This April sees the start of the Women’s End2End hiking relay organised by the Love Her Wild community. It will stretch the length of the UK, starting in Land’s End and finishing in John O’Groats 74 days later. We caught up with Bex Band of Love Her Wild to find out more about this exciting adventure!
WW: The relay sounds like an incredible challenge! Can you tell us a bit more about how it works and who can get involved?
Bex: Women from across the nation will come together to help carry the baton across the 2,028km and over the 36,970m of elevation. The relay has been split into 74 day sections and women can choose to sign up to do half a day, a full day or even multiple days if they are up for the challenge. There are some groups of friends who are coming together but most will be joining as individuals. It’s a great opportunity to be part of a team meeting like-minded individuals.
WW: Wow! We love a good walk at Westcountry Weekender but those are some very impressive distances and elevations. So why are you taking on such a big challenge?
Bex: The Women’s End2End relay is our most ambitious adventure yet and we hope it will inspire many women, while also helping to protect the UK’s natural spaces. Our mission at Love Her Wild is to inspire more women to find time to go on adventures. And all money raised from the relay will go to conservation projects run by the Woodland Trust.
WW: It’s a fantastic charity and a great supporter of the countryside.
Bex: Yes, it seems only right that, as we will be enjoying much of the beautiful countryside the UK has to offer, that we also do our bit to protect these spaces and the wildlife that call it home. As we all know, they are under a lot of threat.
WW: And of course you’re starting from Lands End before walking through Devon and Cornwall…not that we’re biased but that has to be a really beautiful stretch of the route?
Bex: Yes, when the relay launches on the 1st April at Land’s End we will then follow the South West Coast until it cuts inland slightly, heading for the outskirts of Bristol. This is going to be a really pretty and varied part of the relay. One day the women will be walking along quiet coastal paths, the next they will be passing towns and farmland
WW: It’s a stunning stretch of the south west coast path you’re starting on! So where next after the Westcountry?
Bex: From here, the team will carry the baton across the Severn Bridge – one of the most spectacular landmarks on this hike!
WW: fantastic! And I’m sure all this talk of coast paths and countryside will be inspiring lots of people – how can they get involved?
Bex: We are looking for women to join the relay team. Full details about the relay and a breakdown of the route, so you can find your nearest section, are available at Love Her Wild. We’ve been overwhelmed with the response so far and less than a month from launching we already have over 300 women signed up to participate. Make sure you book your place early before we reach capacity!
WW: So can you tell us more about Love Her Wild and how you’re helping women to explore the outdoors?
Bex: Love Her Wild is the UK’s biggest women’s adventure community. We’re just about to hit our 3 year anniversary! We take the competition and judgment out of the outdoors, instead creating supportive team adventures where all women can feel welcome regardless of their experience and abilities. As well as organising adventures, we run a mentoring program, have a supportive private Facebook group and also provide funding and gear for women who face barriers in getting outdoors.
WW: Finally what can people expect from taking part in the Women’s End2End?
Bex: There are going to be lots of challenges thrown at the women who sign up for this relay. From frustrating road closures, bad weather, blisters and tough terrain. What’s great about being in a team is you never have to face these challenges alone. You can tackle them together while looking out for each other and keeping morale up. We don’t know what each day will bring but what we do know is that anyone signing up is guaranteed an adventure they will remember!
WW: Thank you so much for talking to us about the event and we wish everyone that takes part all the best and hope they have a great adventure!
Find out more about the Love Her Wild Women’s End2End relay. If you’ve been inspired to take part full details about the relay can be found on Love Her Wild.
Bex Band – Love Her Wild.