Posted on 26th April 2014
When I was growing up, I used to love reading about legendary heroes like King Arthur and Robin Hood. They were the first stories that really caught my imagination and they directly fed both my real love of literature, and a childhood desire to become a modern knight myself by joining the army.
19 miles into my journey, I’ve now reached Kirklees, near Huddersfield, which is believed to be the burial place of Robin Hood. Legend has it that Robin was the victim of a murder plot here and, by the time his merry men found out and got to his side, it was too late to save him. Robin fired a single arrow from the window and asked his men to bury him wherever the arrow should land. Today a stone tablet marks that spot in a wooded glade near the River Calder. But though Robin and his men are gone in the flesh, the legend lives on for thousands of kids just like me. Kids who are inspired by both the story, and the philosophy behind it.