The annual Circuit of Bath sponsored walk is taking place on Sunday 23rd September, celebrating 17 years of fundraising for local charity Julian House.
The walk is one of Julian House’s most popular fundraising events with over 500 people taking part last year.
This year’s event takes place on Sunday 23rd September, and will feature some of Bath’s most beautiful views and countryside.
The event will be free to enter for participants, who are asked to raise as much sponsorship as they can so that the charity can continue to help and support local homeless and marginalised men and women.
Although the whole route is 20 miles long, participants can choose to walk as little as 2 miles thanks to a unique shuttle bus service that will be operating via 5 checkpoints during the day.
The checkpoints / starting points are at Kingwood School Upper Sports Pavilion, Lansdown; Bathampton Mill; Canal Centre, Limpley Stoke; St. Gregory’s Catholic College 6th Form building, Odd Down and Newbridge Park & Ride.
Those wishing to walk with family, friends, dogs or alone are invited to enjoy the spectacular views along the way. Walkers can choose to start at one of 5 checkpoints and walk either clockwise or anti-clockwise. Everybody who completes the whole 20 mile route will be rewarded with a medal.
Stephen Chesworth, Community and Events organiser at Julian House said: “Whether you’re a keen walker or a family looking for a pleasant afternoon out, the Circuit of Bath is a terrific event.
“People who have lived in Bath for years have been surprised at the stunning countryside which is right on their doorstep, just 2 or 3 miles from the bustling city centre.
“One particular stretch, from Bathampton to Limpley Stoke, follows the canal path which makes it suitable for family groups.
“Other parts of the route take in quaint villages such as Woolley, Upper Swainswick, Englishcombe and South Stoke. Dogs, on leads, also really enjoy taking part.
Organisers hope the event will raise around £20,000, which will help to fund the many other projects that Julian House are running to support vulnerable and excluded men and women back into independent living.
Most people are aware of the Julian House emergency hostel which is now open 24hrs a day, 7 days a week; however few are aware that the charity now manages 155 bed spaces for clients with a wide spectrum of needs.
Julian House also runs 3 social enterprise projects in the region, including the popular Bath Bike Workshop which is providing practical work experience, training and employment support.
The Circuit of Bath Walk is being sponsored by the Thermae Bath Spa and is part of the Bathscape Walking Festival which takes place 15th-23rd September 2018.
You can register online to take part here.