A Short Stretch of the Legs. My Penny Mile Camino

carol ann creagh  

Loss is a small word but with a very big meaning. To lose a person you love is to lose a part of yourself. My Father died 24th June 2011 leaving me to amble helplessly through an un-chartered grieving process. Lost without direction I lived the next few months in a glaze of tears and darkness but i knew that's not what he would have wanted. Never one to go down under or let you go down under I knew what he would suggest... A walk!

Drying my tears I dug out my Asics and prepared to walk the Camino De Santiago. The 500 mile Way of St. James. 
This would be my tribute to the man who taught me how to take my first step. Each footstep would be walked in his memory and the memory of all those who have lost their lives to cancer.
This is my daily diary of the fun & laughter, the tears and pain. 24 days walking North Spain alone towards the end of the saddest year of my life. Arriving at the Santiago cobbles on the first anniversary of the day my Dad left us to take his final "Short stretch of the legs".
I invite you to lace up your boots and walk 'The Way' with me through every page and mile from The beautiful Cavehill in North Belfast to the stunning shores of Muxia North Spain and everything in between. Climb the mountains I climbed. Meet the wonderful people I met. Sleep in the Albergues I slept. But most of all enjoy this great Adventure. "Buen Camino".

Book available from: -

All Stewart Millar branches

Easons (Abbeycentre branch) Easons Donegal Place

No Alibis 

Belfast City Hospital bookshop

Solstice Hollywood Co Down

The Elysium Wellness Centre Newry


Belfast Castle

Or Can be purchased on Amazon