Notes From a Small Island – The St. Helens Fort Walk

Stevie walks to sea…

Stevie Turner

There are only a couple of times a year at St Helens (no, there’s no apostrophe) when the tide is low enough to be able to stroll for the half hour walk along a man-made stony path and reach the fort about a mile out at sea.  Today was one of those days.

Over the years the walk has been very popular with hundreds (maybe thousands) of people, who all read their tides’ tables and turn up at the beach on the correct day.  It’s not announced anywhere beforehand on social media, but yesterday we saw the road to the beach had been closed, cones had been placed along St Helens main road, and last night the coastguard was at the beach with binoculars watching early walkers wanting to socially distance (look up St Helens Fort walk on Google and you’ll see photos from past walks).

Sam and I wanted…

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