2016 Walks

Day 9 – 17th June

MF VauxhalltoBarrier17June2016Last of the Mears Foundation walks today – along the Thames Path from Vauxhall Bridge to the Thames Barrier, taking in so many of the iconic landmarks of London along the way.

Good to see some old friends, Noel Sweeney’s dog has made several appearances over the years!, as well as some new recruits, but sadly Noel had to come as well !!!

Fortunately we avoided the rain  and completed the walk in record time, and were deserving of the best that the Thames Barrier cafe had to offer as a result.

Many thanks to everyone who has taken part in the walks this year. I really enjoy catching up with employees from across the Group and look forward to seeing many of you again next year.

Day 8 – 16th June

FullGroupatstartWalkers from Gloucester, Welwyn, Peterborough, Scion and Travis Perkins undertook a (surprisingly!) rain free walk in the lovely Oxfordshire countryside.

The walk was completed in double quick time – which may have had something to do with a certain Euro 2016 match taking place that afternoon!


Day 7 – 3rd June

Norfolk GroupStarted in the beautiful village of Saxthorpe. 18 of us with a cloudy sky overhead. Tina you didn’t order the weather today.

A lovely walk through the villages of Norfolk; with intermittent drizzle but useful cover from the many surrounding trees.

People from all parts of the Group enjoying the lovely countryside.

In and out of farmers fields and having to avoid the cows a couple of times.

Lovely lunch at the Walpole Arms and off on the final leg….

Day 5th – 25th May

05May2016GroupBack to my roots today with a walk around Dovestone Reservoir in Greenfield.

Sadly the weather no better than last time I was here – greeted by winds and drizzle.

Paula,  I am not sure about these big hills! Got started, along with the 5 dogs, on the beautiful side of the reservoir and suddenly guess what,  our first big hill – sorry mountain!.  Dogs seemed to be doing ok – better than me.

A gentle stroll was promised but not provided – Paula very close to getting her P45!

Made it through to lunch – still drizzly weather but hey ho only a short leg to go….

Paula what have you done?!? Just walked up the side of Eiger and after about 20 stops got to top of said mountain  – need to bring the St Bernard next year.

All made it back in time and in one piece. A fantastic walk with outstanding views – don’t know who will organise this walk next year……

Well done Paula.

Day 4 – 24th May

GargraveBGroupArrived at Gargrave after a four hour journey from the centre of London to a beautiful Yorkshire day, with around 30 walkers from our Leeds operations.

A canal walk is always enjoyable and a gentle stroll past the imposing locks a pleasure.

The walkers, both young and old, kept together very well and we stopped for an excellent lunch at Abbots Harbour cafe where we were treated to warm hospitality and good food.

A quick start after lunch to get us on our way, with the weather keeping fine.  Back to the car park after the loop walk, all in time to go and enjoy a couple of hours work back in the office! Many thanks to Paula for great organisation – see you tomorrow at Dovestone Reservoir.

Day 3 – 5th May

05May2016GroupA fantastic day walking along Hadrian’s Wall with 21 of my colleagues from Mears and Home Group.

The best day’s weather of the year and 20kms in 4 hours made for a welcome drink in Newburn at the finish.

Well done to Kevin Morrow for a good turn out.

Amazingly still in good nick !!

Day 2 – 24th March
edinburgh-walk-24-Mar-2016Edinburgh started well with the forecast weather holding off until later in the day. A much less severe walk than yesterday and enjoyable, again with the second year apprentices making a good turnout.

Excellent lunch stop at Blue Goose again – and off to Leith !!

A bit of a break in April, then the next leg starts again in May, it’s not to late to register and join in with the fun.



Day 1 – 23rd March

glasgow-walk-23-Mar-2016A brilliant start to our ‘casual’ walk around the Strathclyde Country Park which turned into a 9 mile NOT 5 mile hike up and down the surrounding fauna. Girls and boys I’m sorry but do not believe Gerry Malone when he says “come for a little walk”.

The 250 steep steps certainly made me regret all those choccy biscuits.  Anyway all safe and sound back.

Highlight of the day was the 10 girls from care in Oban who travelled 90 miles just to walk. Nothing to do with the night out in Glasgow on the karaoke !!