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Bryanston minibus driver to complete 3,000km walk from Wool to Santiago de Compostela
In April, Bryanston’s Pat Barnes is going to be walking from his front door in Wool, Dorset, through the British countryside to Dover, through France, over the Pyrenees and across the North of Spain to Santiago de Compostela on the Camino trail.
The walk is in aid of MOSAIC, the children’s bereavement charity and will cover approximately 3,000km. Pat is due to leave his house on Monday 3 April and will head to Salisbury, then to Winchester, where he will join the Pilgrim’s Trail to Canterbury, which should take approximately 21 days. From there, Pat plans to walk to Dover and get the ferry over to Calais, and then walk south along the coast to a town called Treport, where there is a marked route to Ouistreham, a town just north of the city of Caen. From Caen, there is a marked path directly to the Pyrenees, and he will head south on this path until he gets to the city of Tours. Pat will then head south-east to the city of Lyon. From there, he plans to head south-west across the Masif Central to the Pyrenees and across to the City of Roncesvalles and then head north to the Spanish coast. To complete his challenge, he will then be walking along the Camino del Norte (the Northern Way) and about 500kms along, he will turn southwest onto the Camino Primitivo (the Primitive Way) and then on to Santiago de Compostela.
Pat commented: “I enjoy the adventure of a long-distance walk, seeing the countryside, the cultural changes, nature, but most of all the people you meet along the way. I have chosen to fundraise for Mosaic, a Dorset-based charity which supports bereaved children and young people and their families. They also provide support for children facing the death of a loved one.”
The walk will be unsupported, and he will have to carry everything with him that he needs. The walk is estimated to take four months.
We are all rooting for you, Pat!