FAQ’s

Training & Route

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How long will it take me to walk 20 miles?

It depends on your walking speed. On average it takes around 7-8 hours, however in the past some walkers have finished by 3pm, others after 6pm.

We’d recommend a couple of shorter practise walks to determine your walking speed. If you finish after our checkpoints have closed (at 18:30) don’t worry – we will still send you a medal after the event!

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Can I run the route?

You are welcome to run the route but we ask that you are considerate to walkers and members of the public, especially along the canal towpaths.

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How can I train for the challenge?

A good idea is to go out 2-3 times a week, slowly increase the distance that you cover and vary your terrain so you’re prepared for the hilly sections of the walk. Start with 5 miles around your local area and increase the distance in 2-mile increments. You could always pick a circular walk and repeat to ensure you can increase the mileage while staying safe.

Apps like ViewRanger (free) All Trails (Free version) or OSMaps (paid) have a huge breadth of local walks you can follow. Just pick and download one. Make sure to tell someone where you are going and use the app What3Words if you need emergency assistance. Keep increasing those miles and get those legs pumping ready for the day.

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Where are the big hills on the route?

The route is really varied and is very hilly in parts. The main large hills are:

1. Little Solsbury Hill located between Kingswood Pavilion and George Inn checkpoints

2. The hill ascending to Kingswood Pavilion checkpoint from Woolley (Steep ascent if walking anti-clockwise)

3. Hill up to Lansdown (Between Newbridge P&R and Kingswood Pavilion checkpoints) (Steep ascent if walking clockwise)

Apps like ViewRanger (free) All Trails (Free version) or OSMaps (paid) have a huge breadth of local walks you can follow. Just pick and download one. Make sure to tell someone where you are going and use the app What3Words if you need emergency assistance. Keep increasing those miles and get those legs pumping ready for the day.

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How accessible is the route?

The section between Bathampton and Limpley Stoke is buggy/wheelchair friendly. The remainder of the route contains stiles and kissing gates, making it unsuitable for buggies/wheelchairs. Parts of the route can become waterlogged and boggy after a prolonged period of wet weather. We will advise all participants of any such issues leading up to the event.

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What do I need to bring & wear?

What do I need to bring & wear?

  • Hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes. If you’re running the route, make sure you have suitable trail running footwear
    Good walking socks, these will help prevent blisters and prevent your feet from over sweating
  • Blister plasters
  • Backpack
  • Water bottles (2 litres at least). There will be refill stations at each checkpoint
  • Packed lunch & lots of snacks (good
  • Walking snacks include nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc)
  • Extra layers like a fleece, hats, gloves (the weather can quickly change)
  • Waterproofs (especially a coat)
  • Sunglasses & sunscreen (sun hat if weather looking particularly warm)
  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • Cash /card to buy coffee & snacks
  • Camera for those awesome views

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How long will each section take me?

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Are the route directions available before the event?

Each walker will receive route directions (clockwise or anti-clockwise), along with a lanyard and map holder, when they register on the day"

Event

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Can I sign up on the day?

No. The deadline for signing up is midday on Friday 22nd September. There will be no entries on the day.

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Are there any toilets and water?

There are water refills at all checkpoints. However, please ensure you bring plenty of water with you. There are free toilets at all of the checkpoints, apart from the toilets at Newbridge Park and Ride which are council run and cost 20p to enter. Please bring a few 20ps with you if you are passing this checkpoint.

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Are there any refreshment stops?

There will be refreshment stops along the route. The Angelfish Café at the canal centre, and a coffee van at Kingswood Pavilion. There will be other volunteer-run refreshments along the route. These will be made clear to participants nearer the time. Please bring cash to support them. The profits will be split between Julian House and the community projects.

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Where can I stop for lunch?

If you’re walking the full 20 mile route, we recommend taking a packed lunch. However, if you do wish to stop there are several pub options on route including Bathampton Mill, The George, the Packhorse in Southstoke, Hope & Anchor in Midford and The Angelfish café at Limpley Stoke. Please check their websites to see if they are open on the day and if you need to place a booking in advance. Unless you are purchasing from these establishments, please do not eat your own packed lunch at their tables.

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Is there parking at the checkpoints?

Parking is free at Kingswood Sports Pavilion (closes 18:30) and St Gregory School Sixth Form Centre (24hrs). Parking at the Newbridge P&R costs £2.00 per day, Canal Visitor Centre is £6.50 all day (card and cash accepted).

George Inn at Bathampton has free parking for a maximum 3hrs (best for drop-off/pick up), or limited parking if you register your car registration inside the pub.

Alternatively, there will be limited additional parking at the King Edward’s Sports Ground in Bathampton.

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How often does the free taxi service run?

If you need to use our free taxi service to return to a previous checkpoint, make yourself known to our checkpoint staff and a taxi will be with you within 30mins.

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Is my dog allowed in the free taxi service?

Yes, but must be kept on a lead and not on the seats.

Fundraising

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How can I raise sponsorship?

When you sign up to the walk on Enthuse, you will automatically be given your own fundraising page.

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How can I get my sponsorship money to you?

Monday raised via your Enthuse page comes directly to us.

Any money raised offline can be sent with your sponsorship form to Julian House, 27 Rosewell Court, Kingsmead, Bath, BA1 2AQ. Alternatively you can do a direct bank transfer. Please contact us for our bank details at gavin.osborn@julianhouse.org.uk

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Can I have some posters to put up at my local school, workplace etc?

Yes absolutely, please contact us with how many posters you need and where you plan to put them. Email gavin.osborn@julianhouse.org.uk

Join us!

Every step counts on the Circuit of Bath Walk and by raising sponsorship you will be helping us to provide life-changing support to over 2,000 vulnerable men, women and children across the South West. So sign up today!