Pilgrims Causeway to Holy Island
Sun 28th July 2013
As I woke up in the morning it was literally pouring down and we even had an extreme weather warning for heavy rain. But looking at the weather forecast it was (hopefully) going to brighten up in the afternoon and with the walk starting at 1.00 pm we could have planned it better.
As I pulled up at the start of the walk it looked as if they had got the weather forecast completely wrong as it was pouring down, but one by one the cars pulled up and what a hardy bunch of walkers we have at Shepherds Walks. Not one no show and as they all pulled on their waterproofs everybody was well up for the walk ahead.
After a quick introduction and overview of the day we set off along the road before joining the pilgrim’s route as we passed over the sand. We negotiated plenty of large water channels initially as it was just two hours after safe crossing time as we started our journey following the ‘tall poles’.
Upon reaching the first of the two refuge shelters one of the walkers could not resist climbing the ladders to look at the view and to read the information panel to us all.
Walking across the pilgrims route to Holy Island it truly special, it is very different than walking in the hills, your eyes scan the lying water looking for the best route through this special landscape.
Good pace was being achieved and with the rain stopped and hoods down the heads of the group really lifted as everybody really savoured and enjoyed this special walk.
The next stop was for what is becoming our traditional group shot (thanks Martin) and then it was not long before reaching Holy Island.
We had planned a very different layout of the day for today. As we reached Holy Island everybody then had a couple of hours to visit the sights, walk around Holy Island and explore this special place at their own pace before meeting up for the transfer back to their cars.
Well done to everybody, some great hardy walkers who never got out off by a bit of rain.