Four Counties Ring Walking Challenge For End Polio

Sylvia Keris, President of The Rotary Club of Eccleshall Mercia will be walking the entire length of the canal towpaths of the Four Counties Ring in aid of the End Polio campaign during August.

Sylvia Keris will be walking the entire length of the canal towpaths of the Four Counties Ring - a distance of roughly 120 miles on foot, including the diversion over Harecastle Tunnel. The Four Counties of the ring are Staffordshire, Cheshire, Shropshire and West Midlands, and she will be walking anti-clockwise along the route, beginning and ending in Stone in Staffordshire.  The route takes in the Trent and Mersey canal, the Middlewich canal branch, the Shropshire Union canal and the Staffs and Worcester Canal.

The walk is to raise funds for Rotary's End Polio campaign, and a webgiving page for sponsorship donations has been set up.

In 1988, when the Global Polio Eradication Initiative began, polio paralysed more than 1000 children worldwide every day. Since then, more than 2.5 billion children have been immunised against polio thanks to the cooperation of more than 200 countries and 20 million volunteers, backed by an international investment of more than US$ 11 billion.

The stages of the walk, with approximate distances are:

Day 1.              Stone to Festival Park                                                11    miles    JO 

2.         Festival park to Day 2 of walk will end at Broughton Arms (Rode Heath).  10    miles  KS

3.         Broughton Arms (Rode Heath). to Middlewich Jtn.                    12    miles

4.         Middlewich Jtn to Barbridge Jtn                                              11    miles    MC

5.         Barbridge Jtn to Hawksmoor Bridge (Nr Adderley)                 12.5 miles

6.         Hawksmoor Bridge to Cadbury Wharf (Nr. Knighton)             11    miles   SG

7.         Cadbury Wharf to High Onn Bridge (Church Eaton)               11.5 miles  JM

8.         Church Eaton to Autherley Jtn. (Nr. Pendeford)                      11    miles

9.         Autherley Jtn to Penkridge Lock                                              11    miles    L

10.       Penkridge Lock to Gt. Haywood Jtn                                         10   miles     

11.       Gt. Haywood Jtn to Stone                                                        10   miles    JB

If you wish to support this campaign or walk a part please use the form below.

The  Treasurer, Steve Groom, of the Rotary club of Eccleshall Mercia, will be acting as a point of contact with Sylvia during the walk. For prior information, you can contact either Steve, or Sylvia by e-mail:

A map of the route is shown below:

4 Counties canal map

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