What a wonderful world: Walking Beats in the Rimrose Valley
By Verity Fay Henrywood
Join Verity and Jubilee for an inspiring trip round Rimrose Valley Country Park and to the beach and dunes at Crosby. It will make you want to don your walking boots and stride out to our inspiring ‘Walking Beats Liverpool’ soundtrack!
On this late summer’s day my golden retriever, Jubilee, is looking at me with those deep hazelnut eyes, ears pricked, and her tail wagging. I mutter that exciting word “Walk?” Gulping down the rest of my lukewarm tea while I tie my shoelaces, the pitter-patter of Jubilee’s paws accompanies us to the door. Stepping outside, golden sunrays strike my face and I fill my ears with the sounds of CPRELancs’ Walking Beats: Liverpool Spotify playlist.
Trees of green zigzag the street as Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World warms my heart. Entering Rimrose Valley Country Park I spot a soon-to-be Cinnabar Moth, posing as a black and yellow striped caterpillar, take its poison from the Ragwort weed on which it crawls. Metamorphosis truly is my favourite of nature’s spells. The writing on the lamppost reminds me of the Goddess Trail; an art project by Alice Lenkiewicz in summer 2018, campaigning against government plans to build a dual carriageway through the park. I smile softly with hope; the country park has survived another couple of years – long may it continue.
Welcomed by a field of Goldenrod, spurts of yellow fluff rise into the sky like bees, accompanying the playful musical notes. Crows dip and dive with the swirls of the wind, teasing each other with their tricks. I gently pull my fingers up the head of swaying Orchard Grass, feeling its tips parting between my fingers. These sensory, textured plants instantly reduce the stress of my busy week, allowing me to pause and forget societal pressures, just for a moment.
Mouthing the Beatles as though I were in the music video, I glimpse a polka-dotted ladybird nestling in a crisp white pod – a sign of autumn approaching. As I Walk This Way (Aerosmith) down the path, the cross-like centers of Great Willowherb remind me of Easter hot cross buns and their sweet, sweet smell…
Squinting to the horizon, blurry figures start to appear as the path brings a new burst of life. Dog walkers, runners, cyclists and mothers pushing prams happily wander. “Where would they go if the park was gone?” I reflect. The running track that hugs the meadow must be one of the most beautiful places to test your fitness.
Texas Sun brings a gap in the clouds and a ray of sunshine hits a singular red poppy. Behind, I can see sunflowers peaking above their friends, standing tall and proud. I snatch a sudden, shallow gasp; there is nothing quite like a thriving green space – a real haven for nature.
If you’d like to know more about how the campaign to protect Rimrose Valley Country Park is going, why not listen to the latest podcast from the Save Rimrose Valley campaign group, featuring our Chief Exec Crispin Truman:
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