The Footstep Challenge "in the Spirit of John Clare"

With his remarkable story as inspiration the John Clare Walk recreates, “in the spirit of John Clare", the poet’s trek northwards from High Beach in Essex to Helpston, the village of Clare’s much loved first home and the site of Clare Cottage. 

Using Ordnance Survey maps and following carefully set routes the John Clare Walk evokes a spirit of this remarkable poet’s trek, passing through the Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire landscape. Much has changed since Clare’s day, the landscape unrecognisable, and part of the 21st century challenge is to follow strict public paths, restricted fields, and new urban areas, once common open land, now a cement landscape.

Target: 195,360 steps

John Clare’s journey home was some 195,360 steps.