A poignant walk from Canaries to Crick

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THE tragic death of her husband prompted a Crick woman to embark on the longest walk of her life across Europe.

Hermione Ainley, 64, started her journey in La Gomera in the Canary Islands on March 20 - the day on which would have been her late husband’s birthday.

Hermione and husband Richard, who used to own Edward’s Restaurant in Crick, set up a holiday let business in La Gomera in the 1990s but he died of cancer in 2004.

Hermione had always dreamt of walking from the island back home to Crick.

She said: “I’d always had a niggle that I wanted to do it. It was now or never.”

Hermione walked across La Gomera before catching the boat to Tenerife and on to mainland Spain. Walking through Spain , she then caught a boat to Portsmouth. The carer then walked up the country towards Weedon near Daventry and completed the last leg of her journey down the Grand Union Canal towards Crick where she was greeted by her family and friends at her front door in Lauds Road.

Hermione, who completed the 1,200-mile walk in just under three months, said: “It was fun.”