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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Join the race to change lives. Cycle through beautiful Warwickshire countryside to raise vital funds for people with Parkinson's. 19m (age 11+), 40m (16+) or 57 miles (age 16+).
A 60 mile ride through pretty villages and lush Spring countryside in Hertfordshire - a landscape of beautiful half-timbered cottages and colourful marketplaces. Age 16+.
*LOWER SPONSORSHIP UNTIL 1ST APRIL* This challenge event sees you conquer the eight Lake District peaks that rise above 3,000 feet in just two days. Age 18+.
Do you fancy taking on the UK’s highest mountain as part of Team Breathe? Expert-led weekend, accommodation & meals included, just £50 to register...
Conquer the highest mountain in Britain. A challenging trek taking us to the spectacular Western Grampians & the summit of Britain’s highest mountain. Age 16+.
Dedicated to saving lives from bowel cancer. We raise awareness and provide support to patients and their families.
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