Veterans In Action to walk 4000 miles


To commemorate the centenary of WW1 this year, Veterans In Action will be embarking on one of its biggest challenges to date, starting with a 4,000 mile walk to be completed over 100 days.

The aim of WW1-100 is to raise awareness of the Centenary of the start of the Great War, and the sacrifices made by the three million British and Commonwealth service personnel who were killed or wounded in the service of their countries.

The walk is also an attempt to learn from the past and raise funds for those veterans who are currently suffering from the effects of war, or who have found the transition to civilian life difficult.

Starting from Tyne Cot War Cemetery in Belgium they will then walk to the Menin Gate to pause for reflection whilst paying their respects to the fallen.

Whilst walking the team will carry the relevant national flag of the country they are walking in, changing at the border, along with the Union Flag.

The team will then cross to the UK by ferry to Dover where they will follow the Kent coast and then onwards to the City of London arriving at Twickenham Rugby Stadium on 3 May for the annual Army Vs Navy rugby match.

On the 5 May the team will walk from the Stadium to Whitehall to lay a wreath prior to a send off from a Member of Parliament. This will then signify the start of the 4000 mile relay walk around the British mainland coastline.

The team will pass through Hutton Cranswick, Driffield and Burton Agnes on Thursday 15 May before moving on to Bridlington, Filey and Scarborough.