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.

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 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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Cystic Fibrosis Trust
Cystic Fibrosis Trust
Walking 65 km Walking
Bridgewater Canal, Greater Manchester, UK UK
| Sign up for £50
Join us for this team challenge - a 65km (40 mile) walk in and around Manchester.
Send a Cow
Send a Cow
Walking 5 days Walking
Cotswold Way, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, UK UK
| Sign up for £240
Join Send a Cow and Walk through the charming Cotswolds over 5 days and 102 miles. Includes 4 nights in B&B, luggage transfer, t-shirt, snood, some meals & more.
Barnardo's
Barnardo's
Walking 16 miles Walking
Drymen to Callander, Scotland - Central Scotland, UK UK
| Sign up for £125
Take part in a fun & challenging event while raising much needed funds for Barnardo's. Bronze challenge involves a walk or run 16 miles from Drymen to Callander.
Target Ovarian Cancer
Target Ovarian Cancer
Walking 3 days Walking
Dorset & East Devon shoreline, Dorset, UK UK
| Sign up for £49
Our challenge is to trek for 25 miles over 2 days exploring the Jurassic Coast, the UK’s first natural World Heritage Site. Outstanding shores and breathtaking cliffs.
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.
Parkinson's UK
Parkinson's UK
Walking 1 days Walking
Hinton Ampner House, Bramdean, Hampshire, UK UK
| Sign up for £10
Enjoy a great day out at this beautiful National Trust property in the South Downs by taking part in our 4 or 10-mile sponsored walk.
Parkinson's UK
Parkinson's UK
Walking 1 days Walking
Lydford Gorge, Devon, UK UK
| Sign up for £10
This route takes you around the deepest gorge in the South West. You will explore the Tunnel Falls, the 90 feet White Lady Waterfall & the spectacular Devil’s Cauldron.
Parkinson's UK
Parkinson's UK
Walking 1 days Walking
Hylands House, Chelmsford, Essex, UK UK
| Sign up for £10
Choose from 3 routes to walk around this beautiful house & parkland. A family-friendly event that offers different distances & guarantee a great day out.
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Featured challenges

Martin Currie Rob Roy Challenge - Silver

A fun & challenging event for Barnardo's. Silver challenge involves a walk or run 16 miles from Drymen to Callander followed by 22 mile bike ride to Killin.

Dragon Boat Challenge

To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain the RAF Benevolent Fund are hosting a Dragon boat challenge at Willen Lake, Milton Keynes.

The Chocolate 5k

If you’re looking for a challenge with a difference then join our Hospice for Birmingham’s tastiest event – The Chocolate Run.

24 Peaks Challenge - Scottish Highlands

Take on one of the toughest challenges that the UK has to offer - 24 Peaks in 24 Hours, set against the dramatic backdrop of the Scottish Highlands. Age 16+.

Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run Half Marathon

*ENTER BY 21 SEPT* Scotland's Biggest Weekend of Running includes the Toddler Dash, Great Mini & Junior events on the Sat + half marathon & 10K on the Sunday!

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