Around 200 people took to the rolling hills, valleys, canals and by-ways of Somerset as the Samaritans National Walk took place in glorious sunshine and countryside, south of the historic City of Bath on June 9th.
Encouraged on their way by England Netball Golden Girl, Eboni Beckford-Chambers, and the Mayor of Bath, Cllr Patrick Anketell-Jones, the walkers set off under a clear blue sky to take on the route - either 12 or 23 miles - and help raise funds for Samaritans.
A highly entertaining warm-up every half-hour from the never-flagging Sarah Ryder of Bear Fitness put everyone in a good mood; even the Mayor and Eboni joined in!
Bath and District Samartians, David Ryder - who completed the 12 mile Walk himself - said the whole day was an exhausting but exhilarating success: "We were so lucky to have great weather, and to be joined by Eboni Beckford-Chambers and Bath's Mayor - they sprinkled some gold dust over the Start. Along the way we had bacon butties, cakes and fruit - plus lots of tea and coffee - for the Walkers, and even some English Folk musicians at one of the main stops. And our lovely National Chair, Jenni McCartney, helped encourage the Walkers over the Finish line.
"We have had many positive comments on the spectacular route: the longer Walk even included a mile-long stretch through a former railway tunnel.
"We are so grateful to everyone who made the effort to join us - we had walkers from Macclesfield, Preston, East Anglia, Colchester, Cornwall, London - and many more points north, south, east and west. The home team from Bath & District worked their socks off to make the event run smoothly - we managed not to lose anyone!"
It is estimated that the Walk has raised over £10,000 for Samaritans - a fantastic result.