Wednesday 16 January 2019

Hundreds take part in 'the best hike yet'

Claire and Ann Rice
Claire and Ann Rice
The long line of walkers snakes over the bridge at Tintern Abbey as they begin their Hike to the Hook

Last weekend saw the annual Hike to the Hook event take place and according to the organisers it was the 'best one yet'.

Speaking to this newspaper about the fun walk the Chairperson of Hook Tourism, Philip Wallace, said around 550 people took part this time around.

'It was a great success and everyone is delighted with how it went,' he said.

The participants started the 20km route at Tintern Abbey and from there followed a path that brought them through some of the most picturesque areas of the county including Saltmills, Baginbun, Templetown and Fethard-on-Sea before finishing up at the Hook.

Mr Wallace complimented everyone involved in organising the initiative and he paid particular tribute to the volunteer stewards on the day and the CE scheme participants who were intrinsic to the event's success.

The money raised will go towards Hook Tourism and the RNLI.

'It's our main fundraising event of the year so we were delighted that it was so successful,' said Mr Wallace. He thanked the sponsors including Hook Head Oysters, Wallace's SuperValu, and Flood's Centre.

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