That was how Steve Woodhall from Dorridge described his 17th Lions Festive Walk.
Heavy snow the night before on top of already water logged fields meant that we had to curtail the number of walks we were recommending people undertook for this our 25th annual Festive Walk. This resulted in the number of walkers being substantially reduced from previous year’s, however nearly 800 hardy souls (and some dogs) joined us for this year’s Lions Festive Walk from Baddesley Clinton NT House.
The weather certainly did not affect walker’s enthusiasm and generosity with just over £3800 being raised for Breast Cancer Haven & Headway our two nominated charities, as well as local causes too.
Whilst we had four walks this year: 10.7 miles, 5.2 miles, 3.9 miles and the mini walk of 1.4 miles, we were recommending that people only walked the mini walk. That said we still had over 100 brave souls who ventured out onto the longer walks.
“The snow and rain overnight followed by freezing temperatures this morning together with waterlogged paths really tested the resolve of walkers this year,” said organiser Lion James Dawes. “I understand these were some of the worst conditions we have experienced in the 25 years the Walks have been going, and certainly nothing like last year when 2500 walkers donated a record £14,000. We are really sorry for the nominated charities who did sterling work supporting our members on the day.
“We have a great relationship with the National Trust at Baddesley Clinton and they helped us throughout the day in what were certainly challenging conditions. Our thanks go out to them, and the various other volunteers from the charities and wider community, without whom we could not stage such a popular event” said James Dawes, this year’s event lead.