‘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.