Three Northampton Freemasons have completed an 85-mile walk from Northampton to Grand Lodge to raise money for the 2024 MCF Festival.

David Crossley and Mark Hunt of Grey Friars Lodge No. 4990 together with John Line of Grand Junction Lodge No. 9775 started at the Boat Inn, Stoke Bruerne and followed the Grand Union Canal towpath passing through five Provinces. So far, they have raised over £4,000.

Walkers Mark Hunt, David Crossley, and John Line

The walkers were greeted at Grand Lodge by their partners; also, by WBro Mark Constant APGM and WBro Gerry Crawford ProvGChStwd.

WBro Gerry (left) and WBro Mark (right) with the walkers

WBro Mark said:

This is a tremendous feat and I congratulate you all. You have raised a significant amount for our 2024 Festival by your magnificent efforts.

A well-deserved end-of-walk celebration!

Mark Hunt said

This has been a great experience - one that I would recommend to anyone. Although my feet really suffered, it was well worth it. We three knew each other before we set off. We have gelled very well as a team, supporting each other, and we now know each other far better because of our shared experiences on the walk.

On Sunday the 1st of May 2022, following a day's recuperation, David Crossley, very sportingly, accepted a challenge to earn more donations by taking a dip in the Grand Union Canal, much to the surprise of a resident swan!

If you haven't donated already and would like to do so, please click the following link:

For additional information about Mark, David, and John's walk, please visit their Facebook page: