Wirral Coastal Walk 16th June 2024 Report by Anne Litherland.

Everyone of us has seen the news from the Holy Land, the loss of lives, homes, livelihoods and the appalling injuries inflicted by the conflict. We can pray and we can give alms but as I love walking, I decided to do a sponsored walk to raise much needed funds for the Friends of the Holy Land. There is an annual coastal walk in Wirral organised admirably and jointly by Wirral Rotary clubs. 

Anne at the start

So, on 16th June, I set off for the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton the start of the 12 mile or 20km route. It had been an unseasonably cold week, so I was wearing thermals and a coat! The route is against the prevailing wind so can be cold and exposed.
However the weather was kinder than expected so by the time I reached West Kirby, I was able to shed the thermals and coat and enjoy an ice cream.


Anne at the start.

Most of the route is along the promenade but at Hoylake the route continues around the top of the peninsula along the sandy beach and
returns to the paved path at West kirby for a short distance before a grassed section and then onto the Wirral Way, a former railway line and linear country park to the finish at Thurstason.

                 

Jill and Anne at Moreton shore.                                                             Jill and Anne near Hilbre Island

There we collected our certificates and a welcome lift to the nearest station to ride home.

                         

Anne at the end.                                                                                             Certificate.

My friend Jill accompanied me. She was raising funds for a local charity called Stick and Step which helps children with cerebral palsy. It’s a lovely community atmosphere on the walk. Thousands take part, of all ages. At one point we moved away from young group playing very loud music.  One gentleman near me at the end had completed his first coastal walk at the age of 80!

My parish of Holy Apostles and Martyrs’ Wallasey, supported me with generous donations and I’m delighted to say that I have raised £439 so far. As many donations will attract Gift Aid this amount will increase. I am so grateful to our parishioners for their generosity. 

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