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.
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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The Loch Ness Bike ride offers 2 circular on-road routes. The Highlands & the legendary Loch Ness make a stunning backdrop for the gruelling ascents as you make your way to the finish line.
The Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge is a highly regarded event which has a route suitable for all standards of mountain bike and cyclo-cross rider.
Take a beautiful sunset walk in Eastbourne, and make it special by raising money for Diabetes UK.
*ENTER BY 17 AUG* Starting & finishing in Bristol's historic harbourside and takes runners along a scenic, sea-level route through the beautiful Avon Gorge. Age 17+.
Join us for this exclusive walk across London! A fun challenge for everyone, the path follows the Thames river past some of the city's most famous landmarks. All ages.
Supporting thousands of blind young people to live life without limits.
Information for charities about promoting challenge events on timeoutdoors.