Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Looking Ahead

A meeting has been arranged for the 7th of March 2012.  JC will be welcoming Mandy Loach of the TPT and Alice Rickwood (Sustrans) to St Helens College.  The aim of the meeting is to discuss potential avenues, focus and application of the ENGAGE project.

Recent Photos from the Birkdale - Soutport visit

Photos taken on the 24th February 2012.  4 members of the engage group braved the bad weather to visit the Trail between Birkdale and Southport.  An interesting visit giving a contrast to the previous visit and experience around the Broadgreen and Croxteth area of the Trail.  The full gallery of images can be found on our Facebook

 Photos by Ray Price

Photos by John Callaghan

New Uploaded Images

New images have now been uploaded and submitted...

The full gallery of images can be seen on our Facebook page...

Photos by Luke Martley

Photos by Tracey Johnson

Friday, 24 February 2012

ENGAGE...We're on the map!

SUSTRANS have recently published and distributed a volunteers newsletter.  I'm glad to say, ENGAGE has been highlighted as one of the potential visions for 2012 (bottom of page 2).  Thank you to Sustrans for the extremely generous mention, and thank you to all who have taken part so far.  Let's keep this project going!!

If you would like to see the news letter... Click Here!

Trail to the Sea

Meeting at Birkdale station, members of the ENGAGE group were already cold,windswept and soaked by the morning rain. Luke turned up appropriately dressed for the walk in a short sleeve shirt and no coat...well done Luke! We took the short walk from the station towards the sea then followed the trail north to Soutport to the start/ finish marker. Films to process, and digi's to edit...Looking forward to seeing images from this location visit.

Luke in his all weather gear

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Details for Fridays (24/02/12) visit to the trail around Southport.

Can we meet, 11am at Birkdale Train Station.  We’ll be walking down towards the coast, then follow the trail towards Southport Pier.  It should be a short walk around 2-4 miles with the opportunity to photograph around the beach and sand dune area.  In contrast to the Liverpool Loop, this is a very different environment so it’ll will be interesting to see what photographs can be achieved.

Birkdale station is easily accessible along the Northern Train Line – Hunts Cross to Southport.  Return journey can be from Southport rail station.  If you are unfamiliar with the area, or need any further information, please get in touch.

Map and walk route link …

There are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat/drink at Southport Pier area, so you can pack light, Sensible shoes (we might be on sand), warm and waterproof clothes recommended.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Inspiring Travel Quotes

Inspiration for text to images???

  • “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
  • “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.” – Samuel Johnson
  • “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
  • “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson
  • “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
  • “The journey not the arrival matters.” – T. S. Eliot

Friday, 10 February 2012

Photos by John Callaghan, 3rd February 2012

Photos by Radka Dolinska, 3rd February 2012

Photos by Alison Maher, 3rd February 2012

Group Meeting 10th February 2012

10 members of the ENGAGE group gathered together on Friday 10th of February 2012. The Agenda of the Meeting...
  • Current progress and timescale of the project.
  • Upload to Dropbox
  • Facebook and Blog
  • Feedback and responses from Sustrans and TPT.
  • Creativity (Idea generation)
  • Further visits to the Trail...half term and beyond?
Following a brief presentation and discussion led by JC, the group were given the opportunity to give feedback in relation to the suggestions and ideas offered by TPT and Sustrans.

An example of Initial Ideas discussed and offered by the group...

A further visit to the trail has been suggested for the Ainsdale-Southport area on the 24th of February 2012.  Trip requests are currently being filled out (JC) whilst learners continue to process and upload imagery from the first visit to the trail.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Photos by Ray Price, 3rd Feb 2012

1st Trail Visit 3rd February 2012

Photo JC

The First visit to the trail took place on the 3rd of February 2012.  Seven members of the ENGAGE group walked from Broadgreen to Croxteth.  The aim of the visit was to explore and acknowledge the environment of the trail and also... take some photos!  The ENGAGE group are currently processing the images captured and uploading them using 'Dropbox' and 'Facebook'.