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Local hikers part of three-day trip

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MELVILLE – One of the leaders of a three-day hike along part of the Cape-to-Cape Trail says she is looking forward to the challenge.

Elaine Falconer, an avid hiker and Hike Nova Scotia member, is one of four leaders of a group that will complete part of the trail during a three-day hike in Colchester and Pictou counties in October.

“It’s a way to profile the long-distance day hiking options in Nova Scotia,” she said. “Since I retired I’ve become really interested in hiking and the Cape-to-Cape Trail really draws me.”

The Cape-to-Cape Trail is the product of a regional effort as opposed to the time, money and energy devoted to completing what was previously known as the Trans Canada Trail and has been renamed The Great Trail. Its path is mainly over the spine of the Cobequid Mountains in Cumberland and Colchester counties and to a lesser extent Pictou and Antigonish counties.

Each participant will pay $150 to cover meals, transportation and replenish water.

Local hikers accompanying Falconer include Pat MacDonnell, Jim Vance, Valerie Langille, Andrey Weatherby and Cathy Ellsworth.

The hikers will gather at the journey’s end point at the Northumberland Regional High School on Oct. 4 and will be driven to its starting point where the trail passes through Kemptown. Their trip will be along parts of the Cape-to-Cape Trail and eight others for a total of 55 kilometres.

The hikers will spend the first night at the Scottish-inspired shelter called a bothy near Six-Mile Brook and will be fed breakfast at the homestead owned by prominent hiker and organizer Gordon Young, who with Eric Wilson is assisting with the hike. The next leg will be from there to an overnight stay at the J.P. Gammon Hall in Scotsburn.

They will have breakfast at Deb’s Hidden Cafe the following morning and hike along the Durham Trail before arriving at the Green Hill Provincial Park and eventually returning to NRHS.

“This is the first time we have had a guided three-day hike on these trails and we are very excited to be bringing attention to another option for a long distance hike,” Falconer said. “We have people registering from all over the province. We have spots available and folks may contact me to register at elainefalcone5@gmail.com.”