Footpath frolic raising money for good causes

The Merrie Harriers
The Merrie Harriers

A sponsored walk is taking place in the village of Cowbeech on Sunday, May 3, to raise money for charities.

People are invited to take part, attract sponsorship and then donate the funds to their chosen charity.

The Footpath March, organised by the Cowbeech Bonfire Society, follows a circular route using local rights of way.

It will start and finish at The Merrie Harriers in Cowbeech.

The event takes place over several terrains including bluebell woods, fruit orchards and fields with livestock as well as a few short distances on quiet public roads.

The route will be marked out and has stewards at critical points and there will be a back-up team to help anyone who needs assistance.

The route is about six miles in length. Organisers said there are stiles and uneven surfaces and the walk is not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies.

Bonfire society secretary Les Webb said, “It is not a race but if any group, perhaps young sportspersons, would find walking to be too tame and would like to jog or run the distance they can be accommodated as long as they let the Cowbeech Bonfire Society know about their plans. Participants are welcome to bring their dogs as long as the countryside rules are respected, especially near young livestock.

“This is an opportunity for individuals or small groups to take part in an organised challenge to raise funds for any purpose.

“In the past it has been used by sports clubs to raise money for equipment, guides, scouts, cubs and brownies to fund activities and individuals to support their chosen charities.

“It’s a lovely, heathy walk and a great way to raise money.”

There is an entrance fee of £1 per walker but otherwise all the sponsorship raised and collected goes to your chosen good cause.

Registration on the day is between 9am and 9.45am with the walk starting at 10am. If you would like to know more contact Mr Webb on or drop in to The Merrie Harriers for entry forms.

Last year’s Bonfire celebrations in Cowbeech were hailed as “the best ever”.

Vampires, ghouls, mummies and witches were among the crowd of spectators on the warmest Halloween night on record. They enjoyed a spectacular fireworks display.