We are having our annual St.Olav’s Day walk/ pilgrimage again on Monday 29th July, St. Olav’s Day –celebrating both St. Olav (Olav Haraldsson, the Patron Saint of Norway) – and Wirral and Chester’s great Viking Heritage. The main St Olav walk is in Norway, but if you are not fortunate enough to be there why don’t you join us instead?This year we are going from the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port, & along the scenic Shropshire Union Canal to the Chester City Wall and then to St. Olave’s Church on St. Olave Street, where there will be a short dedication, and then we will be off to the hostelry across the road.
We meet at 10.00 for a 10.30 start. The walk distance is between 8-9 miles. Both the start and finish will not be far from railway stations (about 10-15 minues walk) and there are trains back from Chester every half hour or so (fare is about £3). Ample (and free parking) is available at the Waterways Museum.
We would like to stress that in common with the main walk in Norway, all walkers come at their own risk – we only provide a guide. If you would like to come please could you let me know by replying to this email by Sunday 28th July 4pm so I can give the police an idea of numbers. Please could you also read carefully the details on this website:
Although the Church building is not currently used for Services (it is presently used as an Archive for the Cheshire Records Office) the annual walk is important as it helps to keep away the developers from this historic building.All best wishesSteve Harding