Big Autumn Walk sponsored by Hampton Hire Ltd

WHEN: | First walk leaves at 9am WHERE: Fownhope Recreation Ground

Online registration for this event has now closed.

You can still enter on the day for a fee of £5 each.

Whether you enjoy a challenging woodland walk or prefer a gentle stroll along the peaceful River Wye, there is a Big Autumn Walk for you, your family and even your dog.

Choose between 2K, 5K, 11K and 16K routes, all starting and finishing at Fownhope Recreation Ground.

The walks will all be fully signposted, and our team of marshals will be positioned along the path ready to help you on your way.

At 12.30pm you’ll be entertained by Paws For Thought Dog Display Team

The 2K walk follows a flat route around local fields with picturesque views of the River Wye. The short distance and easy terrain make the 2K walk perfect for younger children.

Important: No dogs are allowed on the 2K walk but are welcome on leads on 5K, 11K and 16K.

2K walk starts at 11.30am

 

The 5K walk climbs onto a hilltop rewarding walkers with stunning views over south Herefordshire. Descending back towards Fownhope the walk follows the banks of the River Wye back to the finish line in time to enjoy a few refreshments.

Dogs on leads welcome.

5K walk starts at 11am

 

The 11K walk leaves Fownhope on a path loved by locals, and takes walkers through beautiful countryside as the route climbs into Haugh Wood. Descending along parts of the famous Butterfly Trail, walkers will have the chance to catch their breath and take on refreshments at the Moon Inn, Mordiford. The return journey follows wooded and open paths, taking walkers past West Wood and Cherry Hill before heading back to the Recreation Ground for well-deserved refreshments.

Dog on leads welcome on the 11K walk

(PLEASE NOTE: The 11K walk has several climbs and descents. The path may be very muddy in places, so walking boots and long trousers are a must. You will need to negotiate several stiles, all of which have gaps underneath that medium-sized dogs should be able to pass through. While the majority of the paths are through woodland or along enclosed tracks, you will pass through some pastures which may be holding sheep and/or cattle. The approximate time is three hours.)

11K walk starts at 9.30am 

 

The 16K walk combines the 5K river walk and loops back onto the 11K Haugh Wood walk. Refreshments are available at the Moon Inn at Mordiford and at the finish at the Recreation Ground.

Dogs on leads welcome on the 16K walk

(PLEASE NOTE: Like the 11K, the 16K walk has several climbs and descents. The path may be very muddy in places, so walking boots and long trousers are a must. You will need to negotiate several stiles, all of which have gaps underneath that medium-sized dogs should be able to pass through. While the majority of the paths are through woodland or along enclosed tracks, you will pass through some pastures which may be holding sheep and/or cattle. The approximate time is four-and-a-half hours).

16K walk starts at 9am

 

Toilets are available at the Recreation Ground and the Moon Inn at Mordiford.
Refreshments (including tea, coffee, hot and cold food) will be available for purchase at the Recreation Ground before and after the walks.

At the end of the walk, there will be stalls, games and children’s entertainment.

 

Fownhope Recreation Ground

Registration is on the day for a fee of £5.

Buy a St Michael’s Hospice fundraising t-shirt for £5 or a technical t-shirt for £20 on theday.

St Michael’s Hospice Big Autumn Walk – Sponsored by Hampton Hire Ltd, event and catering equipment hire, 01432 379 399

Please read the following information carefully so you are prepared for the day.

Location

The Start and Finish of each event is at the Fownhope Recreation Ground, Caplor Lane, HR1 4PJ.

Timing

16K walkers: registration between 8.30am and 8.55am, walk starts at 9.00am

11K walkers: registration between 9.00am and 9.25am, walk starts at 9.30am

5K walkers: registration between 10.00am and 10.55am, walk starts at 11.00am

2K walkers: registration between 10.00am and 11.25am, walk starts at 11.30am

Parking

Parking is available on the Recreation Ground field, please follow the car park signage.

Registration

The registration area will be next to the Fownhope Pavilion on the Recreation Ground. You need to register your attendance and collect your Big Autumn Walk wristband. We will also give you a map and a much-deserved bar of chocolate to help you along your way.

Safety

On your wristband there is our on-call mobile number. If you get into any difficulty on the walk, please contact us immediately. When crossing a major road, marshalls will be present to assist your crossing. Please be vigilant when crossing roads.

The walks will take you next to the river: please ensure you keep a minimum distance of 2m from the bank and ensure all children and dogs are supervised.

Please bring enough water to get you and your party around the walk: you will have the option to buy water on the day if required.

Ensure you have appropriate footwear to meet the requirements of mixed terrain. You will also need to consider the weather when selecting attire.

Please keep all dogs on leads for the duration of the walk and while on the Recreation Ground. Non-compliance will not be tolerated. The playing fields are used by numerous youth groups so please clear up after your dog.

Refreshments and Toilets

Refreshments are available throughout the day next to the Pavilion. We will be serving bacon rolls in the morning during registration and sausage baps in the afternoon. Hereford Butchers have kindly supplied this for us. We will have a vegetarian option too.

Tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available from the catering area as well as Mr Whippy-style ice cream.

There are toilets available in the Pavilion building on the Recreation Ground and at The Moon Inn, Mordiford.

Entertainment

We are pleased to have Paws For Thought Dog Display Team entertaining us from 12.30pm. We also have a bouncy castle and raffle.

Sponsorship

We’ve asked that everyone try and raise £15 in sponsorship to support the free services the Hospice provides to the community. This means asking five people for £3 via a paper sponsorship form or setting up a Just Giving account.

£15 to the Hospice provides a patient with a therapy session to help relieve stress and anxiety. By increasing your sponsorship total to £30, you could pay for a patient to receive a full pain control assessment; by raising £50 you can pay for two sessions for a patient’s family to receive specialist support from our counselling team.

If you have already collected cash sponsorship, you can drop this off with the registration team on the day.

90% of the £5.2milion needed to fund the Hospice annually comes from the community – your help, as always, is greatly appreciated.

Need more help?

If you have any further questions please let us know:

Email events@smhospicehereford.org

Call 01432 851 000

Our Supporters

Thank you to everyone who has supported this event, all of our marshalls and volunteers, Hampton Hire, Hereford Butchers Leisure and the Fownhope Recreation Field Association.

As you can imagine with the event being free to enter we’ll be looking for sponsorship to raise the vital funds needed to continue our work. We’re asking for each family to raise a minimum of £25.

Please spend the small amount of time required to set up a Just Giving page and print off our downloadable sponsor form.

You’ll be surprised how easily you can raise £25 with these simple tools. If you do want to do more, please let us know and we’ll support you in any way we can.

Event Sponsors