Walkers across the area are being encouraged to get training for next year’s Bath Marches event, which is set to take place on Saturday 24th April.
Participants will be able to take on a choice of two challenge walks, or “Marches”, of 9 or 15 miles in the surrounding hills of Bath.
In October, Iconic Walking Events, the team behind the Bath Marches, were able to hold a successful event, albeit with COVID-19 restrictions and wet weather.
Marchers will follow marked routes and have the option to use a new app to help them navigate the course.
The terrain presents plenty of ups and downs, and reasonable levels of fitness will be required by all those taking part.
The 2021 routes include Kelston Round Hill, Lansdown and Solsbury Hill which all offer beautiful views across the region.
Along the routes, local, natural, and military history are featured on display boards, and the support team will manage optional “Team Challenges” for both school and corporate groups at checkpoints.
The event has been designed to appeal to all ages and abilities, and in 2020 attracted Bath locals as well as those from further afield, including corporate and school teams.
Richard Best of Breathing Space, one of the team behind The Bath Marches said: “As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, many people across the country have been spending more time being active outside – with walking and cycling more popular than ever.
“The Marches is a great event for those looking for an incentive to maintain their increased activity safely and take part in a great challenge in the South West.
“We are delighted to confirm the involvement of 3 service charities including the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity and the RAF Benevolent Fund who are promoting the event to their networks across the region and beyond.
“We will also be welcoming a number of other charities who can use the event as a platform for their own fundraising efforts.
“This year we had 11 different charities using the event as a fundraiser with Mentoring Plus and Genesis bringing large teams.”
Hilary Hesbrook, Senior Engagement Officer, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity said: “The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity are delighted to be involved with the Bath Marches; a fantastic, professionally organised walk in the beautiful city of Bath and surrounding countryside, simply a great day out.”
Mike Straney, the RAF Benevolent Fund Director of Fundraising and Communications, said: “Like all charities, we have had a challenging 2020 with our ability to fundraise in the community hardest hit.
“It has also been a difficult time for our beneficiaries as lockdown takes its toll on all of us.
“It is thanks to supporters like the Bath Marches organisers that we have been able to be by the side of the RAF Family during these challenging times. Bring on 2021!”
For further details and sign-up options on the Bath Marches, visit www.bathmarches.co.uk.