Your Trails

Check out our club members trail name stories!

I've met a number of people on the trail who use a different name to their regular name.  I remember smiling to myself when I found out that a fellow hiker called herself a new name every time she went on the Camino, it was her way of escaping the real world for a few weeks.   

 

Naturally, our club members and people that we have met on our travels end up with nicknames (or trail names).  Read the stories below and please feel free to add yourself to the register by completing this form

Martin Harrison

Submitted: May 27, 2022

Story:

Martin is known as The Candy Man, not because he is a serial killer, or loves Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory but he simply has the best "sweets" as an AG walk leader. Everyone loves Martin's walks as he is a little extravagant with his sweetie bag! If you are on one of his walks then you are in for a treat in more ways than just the walk :-).


Alison Snelling

Submitted: May 27, 2022

Story:

There was quite a lot of deliberation with Alison's trail name as she is a lady of many talents. A keen photographer who always takes awesome photos so we were thinking along these lines until someone suggested "Falling Star". Alison accepted the trail name of "Falling Star" when we explained the reasoning behind the name. Alison is a "star" as she is always volunteering to lead walks and puts a lot of effort into researching the history of a trail, however, she is also a bit clumsy at times and has probably fallen over on more occasions than most of our walkers (I personally think she is distracted by things to photograph and is not looking where she is walking). The funniest "falling" episode was on a recent Napton walk, where Alison was the only walker who lost her shoe in the mud (although she didn't actually fall over at the time).


Claire Jenkins

Submitted: May 19, 2022

Story:

Claire's trail name is perfect. If you are not sure what matryoshka means, it is the name given to the Russian dolls. The Russian Matryoshka doll, also called a nesting doll, is perhaps the best-known symbol of Russia around the world. In Russia, the doll is thought to symbolize traditional values of Russian society: respect for the elderly, unity of the extended family, fertility and abundance, and the search for truth and meaning. Claire lived and worked in Russia for a long while and speaks fluent Russian. The dolls represent many layers and in Claire's own words "I have many layers".


Janet WM

Submitted: May 19, 2022

Story:

Jan received her trail name as she is well known nipping into the bushes and changing into different clothes if the weather turns (either hotter or colder). One occasion, she has been known to wear a fellow hikers jacket but not on her torso, but rather around her legs. Yes, she put her legs through the jacket arms which then covered her legs as she negotiated walking through some stinging nettles. Brilliant!


Andrea Francis

Submitted: May 13, 2022

Story:

Andrea received her trail name of "Mother Hen" whilst walking the Camino with AG in May 2022. Andrea was the mother of the group. From making sure we all had a drink waiting for us after a long day's hike, to making sure that we had a table booked for our evening meal. Andrea's caring nature earned her the trail name "Mother Hen" within the first 24 hours of this trip.


Emily Wright

Submitted: May 6, 2022

Story:

Emily is a bit of a hiking addict and does crazy things like walking the length of Hadrian's Wall in just one day! Emily traced her family history and apparently there is a Viking connection, so the "Hiking Viking" was an apt trail name.


Kelly Costello Cox

Submitted: April 25, 2022

Story:

Let's just say that you will spot "crazy legs" a mile away as the leggings that Kelly wears are loud and proud! She has started a bit of a craze and now numerous AG members are wearing these very bright and cheerful hiking leggings that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.


Annette Cunningham

Submitted: April 25, 2022

Story:

If you are on a walk with Annette then it won't take you long to realise why her trail name is "Bird Whisperer". In her youth, Annette had an uncle who taught her all about birds and how to recognise certain bird song. She knows her rooks from her crows! If you want to know anything about birds whilst on a hike then The Bird Whisperer is who to ask!


Len Snelling

Submitted: April 25, 2022

Story:

Len has a long history of sailing and if you ever get into a conversation with him about the ocean then you will appreciate his vast knowledge on the subject. He has been known as "Skipper" for many years, so it seemed only fitting that this would be his tail name.


Tina Pamplin

Submitted: April 25, 2022

Story:

Tina loves a good hill! She is on a mission when she starts the climb, but just before we head up she is known for saying in a very loud voice "not another bl**dy hill!"