Charity walks

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.

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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 challenges and click for details of the challenge and charity/charities. You can enter a few basic details to be instantly emailed further information.

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London's Air Ambulance
London's Air Ambulance
5 km Cultural travel
London, Greater London, UK UK
| Sign up for £25
New, fun-filled family challenge event following clues around the City of London. Finish on the moat lawn with a free picnic lunch. Free entry into the Tower of London.
The Royal British Legion
The Royal British Legion
Hill walking 30 miles Hill walking
Exford, Somerset, UK UK
| Sign up for £50
*ENTER BY 10PM FRIDAY 11TH SEPT* If you are fit & love the idea of facing 30 kilometres or 30 miles of Exmoor terrain, while carrying 30lbs, then this challenge is perfect for you.
Meningitis Now
Meningitis Now
Walking 1 km Walking
Everywhere!, UK UK
| Sign up for free
Little feet across the country are stomping to help beat meningitis. You can help too by taking part in a Toddle Waddle.
PDSA
PDSA
Walking 1 days Walking
Everywhere!, UK UK
| Sign up for free
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.
Prostate Cancer UK
Prostate Cancer UK
Walking 1 days Walking
Everywhere!, UK UK
| Sign up for free
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.
Breakthrough Breast Cancer
Breakthrough Breast Cancer
Walking 24 miles Walking
Norfolk, Norfolk, UK UK
| Sign up for £50
The Norfolk Coastal Challenge takes place from 24-26 April 2015 and you can sign up today to walk through lovely nature reserves with stunning coastal views in the East of England.
Open challenge
Open challenge
Trekking 18 km Trekking
Fort William, UK UK
| Sign up for £99
This fantastic challenge gives you the opportunity to climb Britain's highest mountain, which stands at a magnificent 1,344m high, towering over the picturesque town of Fort William.
Open challenge
Open challenge
Walking 106 km Walking
West Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK UK
| Sign up for £49
From Cowes towards the Needles & right around the Isle's stunning coastal path. A Bank Holiday weekend to remember! Walk, jog or run either 106km, 54km or 32km.
Demelza Hospice Care for Children
Demelza Hospice Care for Children
Walking 50 km Walking
Sittingbourne to Eltham, Kent, UK UK
| Sign up for £25
A new walking challenge between two hospices to raise funds for Demelza. The 50k route will take you either from Sittingbourne to Eltham or vice versa.
Open challenge
Open challenge
Walking 32 km Walking
West Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK UK
| Sign up for £29
From Cowes towards the Needles & right around the Isle's stunning coastal path. A Bank Holiday weekend to remember! Walk, jog or run either 106km, 54km or 32km.
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Warrior Run 14km

Take on the South Coast’s toughest run! Choose from a 7km, 14km or 21km course, with over 30 obstacles per 7km lap. Age 18+.

Skydive for Stephen

Inspired by Stephen Sutton and at the request of his family, Teenage Cancer Trust is organising a huge world-record breaking skydiving event this summer. Age 16+.

London Triathlon - Individual entry

*ENTER BY 12 JULY* The world's largest & most iconic triathlon. 4 distances: Super Sprint, Sprint, Olympic & Olympic Plus. Individual/team. Age 17+. (Youth triathlon age 15/16).

Tough Mudder - Midlands

*ENTER BY 29TH MAY* Home to 1000s of acres of the UKs thickest woodlands, Boughton Houses log obstacles are some of the worlds most brutal. Featuring tons of natural water obstacles. Age 18+.

London to Oxford

A great summers day cycling - London through the Chilterns to Oxford & raise money for Prostate Cancer Research. Live music, refreshments & beer tent. Bike ride min. age is 14.

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