Call for Lichfield walkers to join charitable challenge

Staffs Way sign

Staffs Way. Pic: Mr Atrocity

Keen walkers from the Lichfield area are being invited to join a charity challenge in North Staffordshire.

Uttoxeter’s leading charitable organisation is challenging local people to join them on a walk around some of the area’s most attractive countryside and help raise money for good causes

Walk with the Lions is a Challenge Walk along a 20 mile route to rules set by the Long Distance Walkers’ Association. A challenge walk is not a race – it’s a personal challenge to complete a distance in a set time – in this case 20 miles in nine hours.

Organiser Keith Sunley, from the Uttoxeter Lions said:

“I’ve enjoyed some fascinating walks around all parts of Staffordshire, and I’d like to think people in the south of the county would enjoy seeing some of the sights just a few miles away.”

Successful walkers will receive a certificate of achievement.

The event takes place on April 25 starting from Wilfred House in Carter Street, Uttoxeter, between 8 and 9 in the morning. Entry is £10 and all the profits will go towards local causes. Walkers can arrange their own sponsorship too for their own charities or to add to Lions funds.

Keith added:

“I’ve been walking in the beautiful countryside around my home in Uttoxeter for many years, and I wanted the share the experience with a wider audience.”

Members of walkers’ and ramblers’ clubs from around the country have been invited to take part. Now Keith wants locals to become interested too. He explained:

“One of the great things about the countryside of north Staffordshire is that it’s not too difficult for beginners. A good pair of walking shoes or boots, waterproof clothing, just in case, and a packed lunch are all you need. It should be a great day out and might even give people the appetite for even more challenging walks later.”

The walk will be fully marshalled. It follows part of the Staffordshire Way and visits Doveridge, Somersal Herbert, Marston Montgomery, Rocester, Denstone, Croxton and Stramshall.

Keith explained:

“It’s a potted tour of this area’s history, taking in an ancient hall, a ruined abbey, mill buildings, a public school and the headquarters of an internationally known manufacturing giant.”

Anyone interested in taking part can turn up at Wilfred House on the morning of April 25 and pay on the day. More details of the walk are available by emailing keithsunley@uttoxeterlions.co.uk.

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1 Comment

  1. Paula Bould

    19th April, 2009 at 9:58 am

    I think this is a great idea. North Staffs is a great place to walk and people don’t know how beautiful it is. my parents live at Meir Park and I walk often at Dimmingsdale with my Mum. Keep up the good work and I hope the walk goes well.

    Regards Paula Bould