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Sponsored walks in England

Join Christian Aid for a charity walk in England and help us fight poverty step by step.

Our sponsored walks have raised more than £153,000 in a year for our work. Hundreds of people walked thousands of miles between them to fight poverty. Thank you to everyone who took part and contributed to raising this fantastic total which will make a significant impact to communities living in poverty. 

If you are organising your own walk we have a range of free template designs you can use to promote and plan your event.

Go to www.caevents.org.uk to get started.

Christian Aid walking events

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East Midlands walks

Humber Bridge Cross Sponsored Walk

The 34th annual Humber Bridge Cross brings people together from both sides of the Humber to cross this iconic bridge as many times as they can. It's a fun family afternoon out and you'll raise money to help people out of poverty. The afternoon includes music, refreshments and face painting.

Date: Saturday 7 May 2016, 2-5pm (Walkers can register from 1.30pm and the walk begins at 2pm.)
Location: The Old Tile Works, Far Ings Road, Barton upon Humber, North Lincolnshire DN18 5AZ
Contact: Judi Perry jperry@christian-aid.org or phone 01509 754764

London walks

Tower Hamlets churches London 2016

Join this sponsored walk around churches in London’s East End! There will be a reflection in each church, bringing together the history of the area with Christian Aid’s transforming work further afield.

It’s not a long walk and will mainly be along quiet streets and a stretch of the Regents Canal, so suitable for young and old alike.

We all walk together, starting at 10am, with lunch at about 12.30pm at St Mary’s Bow Church, and ending at about 2pm at St Paul’s Old Ford. Light refreshments will be available at some of the churches but please do bring your own lunch.


Date: Saturday 14 May 2016
Start time: 10am
Start location: Bethnal Green Methodist Church, Approach Road, London E2 9JP
Local contact: John Singleton 020 8980 3745 john.oldford@tiscali.co.uk
Christian Aid contact: Frances Reynolds 020 7523 2271 freynolds@christian-aid.org

Circle the City London 2016

Join hundreds of walkers on our annual Circle the City sponsored walk, at the end of Christian Aid Week.

This family-friendly event will be a fantastic day packed with activities, challenges, pop-up exhibitions, musical performances, guided tours and many more adventures along the way!

Date: Sunday 22 May 2016

Register now for a free sponsorship pack - email ctc@christian-aid.org

North East England walks

Bede’s Way Walk

The Bede’s Way Walk provides a fascinating glimpse into the cultural heritage and varied landscape between the Rivers Tyne and Wear. The full-day walk includes a lunch stop at the picturesque Cleadon Windmill with support along the way. An all-age afternoon circular walk from St Peter’s takes in the Roker coast.

Minimum sponsorship: Individuals £50, Families £75

Date: Saturday 25 June 2016
Location: Jarrow to Monkwearmouth starting from St Paul’s Church, Church Bank, Jarrow NE32 3DZ
Route: Bede’s Way follows the 12-mile route between the Anglo-Saxon monastic sites at St Paul’s, Jarrow and St Peter’s, Monkwearmouth.
Contact: The Newcastle office at newcastle@christian-aid.org or phone 0191 228 0115

North West England walks

Walk for Water or Cycle for a Bike

Participants can either take part in the sponsored walk or cycle. Participants can start any time between 9am and 3pm on 2 April and can complete as many laps as they able. Participants are asked to be sponsored to take part in the event, or per number of laps they complete.

The money raised from the sponsored event will go towards Christian Aid’s work in providing clean safe water and access to health information and facilities.

Date: Saturday 2 April 2016
Location: The walk starts at St Andrews church hall in Longton, Pr4 5AA. Cycle starts at New Longton Methodist church, PR4 4AA
Route: Starting at St. Andrews church hall, the walk takes a circular circuit around Longton Brickcroft Local Nature Reserve and takes approximately two hours. The cycle, starting at New Longton Methodist church, passes through Much Hoole, Bretherton, Midge Hall, and then cack to New Longton. The route is 17 miles long.
Contact: Cath Greenlees cathgreenlees@hotmail.co.uk or 01772613500

Walk Against Want

A great day out for families and walkers of all ages. There are plenty of opportunities to talk, and take in the beautiful views on the way. Free registration, minimum sponsorship £10 per adult.

Date: Saturday 14 May 2016

Location: St Martin’s Church Hall, Shrigley Road North, Higher Poynton SK12 1TE

Route: Choice of three routes (three, six and eight miles) and option to carry water to reflect on the lives of the world’s poor – Choose your level of challenge and your way to complete it. There are also scooter and buggy friendly routes, and four-legged friends are welcome. 

Contact: Helen Howe on 01925 582 820 or HHowe@christian-aid.org

South East England walks

Christian Aid 50th Anniversary Challenge

Walk or run a marathon (approx 26 miles) in East Herts countryside. Choose your distance from five stages of 5-11 km each. Refreshments served at each checkpoint on the fully marshalled course.

Date: Saturday 14 May 2016
Start time: Walkers: 8.30am; Runners: 9.45-10.00am
Location: Allenbury's Sports Club, Ware SG12 0DJ
Contact:rosemary@arfg.co.uk or phone 01992 589535

Walk the Country: A Christian Aid Sponsored Walk

Walk 5, 10, or 15 miles through the varied Oxfordshire countryside. From woodland to stunning hill top views, this walk is great for all ages and abilities.

