Oct
2014

Madelon Lyle walks 100 miles to raise money to save the tiger!

Madelon Lyle Is my guest blogger this month; she has bravely walked 100 mile to raise money to save the tiger. A dead tiger is worth £100,000 to a poacher so it isn’t surprising they are being killed every day


To save the tiger is a test. If we pass, we get to keep the planet.” Marjorie Stoneman Douglas (conservationist)

http://www.justgiving.com/Madelon-Lyle

This August I walked all of the Cotswolds Way – 100 miles -and only fell over once.

Walking with a group of ramblers from Chipping Camden to Bath we averaged 12 miles a day over 9 days and it was very strenuous – the total uphill walking added up to a surprising 10,600 feet. I did this to raise money for the charity, which aims to prevent tigers from becoming extinct in the wild.

Please see this link if you would like to donate as I still have a long way to go to reach my target of £10,000. The link tells you more about the plight of the tigers and what motivated me to do this. www.justgiving.com/Madelon-Lyle

We stayed 6 nights in Cheltenham and 3 nights in Bath.

A mini-bus took us to the start of the walk each morning and collected us at the end. This enabled us to do the entire Cotswolds Way as a linear walk without having to carry our luggage. The scenery and colors were beautiful with plenty of butterflies and wildflowers.

The path itself was very easy to follow being well marked & maintained. Surprisingly we encountered very few other walkers so we felt we had the whole stunning landscape to ourselves!

My favorite part was the section from  Chipping Camden to Cheltenham which passes through many pretty Cotswolds villages such as Stanton with its ancient houses, Broadway and Winchcombe.

The section from Cleeve Hill to Cranham is a ridge walk with great views of Cheltenham. Near Cranham is the famous cheese-rolling hill which we walked past (but not up thankfully). Here people participate annually in the ancient tradition of rolling cheese down the hill and many legs get broken in the process.

Another lovely stretch was from Kings Stanley to Dursley taking in fantastic views from Coaley Peak and Cam. From Wootton-Under –Edge to Bath.The landscape changes becoming more gently undulating and agricultural though still with the occasional incredibly steep hill.

On the subject of hills, the one leaving Dursley called Stinchcombe Hill should be re-named “Stinking Hill” and if I did the walk again I would miss it out, possibly taking a bus from Dursley to Wotton-under Edge and rejoining the path from there.

66 miles to Bath

 

The Cotswolds Way takes you past ancient monuments and follies (e.g Broadway Tour, Hailes Abbey, Grenville Monument) and historic sites such as long barrows and the battlefield where the English Civil War was fought – we walked through the field on which the recent movie “A Field in England” is based.

It also passes many National Trust houses and places of interest such as Sudeley Castle at Winchcombe, Stanway House and Fountain, Prinknash Abbey & Bird Park, the Rococo Gardens at Painswick, Horton Court, Dyrham Park to name but a few.

BROADWAY TOWER ON COTSWOLD WALK

I loved the wildlife as well as the scenery and walking through a forest we stumbled across a herd of Gloucester Old Spot pigs wallowing in the mud. We also came across muntjacs, rabbits, birds and many types of sheep and cattle and masses of butterflies.

 I did not see the rare blue butterfly which apparently can be spotted in the Cotswolds if you are lucky.

I would highly recommend this walk to anyone considering doing it, but you do need to plan quite carefully and allow lots of time.

The end of the walk

And now a little bit more about the tigers:

Tigers are extinct in 11 countries and 3 subspecies are already extinct. They now live in just 7 % of their historic range. By saving cats, the impacts are far-reaching and conserve vast landscapes upon which many species depend, including humans.

These quotes sum up the reason I am fundraising for tigers:-
“Future generations would be truly saddened that this century had so little foresight, so little compassion, such lack of generosity of spirit for the future that it would eliminate one of the most dramatic and beautiful animals that this world has ever seen” – George B. Schaller (field biologist).

 

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