A Derrykeighan woman is in training for a Coast to Coast trek which will see her walk over 190 miles from one side of England to the other.
Gail Callan is undertaking the 192 Coast to Coast Walk in September, starting at St Bees in Cumbria and ending in Robin Hood’s Bay, near Whitby.
Devised by Alfred Wainwright, it passes through three contrasting national parks: the Lake District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and the North York Moors National Park. Wainwright recommends that walkers dip their booted feet in the Irish Sea at St Bees and, at the end of the walk, in the North Sea at Robin Hood’s Bay.
Gail told the Times that she came up with the idea of going Coast to Coast after watching a television programme hosted by Julia Bradbury.
“I have always been a keen walker and would have done walks in the Lake District before.
“I had been watching the Julia Bradbury series and decided the Coast to Coast would be a good way of raising funds.
“My church in Derrykeighan needs a lot of work done to it and our family knows about the good work done by the Friends of the Cancer Centre at the City Hispital in Belfast so I decided to fundraise for them both.”
So will Gail be taking the advice of the walk creator, Wainwright, and dipping her boots in the sea?
“Yes, I will be starting in the sea at St Bees and ending in the sea at Robin Hood’s Bay,” she said.
Donations can be made in the following ways - by cheque payable to Derrykeighan Parish Church Fundraising Account.
Please forward cheque to Gail’s Coast to Coast Challenge, C/o Rev J Anderson, The Rector, 231 Castlecatt Road, Dervock, BT53 8BP.
By Telegraphic Transfer: Ulster Bank, Church Street, Ballymoney.
Account Name: Derrykeighan Parish Church Fundraising Account.
Account No: 10898110. Sort Code: 98 03 10.
When Gail completes the walk, the funds in the Derryekighan Parish Church Fundraising account will be split 50/50 between The Friends of the Cancer Centre, Belfast & Derrykeighan Parish Church , Building & Repair Fund.