Walking Hadrian’s Wall in April/May, for charity

I took a mad notion a short time before Xmas, and decided to walk the length of Hadrian’s Wall in 2013, for charity. Naturally enough, I will do it in full Roman gear. Anthony Riches, author of the Empire series, and Russell Whitfield, author of the Gladiatrix novels, have foolishly agreed to come along as well. The two charities that we’re raising money for are Combat Stress, and Medecins Sans Frontieres. We aim to walk west to east (this is regarded as the best way to do it), starting on either the 28th or 29th of April. Six days walking, and one day to recover/sign books in Newcastle.

I’m in the process of ordering so much gear that I never knew I didn’t have! So, linen undertunic, tunic, bronze chest plate and back plate; sword belt, javelin, boots, cloak, pouch, waterbag, crest for my helmet. The list is endless, but it’s exciting! As I get my gear in and start walking around home, I’ll post some photos. I’ll also get a donation page up and running soon – and hopefully some of you will throw a few pounds/Euros/Dollars at it! I will have some good prizes for people to try to win according to how much they’ve donated.

Also: so many people mentioned coming along for part of it when I first mentioned the walk, I will try to organise a day or days when you can come to join us for the day’s walk.

Better get back to plotting Hannibal book three now: An Island Aflame.

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  1. word_seeker
    Posted 21 January 2013 at 15:02 | Permalink

    Hi Ben,

    You may well be mad! However, it is also a noble thing that you, Anthony and Russ are doing. I wish you all the very best on your walk, not least fair weather! Make sure you purchase the finest Iranian socks and the finest Italian leather boots (I know a nice man in Capri who makes sandals to measure).

    All the best,

  2. Ben Kane
    Posted 21 January 2013 at 15:06 | Permalink

    @Elaine: Thank you! Ta for the idea about the Capri chap, but I have my boots on order from a woman in the UK who’s been making historical footwear for years. Tony got his from her, and raves about them.

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