How you can donate

Via Virgin Money Giving

Although I will not turn down cash donations it is preferable to donate via my Virgin Money Giving page here.

“Virgin Money Giving is a not-for-profit company created by Virgin Money to help charities raise more. Whilst you can’t run a fundraising website for free, you can do it without making a profit – keeping the costs down for everyone.

We simply ask for a small one-off payment from charities when they register with us and take 2% of donations to cover our costs, which we ask donors if they’d like to cover. Card fees are paid for by the charities but we claim Gift Aid on their behalf free of charge”.

Cash

If you would like to donate using cash that’s fine. I will make a note of the amount and whether you are donating to the three or only one of the charities. I then transfer your donation to the charities online.

How to support me

I am not someone who naturally asks for assistance – I feel very cheeky even asking – so this post does make me cringe a fair bit, but there are some things that I find tricky and where practical help would be much appreciated. If you can help with any of the following please contact me via email, FB or Twitter, thanks…

Accomodation

This is a big one. If I had to book into a budget hotel or B&B each night it could cost me about £1400 per month alone! Obviously this is just not sustainable considering it could take me about 2 years to walk the coastline. So a huge help to the cause would be to offer me a bed for the night. I’ve had all my jabs and I’d love your pets (even your spiders, snakes and rats!) So if you have any of the following you could offer that would be wonderful:

  • A spare room
  • A sofa
  • A bed in a camper van or caravan

Packed lunch

Having no cooking, food storage or prep facilities whilst travelling makes things far more awkward and expensive than if I were on day trips from home, so being sent on my way with a snack would mean I don’t have to try and source suitable food before I even start the day’s walking. Don’t worry, I have no food allergies or intolerances and will eat pretty much anything. I wouldn’t even expect you to think about what I’d like, just give me what you’d like in your lunchbox and I’ll enjoy the surprise. That’s assuming your favourite isn’t Whiskas lamb in jelly sandwiches…I’m more of a gravy girl myself.

Clothes washing

Although I became accustomed to washing my laundry in the bath when I was a teenager (Mum couldn’t afford to replace the washing machine…cue the tiny violins 😉) we did at least have a spin dryer and a washing line. But trying to wash trousers and fleeces in a sink, with no way of spinning them, when I need them dry the next day, is far from ideal. So if I could chuck my stuff in your washing machine that would be another big help.

Giving me a lift

Some areas I’ve walked are very rural with very no or limited accommodation and poor public transport services. This means that I have great difficulty getting to any nearby places to stay. So if you could give me a lift to the start of a walk, or pick me up from the end of a walk and take me to my temporary “home”, that means I don’t have to miss sections out.

Luggage transfer

As I don’t have any means of easily storing the kit I don’t need for a while and retrieving it at a later date, I have to carry everything I may need for the duration of this 2+ year trip. This means that I’m carrying up to 14kg, which is not only very tiring but it also increases my risk of injury. In some areas there are companies offering luggage transfer services, but they tend to be seasonal and require a minimum number of bags to operate. Their fees would also eat into my budget considerably. So if you can move my rucksack onto my next “home” that would take some of the strain out of this journey.

Delivery address

Sometimes I may need to buy supplies and typically these are from online retailers because what I need often can’t be found widespread in the shops. For example, most of the face creams and sun lotions that are available on the High Street bring me out in a face full of spots, so I usually have to buy them online. Being able to have things delivered to addresses I know I’ll be passing would be a great help.

Cash

I wasn’t going to include this as I felt it was rather self-indulgent to ask people to donate towards my trip. But it’s been mentioned a few times now (eg “it’s going to cost you a small fortune in maps, convenience food and accommodation!”, “Are you being sponsored?”) so I’ve decided to add this as an option for those who would like to help me personally but are not able to offer practical support. My GoFundMe profile can be found here. Sorry. [Cringe] 😬

Week 47 – Dumfries to Ardwell and Portpatrick

Wednesday 21st to Tuesday 27th August 2019

Dumfries (Burns circular walk) 5.53 miles
Portpatrick to Stranraer  11.77 miles
Ardwell to Stranraer  12.37 miles

Total miles this week 29.67

Total miles to date 2027.48

Burns Walk, Dumfries

 

Burns Walk, Dumfries

 

Burns Walk, Dumfries, next to the River Nith

 

Burns Walk, Dumfries

 

Dumfries

 

Portpatrick

 

Southern Upland Way, Portpatrick to Stranraer

 

Misted spider webs on gorse

 

Southern Upland Way, Portpatrick to Stranraer

 

Knockquhassen Reservoir, Southern Upland Way, Portpatrick to Stranraer

 

Mull of Galloway Trail, Ardwell

 

Ardwell to Stranraer

 

Sandhead Bay, Ardwell to Stranraer

 

Ardwell to Stranraer

 

