Dylan Sheriff (Department for Education) with Hugo Vickers, Dr John Cortes, Minister for the Environment and Marcello Sanguinetti (Department of the Environment, Heritage and Climate Change).
The Trust was delighted to visit Gibraltar in June to progress the Commonwealth Walkway there and is grateful to Dominic Searl, Gibraltar Representative to the United Kingdom, for his assistance in organising the trip.
Trust Chairman Hugo Vickers first met with Dr John Cortes, Minister for the Environment and his team Marcello Sanguinetti (Department of the Environment, Heritage and Climate Change) and Dylan Sheriff (Department for Education), who were enthusiastic about the project.
After advice and many hours of enjoyable walking, Jim Walker then developed a potential route proposing a landing marker at the border and then EIIR Markers at 23 other points os particular significance connected by a 12km Walkway.
It is hoped that the Gibraltar Commonwealth Walkway would officially start at The Convent (1), home of The Governor. The route then heads south in an anticlockwise direction to take in: The Referendum Gates (2), Trafalgar Cemetery and Nelson Statue (3), the Cable Car (4), Botanical Gardens (5), 100 Ton Gun (6), Camp Bay and Tunnels (7), Europa Point and Trinity Light House (8), Gorham's Caves (9), Pillars of Hercules (10), Queen’s Look Out (11), St Michael’s Cave (12), Gibraltar Skywalk (13), Baraby Macaques (14), the Military Heritage Centre and Tunnels (15), the Siege Exhibition (16), the Moorish Castle (17), Casemates Square (18), Gibraltar Post Office (19), John Mackintosh Square (20), National Museum (21), General Sir George Don and Holy Trinity Cathedral (22) and finally, appropriately, ending with Commonwealth Park (23) before looping back to The Convent.
Inspired by the Minister's personal ambition, Jim also took the liberty of proposing the Walkway taking in paths which at the moment might not yet be fully accessible. The link from Europa Point to the Gorham's UNESCO World Heritage Site caves for instance are not yet connected by a walkable path; the road from the mouth of the Dudley Ward Tunnel up to the new football area is currently inaccessible due to construction works; and the 500m of Commonwealth Walkway underground (the first in the world!?) requires perhaps new permission to link the Queen Charlotte access with the Great Siege Tunnels and World War II exhibition.
Once the route is agreed in principle, the Trust looks forward to visiting again in November when, coincidentally, Hugo will be visiting Gibraltar again to speak at the Literary Festival.
The Governor of Gibraltar, Lieutenant General Ed Davis at The Convent, accepting the first marker for the Gibraltar Commonwealth Walkway from Chairman Hugo Vickers.