Challenge: Walking 30 miles in a day.
Route: Holyhead to Caernarfon
Challenge Carried out April 2017
Following the death of our daughter, I decided to Walk the length of Wales, I challenged myself to walk 30 miles in a day. I find Walking a great way to help me out mentally. I did this with a giant pink unicorn on my back to raise money for the charity 2 Wish Upon A Star.
To get into some kind of shape, physically and mentally, I would walk with my wife every day on average of 6 miles a day. We varied our routes throughout South Wales to keep interested and motivated. It’s amazing what you see when you are on foot and there are things you miss from your everyday travels whilst in a car. We built up once or twice a week to 10-12 miles. The week before the walk I did a training walk of 25 miles. The training walk was of similar terrain to what I would be undertaking and was a good gauge of the clothing, nutrition and water that would be needed.
It is important to note that this challenge is just as mentally taxing as it is physical. Your mindset has to be focused on completing a 30-mile walk. I enjoy walking and will walk whenever I have an opportunity but this is taking it up a notch. I’m no slouch but I’m not an elite athlete either. I work in an office and go to the gym a few times a week. I believe that anyone is capable of this challenge but you have to commit and focus on the end goal. The mindset I had was that I wasn’t going to fail this challenge, no matter what. The stubborn part of me could have been my downfall, which I’ll explain later.
Conditions were perfect for walking at the outset. Sunshine and a breeze, we started first thing in the morning about 7.30 am. It was a very warm day for an April day and by midday could feel that the conditions were taking their toll.
Terrain and Route
The first part of the walk of Wales took part from Holyhead on Anglesey to Caernarfon, North Wales. This is a very flat route and was a mixture of pavements and roads. You have the amazing Snowdonia mountain range as a backdrop for the walk. In my opinion, Wales has some of the best scenery on the planet.
For the challenge, I wore a lightweight T-shirt, some lightweight walking trousers. I swear by under armour undershorts and wear them for all