The John Muir Way is a walking path in Scotland. For 215 km it wends its way through towns, across mountains, leading towards the finish point - the town of Dunbar on the East coast. It’s permitted to wild camp in Scotland, so Zoe was carrying everything she needed with her and slept outside in nature.
It was while staying at a Workaway in Kent that Zoe heard about No Name Kitchen. “I already had a plan to do a long walk, and thought I might be able to raise a bit of money too. My workaway hosts told me about No Name Kitchen.” Zoe wanted to find a small organisation who would really benefit from her contribution.
“I became self-employed during the lockdown, so I have the time and flexibility to do a long hike like this.” Zoe makes reusable sanitary pads out of hemp, take a look at her shop here. “I’d done plenty of camping before but never combined with so much walking.” And the increase in walking quickly made itself known. Zoe had to visit a minor injuries unit when her Achilles tendon became inflamed, fortunately she was reassured that it wasn’t anything more serious and she could carry on. “I was really worried that my journey would be over when I’d only just begun! I knew that people had put trust in me to complete the whole route and had donated money, so it would have been really tough to give up.”
Time in nature wasn’t the only benefit either. Spending that much time on your own could be daunting, you have to deal with anything that crops up without the support of another person. “I feel that I gained confidence. I had to look after myself, make decisions and ask for help and the confidence boost means I would tackle another long hike like this in the future.”
Thank you Zoe, for raising much needed funds for No Name Kitchen. You can donate to Zoe’s fund-raising here, or directly to NNK here.
Have you thought about a long distance hike? What would be your concerns? Have you got a challenge planned that you could ask for sponsorship for? Comment below.