The Circuit of Bath sponsored walk in aid of Julian House, which takes place on Sunday 24 September, takes in some of Bath’s most beautiful countryside. Although the whole route is 20 miles long, participants can do as little as two miles if they want, thanks to a unique shuttle bus service that operates via the five checkpoints during the day.
Event organiser Cathy Adcock wants people of all ages to get involved. “Whether you’re a keen walker or a family looking for a pleasant afternoon out, the Circuit of Bath is a terrific event. People who have lived in Bath for years will be surprised at the stunning countryside which is right on their doorstep, just two or three miles from the bustling city centre. One particular stretch, from Bathampton to Limpley Stoke, follows the canal path which makes it suitable for family groups. Other parts of the route take in quaint villages such as Woolley, Upper Swainswick, Englishcombe and South Stoke. Dogs, on leads, are also very much encouraged to take part.
“The event is free to enter but we need participants to raise as much sponsorship as they can so that we can continue to help homeless and excluded individuals in Bath. Most people are aware of the Julian House emergency hostel which is now open 24hrs a day, 7 days a week; however, few are aware of the many other projects and social enterprises we run helping vulnerable and excluded men and women back into independent living.”
Amanda Noyce and her young family and friends have been taking part in the event for many years. “The Circuit of Bath walk is an annual highlight for our family. We have three daughters, Emily, Rachel and Annabel. Our youngest was five when she managed the entire circuit of 20 miles for the first time.”
“It is a great way to spend an entire unbroken day with family and friends and – as people can go clockwise or anti clockwise – you are always bumping into other walkers heading in the opposite direction.
“The children are incentivised to keep going by stickers that are handed out at the five stops along the route, where kind volunteers will sit in all weathers to encourage the walkers. For those that manage the entire 20 miles, there is a “finisher`s medal”. This helps to reduce moans of sore feet as the children race to reach the end before the finish.”