Going The Distance

Satish Kumar joins final stage of 110 mile walk

In a collaboration between the Yarner Trust and Resurgence Magazine, Jon Every was the first person to walk the entire length of the revised Green London Way, completing the 110 mile circuit in just five days between Tuesday 29 May and Saturday 2 June, 2012. In an additional event he was joined on his final day by a group of supporters and by veteran peace campaigner Satish Kumar, marking the 50th anniversary of his mammoth peace walk.

Jon' walk was to raise money for the Yarner Trust, a charity dedicated 'to promoting sustainable and creative living and offering practical solutions to environmental problems through residential and day courses'. Jon is the Trust's Nature Conservation Officer and all the funds he raised will go towards student bursaries and to expanding the Trust's education and outreach work. More details on the work of the Trust can be found on their website www.yarnertrust.org.

Also involved with the walk was Resurgence magazine whose Editor-in-Chief, since 1973, has been Satish Kumar. Fifty years ago Satish began his extraordinary peace walk. Still in his early 20s he set off from India and, carrying no money, undertook an 8,000 mile pilgrimage to America via London, Moscow and Paris, delivering a packet of 'peace tea' to the then leaders of the world's four nuclear powers. Along the way he met both Bertrand Russell and Martin Luther King and then, by invitation, extended his walk to Japan, covering the distance from Tokyo to Hiroshima. In celebration of the anniversary Satish joined Jon on the last leg of his journey, covering 10 miles from Finsbury Park to Hackney Wick, and talking along the way to the more than 30 people who joined them, about his experiences. 

For fuller details go to Jon's  Yarner Trust Walk page on  the Yarner Trust web-site; here. There is also a Facebook page; and a Green London Way page on the Resurgence site