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Charity walks


Not all of us are made for running. Many of us barely have the time to train for a marathon, while others are prevented by age, illness and other life factors. That does not mean, however, that we can’t all get out into the great outdoors and push ourselves for a good cause with a challenge walk for charity, as timeoutdoors' Challenges Editor Elaine Aronson explains.

Charity walks in the UK are on the up, with more and more people seizing the opportunity to join together and march to raise funds and spread awareness. Plus, it’s good for you!

A SOCIABLE EVENT
Unlike other, more solitary pursuits, a walk offers opportunities to talk with your fellow trekkers and support each other. Charity walking events can bring a unique sense of camaraderie and friendship as tens, hundreds or even thousands of people join together for one common cause. Furthermore, the whole family can take part in some of the walks - see the walks marked 'U18s' for those suitable for under 18s.

OPTIONS
Of course, simply going for a walk is not enough for some - the effort and ‘wow’ factor comes from covering a huge distance. Everyone knows about popular walks such as London to Brighton, but there are loads of other challenge walks out there including day walks, night walks, weekend treks and even multi-day pilgrimages!

Take a look through the charity walks below and click through for details of the challenge and charity/charities. You can enter a few basic details in the grey box on the right-hand side of the screen to be instantly emailed further information.

Three Peaks challenges

Great Britain has some truly astonishing countryside and a three peaks challenge is a fantastic way to see it.
Three Peaks challenges

Four Peaks challenges

Climb Slieve Donard, Snowdonia, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis - the highest mountains in Northern Ireland, Wales, England & Scotland.
Four Peaks challenges

Hill walking challenges

Challenge yourself to get to the summit of Ben Nevis, Snowdon and other UK peaks on a hill walking challenge for charity.
Hill walking challenges

Hadrian's Wall challenges

Built to mark the northern limit of the Roman Empire around AD 122, Hadrian's Wall stretches from Wallsend, Tyne and Wear to Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria.
Hadrian's Wall challenges
Charity walks in the UK... 
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Registration fee Registration fee Minimum sponsorship option Minimum sponsorship option Self funder option Self funder option Payment options explained Payment options explained
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13 Sep 2014 30 miles Featured challenge
Exmoor 30:30 Level 3 Suitable for teams Teams
Hill walking - Exford, Somerset, UK Registration fee £50 Minimum sponsorship option
If you are fit and love the idea of facing either 30 kilometres or 30 miles of Exmoor terrain, while carrying 30lbs, then this challenge is perfect for you.
Do this challenge for The Royal British Legion
30 Sep 2014 1 days Featured challenge
September Superhero Stroll Level 1 Suitable for teams Teams Suitable for beginners Beginners Juniors welcome U18s
Walking - Your local area , UK Registration fee £0 Minimum sponsorship option Self funder option
This September we’re inviting you to plan your own fancy dress Superhero Stroll to raise funds for the nation’s leading first aid charity!
Do this challenge for St John Ambulance
04 Oct 2014 65 km Featured challenge
Great Strides 65 North Level 2 Suitable for teams Teams
Walking - Bridgewater Canal, Greater Manchester, UK Registration fee £50 Minimum sponsorship option
Join us for this team challenge - a 65km (40 mile) walk in and around Manchester.
Do this challenge for Cystic Fibrosis Trust
10 Oct 2014 3 days Featured challenge
Hike for your Heart - Ben Nevis Challenge 2014 Level 2 Suitable for teams Teams
Trekking - Fort William , Highland, UK Registration fee £50 Minimum sponsorship option Self funder option
Fancy conquering the highest mountain in the UK? Join with Heart Research UK to conquer Ben Nevis and raise money to fund life saving research into heart disease.
Do this challenge for Heart Research UK
01 Nov 2014 10 miles Featured challenge
Striding for Survival Level 1 Suitable for beginners Beginners
Walking - Virginia Water, Surrey, UK Registration fee £20 Minimum sponsorship option
Striding for Survival is Pancreatic Cancer Action's annual challenge walk at the beautiful Virginia Water in the South of England. Choose the 10 mile 'Challenge Walk' or 3 mile 'Mini Stride'.
Do this challenge for Pancreatic Cancer Action
No date 1 days Walkies for PDSA Level 1 Suitable for teams Teams Suitable for beginners Beginners Juniors welcome U18s
Walking - Everywhere!, UK Registration fee £0 Minimum sponsorship option
Animal lovers can organise their own sponsored Walkies! Big or small, your dog walk could be just you & your family in the local park, or your friends getting together for a day of fundraising.
Do this challenge for PDSA
No date 1 days Walk for Life Level 1 Suitable for teams Teams Suitable for beginners Beginners Juniors welcome U18s
Walking - Everywhere!, UK Registration fee £0 Minimum sponsorship option
Join Team Walk by doing your own challenge! Organise a walk by yourself or with friends and family and help us walk 10,000 miles! You can also join a group and make some new friends. All ages.
Do this challenge for Prostate Cancer UK
12 Sep 2014 36 km Jurassic Coast Weekend Level 2
Trekking - Durlston Head, Swanage, Dorset, UK Registration fee £75 Minimum sponsorship option Self funder option
This trek will be sure to leave a lasting impression. A weekend packed with sights and sounds of childhood from fossil strewn beaches to paddling in the rockpools.
Do this challenge for any charity
13 Sep 2014 25 km Thames Path Challenge 25km - walk Level 2 Suitable for teams Teams Suitable for beginners Beginners
Walking - Thames Path, Greater London, UK Registration fee £30 Minimum sponsorship option
Choose whether to run or walk one of four 25km sections of the Thames Path Challenge. Pick your charity, start training and set your watch!
Do this challenge for selected charities
13 Sep 2014 100 km Thames Path Challenge 100km - walk Level 4 Suitable for teams Teams
Walking - Putney, Greater London, UK Registration fee £85 Minimum sponsorship option
Tackle the overnight 100km challenge to Henley and aim to complete the course in 24hrs. Start training, pick your charity and set your watch!
Do this challenge for selected charities
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