Local firms are being urged to take on a new walking marathon that shows off the best of Wiltshire to raise money for Julia’s House, the Dorset and Wiltshire children’s hospice charity.
Taking place on 20th July ‘The Great Wiltshire Walk’ will cover 26 miles of some of the county’s most picturesque countryside. Beginning and ending at the Kings Arms pub in All Cannings, walkers will take in landmarks including three White Horses, a hill fort, ancient defences and a stone circle.
Organisers are promising a chance to see historic landmarks such as the site of Oldbury Castle, an iron age hill fort near Cherhill, White Horses at Devizes, Cherhill and Alton Barnes, wildflowers, Neolithic monuments and pretty villages.
Hannah Miller, the charity’s Challenge Events Manager, described the walk as an “ideal activity for staff.”
She said, “We have a very popular Jurassic Trek in Dorset that has had hundreds of people taking part every year for the past four years. We thought that north Wiltshire would be perfect for a similar walk.
“It will give people taking part the opportunity to see the very best of Wiltshire, finishing with the wonderful views of the Vale of Pewsey. At the end, we’ll have music and a free hog roast with a celebratory glass of prosecco.
“All money raised from the trek will help us care for life-limited children locally and give respite to exhausted mums and dads.”
Everyone taking part will receive fundraising support from the Julia’s House team, as well as support on the day. Along the route, which will be fully signposted, there’ll be refuelling stops with water and snacks. There will also be medical support available.
Registration for the event costs £30 and all walkers get a free Julia’s House t-shirt and a route map. All finishers will be presented with a medal. There are discounts for teams, depending on the numbers taking part.
The charity hopes walkers will each be able to raise £200 each for its cause.
Hannah added, “We really hope it grows into a much-loved annual event that people want to come back and join year after year.”
Sign up for The Great Wiltshire Walk at juliashouse.org/greatwiltshirewalk or call Hannah Miller on 01202 644220.
Pictured above: Julia’s House colleagues (L-R) Lisa Bradbury, Heather Philpotts, Bottom (L-R) Lisa McGill, Sam Roberts