Between the 26th and the 1st, Tash and Sam walked 100.3km and have currently raised £410. Tash said, “We did get quite wet on some days but mostly the weather wasn’t too bad. Our routes included walks to Peppard, Binfield Health, Remenham, Hambleden and through Shiplake, with only one pub stop on the last day. On the last day, we drove to Warburg Nature Reserve and walked a route from there to Stonor down to Middle Assenden, up to Bix and back to the reserve.”
Between 1970 and 2013 UK wildlife declined by 56%. Wildlife lovers Tash Franklin and Sam Hockaday set off yesterday (Monday) on a 100km walk around the Oxfordshire countryside as part of the Wildlife Trust’s Big Wild Walk.
Tash and Sam will set off each morning this week from their home in Henley. Tash said, “We have pre-planned a series of seven routes around the local area which all loop back to home. These include a round trip to Hambleden Lock and back, a round trip through Shiplake and on the final day we will be walking to Warburg Nature Reserve and back. We chose that final walk specifically as Warburg is a BBO Wildlife Trust reserve. To achieve 100km in the week, we will be walking an average of 14.3km per day.”
The couple will be raising money for the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust, Their goal is to raise £200 during the week. Sam comments, “Wildlife is in trouble here in the UK and something needs doing in order to protect it. The Wildlife Trusts have started a new campaign called the “30 by 30” campaign. This aims to restore 30% of natural places by the year 2030 in order to begin the natural restoration of biodiversity. By doing this walk, it allows us to raise funds for the trust, giving them the ability to make this 30 by 30 campaign a reality. Wildlife has always been a huge part of our lives. Coming from a wildlife photography and film background and our sheer love for the natural world, we really felt we should get involved.”
Although Sam and Tash are lovers of the outdoors and are no strangers to a long walk they know that walking every day for 7 days will be a challenge. Tash explains, “Walking 100km in seven days is not a regular thing for us, or anyone for that matter, to do. The weather will also be a factor in the equation. With the forecast looking wet for most of the week, this will certainly make it a challenge. By regularly walking longer distances we feel that has allowed us to successfully prepare for this event. We have also been doing regular cardiovascular exercises in order to improve our stamina for such a long walk.”
Sam has created a short film which can be watched here https://www.youtube.com/watch?
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