Walking the Viking Way to help keep Lincolnshire wild

Barrie Wilkinson

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust member Fiona McKenna is taking on the challenge of walking the 147-mile Viking Way to raise awareness and funds for wildlife

On Monday 24 May, Fiona McKenna is setting out to walk the length of her home county on the Viking Way. Starting over the border in Oakham and heading north for 147 miles, she aims to finish the walk at Far Ings National Nature Reserve on the bank of the Humber on Friday 4 June.

Fiona McKenna

Fiona explained why she has set herself the challenge and why she is keen to raise funds for the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust:
“During lockdown many of us realised just how important wildlife and having a connection to it and green places really is. Wildlife was there for us when we needed it most. However, a year on our wildlife and the places that they call home now need our help more than ever. Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has always been there for nature; they’ve got its back and always will have.”

But this challenge is about more than raising funds. Fiona is passionate about wildlife and Lincolnshire. Along the way, she’ll be chatting to people who look after the wildlife and wild places of Lincolnshire. She’ll find out about the projects that are bringing wildlife back to the Lincolnshire countryside.

Fiona will be sharing daily updates of her adventures and discoveries online. She’ll share the scenery and wildlife that she discovers, and, is keen to dispel the myth that Lincolnshire is flat and boring.

Fiona says: “I am fed up with people dissing my home county. I’m determined to show the world stunning landscapes and beautiful big skies to help everyone (including me) get to know this county a bit better. There will be no boring flat cabbage fields in sight!”

Fiona’s Walk for Wildlife Fundraising page can be found at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fionaswalkforwildlifelincolnshire

Follow her on Instagram @fionaswalkforwildlifelincs and Twitter @FionasWildLife