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2009 Walk

Dr Bob’s successful 100 mile Hop Across Scotland in 2009.

He started on 17th September at Bowling in West Dunbartonshire and followed  the Forth & Clyde Canal, then the Union Canal to Edinburgh with visits to  Maggie’s Centres in Edinburgh and Glasgow included. The route was then over the Forth Road Bridge and along the Fife Coastal Path ending at Maggie’s Fife in Kirkcaldy around 5pm on Wednesday 23rd September.  

The money raised so far (online  and locally) is now in excess of £10,100.00 but please, please, please keep giving to this amazingly worthwhile cause.

Day 1  –   Thursday 17th September 2009
The walk started on schedule at Bowling  and by late afternoon the team had arrived at the Maggie’s Centre in Glasgow. They received a warm welcome from Danny McGrory and the other staff members –  Joan, Carol and Claire Dr Bob was interviewed by Real Radio today – listen out for him on Friday 18th (too late –  you’ve missed it!)

Click on the photograph below for a selection of photos from Day 1 of the walk.
Remember to click on each individual thumbnail to see the full sized photograph

Day 2  –  Friday 18th September 2009.
The team gathered at Maggie’s Centre in Glasgow and walked up to Maryhill Locks where they joined the canal path again. Today’s route covered 14.5 miles and finished at Twechar Bridge

Click on the photo below for a few shots from Day 2. Remember to click on each individual thumbnail to see the full sized photograph

Day 3  –   Saturday 19th September 2009.
The walkers passed The Boathouse at  Auchinstarry Marina early in the day – this was Dr Bob’s ‘Base Camp’ for the  first part of the week. After a stop for lunch (and a brief shelter from the rain) at Underwood Lock,  the next stop was The Falkirk Wheel and the transition from the Forth and Clyde Canal to the Union Canal. The final stretch of the walk was through the 620 metre long Falkirk Tunnel.

Click on the photo to see where  we were on Day 3. Remember to click on each individual thumbnail to see the full sized photograph

Day 4  –   Sunday 20th September 2009.
The team set out from Glen Village, south of  Falkirk and travelled over the Avon Aqueduct to Linlithgow and on to the end of  this section at Winchburgh. This brings the total distance travelled to 55 miles. There was good banter with all the canal users, on foot and on the barges and some were very generous in their donations. Lorna even found time en route today to practice her yoga.

Click on the photo to see some of Alison Taylor’s  photos from Day 3. Remember to click on each individual thumbnail to see the full sized photograph

Day 5  –   Monday 21st September 2009.
Today’s walk was from Niddrie Bridge in  Winchburgh to the end of the Union Canal at Fountainbridge in Edinburgh. This was the longest daily stretch of the walk, covering over 15 miles. There were some heart-warming stories and moments today – a couple of lads cycled past the waved collecting tins at great speed, only to come back 5 minutes later especially to donate to Maggie’s. We passed a group of canoeists this morning and one kind gentleman stuck a £5 note on to his wet paddle and passed it over to Alison. A big thank you to everyone who has contributed so generously to Maggie’s Centres after being accosted on the towpath!

Click on the photograph below  for photos from Day 5 of the walk. Remember to click on each individual thumbnail to see the full sized photograph

Day 6  –   Tuesday 22nd September 2009.
The walkers travelled from Fountainbridge to the Maggie’s Centre in Edinburgh today then over the Forth Bridge to finish  at Dalgety Bay. The Maggie’s staff gave us a warm welcome and supplied us with wonderful scones  and jam with a very enjoyable cup of tea or coffee. It was great and kept us going until we stopped for our packed lunch at South Queensferry. We met lots of generous people again today, some with sad tales to tell but wanted to give to Maggie’s in memory of a loved one. We had quite a blowy crossing on the Forth Bridge and we were glad to get across as it had actually been closed to pedestrians earlier!

Click on the photograph for scenes from Day 6 Remember to click on each individual thumbnail to see the full sized photograph

Day 7  –   Wednesday 23rd September 2009.
It’s all over!!   Dr Bob has finished his 100 mile walk for Maggie’s Centres. The team walked from Dalgety Bay along the Fife Coastal Path, dropping in to Dr  Bob’s surgery to say hello to the staff. A band of drummers welcomed Bob at Maggie’s in Kirkcaldy and lots of friends and supporters turned out to cheer the team home
Click on the photo to see pictures from the final day of the walk. Remember to click on each individual thumbnail to see the full sized photograph