This year, “The Ministry of Scilly Walks” decided to go for an even bigger challenge than last year’s 33 mile multi-island walk, so we headed off to the mainland for a 44 mile trek along some of Cornwall’s beautiful coast path. We thought it best to start at Land’s End and work our way away from Scilly, on this occasion, to The Lizard! On investigation, this walk includes almost 8000 feet of ascent, the equivalent of climbing Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike!
We had a team of 14 in total, including a couple of drivers to get us to the start and collect at the finish of the 2 days, all but 2 from Tresco and mostly original members of “The Ministry”. We chose the week-end of 19/20th May as the best date for us all to be available to go away for the week-end and as it turned out, it was a great choice for the weather as well.
We had the most fantastic week-end. The walk was no doubt tough, but the upbeat spirit of the team, the wonderful flora, fauna and landscape almost made it a mini holiday. Besides a few sore knees and some nasty blisters, everyone achieved the walk in one piece and a well deserved pint or 2 was supped at The Witch Bowl pub down on The Lizard.
We choose a different charity each year to support so this event was in aid of the Phoenix Stroke Appeal, in conjunction with BBC Radio Cornwall, to improve the stroke facilities at Treliske Hosptial. We have already reached £5000.00 this year and a total of £16000.00 has been raised from the 3 challenges we have now completed. Previous charities have been for Parkinson’s UK and Prostate Cancer. Any late donations are always welcome, of course.
All being well, we will plan another challenge next May, probably attempting another chunk of coast path somewhere! Thanks to all those who support our fund-raising and well done to all those who gave up their time for “The Ministry of Scilly Walks”.
For more info and pics check out the Ministry’s Facebook page!