The WoW blog

32 days, 210 miles, 35,000 feet of ascent.

We updated on a daily basis throughout our walk, with just an occasional delay when there didn't seem to be enough time in the day.

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Browse the entry summaries, click on 'Read More>>' to see the full entry. Scroll right down for comments section.

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[WoW page]
[Route map]
[Walk Blog]
[After Walk Blog]
[Photo gallery]


This is a really easy way to do it. Your support will greatly encourage them to add on the miles. We are aiming for £25,000. [Sponsorship total]

Click on a name to go to a walker's sponsorship page. Or click here to sponsor the event as a whole.

Our Walkers over Wales

Stacey Reason, (plus Jorge the last week) from Toronto, Canada

Andy Williams, from Singapore


Charlton Thear, from the Canary Islands


Dan Chambers, from San Diego, California


Andrew Wakelin, from Wales


Walkers elsewhere with sponsorship pages

Dianne Berryman, Australia


Lorraine-Baguley, Australia



Other walkers elsewhere

Margaret Carter, Kidderminster, UK
Summer Hamilton Brown, USA
Tanya Rafford-Raper, Australia
Bonnie Wynne, New South Wales, Australia































Author: Created: 02/06/2010 22:18

All blog entries

Please use these links to choose a blog: [Walking wiht McArdle's Blog]   [Walk Blog]   [After Walk Blog]   [Before Walk Blog]

By Andrew Wakelin on 08/08/2011 11:59

Packing up. On our way home. Conclusions. Plans for next year.

By Andrew Wakelin on 08/08/2011 10:17

Glyder Fach. Exposure. Cantilever. Great finish!

By Andrew Wakelin on 06/08/2011 20:42

Precipice Walk. Bye Peter. Harlech Castle.

By Andrew Wakelin on 05/08/2011 19:48

Sheep tick. Dr Quinlivan. Mawddach Estuary. Barmouth.

By Andrew Wakelin on 04/08/2011 19:39

Holyhead. Mist and low cloud. Cliffs. Sunburnt again.

By Andrew Wakelin on 03/08/2011 20:26

Croesor. Cnicht. Slate quarries. Long descent.

By Andrew Wakelin on 02/08/2011 20:49

Llyn Dinas, Nant Gwynant. Beddgelert. Aberglaslyn. 500 feet 'up the back'.

By Andrew Wakelin on 01/08/2011 21:04

Starting week 2. Back to the base. Everyone gathering.

By Andrew Wakelin on 01/08/2011 21:01

Goodbyes. Relaxation. Preparation for the second week.

By Andrew Wakelin on 28/07/2011 20:02

Foel Lwyd 605m (1,978 ft). Tal y fan. Rain.

By Andrew Wakelin on 27/07/2011 20:57

Telford's suspension bridge. Church Island. Plas Newydd, Moel-y-don.

By Andrew Wakelin on 26/07/2011 20:17

Lazy breakfast. Blogging. Beautiful Llyn Dinas.

By Andrew Wakelin on 26/07/2011 10:13

On the Snowdon range. 1,300 feet height gain. Helicopter rescue (not us!). Watkin Path.

By Andrew Wakelin on 25/07/2011 09:02

Really a 'level' day. Fantastic weather again. Crossing the estuary.

By Andrew Wakelin on 24/07/2011 09:36

Level walk (not). Beautiful Aberglaslyn. Everyone doing well. Lorraine surprises herself (and us!).

By Andrew Wakelin on 22/07/2011 20:10

Arrivals. Beautiful weather. Exercise test. Evening stroll.

By Andrew Wakelin on 21/07/2011 22:50

As we speak people are making their way to Wales. Looking forward to a great week.


By Andrew Wakelin on 31/08/2010 06:30

Somewhere within the final few days of the trip while we were out on the trail, I recall a few words of guidance that Jorge offered to Stacey and I... (and I quote him loosely... more so in form of a paraphrase... I don't want any lawsuits headed my way...)

"Walking should be your career."

By Andrew Wakelin on 16/08/2010 16:17

Not as many hills, but great trails - and you'll never guess what else!

By Andrew Wakelin on 15/08/2010 08:46

Updated and completed the WoW route map. New press opportunities.

By Andrew Wakelin on 12/08/2010 16:22

Maybe porridge with golden syrup is the answer...

By Andrew Wakelin on 10/08/2010 18:31

There are now more videos uploaded to the WoW Facebook Group. Either go there, or try this sample one here first. When it finished, to see the others click on "Go to video" and then on the link "Show all videos".

By Andrew Wakelin on 09/08/2010 11:14

Cadair Idris without the rain. Excellent CK test result.

By Andrew Wakelin on 07/08/2010 12:04

It's a weird feeling not having to get out in the rain and walk!

By Andrew Wakelin on 04/08/2010 22:51

That is it from the team. But see link on the left for the "After Blog". We want to report on how we are feeling and getting on in the weeks following the walk.



The WoW Team
Left to right: Andy, Andrew, Charlton, Dan and Stacey.



By Andrew Wakelin on 02/08/2010 14:15

The final supper; ITV News Wales; Barely concealed emotions; This trip ends, but the journey continues; Summer has arrived.

By Andrew Wakelin on 01/08/2010 17:52

Sun at last; a scenic walk along the Taff; a costume wedding; Castell Coch: Llandaf Cathedral; our penultimate day

By Andrew Wakelin on 31/07/2010 17:44

Charlton's first day; extra mileage; no rain - well a drop or two; stairs, stairs, stairs; where is the path?; three cheers for Marcelo; Sigh!

By Andrew Wakelin on 30/07/2010 20:31

Mayor Dave; Cider Monkey; Chicken Land; Taff Trail; gently falling rain; best cup of tea ever; Charlton arrives!

By Andrew Wakelin on 29/07/2010 16:45

Long, flat, unchallenging, tarmac... what have we become?!

By Andrew Wakelin on 28/07/2010 17:56

Pen y Fan no longer ominous; 77 year old leads way with 10 and 12 year old also in vanguard; rain, wind, climbs, sun; steep, steep, steep; lots of drops; reinforcements; paparazzi Pete; calming words from Jorge “Don’t worry it’ll be much worse than it looks”.

By Andrew Wakelin on 28/07/2010 07:54

The Boar's Head. A walk in the park. Family arrive.

By Andrew Wakelin on 26/07/2010 15:51

Alt Y Clych, Banc Craigol, Rest Day madness, Rob joins, Brian McArdle, on to Brecon - Sunny again!!!

By Andrew Wakelin on 25/07/2010 18:57

Two days in one. Never mind the bullocks! Brecon or bust. Ominous presence. Finally a cold drink at the end of the day. 2011 - 1 week.

By Andrew Wakelin on 24/07/2010 15:46

Not any of us, of course! Back to climbing - exhilarating; 3 stages of the McArdle's Walk; GP joiners; cloudy, but dry - well a slight mist!

By Andrew Wakelin on 23/07/2010 14:25

7.5 miles along the Wye, early finish, no hills, no rain - something missing!

By Andrew Wakelin on 22/07/2010 19:48

Sun Glorious Sun. Mama & Babe. Humbled. Cider is the Solution. Barnes Wallis. Climb every Mountain. 7 1/2 hour Slog.

By Andrew Wakelin on 21/07/2010 17:26

Sunny skies pre-walk - rain during - sunny skies post walk. Car Park Trauma. Royal Welsh Show - Otters, Pole Climbing & BBC Radio Wales.

By Andrew Wakelin on 20/07/2010 19:20

It rained...we walked...we got broke down...we quit! All in all - a great winter's day in the Elan Valley