There are charitable events taking place over land and sea across the Left Bank this weekend.
Getting involved isn’t just a great way to help raise money for some worthy causes, but also a perfect opportunity to see the beauty of the Left Bank from different perspectives while getting that little bit fitter.
Wirral Kayak Challenge
The Wirral Kayak Challenge is now in its 11th year with kayakers and paddleboarders setting off from Harrison Drive, New Brighton this Sunday (11 June) from 6:30 AM.
The finish line is at Thurstaston, and we’re full of admiration for anyone taking part. You don’t particularly need herculean strength to join in either, with a number of stops available throughout the 14-mile journey around the Wirral coastline.
“We finish at the Dee Sailing Club at around 3 PM,” co-organiser Mike Dudley says, where participants and supporters will be treated to a barbecue, music from local bands, a visit from New Brighton Radio and more from 2 PM.
“We’ve been supported by 28 local businesses this year; Yamaha Marine UK are our biggest supporter,” Mike adds. “Last year we raised over £8,000 and, hopefully, we will raise a lot more this year for our chosen local charities.”
Wirral Kayak Challenge started in 2012 with just seven people. Around 150 people will be donning their wetsuits on Sunday with Team Kayak raising over £63,000 over the years for a variety of good causes. Charities include Claire House, the Holistic Cancer Centre and Stick ‘n’ Step.
If the Wirral Kayak Challenge sounds like something you’d like to be involved with, be aware that it’s a registration-only event. There’s still time though – Mike will be at the Railway Pub in Meols (CH67 6AB) with Helen and Julie between 7:30 – 9:30 PM on Thursday 8 June to accept entries and forms.
Wirral Coastal Walk
If hiking is more your thing then the Wirral Coastal Walk is also taking place on Sunday 11 June (and gives you a chance to wave to the kayakers from dry land).
Hosted by the Rotary Club of North Wirral, registration and the wider walk starts from 8:30 AM at New Brighton’s Floral Pavilion and ends in Thurstaston’s Wirral Country Park.
The 12.5-mile journey will take you around some of the Left Bank’s most notable and beautiful spaces such as New Brighton beach and Fort Perch Rock before leading onto Leasowe Common and Hoylake’s Kings Gap.
There are stops throughout the walk and registering will ensure you get a completion certificate on finishing. Wirral Coastal Walk is also a great money-raiser for charity, with approximately 1,500 walkers taking part last year for causes close to their heart.