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Cheered: Pub team's sobering walk raises £4,500

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: October 30, 2013

  • Walk leader Kevin Simpson on the North Cornwall coast.

  • STEPPING UP: Walkers Alan Liddicoat, Kath Townsend, Jeanette Thomas, Mick Townsend and Doggie Jones at Port Isaac.

  • Alan Liddicoat, Ian Thomas, Jess Thomas, Jamie Croft and Kevin Simpson on the final day of the walk.

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AN INTREPID group of regulars at the Kings Arms in Lostwithiel have completed a gruelling trek along the North Cornwall coast and raised £4,500 for charity.

It was the pub's third annual fundraising walk and this year the majority of the money will go to Children's Hospice South West via the St Austell Brewery Charitable Trust.

Eleven people completed various stages of the 70-mile walk from Welcome to Lostwithiel, with leader Kevin Simpson completing the whole walk in six days.

Kings Arms landlord and landlady Mick and Kath Townsend joined him for three days.

Mr Simpson said the start of the walk, from Morwenstow to Port Isaac was particularly strenuous. "I'm used to walking, but it was very draining," he said.

"There were some tough parts of the coast to cover, with some steep stretches, and it really sapped the energy, and by the time I got back to Lostwithiel I felt like a zombie.''

After reaching Padstow, the walkers took the Camel Trail to Bodmin and on to Lostwithiel where a beer festival at the Kings helped refresh their souls and soothe their aching limbs.

The walkers stayed in pubs and B&Bs en route. Mr Simpson said: "The walk was very challenging, particularly for those not used to it, but it was thoroughly worthwhile, and we are all looking forward to doing another charity walk next year.''

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