And so it begins…

What a day. What a wonderful day.

40 people gathered outside my house in Bishop’s Castle and Rachel, my wife, read out the dedication – the intention for the day. I couldn’t read it as I knew I would start to cry.

Then about 25 of us set off. It was a glorious day with fine, warm, sunny weather and we walked as a reasonable pace enjoying the landscape. Today we were on an A road for a bit and then some quite fast B roads so we had one person way up front and another way behind with road signs with a bear on to slow down traffic and help drivers to overtake us safely.

We stopped at Rattlinghope for lunch where some people left and a few joined us. I do like walking with people – you can talk to someone for a while and then move on and talk to someone else. Lots of beautiful, supportive, friendly folk who never complained.

Thank you day one gang.

Clarion is a very modern bear. He's active on social media and would be happy if you would follow him.

Up to date information about Clarion's progress is on the Facebook page where there are also links to WhatsApp groups for each day (in the Events tab) . You'll find invitation links for each day so you can find out where Clarion is, see who else is meeting where, and what time he's expected to arrive at points on the way.

He also has a phone: 07432 137 034 so if you need to find out where he is en route, this is the number to call.

He also has a second phone to cover another network area, so feel free to call this one if the first one doesn't work: 07932958959