Saddleworth Discovery Walks: Walking in the footsteps of history

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Chris Maylor

Chris Maylor, who runs a Saddleworth Discovery Walks blog and Facebook page, led a walk in the footsteps of Roman Legions and Intrepid Outlaws

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AFTER LEADING a group from Mahdlo Youth Zone on a week-long sailing expedition last year, the organisation’s young members were again looking for another challenge.

Once again it had to be both physically and mentally challenging, while developing team work, communication skills and offering life enhancing experiences.

A self-supported, multi-day walk seemed to fit the bill perfectly.

Built in 122 AD, and stretching 84 miles from Bowness-on-Solway to Wallsend, Newcastle, Hadrian’s Wall once marked the northern extremities of the former mighty Roman Empire.

Walking the length of this wonderful World Heritage Site was a unique experience for the group, which they fully enjoyed.

Covering distances of up to 30km a day and carrying their own kit, they excelled themselves both physically and mentally and developed a team bond that would ensure they all completed the challenge together.

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Young people on the trip to Hadrian’s Wall

Accommodation was a mixture of camping and hostelling, and the group prepared and cooked their own meals throughout the journey, which many of them had never done before.

Along the route, they visited archaeological sites and discovered what it would have been like to be a Roman soldier posted to the far reaches of Rome’s vast Empire.

Over the years I have led many groups on a variety of challenges and expeditions, but this group impressed me most with their team work, enthusiasm and determination to complete the challenge. I am thoroughly looking forward to leading another group from Mahdlo in the future.


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