Ardwell to Stranraer

 

Ardwell to Stranraer

 

Ardwell to Stranraer

 

Week 46 – R&R in Litherland, Liverpool

Wednesday 14th to Tuesday 20th August 2019

I came off of the trail to rest my body, catch up with admin tasks and relax my brain. So this week was limited to a nice short(ish) walk

Litherland to Liverpool 8.18 miles

Total miles this week 8.18

Total miles to date 1997.81

 

Leeds and Liverpool canal

 

Towpath art

 

Towpath art

 

“The Desmond Family Canoe Trail is a five-year youth project, and the coast to coast canoe trail that has been created has launched. August 2019 will see the start of the 162 mile trail open for adventure.
“It is the longest of its kind in the UK. A privately funded youth engagement project, spanning over 160 miles from Liverpool to Goole.
“Our ambition with this project is to provide a variety of new and exciting ways for 16 – 25 years olds to connect with their local waterways. In turn they can protect and continue to care for them.” (Canal and River Trust, 2019)

 

Towpath art

 

Towpath art

 

Leeds and Liverpool canal

 

“Liverpool was a pioneer in railways with the earliest examples of the world’s first innovative rail infrastructure found in the city. There are spurious claims from around the world of first in rail tunnels. Americans claim the oldest tunnel under streets is the Atlantic Avenue tunnel of 1844, in New York – sealed up in 1861 it was forgotten until rediscovered in 1980. London claim the Brunel tunnel under the River Thames. The Liverpool tunnels pre-date any tunnel in New York or London.” (LocalWiki)

 

Liverpool

 

Liverpool

 

Liverpool

 

The Beatles sculpture, Liverpool

 

Guerilla advertising from local T-shirt company Sine Missione

 

Week 45 – Beckermet to Maryport

Wednesday 7th to Tuesday 13th August 2019

Beckermet to Whitehaven 10.41 miles
Whitehaven to Maryport 15.59 miles

Total miles this week 26

Total miles to date 1989.63

Whitehaven

 

Whitehaven bike rack

 

Whitehaven. There were a row of these knot sculptures, each with the description at the base.

 

Whitehaven

 

Whitehaven

 

Whitehaven

 

Whitehaven

 

Whitehaven

 

Parton

 

Whitehaven to Maryport

 

Workington

 

Slag sea defences. Whitehaven to Maryport

 

Whitehaven to Maryport

 

“The Alauna Aura”, which “reflects the history and development of Maryport”

 

Week 44 – Pilling to Beckermet

Wednesday 31st July to Tuesday 6th August 2019

Pilling to Glasson Dock 11.03 miles
Glasson Dock to Hest Bank nr Morecambe 12.75 miles
Hest Bank nr Morecambe to Arnside 7.73 miles (abandoned due to numerous footpath issues) 7.32 miles
Ulverston to Askham in Furness 10.16 miles
Ravenglass to Beckermet 11.16 miles

Total miles this week 52.83

Total miles to date 1963.63

 

Pilling to Glasson

 

Pilling to Glasson

 

Pilling to Glasson

 

Glasson

 

Glasson

 

Morecambe

 

Morecambe

 

Statue of John Eric Bartholomew AKA Eric Morecambe

 

Morecambe

 

Arnside

 

Askam Pier. Not really a pier!
“Remnants of the steel industry remain in Askam, as evidenced by a pier, consisting of slag from the works, that juts out into the bay toward Millom” (Wiki)

 

Ravenglass

 

Ravenglass

 

Seafield

 

 

 

 

Week 43 – Leasowe to Fleetwood

Wednesday 24th to Tuesday 30th July 2019

Leasowe to New Brighton 4.51 miles
Liverpool to Formby 13.77 miles
Formby to Southport 7.88 miles
Lytham St Anne’s to Bispham nr Blackpool  13.13 miles
Bispham nr Blackpool to Fleetwood  8.37 miles

Total miles this week 47.66

Total miles to date 1910.8

 

Leasowe to New Brighton

 

New Brighton

 

New Brighton

 

Morse Code art, Liverpool

 

Liverpool

 

Liverpool

 

Crosby

 

Anthony Gormleys “Another Place” on Crosby beach

 

Formby to Southport

 

Trans Pennine Way, Southport

 

Southport

 

Southport

 

Southport

 

Lytham

 

Lytham

 

Blackpool

 

Blackpool

 

Mirror ball, Blackpool

 

Blackpool

 

Tribute to members of the the emergency services (Police, Fire, Ambulance, Coast Guard) who “gave all or part of their lives”. Blackpool.

 

Welcome to Cleveleys

 

Celebrating the Sea Swallow book. Cleveleys to Fleetwood.

 

Detail from the “shipwrecks on the Fylde coast 1643-1873” memorial, Cleveleys.

 

Fleetwood pavement detail