A 1000-mile walk home for charity

Dael Wilson (72) will be embarking on a Long Walk Home for Macmillan Cancer Research.
Dael Wilson (72) will be embarking on a Long Walk Home for Macmillan Cancer Research.

A Markinch man is to show that “it’s a long way home” by walking over one thousand miles for charity.

On Thursday Dael Wilson (72) of Croft Crescent will start walking the 1662 miles home from the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, entirely self-funded to raise money for Macmillan Cancer.

Dael said he was inspired to undertake the arduous trek after taking part in an archeological dig on the Isle of May.

He said: “When we were there we found an old ecclesiastical building and in amongst the rubble was a scallop shell.

“The scallop shell symbolises a pilgrimage to the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela.

“I had been there before so this discovery intrigued me and that’s when I first got the idea of doing this.”

The walk will take part in three sections, following an ancient pilgrim trail.

Firstly, Dael will walk 500 miles across Spain and in to France by November.

Then from France he will walk to Plymouth, before finally setting off on his final stretch back home to Markinch.

The route that he has chosen is following an old pilgrim trail.

A keen walker, Dael estimates walking around 10 miles a day, but says his training has been cruelly interrupted.

“I’ve been slain by sciatica,” he said.

“My training of late has consisted of lying on a massage table. It’s not been the ideal preparation!”

Dael says he chose Macmillan for personal reasons: “Our family has been badly touched by cancer.

You can sponsor Dael on his “long way home” at www.justgiving.com/Dael-Wilson1.