£13,616 ! ! !

‘It really was a record Festive Walk this year. Thank you everyone,’ says Lion Ute Smith. ‘It’s wonderful how generous walkers can be just after Christmas. It makes all the organisation worthwhile.’

With most if not all sponsorship and donations now received, Gift Aid claimed and expenses paid our net take has stopped just short of £14,000, by far the most generous Festive Walk in 24 years. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

It’s not too late to send in your sponsorship or make a donation.

The funds raised will be added to those generated at this year’s Knowle Fun Run on 21 May and distributed in September. If you know of any local organisation that we should consider for a donation from the 30% retained by the Lions, please send us some details.

If you would like to help the Lions organise the 25th Festive Walk on Wednesday 27 December (t.b.c.) we can use your help. Please get in touch now.


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Festive Walk records tumble again

Thanks to the record numbers of almost 2500 walkers who turned up on Tuesday 27 December and donated close to £11,000 for our charities (Prostate Cancer UK, Motor Neurone Disease Foundation, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice) and local causes. We apologise if you had to walk to the start and back to your car at the finish, and hope this added to your enjoyment of what was a cold but nevertheless ideal day for walking.

If you have any feedback or possibly some images of the day please send them and we shall endeavour to display

You may walk the routes anytime. Download your own map to follow and you may make a donation to our charities via MyDonate.

If you wish to visit the house or gardens please note Baddesley Clinton House is closed for January. See the opening hours


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Photos of Festive Walk 2016

Some of our walkers images

Click to enlarge

If you have any images please share and we will add them here

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Festive Walk 2016

Please note should the weather turn wet over Christmas we may not be able to use the overflow parking at Baddesley. In which case regretfully we may have to turn walkers cars away. Please re-visit this page for up-to-date information nearer the day.

img_2749Our 24th annual Lions Festive Walk will be on

Tuesday 27 December 2016

Start any time after 9:00, finish by 16:00 Baddesley Clinton National Trust House B930DQ (5 miles from junction 5 M42) (Map)

Please note that car parking will be extremely limited, so please fill up your car with friends and relatives and arrive early

You do not have to enter in advance. Please save time on the day print and complete a Registration Form for your group and bring it with you.

Entry as always is FREE but we would appreciate a donation for our 3 deserving new charitiesfestive lion

  • Prostate Cancer UK
  • Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice &
  • Motor Nuerone Disease Association 
  • with 30% retained for locally determined causes

As usual there will be a choice of 3 walks

  • short (around 3 mile – post turkey plod)
  • medium (around 6 mile – walk off the pud) &
  • long (around 9 mile – festive challenge)
  • NB this year walkers must decide whether they are doing the short route rather than the medium and long routes before they start as they head off in differing directions
  • all sign-posted circular routes along country lanes, canal tow-paths and public footpaths, some with stiles, the long & medium routes passing 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 and then
  • visit the House and Gardens FREE, and the restaurant will be happy to serve refreshments.

All 3 routes will suit most levels of fitness, age and ability but are unsuitable for buggies or wheelchairs. Dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome provided they keep their considerate owners on a lead.

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

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Why not get your efforts sponsored for our nominated 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 poster here.

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

Knowle Primary Academy help our publicity

Once again this year pupils have designed posters which you will find posted in shop windows around Knowle this month


Here are pupils from Charly Harris’ Year 5 class.


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. 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








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Thanks muddy Festive Walkers

We are delighted to announce that last December’s muddy Festive Walk attracted over 1750 walkers & netted £9,052 for our nominated charities & locally determined causes.festive lion

We thank all the walkers who struggled to overcome the challenging conditions this year, and our sponsors who helped us achieve the fantastic total.

We are looking at alternative arrangements for parking for this years event when the walks will be on Tuesday 27 December.

If you would like to help us organise our next Festive Walk please volunteer now

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Muddy photos

Here is proof that not all the walk paths were muddy & waterlogged – just some of them

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With thanks to Dave at Newbold Images

DSC02857DSC02901DSC02875Kirsten Marsh sent in these of her sister Alice Paul

If you would like to share an image that you believe captures the day please send it in.

Also if you have any feedback or would like to help us organise next December’s walks please get in touch

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Festive Walk Victim of Mud

‘Our walks last Monday were a victim of their own success’, said organiser Lion Ute Smith. ‘I was really disappointed to have to turn carloads of walkers away after the National Trust car parks had filled up and we were unable to take full advantage of the overflow parking as in previous years, due to the unseasonably wet & relatively warm weather.

