Almost time to get your walking boots out

PUBLISHED: 12:03 14 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:03 14 April 2016

The Rotary team that help run the event

The Rotary team that help run the event


The annual Rotary Walk around Welwyn Garden City takes place this Sunday.

Brocket HallBrocket Hall

It starts at 9.30am from the town’s Campus West Car Park.

It is organised by the Rotary clubs of WGC and Hatfield and supported by the Welwyn Hatfield Times.

Rotarian John Hopley said: “Lots of keen walkers have already entered, but for those who decide to walk at the last minute we would be very happy to see you on the day.

“It is possible to enter on the day, but those who enter ahead via the website have the benefit of a reduced entry fee. Accompanied under-16s walk free.

The WaggonersThe Waggoners

“All entry fees go to local charities.”

There are three walks to choose from, two miles, six miles and 11 miles.

The event is fully stewarded with first aid back up in case of difficulties.

As well as raising money for worthy causes the Rotary clubs give prizes and trophies to those who raise the most sponsorship cash. Highlights of the walks include bluebell woods, the pathway alongside the River Lea, Waterend Ford, The Ayot Greenway, the Brocket Park estate and Sherrardspark Woods.

Routes pass near a number of pubs including The Waggoners at Ayot Green.

Mr Hopley said: “Thanks to the generosity of Bookers cash-and-carry walkers will be able to stock up on free Mars bars and bottles of water to help them on their way. Further supplies will be available at the halfway point on the longer route.

“WGC-based Grace Foods is generously supplying a range of spiced Caribbean drinks to tickle the taste buds of our walkers. Ramblers Worldwide Holidays will be at the start with a selection of its most interesting holiday brochures for walkers to take away.”

He also thanked Johns & Kelynack, Barclays Bank and the Welwyn Hatfield Times for their “considerable support”.

Full details of the walk and entry can be found on the website

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