Over 100 hikers took to the countryside around Bath on Saturday 18th September as part of the second Bath Marches annual walking event.
The walk saw participants tackle challenging 9 and 15-mile routes, starting and finishing at the Bath Recreation Ground.
Both routes passed the Royal Crescent and took on an ascent of the National Trust site Little Solsbury Hill, with the 15-mile route also heading up to Kelston Roundhill, where walkers could enjoy the views once the early morning mist had lifted.
Those taking part raised funds for a host of good causes, including local Bath charity Mentoring Plus who had over 30 walkers on the routes, helping to raise over £6,500 to date.
There were several under 10s involved, with the youngest finisher being just 4, whilst the oldest marcher was 76.
The event received support from local businesses which included Bath Ales who provided post-walk refreshments, Begbies Traynor who sponsored the Team Challenge and the Bath Recreation Trust who partnered with the Bath Marches in addition to providing the use of the Rec.
Andrew Crocker, who walked the 9 mile route said: “Thank you for a great day on Saturday, thoroughly enjoyed it. Very much looking forward to next year’s event!”
The organisers of the Bath Marches encourage walkers of all ages and abilities to take part and promote it as both fun and friendly.
This year, Michael Gorely from Historic England also joined the event to educate Marches on the history of the local area.
Talking about the day, organiser Richard Best said: “It’s been a good day – given covid caution – we’ve seen a good turn out of walkers, most of whom appear to have had a really enjoyable time.
“I’d like to thank everyone for their support for the event – from local businesses, the walkers and our volunteers – all of whom make the event possible.
“The atmosphere and positive vibes at the event have been great. Of course the sunshine certainly helps, but I’m delighted to see the positive support continuing for the event.”