Great Wall of China Trek

Saturday 6th October, 2018

Our China Trekkers have set off!

Our team of 25 are currently on the adventure of a lifetime – walking the Great Wall of China to raise money for our dedicated children’s hospice, Brian House.

We will be updating you with their progress and sharing some of their amazing photographs.

Our amazing China Trekkers are on the adventure of a lifetime – walking along the Great Wall of China and helping to restore parts of the iconic structure which has been voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the Wold.

Our team of 25 set off from Trinity Hospice on Saturday, and will spend five days hiking along the magnificent wall, taking in the famous watch towers and mountains, historic battlements and climbing the legendary Heavenly Ladder at Mutianyu.

We are delighted to be able to share their journey through a blog, detailing the highs and the lows as they tackle this ancient wonder in aid of our dedicated children’s hospice, Brian House.

This isn’t just any ordinary walk! Due to the amount of steps our team is trekking up and down each day, it can take an hour just to walk 1km, so please show your support through donations and messages of encouragement through our Just Giving page here.


Day 5 – our final day

Well that’s it, our challenge is over. The Great Wall has come to an end.

What an outstanding achievement for us all. This morning after a three hour walk to the Badaling old section, we had the privilege of placing a stone in the wall as part of the restoration process and some of us left an item or note in memory of someone special to us. It was the perfect end to an amazing journey!

Once the walking was over we transferred back to Beijing to rest and some of us enjoyed a lovely massage! Tomorrow we will spend the day enjoying what Beijing has to offer, before a celebratory meal at the Premier Duck Dinner Restaurant.

We all have our own reasons for taking this trip, but the one thing we all have in common is what we have all done to support Brian House – every single person here has certainly stood up to that challenge!

We couldn’t have done this without the support of everyone we love back home, and from all those people who have sponsored us to help us make a real difference to the children and families on the Fylde coast who need Brian House. You can still donate – every penny we receive will go towards the expert palliative care our children need. Please visit our JustGiving page and give what you can by clicking here.


Day 4

What a day! It may not have been the furthest we’ve walked during our adventure, but it’s definitely one of the toughest. We have conquered Mutianu! 1000 steps from the foot of the wall to the base of the ‘Heavenly Ladder’. That was another 460 steps but so worth it. The view was absolutely stunning from the top!

It was extremely hard work and took us nearly 6 hours to complete! But it was lots of fun to slide down that part of the wall.

We reached the touristic part of the wall, and we took great delight in taking time out for a look around and a well-deserved freshly-prepared sandwich.

We can’t believe tomorrow is the last day of our challenge, but it may be the most emotional day as we get to rebuild part of the Great Wall. Many of us will be doing so in memory of loved ones, and I know we will all be thinking about those children at Brian House who we are doing it for.


Day 3

Another day done! The group are doing so well, with a real sense of teamwork, supporting each other and enjoying every moment. We walked around 7.5km today.

 

These photos are from a particularly tough section. We were in Jinshanling, a place located in the mountainous area in Luanping County, a very remote and original part of the wall. The terrain was very difficult under foot, with lots and lots of steps that were such hard work, but we conquered them! (Some of us are very much appreciating the fact that we brought Deep Heat with us).

Tomorrow we tackle the Heavenly Ladder starting with 1000 steps to get there, through 11 watchtowers, then another 460 steps to the top … but we get to toboggan back down at the end!

Tonight we’re looking forward to dinner and bed, only two days to go. We can’t believe what we have accomplished for the children and families in Brian House.


Day 2

What a fantastic day! We took just over 7 hours to complete 13km trekking over the most amazing terrain imaginable! Our muscles ache so much! But what a buzz! We had a packed lunch in one of the towers and talk about a view! We even had one of the trekkers playing music on his speaker to spur us along.

Tonight we are staying at the Haijun Folk Inn in Jinshanling, and we’re looking forward to a nice rest before we hit the wall again in the morning. We’re leaving Jinshanling, which is deep in the mountains, and walking along one of the more remote sections of the wall. It’s meant to be a very beautiful part of the trek, and we’re really looking forward to it. We’ll walk around 7.5km which should take around 5-6 hours! Wish us luck!

We’ve been doing a lot of reflection of why we are doing this – those children at Brian House really are keeping us going as our muscles get weary, and we’re so amazed at all the support we’re getting and messages from back home. Keep them coming.


Day 1

We arrived in China safe and sound after a wonderful send off from our friends and family on Saturday afternoon. We left England on Saturday night and arrived in Beijing at 3.30pm on Sunday (China time). We had a nice evening and tea together, before an early night, ready for the adventure to really begin on Monday.

Thankfully the weather is lovely. Clear blue skies has certainly helped and we have a very cheery attitude. Today, while you were sleeping and getting ready for the day ahead we were celebrating our finishing steps having completed the Huangyaguan Great Wall – it took around three hours and we finished just before 3pm (8am UK-time). It may not seem much, but it’s all in preparation – tomorrow is our longest walking day. We will walk approximately 13km from Gubeikou to Jinshanling. We’re expecting it to take around 8 hours, so we’re going to have to get a good night’s sleep tonight.

The children at Brian House are in our thoughts as we complete this trek. It was lovely to have them wave us off from Blackpool, and we’re looking forward to seeing them again when we arrive home.

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