Epic journey for author and historian

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A Calderdale woman has walked 200 miles along Britain’s canal network to London.

Author and historian Jill Liddington, who has hypotheroidism, has faced soaring temperatures during the three-week walk to raise funds for the British Thyroid Foundation and has so far raised nearly £2,300.

The 67-year-old from Mytholmroyd started her 206-mile towpath walk from Hebden Bridge. After being waved off by the Mayor of Hebden Royd, Councillor Karl Boggis, she was accompanied by supporters for each leg of the walk.

She headed to Manchester, through Cheshire, the Midlands, Milton Keynes and the Chilterns. In Northamptonshire she was interviewed on local radio and in Milton Keynes was greeted by the Mayor, Councillor Brian White, himself a thyroid patient, and the local branch of the British Thyroid Foundation

On the final stretch of her epic walk, Jill and her balloon-waving supporters followed the Grand Union Canal through picturesque Little Venice and Regent’s Park, to reach London’s spectacular new Granary Square. There Jill was met by members of the London Branch of the British Thyroid Foundation who provided a celebratory reception to mark her achievement.

Jill said: “A 23-day 200-mile canal walk from my home in the Pennines right down to London was a daring plunge into the unknown for me. I’d never done such a long-distance walk before. But it turned out to be a truly marvellous experience! I was accompanied by one or more other walkers every step of the journey. And the friendship I experienced en route was tremendously heart-warming. Supporters of BTF have fed me, put me up for the night and taken me to my starting point each day. People I’ve met along our route have offered donations and support.”