Wednesday 27 June 2012


Jane, the River Dee & the Welsh border.
Can't wait to be off again!
Feet are itchy, legs are (as we say in Yorkshire) "kittley" and the waist line is expanding again!
June has been a very quiet month - partly because of work and partly because of the weather - but now it's time to get on with the walk. We've already reached the River Dee and the Welsh border.
The next stage, on Friday 6 July, will start at the "Peal O' Bells" Pub in Holt and finish at Old Sontley, south of Wrexham.
Then, on Sunday 8 July, the next stage takes us to join up with the "Offa's Dyke" path at Pontcysyllte Aqueduct - a fabulous spot!

Hopefully, we'll then manage another 4 or 5 days around 12-16 July, taking us past Oswestry to somewhere near Montgomery.  The rest of Offa's Dyke and the Severn Bridge should be completed during the 2nd & 3rd weeks of August.

I've timed this stretch for the holiday period to make it possible for as many friends as possible to join me!  Offa's Dyke is a brilliant walk, through very beautiful and varied countryside, with lots of nice pubs and places to stop and visit.  Please, if you can spare a few days, do come and join me - I'm sure the weather will be fine by then!  Also, please help to spread the word - pass this on to as many friends and musical contacts as possible and, if you use Facebook, please like & share the "Andante - The big walk" page and like & share every time you see a post about "Andante".
So far, I've walked nearly 550 miles, done nearly 9,500 metres of climbing, seen lots of places, met lots of friends, made lots of new ones and talked a lot about music and music education.  The end-of-walk "Report" is beginning to take shape and I hope it will prove useful.
Of course, I want to meet lots more musical people but, most of all, I really do want to raise lots more money for musical charities!  PLEASE donate or sponsor me if you possibly can - every little bit will help - and I assure you that it will all go to a very good cause!  It's not just for St Cecilia Orchestra and VaCO, it's also to support the valuable work that both organisations do in the promotion of music and music education.  People who walk with me are also welcome to raise money for their own musical charities!
And finally, many, many thanks to all those who have donated or helped in any way so far!