Date: Saturday 21 May 2016
Registration: between 8.30am and 10am
Location: Bix Village Hall, Bix RG9 6BS (Between Henley and Nettlebed)

Register today by emailing oxford@christian-aid.org to receive your sponsorship pack or give a minimum donation of £20 on the day.

South West England walks 

Hartland Sponsored Walk 2016

Join the annual sponsored walk around the Hartland Peninsula.

Date: Monday 2 May 2016
Location: Hartland
Contact: Ralph James 01237 441587

East Devon Sponsored Walk 2016

Join other Christian Aid supporters, climate activists and compassionate friends in the Devon area to walk around Budleigh Salterton.

Date: Saturday 14 May 2016
Location: Lime Kiln car park, Granary Lane, Budleigh Salterton
Contact:Southampton@christian-aid.org or phone 023 8070 6969

Poole & Bournemouth Sponsored Seafront Walk

Start from Shore Road, Poole or Southbourne (or from any of the checkpoints in between) and walk along the seafront promenade alongside the magnificent sandy beach (full distance is 12 miles each way or choose any shorter distance between chosen checkpoints).

Date: Saturday 14 May 2016
Location: Poole-Bournemouth seafront
Contact: Joan on 01202 737659

Newton Abbot Sponsored Walk 2016

Join us this Christian Aid Week for the annual 10 mile Newton Abbot sponsored walk in the beautiful Decoy Country Park. The route is no easy walk in the park, with mud, steps, and uneven ground, so be ready for an all-weather challenge!

Date: Saturday 14 May 2016
Location: Decoy Park, Newton Abbot TQ12 1EB
Contact:Southampton@christian-aid.org or phone 023 8070 6969

Hampshire Sponsored Walk 2016

Come and enjoy an early summer walk in our lovely south Hampshire countryside, and raise money for a good cause.

Date: Sunday 15 May 2016
Location: starts in Southwick
Contact:Southampton@christian-aid.org or phone 023 8070 6969

Severn Way Sponsored Walk 2016

In May, local Methodist minister John Beardsley will walk the Severn Way, a 225 mile route that follows the river from its source in Plynlimon, Wales to its end near Bristol.

You're invited to join John on 18 May, walking from Tewkesbury to Gloucester, as part of Christian Aid Week 2016.

Date: Wednesday 18 May 2016
Location: starts in Southwick
Contact:Bristol@christian-aid.org or phone 01454 415923

St Michael’s Way Sponsored Walk

Join us on this 12 mile sponsored walk across Cornwall, coast to coast, on one of the most ancient pilgrimage routes in Europe, helping to raise funds for those most in need this Christian Aid Week.

The walk will also include reflections and prayers from around the world with Bishop Chris.

Date: Friday 20 May 2016
Route: The walk will start at Lelant, covering 12 miles along the Cornish coast to finish at Marazion.
Contact: The Southampton office at southampton@christian-aid.org or phone 023 8070 6969. Event page can be found here.

Nailsworth to Tetbury

Join Minister Stuart Radford on this 7 mile walk from Nailsworth to Tetbury.

Date: Saturday 21 May 2016
Location: Starting in Nailsworth
Contact: Noel Sharp nsharp@christian-aid.org

West Midlands walks

North Staffs Walk

Running for more than 25 years and raising £50,000 each year the walk attracts hundreds of people from all over Staffordshire and South Cheshire.

Date: Saturday 19 March 2016
Location: Tittesworth Reservoir
Route: The walk starts at the visitor centre where there is a Christian Aid marquee set up for registrations. There is a choice of two routes a two mile stroll and a five mile walk around the reservoir.
Contact: John Bamford 01782 516 137

Yorkshire walks

51st Halifax Long March

Join this 15 mile overnight walk along the streets of Calderdale. There is no minimum sponsorship but there is an advance registration fee of £20 (or £30 to register on the night).

Date: Sunday 27 March, 2016 (walkers register at 11pm and the walk begins at midnight)
Location: YMCA, Crossley Street, Halifax HX1 1UG
Contact:leeds@christian-aid.org or visit https://longmarch.org.uk/charities.html

Sheffield May Day Trek

A walk into the beautiful Peak District to raise money for Christian Aid. Choose between 5, 10 and 15 miles routes.

Date: Monday 2 May 2016, 10am start
Location: St Luke’s Church, Lodge Moor, Sheffield
Contact:pfurbey@christian-aid.org or visit www.sheffieldmaydaytrek.org.uk

Humber Bridge Cross Sponsored Walk

Join us for a fun family afternoon out and raise money to help people out of poverty. The 34th annual Humber Bridge Cross brings people together from both sides of the Humber to cross the bridge as many times as they can. The afternoon include music, refreshments and face painting.

Date: Saturday 7 May 2016, 2-5pm (Walkers can register from 1.30pm and the walk begins at 2pm)
Location: Hessle Country Park
Contact: Gill Dalby gilldalby@gilldalby.karoo.co.uk or phone 01482 504203

Sheffield Night Hike

Challenge yourself to walk into the Peak District and back after dark, walking from Sheffield to Hathersage and back.

Date: Saturday 25 June 2016
Location: St Luke’s Church, Lodge Moor, Sheffield
Contact:pfurbey@christian-aid.org or visit www.sheffieldnighthike.org.uk

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