In March 2009 I read a journal on the Walking Places website written by a woman about my age who had walked the Coast to Coast with her mother. Although this was a feat in itself it was more the feeling of freedom and adventure the words conveyed that had me totally sold. This was something I felt I had to do and I knew just the man I was going to do it with.
Nige and I met over 35 years ago and in the time since then we have walked many miles together – drunk many pints together – been Best Man for each other and fulfilled Godfatherly duties. I took him for a pint in Buxton and pounced on him with my idea. We agreed to do the walk in July the following year which gave us 15 months to plan and fund the trip.