Well done 2019 Festive Walkers

Thank you to everyone who joined us on 27th December. There were nearly 1,400 of you (and your dogs) and we raised almost £6,600. We hope you had a fantastic day and enjoyed the wet & muddy conditions

For those who could not make it this year we wish you a Happy New Year. Should you wish to make a donation in lieu of joining us please visit our Virgin Money Giving site We hope you will join us in 2020

Here are the first selection of photos from our photographer Simon Bissett

For more images and feedback visit our Facebook page

If you have any feedback or images you would like to share please get in touch

Watch out for details of our next Festive Walk – Sunday 27 December 2020 next Autumn

If you would like to help us put on the walk or are able to sponsor any element of our costs we would love to hear from you

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Lions Festive Walk

Friday 27 December 2019

Baddesley Clinton National Trust House B93 0DQ and Hay Woods, Hay Wood Lane B93 0DG (5 miles from junction 5 M42) (Map)

WELCOME to our 27th annual Festive Walk. It’s a great opportunity to ‘walk off the Christmas pudding’, explore the Warwickshire countryside and enjoy the fresh air with the great atmosphere generated by walkers who join us every year as part of their traditional post Boxing Day exercise.

UPDATE:  In view of the unprecedented rain and water table levels we have been forced to curtail all walks re-routing some sections of the walks to public roads to avoid heavily-mudded areas. Whilst the maps will not reflect this, all route arrows will be correct. All changes will be advised by our marshals at both registration locations. We  recommend walkers wear Wellington boots as parts of the walks are very muddy

PLEASE note: Arrangements will be different to previous years. We ask those walking the Medium (6 miles)  & Long (10 miles) routes to go straight to Hay Woods to park where there will be full registration arrangements

ENTRY: You do not have to enter in advance, please print and complete an entry form for your group and bring it with you, to help speed up the start.

Entry as always is FREE. We would appreciate a donation for our partner charities

with half of all the funds generated retainedfestive lion for Lions locally determined causes

Parking: There will be 2 signposted car parks:

  • Hay Wood for those tackling the longer walks &
  • Baddesley Clinton House for those on the short & mini routes.
  • Maps will be available at the starts. All walkers must return by 15:45. NB The gates to Hay Wood will be locked at 15:45.

Walkers can help us best by

  • appointing a driver to drop them off,
  • filling their cars with family and friends,
  • or walking to the starts.

Routes: You may choose from:

  • Long – 10 miles from Hay Woods. Please arrive early from 8:30. We do not recommend starting this after 10:30.
  • Medium – 6 miles from Hay Woods.
  • Short – 3 miles. Start past Baddesley Church
  • Mini – 1 mile. Start in front of Baddesley House
  • As to be expected in December the routes will be wet and muddy in places. Waterproof footwear/wellies are strongly recommended. Some of the stiles although usable, are in a poor state of repair and caution is advised.
  • the choice of routes should suit most levels of fitness, age and ability but are unsuitable for buggies or wheelchairs, sorry
  • dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome provided they keep their considerate owners on a lead. Seriously, there will be sheep in fields and not all dogs mix, so please keep your dog on a lead at all times.
  • all sign-posted circular routes along country lanes, canal tow-paths and public footpaths, some with stiles, the long & medium routes passing close to a pub or two, and
  • all returning to Baddesley Clinton House quadrangle where there will be hot mince pies and mulled wine to enjoy with the Lions, you can collect your well-deserved certificate of achievement and then
  • remove your muddy boots and visit the House and Gardens FREE, and the restaurant will be happy to serve refreshments.

Every £ donated will go to charity, when all our costs have been more than covered by our generous sponsors.

Why not get your efforts sponsored for our partner charities or designate your own special worthy cause – download a sponsorship form or use Virgin Money Giving to make a donation or ask your friends to sponsor your walk.

