First published in Around Saddleworth
One of Willow Wood’s most popular events is returning on Saturday 24 October – and it’s totally socially distanced too!
The Willow Wood Firewalk is back. Held this year at Daisy Nook Garden Centre, every participant will be given a timeslot to ensure that distancing rules are adhered to. And since you’ll be able to bring your bubble with you, you can still impress the kids by walking along a 20-foot long path of burning embers!
Event organiser Laura Marinelli said, “I’m really looking forward to this event. It will be the first time I’ve seen it done, but the photos from last year’s events are so amazing, my heart is in my mouth just looking at them!
“We’ve managed to keep the registration fee at just £25 once again, but we do ask that you try to raise as much in sponsorship as possible. Visually, it’s a spectacular event and once you’ve posted any photos or video on your social platforms we’re sure your friends, colleagues and family will be so impressed that they’ll be happy to make a donation.”
The Firewalk itself is just 20 feet long, but that’s 20 feet of red-hot wood embers burning at around 800 degrees. It really is the shortest, but possibly most challenging walk you’ll ever take. There’s no trickery involved; you really will be walking barefoot across burning wood.
Cliff Mann, who is leading the evening has had over 20 years experience in Firewalking and knows that the sense of achievement once you’ve taken those steps can be long-lasting. As he said, “It’s just you and the fire. All of your survival instincts are telling you to stay where it’s safe, don’t take the risk. The decision to walk across the coals is life-changing, not because of the Firewalk itself, but because you have consciously decided not to let fear inhibit you. After all if you can walk across hot coals, what else is possible?”
There has been fantastic feedback from previous Firewalkers who have all confirmed just what an exhilarating experience it is. If you’d like to test yourself with this ultimate challenge just go to www.willowwood.info and sign up online now.