The Walk – Stage 1

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Sunday 4th April Athelstan Walk

The walk in aid of injured servicemen follows the Saxon trail across the country from the Blackdown Hills in Devon passing Saxon monuments and finishing at Malmesbury Abbey where the tomb of King Athelstan is located. William of Malmesbury was the main historical recorder of Saxon times and claimed Athelstan as the First King of all England.
Well I Started at St Mary’s Hemyock on Sunday 4th April, Easter Sunday, with the bells ringing round the valley and walked across the Blackdown Hills to Staple Fitzpaine. A wonderful days walk – first signs of Spring. I left behind the site of a battle in 710AD between the Saxons under King Ina and the Celts under Simon. King Ina retreated back to the Taunton Vale, Simon was killed and buried in a traditional barrow with a stone mound. The place is known as Simonsbarrow or Symonsburrow. King Ina has a memorial in Wells Cathedral which I will visit. Most of the stones were removed in 1870 to be used for road building. There is still a road called Battle Street in the area. So we have had 1100 years of military action to protect our Country. Our youngsters are still giving their lives for our protection.
The walk will end at Malmesbury Abbey where the tomb of King Athelstan is located and also a memorial plaque to my father after his time as mayor.
When I finally arived at the Greyhound Inn the fire and the hospitality were very welcoming. Di joined me for an excellent meal. What a good pub/restaurant – open at 6pm and started serving at 6.30! Very good value. And now some rest!

Donate on www.justgiving.com/athelstan for sports aid and
www.justgiving.com/athelstan1 for help for heroes

For the location http://www.multimap.com/s/101lHfBl

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