Walking for life: Bank Holiday Monday - 30 May

By Moira Billinge

"It was a glorious sunny day for a riverside stroll. The setting was perfect. The river Ribble meandered its way westwards from beneath the shadow of Pendle Hill, noisy and fast flowing, occasionally giving way to swirling pools where wading fishermen gently cast their lines, trying to lure the hungry trout. Birds and mallards went about the business of early summer, while families picnicked on the banks, children splashing in the water with their pets. Every bend in the river provided a new landscape, a picture of inspiration, crafted by God."

This description of the annual sponsored walk in Clitheroe for Right To Life was written a couple of years ago by one of the event's regular participants. It is repeated because it captures so well the essence and spirit of each wonderful occasion – although the weather is not usually quite as clement as it is depicted in the account. The walk will take place this year on Bank Holiday Monday, 30 May, from 1pm. We ask that people try to come earlier to enable photographs to be taken and instructions and guidelines to be issued prior to setting off.

Although it is an important fundraising event, the occasion also offers an extremely valuable opportunity for those who believe in the sanctity and dignity of human life to meet up with like-minded individuals from all walks of life and whose ages have ranged, in past years, from six to 76 and beyond. The eight-mile circular walk starts and finishes at the same venue as in previous years – Saint Michael and Saint John RC Church, Lowergate, Clitheroe, BB7 1AG – with participants congregating beforehand in the large car park behind the church.  

The walk is meticulously planned and expertly guided by Monsignor John Corcoran, parish priest, and his large team of helpers who make sure we are cared for and guided every step of the way so that nobody gets lost. Refreshments are supplied by his generous parishioners both during and after the event in the parish centre. Lifts are made available back to the centre for anyone who is unable to complete the walk. The terrain is rather uneven in parts, and rain can of course make the ground slippery, so suitable walking shoes are necessary.

Taking part in the forthcoming edition are Archbishop Emeritus Patrick Kelly, the Right Reverend John Arnold, Bishop of Salford, and Lord David Alton of Liverpool. We are very grateful for their ongoing and generous support. If you are unable to get involved in the walk yourself, perhaps you would consider sponsoring one of them? If so, please let us know when you contact us.

For sponsor and booking forms (important for catering arrangements) and for any queries whatsoever, please email me – moira.billinge@btinternet.com – or call on 07545118743.