A well-known military charity supported by The Duke of Sussex, Walking With The Wounded, will launch its 6th expedition, The Grenadier Walk of Oman, this Monday.
The expedition will run from the River Thames along the historic Thams Path through to central London.
The group will trek through Windsor and Eton on Monday, October 19th, before stopping for the night. On October 20th, they will begin at Teddington Lock and walk past Kew Palace, Putney Bridge, and Westminster Bridge before finishing at the Anglo Omani Society on Sackville Street. On October 21st, the team will complete the final stretch of the Grenadier Walk of Oman, beginning at the Royal Hospital Chelsea and ending at the Anglo Omani Society.
The team had planned to cross the Omani desert, but due to the global pandemic, they will instead walk the equivalent of 10 marathons in 12 days across the United Kingdom to raise funds and awareness for Walking With The Wounded’s employment, mental health, care coordination, and volunteering programmes, which help veterans and their families get back on their feet and contribute in their communities.
WWTW’s CEO, Fergus Williams, said: “Although the expedition is now taking place in the UK, the team are walking up to 400km, which is no easy feat. We are looking forward to supporting them as they put their hard work to the test and walk to demonstrate that those who serve or served can overcome adversity.”
The six-man team began their journey atop Pen-Y-Fan in Wales, then trekked through Hereford and Gloucestershire before arriving at the start of the iconic Thames Path, a long-distance walking pathway that follows the river Thames from its source in the Cotswolds to the heart of London. The Anglo Omani Society in London will be the final stop on the Grenadier Walk of Oman. For parts of the road, the squad will be accompanied by a Grenadier vehicle.
Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, said, “The team at Walking With The Wounded understand that it’s not about where you walk — it’s about walking together with a common purpose and shared mission. These men and women know what service is, they’ve seen and overcome adversity, and they won’t let obstacles get in their way. They are paragons of inspiration for communities everywhere. We wish them good luck and good weather.”
Some team members will only be able to walk part of the route due to various physical injuries, but will work around their limitations to complete what they can.