Five Valleys Walk - Frequently asked questions

Find answers to our frequently asked questions about the Five Valleys Walk

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If your question is unanswered, please contact us on 0345 120 4530 or email and we’ll be happy to help.

What time does the walk start and finish?

Checkpoints open at 8.30am and close at 5.30pm. The Cricket Club will be open until 10pm.

Who can take part in the Five Valleys Walk?

Anyone can take part in the walk. It is suitable for all ages and abilities and has varied levels of difficultly, including a section suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Please refer to the route map for further details.

Are there any age restrictions?

Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

How much does it cost to register? 

  • Advance entry is: £10 per adult (16 and upwards), £5 per child (under 5s free), £25 for a group ticket (up to 4 people)
  • On the day ticket prices are £15 per adult, £8 per child and under 5s go free. A group ticket for up to four people will cost £30

When does registration close?

Online registration closes at midday on Wednesday 20 September 2017 however you can still sign-up on the day.

What will I receive when I’ve registered? 

You will receive a Five Valleys Walk welcome pack (which will be posted out in August 2017). This will include:

  • Letter of confirmation
  • Event handbook
  • Sponsorship form
  • Signs and symptoms card

When will my welcome pack arrive?

Please allow up to seven days from registration for your welcome pack to arrive.

What do I do if I haven’t received my welcome pack after seven days?

If you haven’t received your pack after seven days, please contact us on 0345 120 4530 or email

Where will the money I raise go?

Meningitis Now exists to save lives and rebuild futures of people affected by meningitis through research, support and awareness. All of the money raised through the Five Valleys Walk will be used to help fund our fight against the disease in the UK.

Can I fundraise online?

Yes, you can fundraise via our Five Valleys Walk JustGiving donation pages.

How do I pay my sponsorship in?

There are a number of ways you can pay your money in. You can pay directly into our bank account, by cheque made payable to Meningitis Now, or over the phone by debit or credit card. Full instructions on how to pay in your sponsorship money is included in the Five Valleys Walk handbook.

Can I register and not raise any sponsorship?

Yes, raising sponsorship is not compulsory though we do encourage our supporters to raise as much money as possible to help those affected by the disease.

Top individual fundraiser competition

This year’s top individual fundraiser will win a fabulous weekday morning hot air balloon ride for two, courtesy of Bristol Balloons. Just send your sponsorship monies to Meningitis Now by Wednesday 25 October 2017 to be in with the chance of winning. 

Terms and conditions

How do I make a donation?

You can donate via our homepage, hit ‘donate’, via phone or post via a cheque. We advise against sending cash in the post.

Do I have to complete the whole walk?

No, the route is separated into eight checkpoints. You can walk as much of the route as you want and start and finish at any of the checkpoints.

What happens if the weather is bad?

The event will still go ahead, please be prepared for all weather conditions.

Where can I park my car?

You are able to park your car at the Stroud Cricket Club or Nailsworth checkpoints, however, there are limited spaces available and the car park will close at 6pm. Please note that there is no parking available at Slad, Lypiatt or Dudbridge.

What time do the free shuttle buses run from?

The buses circulate each route from 11.00am until 4.45pm. The last bus leaving the depot to return you to your starting point is at 4.45pm. You can download our bus route map.

Can I bring my dog?

You are welcome to bring your dogs, but be aware that we cannot take responsibility for them. Please ensure you take the necessary precautions to keep them safe and under control, as we’ve had a number of dogs getting lost in previous years. Water bowls and poop-scoop bags are available at each checkpoint. Please remember to clear up after your dog.

Can I get a map of the route before the day?

A route map will be included in your event handbook; however you will receive a route map on the day, along with walking directions