THE ROUTE

Bird Watching (UK) - - Species Curlews -

IRE­LAND TO THE WASH By the time you read this, Mary may al­ready have started her 500-mile walk. The first day of the walk is April 21st, the feast day of the lit­tle known St Bueno of Wales. Leg­end has it that as he was sail­ing on the sea he dropped his prayer book into the wa­ter. A Curlew swooped down, scooped it up and laid it on rocks to dry. St Bueno was might­ily pleased and blessed the bird say­ing Curlews should al­ways be pro­tected. Mary says: “That bless­ing has worked well for a long time but now needs a re­fresh, hence my first 15 miles is on St Bueno’s Day, from Lough Erne to the bor­der of Ire­land, right in the heart of Celtic Bri­tain.” Her other stop-off points dur­ing her mam­moth walk from North­ern Ire­land to the Wash in Nor­folk in­clude: Lough Rynn and Swords in Ire­land, An­gle­sey, Pwll­heli and Llan­gollen in Wales and Mar­ket Dray­ton, Stoke-on-trent, Lin­coln and Bos­ton, Lin­colnshire, in Eng­land.

HOW YOU CAN HELP As well as rais­ing funds, Mary will be giv­ing var­i­ous talks and at­tend­ing dif­fer­ent events along the way, so you can show your sup­port in many dif­fer­ent ways. She plans to blog along the way, too, so fol­low her progress and find out more about her lo­ca­tion by vis­it­ing and see

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