A Liverpool Perspective by Carol Bennett (Shewsy Administrator)
A contingent of six of us joined the Shrewsbury School sponsored walk which is held to raise funds for the Club every 5 years.
We set off from Liverpool by car in the dark and were met by a spectacular dawn which promised great things to come. On arrival at the School we were met by friendly faces and warm greetings – and a huge queue for buses to the starting point as the whole school had gathered to take part!
We enjoyed a wonderful day with lots of spectacular scenery, para-gliders and hang gliders to take our mind off the first uphill challenge. The walk was certainly well planned – with enthusiastic support at every marshall point ensuring we had drinks, toilet facilities and the determination to carry on to the end.
Having set off presuming I would make half way I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived at the BBQ site for lunch. The second half of the route through the Long Mynd along Stiperstones and a downhill path through woodland was tricky on the old knees but only one blister later it was pleasant to discover we were being told ‘15 minutes in that direction’ once we hit a tarmac road.
The end of the walk promised not only a pub with loo, but also an ice cream van. A dash through a small ford at the finish line to gain our reward from the ice cream van was an excellent end to a wonderful walk.
A huge thanks to everyone who walked, marshalled, cooked and tidied up afterwards. It was a pleasure to meet so many of you as we passed you by throughout the day. Your cheerfulness and welcome kept us going!