Walking and Trekking for Charity
Charity walks are a great way to fundraise, as well as a healthy activity that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy.
Participating in a charity walk or trek is not only a great way to bring people together, but also one of the easiest charity events to organise.
Whether you take part on your own or as part of a group, a charity walk can take place in many exciting locations. From walks that take in the many sights and sounds of extraordinary cities through to life-changing charity walks that see participants take on the most challenging heights and terrains; you’ll be able to create happy memories whilst making a difference to the lives of our veterans and their families.
Here’s a look at some of the most popular charity walks and treks in the UK and abroad, as well as how to get involved.
How to take part in a charity walk
Once you’ve chosen your charity walk and registered it, it’s time to start training and getting your fundraising efforts underway.
Whether you’re taking part in a low-key charity walk that requires moderate fitness levels or you are about to embark on the trekking challenge of a lifetime, it’s important that you build up your endurance and fitness levels before the walk.
You should base your training schedule on how long you are going to be walking for. For example, if you are taking part in a one mile charity walk, you will need to walk comfortably for 15 to 20 minutes, whereas if you are entering a 10km walk, you will need to be able to walk for 75 to 90 minutes.
Obviously, if you’re planning on taking on treks such as the Kilimanjaro Trek or the Trek Cambodia, your training schedule will be a lot more intense!
What is the difference between a charity walk and a charity trek?
One of the main differences between a walk and a trek is that the latter tends to require a lot more effort and endurance. Treks usually cover much tougher terrain and take longer to complete.
For example, treks involve many more hurdles, heights and difficult landscapes. This is one of the main reasons why it is crucial that you take your training regime seriously.
What you will need for your charity trek or walk?
The right shoes – this is vital, as you don’t want to have to complete your walk or trek with blisters or sore feet.
Prevent injuries by being prepared – many walkers become injured, especially on long treks. From blisters to shin splints, you should always make sure that you are ready for every eventuality.
Stay hydrated – whatever season it is, it’s super important that you carry water with you on your trek or walk.
Wear the right clothes – make sure you wear suitable clothing for the conditions that you are going to be walking in.
UK Charity walks 2021
Help for Heroes is involved in many charity walks and treks across the UK. See below for some of the challenges you can sign up for in 2021 which offer 25km, 50km and 100km routes.
Peak District Challenge
3 - 4 July 2021Read more
Thames Bridges Trek
11 September 2021Read more
Isle of Wight Challenge
1 - 2 May 2021Read more
Cotswold Way Challenge
26 - 27 June 2021Read more
Jurassic Coast Challenge
15 - 16 May 2021Read more
NEW FOR 2021 - Lake District Challenge
12 - 13 June 2021Read more
Overseas charity walks and trek challenges
There’s a whole host of exciting treks and walks further afield too:
Great Wall of China charity walk
Walking the Inca Trail for charity
Iceland Trek Charity
Jordan Charity Trek
Trek Cambodia for Charity
Trek the Himalayas for Charity
Everest Base Camp trek
Charity walks near me – How to find local charity walks
There are lots of charity walks and treks taking place up and down the country all year round. The vast majority are listed online, so make sure you check out charity walks near you.
The majority of websites allow you to choose Help for Heroes as your charity. Alternatively, you can use online resources and sites that list a variety of events, such as Run For Charity and UK Walking Challenges and Charity Walks.
There are a number of online resources that also list park runs, many of which are free events that provide the perfect fundraising opportunity.
Planning your walking route
Although there are many organised charity walking events, many people also organise their own walk, either alone or with a group of people.
There’s quite a bit to consider if you decide to embark on your own charity walk, including choosing a route, implementing safety precautions, organising transportation if required, as well as the legalities of the walk.
If you are planning your own DIY charity walk, you will also be responsible for finding participants and your own marketing activities to promote it.
Longer charity walks
If you are looking to challenge yourself whilst raising money for charity, there are also a whole host of longer charity walks you can participate in, including the Three Peaks Challenge, the Lake District Challenge and the Camino de Santiago.
Other popular long-distance charity walks include the Thames Path Challenge, Peak District Challenge and the Jurassic Coast Challenge.
Many people also plan their own longer charity walks too! To do this you will need to start by choosing a route that is suitable, safe and open to the public. As part of the planning process, it’s important that you implement all safety precautions and map out your route.