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The Coast to Coast Nellython
June 6th - June 24th 2005

Nelly is an 8 year old Border Collie, originally from a Blue Cross home in Devon. She has always been incredibly fit and active, but last year was unfortunately involved in a minor road accident, which necessitated the amputation of her right back leg. Within a couple of months she was already able to walk up to 5 miles and a year on, she has managed up to 15 miles.

The idea of doing the Coast to Coast Walk from St Bees Head in Cumbria to Robin Hood's Bay in Yorkshire first came under serious consideration after reading that it was voted the second favourite long distance walk in the world (the first being in New Zealand). Including slight detours to accommodation, the walk will be 200 miles long!! and follows a route established by Wainwright in the 1970s.

Because of Nelly's condition we felt that rather than do the 15 to 20 miles a day that the seasoned long distance walkers undertake (and which Nelly herself did pre accident) that we would tackle on average 10 miles per day - the shortest day being the last day with only 4.5 miles to cover and the longest distance being 14 miles (which fortuitously is also the flatest day!!). Actually the uphills are more scary than the distances - some days Nelly will be scrambling up about 1500 feet (only to come almost immediately down!).

Nelly's owners Steve and Tricia Todd decided to use the opportunity to raise money for the Cotswold Care Hospice.

Two illustrated talks are planned at the end of the walk in July - one at Wotton-under-Edge Civic Centre for members of the public (concentrating on the views and the general experience) and one yet to be confirmed for CAMRA members (which will concentrate on beers en route!) It is hoped that an auction and a raffle will accompany the talks.

In addition local employers, organisations and businesses frequented by Nelly and her owners will be asked to subscribe to a Super Sponsor Scheme, whereby bosses guarantee to round off donations made on their sites to the nearest £50. Local media will also be informed of the venture, as their support will be most helpful.

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