‘We recorded a total of 1742 walkers and even a few runners who set off early all having made donations to our nominated charities (Lily Mae, Solihull Bereavement Counselling Service, Children’s Liver Disease and other local causes). Total receipts on the day were almost £8,000. Most of the walkers had taken heed of the muddy conditions and pulled on wellies or waterproof boots for their walks, with majority settling for the 3 & 5 mile routes and only a small number accepting the challenge of 9 miles of muddy footpaths and tracks. Talking to walkers completing the walks the general view was that the routes were challenging but achievable.’

The Lions were delighted with the turn out and wish to apologise to walkers who had to queue to park their cars and others who parked outside the estate and had a long walk to get to the official start. Ute said ‘We have a great relationship with the National Trust at Baddesley Clinton and they helped us safely move cars from the muddy overflow carpark; but they do have strict rules like not allowing us to park cars on the drive or in fields off the drive. We shall look at it carefully before next year to see what alternatives we can set up for overflow parking and of course hope for better walking conditions.

Anyone unable to walk on the day you may like to download the map and instructions for the walks to follow in drier conditions.

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Pull on your Festive wellies

With the mild & wet weather forecast to continue into the New Year it seems the hundreds of charity fundraisers looking forward to walking off the Christmas pud at this year’s Lions Festive Walk on Monday 28 December from Baddesley Clinton NT House will want to ensure they have good waterproof boots for their treks.

Having designed the 3, 5 & 9 mile routes a couple of months ago the Lions will continue to monitor the sign-posted routes over Christmas and post whatever diversions may be necessary.

“We hfestive lionave had all variety of weather over the years from frost & snow to fog & sunshine, but I cannot remember a November & December that has caused the fields and footpaths to become quite so waterlogged,” said organiser Ute Smith. “Whatever the weather does from now on and on the day we are sure that walkers will want to come well prepared for muddy paths and make their Festive donation to our nominated charities and get some exercise on what has become Solihull & Warwickshire’s biggest Festive family charity fundraiser”.

Car parking at Baddesley Clinton House will be limited so walkers are asked to car share as much as possible, and to use 4×4 cars which will be parked in overflow parking as usual.


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Look out for our posters in Knowle

Knowle Primary Academy pupils have been helping the Lions by creating some wonderful posters for our Festive Walk event.

This year the children from Helen Fulker & Mr Hall’s Year 5 classes posed in the school hall with their posters, before they were handed to Festive Walk organiser Lion Ute Smith and Peter Smith for distribution to various shops and establishments in Knowle, who will display them in advance of the Walk on Monday 28 December.

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Charities hope for Festive Fundraising Bonanza

On Monday 28th December Knowle and Dorridge Lions will be inviting everyone to join in their 23rd annual Lions Festive Walk at Baddesley Clinton NT House.  On the Monday after Christmas the year’s walk will raise funds for the Lily Mae Foundation, Solihull Bereavement Counselling Service, Children’s Liver Disease Foundation as well as a variety of other local causes.

“It means so much to us that the Lions have chosen Children’s Liver Disease Foundation as one of the beneficiaries of their fundraising this year”, said Joanna Oldfield, Head of Fundraising. “We hope that families will add the Lions Festive Walk to their Christmas calendar and join us for a great day out and fundraising opportunity.”

“Last year 1800 walkers stepped out in ideal walking conditions to burn off the Christmas calories and donated a record of over £10,000 on the day,” said Lions organizer Ute Smith. “As usual there will be no charge to take part, so add it on your Festive calendar, tell your friends and relatives and bring a car full.

There will be a choice of 3 new sign-posted circular routes – 3, 5 and 9 miles, all passing through wonderful Warwickshire countryside using country lanes, public footpaths and canal towpaths with a pub along the way.  All ages are welcome especially if you get your efforts sponsored, but if arranging and collecting sponsorship will be a hassle you might prefer to walk and just make a donation.

“We are very grateful to the National Trust for allowing us to use Baddesley Clinton House and car parks for the 23rd year” says Ute. “There will be free entry to both House and Gardens for everyone when they finish their Festive Walks and walkers are invited to join the Lions for hot mince pies and mulled wine.”

Download a free Registration Form now and bring your friends and relatives along on the 28th.


‘Fundraisers visit Baddesley Clinton House to get in the Festive spirit’


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