April's abduction has hit my children hard. They (and us) have suddenly released we are not as safe and protected as we had originally thought and in fact bad things do happen to children even in our quiet part of Wales. As we had been on holiday when little April had been taken it meant hubby couldn't join in with the searching and I couldn't help by donating food for the rescue teams and searchers. Hubby knew he wanted to do something to help April and he decided he would do a sponsored walk along the Mawddach Trail with our two eldest aged 7 and 9 (it was too far for my 5yr old).
So Saturday morning off they set, complete with a packed lunch. Because I had to go to work we decided they would walk from Penmaenpool to Barmouth and after dropping them off in Penmaenpool I drove to my parents to drop the younger two off before going to work.
The Mawddach Trail used to be part of a railway line from Ruabon to the coastal resort of Barmouth, but during the Beeching cuts of the '60s this line was sadly one of many that was closed. My FIL used to drive the trains on the line and in fact, he was interviewed on Railway Walks with Julia Bradbury shortly before his death.
From Dolgellau to Barmouth, the railway line follows the Mawddach Estury and it is a very walking and cycling route as it is set in beautiful surroundings and ends (or starts) with a walk over Barmouth's very famous mile long aqueduct (which used to open to allow tall ships to pass under after being built on shipyards on the estury).
Despite the rain and the rain, my 9yr old son and 7yr old daughter both completed the walk with their dad, a walk of about 6 miles. I am so proud of them and will post how much they've raised when the money is all in.
If you do feel like sponsoring them then contact me for details