You’ll be in good company. We’re hoping to have more than 2,000 walkers again this year taking on some or all of the 21-mile route. And with the weather set fair it’s already starting to look like a great day out. So, if you didn’t have plans for Sunday 30 September, you do now!
Our Five Valleys Walk is suitable for all ages and abilities. You can choose your distance to suit you – from just a couple of miles to the full 21 miles. You can also start and finish at any checkpoint and once you’re ready to call it a day, a Stagecoach bus will be on hand to offer you a free ride back to your starting point.
Checkpoint One will be located at the Stroud Cricket Club, with ample parking for you to leave your car and the opportunity to enjoy a hog roast, a drink at the bar and a shower. Checkpoints will open at 8.30am and will be closing at 5.30pm, except for the Cricket Club. This will stay open until 10pm for you to wind down, rest those sore feet and relax before you head home.
Car parking is also available at the Nailsworth checkpoint, although spaces are limited.
Dogs are welcome to join you on the walk of course and our helpful Handbook, available when you register on the day, will give you all the information you need about the route and our checkpoints.
The Five Valleys Walk raises vital funds for our ongoing research, awareness and support work to beat meningitis and we’re really grateful to all those who choose to join us on the day. With your support we can continue to fight meningitis together.
Grateful to all sponsors
We’re also really grateful to all those individuals and companies who support the walk, particularly those who sponsor one of our checkpoints.
Among these are Wheatley Printers, who have been working in partnership with us for over 16 years now, producing everything from business cards, to posters, leaflets, folders and, in particular, millions of our signs and symptoms cards.
Director Jamie Underwood said, “We have seen the hard work put in year after year from many members of staff. Helping with events is only a small part to play but, where possible, we try to help out and sponsor events like this year’s Five Valleys Walk."
“A number of our staff have helped to raise money and support the local events for this lovely, well run local charity.”
Another local organisation supporting the walk is engineering company Renishaw, the largest private sector employer in Gloucestershire, with 2,400 staff located at five sites within the county. Head of Communications Chris Pockett said, “We are very pleased to again support the Five Valleys Walk, which raises vital funds to continue the excellent work of Meningitis Now.”
Proud to support this fantastic event
And Rachel Kent, Head of Campaigns and Events at ecotricity, the renewable energy company who supply green energy to over 200,000 customers across the UK and who are also sponsoring a checkpoint, added, “Meningitis Now is a brilliant local charity and we’re really proud to support them and this fantastic event."
“The walk is a great opportunity to raise some money for their work while enjoying and exploring the beautiful Cotswolds – and we can’t wait to be a part of it.”
Harry Gardner, our Corporate Account Executive, said, “We’re so grateful to all the local companies – large and small – who support our Five Valleys Walk and help make it the special event it is. We really couldn’t manage it without you – thank you.”