’s End to John O’Groats’, this little gem of a book does much more than document Francis’ journey through Pleasant Pastures Green.

Written in a blog format, documenting his trip from day to day, Francis’ account of one of his many fitness challenges in retirement gives witty insight into what a trip across Britain looks like – and not just the view – from a human perspective. Filled with accounts and anecdotes of the people he met along the way, as well as tales of Family success during the trip, one gets a more intimate cultural experience by meeting everyone from pub owners and Tynedale Harriers members to the Francis family.

The book is also filled with enviable snaps of the beautiful British countryside and quaint villages which formed the pillars of Francis’ travels, and which might just convince you to go and explore what our Island has to offer – castles, golf courses, seaside stunners – the lot! If that is the case, then, to accompany you on your own journey, Francis has included his day by day playlist from his walk, which can be downloaded from Spotify! What more could you possibly want?

This is also more than simply a document of country landmarks, the most impressive part of it all is that Francis undertook the challenges as a fitness ambition of his, proving that even in retirement you can still be youthful and adventurous!

Francis also kindly raised funds for the Tynedale Hospice at Home during his walk, captivating many a local imagination as he shared his journey via his blog. Proving that age is just a number, perhaps you will be as inspired as I was when reading this book, and may take up the mantle to craft your own journey!”

Review written by Sophie Rieckmann, August 2017.