This July, the Pullen Family will be undertaking The Mighty Boy Walk. With the disruptions of the last few months, we have not been sure the walk would be possible, but we know how desperate the charities are for funding at the moment, so we have made the decision to go ahead (albeit in a watered down format and with social distancing at the forefront of our minds).
One of Silas’s favourite songs was “500 miles” by The Proclaimers. He first heard this aged 4, late at night, at his godmother Natasha’s wedding and, despite the hour, he danced and danced until he had to be dragged to bed by his exhausted parents. Over the following years, Silas danced to this song at every opportunity, mostly around the kitchen island with his brothers, and he would bellow out the words of the chorus. For us this song is inextricably linked to Silas and his madcap energy.
To mark what would be his 18th Birthday and his coming of age and to overcome the ageing knees of his parents, we plan on walking 500 miles between the five of us. To do this we will be walking 100 miles around the Kent Coast from Lydd to Faversham and then home, knowing that Silas will be with us every step of the way.
We would love for some of our friends, Silas’s friends and the other boys’ friends to join us for all or part of this trek. We had plans originally for a big hog roast and knees-up on the Saturday night but due to the circumstances, this will no longer be happening. However, please feel free to stop in for a celebratory drink or two after the completion of the walk at The Red Lion in Badlesmere – socially distanced, of course. If you would like to book a table for food then please contact Paul or Lisa direct on 01233 740 309.
The walk will start on Friday 24th July and finish on Saturday 1st August. The route has yet to be completely finalised but we will cover roughly 23 km a day and it will be broadly similar to this:
Day 1 – Friday 24th July – Lydd to Dymchurch (start time 12pm)
Day 2 – Sunday 26th July – Dymchurch to Capel Le Ferme (start time 11am)
Day 3 – Monday 27th July –Capel Le Ferme to Deal (start time 12pm)
Day 4 – Tuesday 28th July –Deal to Pegwell Bay (start time 12pm)
Day 5 – Thursday 30th July – Pegwell Bay to Birchington (Start time 12pm)
Day 6 – Friday 31st July – Birchington to Whitstable (start time 12pm)
Day 7 – Saturday 1st August – Whitstable to Badlesmere via Faversham (start time 11am)
If you would like to join the family for a km or two, half a day, a whole day or more, at whichever location suits you best, then please e-mail email@example.com. We will need to restrict the number of individuals/households that join us on any given day, in line with Covid-19 guidance. If lots of people wish to walk on any one day, then we will stagger starts so that people remain in small groups (so feel free to organise your own small group – either two households or six individuals). Also, due to Covid-19, you will need to be in charge of your own travel arrangements (there are generally good transport links along the route) and the last two days start very near train stations (Day 6 and 7). If you are not local, and plan on staying overnight, then there will be limited camping available at ours or you can always book a local B&B.
Please note that the A251 will be completely closed over the time of the walk (adding to logistical difficulties) but the Red Lion will still be open and people will be able to access parking for the pub from Faversham on the lees beside our house on the Saturday afternoon/evening. Those coming from Charing/Ashford way will be able to get through to park at the pub.
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500 Miles Covid-19 Guidance
- Stay at least 2m away from other people at all times when walking apart from members of your own household or bubble.
- Maintain good hand and cough hygiene at all times.
- Please bring a mask to wear if you intend on entering a retail outlet at any stage.
- Pass members of the public on route at a safe distance.
- Avoid touching hard surfaces with your hands, such as gates, walls and fences and, if you must, then sanitise your hands.
- Please take alcohol-based hand gel with you and use often, especially before eating and after touching any surfaces.
- Please bring your own snacks, food, utensils and drinks and do not share with anyone outside of your household.
- Please bring your own medical supplies (plasters, tape, medications, face coverings etc).
- Try to avoid using public transport, if at all possible. If not, then please remember to use a face covering.
- If you are allocated a staggered start time, then please limit your interactions with anyone outside of your group.
- If you need to use a toilet on route, then try to avoid touching surfaces and wash your hands thoroughly.
- If you stop for a drink in a public house during or after the day’s walk, then please follow government guidance for these establishments and, in particular, maintain social distancing at all times.
- If you wish to make a donation on the day then please bring a card not cash (we will have a contactless payment system in place).
MOST IMPORTANTLY, PLEASE DO NOT WALK/JOIN US IF YOU FEEL UNWELL, IN PARTICULAR IF YOU HAVE A HIGH TEMPERATURE, A CONTINUOUS COUGH OR A LOSS/CHANGE TO YOUR SENSE OF SMELL OR TASTE OR YOU ARE LIVING IN A HOUSEHOLD WITH SOMEONE WHO IS DISPLAYING SYMPTOMS OR WHO HAS DONE SO IN THE LAST 14 DAYS