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'Walk the Story of the Universe' combines an introduction to the scientific story of the Universe with an enjoyable weekend of gentle walking and fine food. The idea of walking the story (scaled over 13.8 kilometres) is that you not only learn about the extraordinary events that brought us here, but also develop a strong physical sense of your place within them.
The 13.8 kilometre distance makes each metre we pass on the ground equivalent to a million years in time. We walk this over two days - 9.3 kilometres (5.8 miles) on the first day and 4.5 kilometres (2.8 miles) on the second. The route is from Castle Cary in southeast Somerset to King Alfred's Tower, a local landmark which overlooks much of the countryside here and so acts as a regular focus for our progress through time.
The walk is through rolling hills and woodland with some fine views. A few of the hills are a little strenuous, but with periodic pauses to hear about key events or boil up the Kelly kettle, most people should find them easily manageable.