You can help to make this event a success by displaying a poster at your work, club, local shop or perhaps send it to those you know may be interested. Please download a flyer

If you have any queries or would like to help the Lions organising this fundraising event please get in touch today

Watch the 2018 video

If you are still unsure if you are joining us for this year’s Festive Walks take a look at this short video of last year’s event to see what it’s all about…. It’s such a great way to support your local community while spending time with your friends and family 👍 Thank you to James Nicholas for supporting us and creating this amazing video! It really captures the essence of the day.

Lion Santa Paul Wheatley met up with partner charities: Elaine Griffin (CLIC Sargent) & Justine Davy (Solihull Hospital) outside Baddesley Clinton House

Sponsors

As with all our events we try to cover the costs of running them through sponsorship from local businesses so as much money as possible will go to our charities. At this time we have one or two vacancies for sponsors. If your company would like to help us by supporting any of our fundraising events we would love to hear from you, so please get in touch now.

We are very grateful to following businesses and organisations for their generous support

A BIG THANK YOU!

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2018-Another Festive Walk Success

Ideal walking weather brought out over 2,000 walkers and their dogs to Baddesley Clinton NT House last Thursday for the annual Lions Festive charity walk. This year net charitable donations of over £10,700 were received in aid of Sepsis UK, SoLO Life Opportunities & local causes. Whilst the Lions had carefully planned the routes weeks ago they were unable to plan for the record numbers who turned up and the exceptionally wet weather of recent weeks, which lead to somewhat muddy footpaths & tracks.

“At least the weather remained dry this year and there was no repeat of the snow and slush which almost forced the cancellation last year for the first time in 25 years”, said organiser Lion James Dawes. “It seems many families and groups have our walks on the Festive calendar every year, eager to get out from behind the TV and away from the sales and get some fresh air and exercise to walk off the excesses of Christmas. All in a very good cause.

“One of the effects of attracting so many walkers on the day is the pressure it puts on the limited car parking at Baddesley Clinton, and the knock on effect to the nearby public roads. This is something we are aware of, and will review for future events. We do hope no-one was inconvenienced too much, and generally a good spirit was observed throughout the day”

“We work closely with the National Trust at Baddesley Clinton who have allowed us to use their facilities for 26 years now, we greatly appreciate their cooperation and assistance.”

If you walked on Thursday and have any feedback, photos of your day, or would like to offer to help us organise next year’s event please get in touch now

Now is the time collect sponsorship, donations etc and pay them in using our sponsorship form or donations page

If you missed this year’s event please make a donation and then you can download a map of this year’s  mini, short & medium routes or long route to use to follow the routes perhaps when they are less muddy. NB The arrows designating the routes will come down over the next few days

Santa Lion Paul Wheatley meets fundraisers from Solo & Sepsis

Here are a few images taken by our President Bob Thurtle:

First walker of the day

Before the walk the ducks need feedingFestive garb from Shirley LionsLooking nice and clean before their walkDesigner label headwear was much in evidenceBack from the Favelas. Kristian Bennett the recipient of our 2018 Youth Travel Bursary starting the Festive Walk

Quick – let us beat the queue for the mulled wine

Phew! Finished. See you next year

Organiser Lion James Dawes tells walkers where to go

 

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26th Lions Festive Walk

Thursday 27 December 2018

Baddesley Clinton National Trust House B93 0DQ (5 miles from junction 5 M42) (Map)

Start any time after 8:30, finish by 16:00 

It’s a great opportunity to ‘walk off the Christmas pudding’, explore the Warwickshire countryside and enjoy the fresh air with the great atmosphere generated by walkers who join us every year as part of their traditional post Boxing Day exercise.

You do not have to enter in advance. Please save time on the day print and complete an

for your group and bring it with you.

Entry as always is FREE but we would appreciate a donation for our partner charities

SoLO Life Opportunities

and

The UK Sepsis Trust

with half of all the funds generated retainedfestive lion for Lions locally determined causes

To avoid disappointment for those who could not make it last year we have decided, (with the exception of the long walk), to repeat last year’s planned walks – same distances, same routes, hopefully not the same weather!

