Doug’s canal walk for heroes

Charity walker Doug Hamilton-Cox with Jenny Brice of the Wendover Arm Trust

Charity walker Doug Hamilton-Cox with Jenny Brice of the Wendover Arm Trust

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A man who is walking the entire UK canal network in aid of charity was met by local enthusiasts when he came through this area.

Doug Hamilton-Cox, aged 71, has been walking the canal network since 2012 to raise money for Help For Heroes.

By the end of this year, the ex-sapper will have completed the entire system, and raised £100, 000 for the charity.

His first walk for Help For Heroes was from his home in Devon to Wootton Bassett, the town near RAF Lyneham, where our fallen servicemen and women were repatriated.

In 2011 Doug completed the 1,000-mile walk from John O’Groats to Lands End.

As his next walking adventure, Doug decided to target the canals of the UK, collecting for the troops along the way but also helping raise the profile of the work being done to restore our heritage.

Doug was accompanied along the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal by Jenny Brice of the Wendover Arm Trust. Built in the 18th century as a means of supplying water from springs in Wendover to the Tring summit of the Grand Union Canal, the six-and-three-quarter-mile arm was closed again in 1904.

The Wendover Arm Trust was formed in 1988, to restore and reopen the canal.

A section of the Wendover Arm was re-watered this spring and a Restoration Open Day is being held on Sunday, June 7, from 12.30pm to 4pm at St Mary the Virgin Church, Drayton Beauchamp.

See www.wendoverarmtrust.co.uk

Find out more about Doug at www.dougwalking.co.uk