This year’s sponsored team Walk challenge will be across the Roaches near Leek, Staffordshire on the edge of the Peak District, 55 miles from Birmingham and will take place on Saturday 6th June 2015.
This year’s Walk is in an area of the Peak District which was used as a location in the 90’s BBC Drama production of Pride and Prejudice. “The Roaches” is known for it’s unusual rock formations, stunning panoramic views in every direction and the odd wild wallaby! The area is also famed for its many cosy country pubs (the ‘long’ route goes passed 4 of these, always good for stocking up on supplies) and hidden gems like Tittesworth reservoir.
Many of the same team’s come back year after year to take part in St Basils Walk which whilst following the same format is in a different location every year. Each walk is carefully designed to take in a good cross section of scenery and different terrain to keep it interesting and a map with detailed photographs and instructions is provided so each team can navigate their way. The route and the guide is thoroughly tested by both staff and volunteers. Taking part in an organised walk rather than just going out on your own has it's advantages; we ensure that there are toilets en route and each marshalled checkpoint is well stocked with chocolate (provided by our sponsors Mondelez International), and emergency water (provided by Pret a Manger).
St Basils Walk is popular with local businesses and organisations keen to help homeless young people in Birmingham, Solihull, The Wyre Forest, Redditch, Bromsgrove or Coventryget back on their feet and progress into education, work or training. It also acts as a good team building exercise, improves fitness and general wellbeing, gives you a shared goal to work towards and means you get to explore and enjoy a different part of England’s beautiful countryside each time.
The walk is also popular with adult sports or activity groups from across the UK and groups of friends who enjoy walking. There are two circular routes on offer. One is 26 miles and the other 13 miles. Although not a 'walk in the park', the 13 mile route is perfectly achievable for most reasonably fit adults with the right kit and you’ll be surprised what you can do if you give it a go!
Alice Harvey who has done the walk every year with her friends since 2010 said of last year’s Walk: “We are all from Birmingham and in one way or another professionally know people who need support from organisations like St Basils, it feels like a worthy cause and one close to our hearts and we are proud to help! We thought the Walk was absolutely excellent! We couldn’t really fault a thing…apart from maybe our own stamina! This year the map/ instructions and route were brilliant and well split up. As always the support teams were rocks and truly appreciated! We love a group photo so the photographers made our day! Thank you!”
While first timer Sarah Skurr from Colmore Business District said: “We work in the centre of Birmingham and are aware of the work St Basils does and we’re all in agreement that it’s a cause worth supporting…The Walk was fantastic! We loved it! It was very well organised, a well chosen route, and we were impressed with the clear route instructions provided”
Mark Taylor from Waterloo Housing said: “St Basils does great work with homeless young people and we wanted to support this event to help make a difference. We thought the Walk was excellent. Very well organised and a great experience”
Registration is now open for this year's Walk: