Chichester to Canterbury walkers raise funds for Stonepillow

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A group of walkers set out on a trip from Chichester to Canterbury Cathedral over ten days to raise money for two worthwhile causes.

Chris Merrien and Jane Martin managed to complete the whole 145-mile journey, which started from Chichester Cathedral.

Initially there were four people who set off to head towards the South Downs Way. However as the days went on, this number increased to six before tailing off again towards the end with three walking into Canterbury.

To date more than £1,600 has been raised for Stonepillow, the local homeless shelter, and ‘Building on Success’, which is an improvement of facilities at St Paul’s Church, Northside, aiming to make the centre more versatile for the wider community.

Mr Merrien, of Chatsworth Road, Chichester, said: “Most of the route was off-road using footpaths such as the Sussex Border Path, Wealdway and Greensand Way. One day in particular we had to walk more than 20 miles owing to missing footpath signs and this proved frustrating at times.”

The route started from Charlton Forest and went to Blackcap on the South Downs. The walkers then took a north-easterly direction going through Newick, Ashdown Forest, around Bewl Water, through Biddenden, and joined the North Downs Way to finish off going into Canterbury.

For the first six days the walkers travelled backwards and forwards between the daily destination and Chichester, with car drivers taking them to the start/finish of the walk as appropriate.