Peter Hurrell has completed long walks before but nothing that would compare to his next challenge.
On September 4, the 71-year-old will begin a month-long journey on the Camino Francés, an ancient pilgrimage route which runs from the French border town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to the Cathedral of St James in Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia, Spain.
“I’m hoping to do it in 32 days,” said the father-of-three, who is funding the trip himself and plans to stay mostly in simple hostel accommodation.
Peter, who is currently practising on hills in Cornwall, is no stranger to long-distance walking having previously completed the Pennine Way and West Highland Way, and a 300-mile charity walk around East Anglia in 2008, but his Camino Challenge will see him complete almost 500 miles, making it his longest walk yet.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge but it’s going to be quite a hard slog,” said Peter, whose daughter, Catherine Stocking, is planning to accompany him for the last five days of his journey.
Peter, of Fornham All Saints, will be using the challenge to raise money towards the cost of repairing the ceiling in the village church, which is expected to cost around £30,000.
“I’m aiming for as much as people are willing to give but I would like to contribute a fair sum to the total cost,” he said.
Anyone wanting to sponsor Peter’s ‘Camino Challenge’ can email email@example.com, call 01284 702608 or send a cheque or crossed postal order to Peter’s support team, c/o Alan and Teresa Goodenough, 22 Lark Valley Drive, Fornham All Saints, IP28 6UG.
Cheques should be made payable to the Fornham All Saints Fabric Fund and ‘Santiago Challenge’ should be written on the back.