Group conquer wall

The two Morpeth families raise a glass after completing their Hadrian's Wall walk.
The two Morpeth families raise a glass after completing their Hadrian's Wall walk.

TWO Morpeth families enjoyed the great outdoors as they did a charity walk along Hadrian’s Wall.

A total of eight people, adults and children, put on their walking boots for five consecutive days to travel from an area of Carlisle to Segedunum Roman Fort in Wallsend.

The 75-mile route gave them the chance to appreciate the landscapes and wildlife by the historic monument, although not all of the animals they encountered were friendly.

The participants were Zoe Eke, her children Matthew, 14, Lewis, 11 and Hannah, 10, and her father Mel Gibson as well as Claire Yates and her two boys Sam, 11, and Joe, nine. The children chose WaterAid as the good cause to support.

Zoe said: “We had all gone on walks before, but never anything on this scale.

“Going along Hadrian’s Wall had been in my head for a few years and I said to Hannah that we would do the walk when she was 10, so that forced the issue.

“The boys were more than happy to join us, my dad enjoys walking so he was on board and then I asked Claire and it was lovely that she and her two boys agreed to come along as well.

“We varied the mileage between 10 and 20 each day and thankfully on the second day, which was Hannah’s birthday, the forecast rain stayed away as we did 19 miles and it was quite a hilly route.

“Our limbs were aching on the last couple of days and the final section was mainly on hard surfaces, but we knew the finish was close and kept on going.

“It was nice to have some peaceful time with the family where we could talk about things without the distraction of television or the internet and raise money for an important charity.”

The Ekes and the Yates family live in Lancaster Park and Claire said they formed an even closer bond during the trip.

“It’s quite something to see the wall from one end to the other and there were many beautiful sights from the hills,” she added.

Mel, aged 70, said: “It’s an achievement to walk Hadrian’s Wall and everyone in the group did extremely well.

“I found that the route was very divergent because you can go from hills one day to a very flat section the next.”

More than £500 has been raised for WaterAid so far and Chantry Middle School and Technology College will hold a non-uniform day for the cause tomorrow.

Sam said it was nice seeing some new-born lambs, but they had to navigate some angry cows at one point. Lewis said he was pleased with the achievement at the finish, but a little sad because he was having such a good time.