Registration for the annual 21-mile circular walk opens today - Tuesday 14 July - and we hope 2,000 of you will join us on Sunday 27 September for what will be a family, fun-filled day.
The famous and wonderful Giffords Circus will be performing from their Fennels Farm base near Slad on the day. We’ve also organised face painters, live music and a children’s nature trail, as well as a variety of food and drink, to line the route, making it a day out not to be missed.
“Whether you love rambling, circuses, food or entertainment, there’s something for you on this year’s special walk, and you’ll be helping to beat meningitis with every step.”
Sue Davie, Chief Executive
The walk, which passes through each of Stroud’s five valleys – Painswick, Slad, Toadsmoor, Chalford and Nailsworth – is split into nine sections.You can start at any of them, and catch a free Stagecoach bus back to your start point if you don’t want to walk the whole circuit.
Walkers who sign up in advance pay just £10 per adult and £5 per child aged 16 and under. Under-3s go free. Family tickets for two adults and two children cost £25. Those joining on the day pay slightly more.
As participants you’ll receive a welcome pack, sponsor forms, a route map and certificate, and free fruit and water during the walk.
Win a hot air balloon flight
This year’s top individual fundraiser stands to win a champagne hot air balloon flight courtesy of Bristol Balloons. There is also a raffle with a variety of prizes.
“The Five Valleys Walk is a fantastic event that everyone can take part in and enjoy, whether you’re an experienced walker or a family making the most of the wonderful Cotswolds’ scenery. Dogs are welcome too."
“Because meningitis can affect anyone at any time, this is a great opportunity for you to do your bit to support people living with the impact of the disease.”
Lydia Reed, Five Valleys Walk organiser
This year we’re holding the Five Valleys Walk in partnership with Connexus, the leading supplier of business telecoms and IT Solutions.
“We are delighted to be able to support the walk in our 10th anniversary year.”
Gulam Patel, Managing Director of Connexus
Other leading sponsors include Renishaw and Stagecoach West.
We hope to raise £40,000 from the walk to help fund our programmes of preventative research, awareness and support for those affected by the disease.
Register online here or call 0345 120 4530 for more information.