Five Valleys Walk 2018

Sunday 30 September saw thousands of people taking part in the much-loved Five Valleys Walk through the beautiful Cotswold countryside

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The 21-mile circuit saw walkers rambling through Stroud’s five valleys - Painswick, Slad, Toadsmoor, Chalford and Nailsworth. The walk is always a highlight for Stroud-based charity and event organiser Meningitis Now, and has been a firm local fixture for over 30 years now.

The day proved ever popular with extended friends and family groups, corporate teams including Perry Bishop and Pfizer, and even a team of eight firefighters from Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue completing the challenge in full fire kit and breathing apparatus. Over 160 participants of the four-legged variety also took on the walk.

Carrie Bater, event organiser at Meningitis Now said: “We would like to thank everyone who took part on the day for playing their part in this fantastic event. Sunday was a fabulous day with a great atmosphere and lots of smiling people. 

“All money raised from ticket sales and individual fundraising will go towards Meningitis Now’s research and awareness work, and supporting people living with the impact of the disease.”

So far, over £27,000 has been raised with donations continuing to flood in.

Cricket Club popular

The main checkpoint venue of Stroud Cricket Club proved very popular, with many walkers who completed the full 21-mile circuit enjoying a free pint provided by Stroud Brewery. For those walkers with some energy in reserve, local circus skills performers School of Larks demonstrated their talents and offered walkers the chance to try their hand at juggling, plate spinning and hula hooping! Many stayed to enjoy the buzzing atmosphere and indulge in the well-deserved catering, which included a mouth-watering hog roast, burgers, artisan pizza and delicious home-made cakes. 

Regular walker, Helen from Renishaw, told us: “I think I did my first walk around 1996 when it was the Meningitis Trust (I have some badges that were given free to walkers in those days) and have only missed a couple since then. As you can imagine the route is quite familiar now, the cause imperative! I always look forward to this challenge.”

As well as being a fantastic day out, the Meningitis Now Five Valleys Walk raises vital funds to support people affected by meningitis. Walkers are encouraged to raise £50 each and Bristol Balloons are offering a hot air balloon ride for two people to the top fundraiser! Just send your sponsorship monies to Meningitis Now by 31 October 2018 to be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize (Ts&Cs apply - download them here).

Thank you sponsors and volunteers

Meningitis Now would like to thank the following, without whom we couldn’t put on the event: Stagecoach; our wonderful volunteers who helped out on the day; Barry, Jean and everyone at Stroud Cricket Club; Ecotricity; Wheatley Printers; Connexus; Renishaw; Stroud Brewery; Water Logic; The National Trust and Altripan. Thank you also to Attwolls; Adams’ Gelato Ice Cream; Ben Creese Country Butchers; Bristol Balloons; Carsha’s; Chamberlain E A Holdings Ltd; D & L Beverages; Ermin Plant; GiftPoint; Gloucestershire Constabulary; LCJ Caterers; Lovington’s Ice Cream; Mmm Coffee; Morrison’s Nailsworth; Salt Bakehouse; STB Engineering Ltd; St John’s Ambulance; Stroud District Council; Tesco; Mr & Mrs Little (Pitchcombe); Mr & Mrs Cullimore (Lypiatt); Mr T George (Slad); and finally our videographer, James Thirtle.

Next year

If you fancy a spot of volunteering at next year’s event, either on the day or before, please get in touch - we would love to hear from you. For more information please get in touch with Head Office by calling 01453 768000 or emailing

Are you a local business looking to support a local charity? If so we would love to hear from you, we rely heavily on the fantastic support we receive each year from our sponsors and partners. If you would like more information on how your business can support next year’s Five Valleys Walk please get in touch with Harry Gardner our Corporate Fundraiser, 01453 769079.

Next year’s walk will be on Sunday 29 September 2019 – see you there!

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