Monday August 5th 2013.
The walk began at 5.30pm at Holyhead railway station, close to the docks where the massive ferries arrive and depart on their journeys across the Irish Sea. Like the bass guitar notes of a vast rock concert, the deep reverberating throb of ships’ engines accompanied the first few miles of the walk! I wanted to cover 7 miles before nightfall.
Ferry traffic dominates Holyhead bay
A short walk around the beautiful rocky coast brought me to Holyhead causeway:
Holyhead causeway: 3 miles from the town
After crossing the causeway, walking North up the coast brought me to the Afon Alaw estuary as the sun was setting. Ferries continued to loom large on the horizon, adding another dimension of journey.
Holyhead from Afon Alaw estuary
The smokestack from Anglesey Aluminium marked its silent reflection in the waters of Afon Alaw.
Anglesey Aluminium and Holyhead mountain
A solitary walk, quiet enough to hear the bubbling sound of birds in the estuary.
Not too sweaty or smelly yet!
The incoming tide followed me up the river to Llanfachraeth and a welcome rendezvous with Gill and the back-up crew!
Right now the total for the sponsored walk has just topped the £1k mark, £1003 to be precise. So we’re half-way to the target of £2,000. Thank-you to the many people who have given already.
As I’m preparing for the walk, I’ve just read of a friend who did an onerous 60-mile trek in the Lakes in just 3 days. The hardest day of walking I ever did was the 15 peaks in Snowdonia with my friend John Vinson. I think that was 27 miles but a huge amount of ups and downs. Plus, we had done a lot of training! Then there was Kilimanjaro but the issue there was the altitude and the need to walk ‘pole pole’ ‘slowly slowly’ for hour after hour.
Surely, 60 miles on the Anglesey Coast path can’t be anywhere near as difficult as the 15 peaks! And yet, now I’m middle-aged, my gut feel is that the walk will still feel quite tough.
Today I’m taking the following to London to pass on to Ryan O’Byrne who is travelling out to Uganda in a few days time:
* 2 Solar lights
* 10 WAPIs (Water Pasteurisation Indicators)
* 2 Handbags
* 1 Hand-crafted toy
* Several hand-written letters
* Lots of photographs of Forms at Great Sankey High School and other supporters.
In our increasingly virtual world there is something very special about the physical and material.
Items en route from St Helens to Uganda via London
Update: It was wonderful to meet Ryan and hand over the letters, photos and other items.
Update on 31st July 2013: Okenggo John sent a message to say that Ryan and Marie made it to Kampala and the items were handed over safely.
Decided to walk the 60 miles from Holyhead to Puffin island this summer.
Raising money for school fees for Term 3.
It’s a big term for the project since Lovemore and Scovia are about to sit their Primary Leaving Exams. Also, Sonia, Esther and Richard will be taking their S4 (GCSE-equivalent) exams.
This donate button takes you to the donations page on give.net.
Anonymous gifts can be made, and donations can be gift-aided.
Thanks everyone for your support this year!
The pictures were below were taken last year on part of the route I’ll be walking. It is a wild (in parts) and very beautiful coastline.
Wylfa Power Station, Anglesey, April 2012
Meg on the beach by Wylfa Power Station, April 2012