On the day you choose from 4 routes :

  • Mini (1.4 miles) – starting from the front of Baddesley House; with the others all starting in the opposite direction past the church
  • Short (3.9 miles)
  • Medium (5.3 miles)
  • Long (8.6 miles) – it is strongly recommended that our guests start this walk no later than 10:30
  • don’t forget to bring your walking boots or wellies – the walks include sections through fields on footpaths that may be muddy and wet. Please take particular  care at gates, styles etc 
  • the choice of routes should suit most levels of fitness, age and ability but are unsuitable for buggies or wheelchairs, sorry
  • all sign-posted circular routes along country lanes, canal tow-paths and public footpaths, some with stiles, the long & medium routes passing close to a pub or two, and
  • all returning to Baddesley Clinton House where there will be hot mince pies and mulled wine to enjoy with the Lions, you can collect your well-deserved certificate of achievement and then
  • visit the House and Gardens FREE, and the restaurant will be happy to serve refreshments.
  • dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome provided they keep their considerate owners on a lead. Seriously, there will be sheep in fields and not all dogs mix, so please keep your dog on a lead at all times.

Every £ donated will go to charity, when all our costs have been more than covered by our generous sponsors.

Why not get your efforts sponsored for our partner charities or designate your own special worthy cause – download a sponsorship form or use MyDonate to make a donation or ask your friends to sponsor your walk.

You can help to make this event a success by displaying a poster at your work, club, local shop or perhaps send it to those you know may be interested. Please download a flyer here.

If you have any queries or would like to help the Lions organising this fundraising event please get in touch today

Lion Santa Paul Wheatley meets up with this year’s partner charities: Maria Brown from Solihull Life Opportunities (SoLO) & Paula Evans from Sepsis Trust UK outside Baddesley Clinton House

Sponsors

As with all our events we try to cover the costs of running them through sponsorship from local businesses so as much money as possible will go to our charities. At this time we have one or two vacancies for sponsors. If your company would like to help us by supporting any of our fundraising events we would love to hear from you, so please get in touch now.

We are very grateful to following businesses and organisations for their generous support helping us to achieve this

A BIG THANK YOU!

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Festive Walk launch

This week we launch this years 26th Festive Walk at Baddesley Clinton with the partner charities who will share half of all the proceeds with our Community Services who will distribute the other half to locally determined causes

Lion Santa Paul Wheatley meets up with this year’s partner charities Maria Brown from SoLO Life Opportunities & Paula Evans from Sepsis Trust UK

Our press release:

Lions Festive Walk Off the Christmas Pudding

This year’s Lions Festive Walk, the 26th organised by Knowle & Dorridge Lions from Baddesley Clinton National Trust House, will be on Thursday 27th December.

“This year’s event will offer 4 different signposted routes to follow of between 1.4 and 8.6 miles along footpaths, towpaths, & lanes” says organiser Lion James Dawes “Over the past 25 years our walks have raised over £200,000 for charity with anything upto 2,000 walkers (and dogs) making donations or getting their efforts sponsored each year.

“It seems that our Festive Walks have become key part of many families Christmas plans whatever the weather and by the day after Boxing Day many families welcome the chance to pull on their wellies or walking boots and get some exercise. After their walks they can visit Baddesley house and garden free and enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie with the Lions”

Beneficiaries of this year’s Festive Walk are SoLO Life Opportunities and the UK Sepsis Trust, whilst the Lions will retain half of all funds raised for locally determined causes. “We are incredibly grateful to the Lions for choosing our charities to benefit from this year’s Festive Walk and Knowle Fun Run in May. We hope walkers & runners alike will get behind their efforts and donate generously to our causes,” say Paula Evans & Maria Brown from the charities.

Put 27 December in your diary now and visit www.knowleanddorridgelions.com/walk for more details and to download a free registration form to complete and bring with you.

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