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Walking, Running and Outdoors

A Journey of Soles:

Land's End to John O'Groats


About this book:

  • ISBN: 190 452 4052 (paperback)

  • Published 2003

  • Price £7.00 + postage

  • 137 pages

  • Illustrated with 72 photographs

About the Author:
Kathy was born and bred in Mansfield, which she describes as a good place to come from. She has lived in Cumbria for more than 20 years and feels she is becoming "heafed." She was educated at a school where you had to fail an exam to gain admission. Her greatest achievement was to pass her Brownie Pathfinder Badge and has used the skills she learned to build up a Guided Walking Holiday business, which she runs with her husband Ken from their farmhouse on Wild Boar Fell in the upper Eden Valley.


IT takes a tremendous effort to trek from Lands End to John O'Groats. Raising money in this way takes a special kind of dedication but to do it for such a deserving charity makes it all worthwhile. To these mad creatures, both two and four legged, I say, "Many congratulations on your successful walk but don't do it again. It's no easier the second time around!" Ian Botham, OBE

What shall we do today? It is the common luxury of long adventures that Kathy, Ken and I have enjoyed for weeks on end - to not have to answer this question. Each day on the journey from Lands End to John O'Groats was an adventure and each day followed naturally so that a wonderful new, but sadly only temporary, way of life developed. Days to be savoured. I met Kathy and Ken approaching Sedbergh in the darkening twilight of a November afternoon. Chirpy and cheerful, as usual, with a sponsorship bucket in tow, I enjoyed touching their journey for a few shared moments. Now I have enjoyed sharing it all in reading this wonderful story of adventure and fulfilment. Hugh Symonds, Fellrunner, Sedbergh

A thoroughly absorbing read about an ambitious (and daft!) plan to raise money for special cause. Read this from the comfort of your sofa - you'll need to be lying down because you'll be exhausted by the end of Chapter One! I'm particularly impressed by Ranger's contributions - spelling, punctuation and grammar spot on. Ranger returned home ahead of time to begin planning the book, allowing Ken and Kathy only the minimal amount of time to recover - thus ensuring that the dreaded call of 'walkies' wasn't heard for a while! Anne Hopper, BBC Radio Cumbria

Kathy puts her heart and sole into first book
A woman from the Kirkby Stephen area has written a humourous travel adventure story based on the experience of her epic walk from one end of the UK to the other.
Kathy Trimmer, of Cold Keld, Fell End, has recounted in her first book - A Journey of Soles, Land's End to John o' Groats - what happened when she and her husband, Ken, together with their dog, Ranger, decided to do the 960-mile walk.
Mrs Trimmer had been involved in guiding blind people or partially sighted people who were doing the John o'Groats to Land's End walk through Eden and fancied giving it a go herself. Both she and her husband had completed the Pennine Way and the Coast to Coast walks, so the top to tail walk was the next one to do.
The idea was that the book would be penned through the eyes of her dog, Ranger, but she injured her foot and had to return home. They were also walking at the time of the horrific floods at the end of 2000 which were not ideal conditions for the animal. Ranger did, however, walk from Settle to Watermillock and the final section of the route.
Mrs Trimmer wrote a diary of what happened on the walk with the intention of having it published. She wrote as she went along on a palm top computer.
The diary brings together the logistics of where they stayed every night and how they got there. The couple did most of their walking on footpaths and canal paths, rather than roads. Their back up vehicle was driven by Peter Davis of Ravenstonedale.
The 43-day walk was done in aid of the Rainbow Trust after the charity was suggested by Molly Young of Kirkby Stephen, and a sum of £13,570 was raised. They carried a 25-litre bucket for the whole journey which they collected money in.
Mrs Trimmer, who was born in Mansfield, has lived in Cumbria for more than 20 years after moving from Nottinghamshire. She has two children, Rebecca and Libby Parsons.
Together with her husband, who is an electrician, she runs a guided walking holiday business from their Cold Keld home. They can accommodate up to ten people for week long stays and guide them on walks which all start from their house.
Mrs Trimmer said, "It was an adventure and the book gives people the chance to follow us on our adventure. There is quite a bit of humour in it."
She said she enjoyed writing the book as it was a way of unwinding at the end of each day. "It feels wonderful to see my first book in print," added Mrs Trimmer.
Cumberland and Westmorland Herald, July 2003.


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