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A total of 400 people enjoyed stunning sunshine at the 21st Nidderdale Charity Walk.

The event, organised by the Rotary Club of Harrogate, raised over £40,000 for 50 chosen charities.

Lara Walker, Heather Lyon and Sarah Phillips.  (1405182AM5)

Lara Walker, Heather Lyon and Sarah Phillips. (1405182AM5)

Participants were able to take part in different walks:

Family Walk - over four miles

Coldstones Cut - 8m

Lofthouse Walk - 15m

Scar House Reservoir - 22m

Marathon Walk- 26m

Special Walk designed for the disabled.

The Special Walk is designed for those who have a disability and their carers and supporters.

The start of the walk was marked by the Mayor of Harrogate, Coun Mike Newby and his consort Clive Kirkham.

A Rotary Club of Harrogate spokesperson said: “The four mile long special walk along the road from Scar House Reservoir back to Lofthouse was greatly enjoyed by over fifty handicapped and disabled walkers, together with their carers.

“The Mayor and his Consort started the walk, and accompanied them to the finish, chatting and giving them both support and encouragement along the way.

“The four mile family walk was also greatly enjoyed by parents and young children, who were given an ‘I spy’ quiz to complete along the route.

“The eight, fifteen, twenty two, and new for this year twenty six mile marathon walk, were enjoyed by over four hundred walkers from across the district.

“Everyone commented how they had really enjoyed a well organised walk, and enjoyedseeing the glorious countryside in Nidderdale at it’s best, and looked forward to entering again next year.”

The marathon walk was new for 2014.

The club described the walk: “The new 26.2 mile marathon walk is for those serious walkers who would like to add a marathon to their achievements.

“Following the same routes as the blue and red walks the new black route takes in the full extent of the Scar House reservoir.”

A club spokesperson said: “It is also used by groups of young children such as Brownies, Cubs and First schools.

“It is a four mile downhill walk on a metalled road and gives a lot of fun and satisfaction to walkers who participate.

“In recent years over one hundred participants of all ages have taken part in each of the special walks and in addition to enjoying a great experience, have raised sponsorship monies for their own charity or organisation.”

Among those who took part in the 2014 Nidderdale Charity Walk were several families of Rossett Acre Infant and Junior School.

A team from Ripley Castle team walked to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The team included Erica Campbell Davison, Jane Burke, Donna Idle, Lorna Sibson and Gemma Bishop.

Sandra Bridge raised £255.00 for the British Heart Foundation. She said: “The walk was quite challenging for me after having a valve replacement but I did it.

“Thank you to the checkpoint marshals who supplied cool drinks and treats.”

The walk is sponsored by Hanson Heidelburg Cement, Colouritin, Ripon Land Rover, Ascot House Hotel, Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate, Raynet UK, Holistic Wellbeing and Cotswold.

It is supported by Sue Ryder, Martin House Hospice, The Haven Breast Cancer Support Centres and The Meningitis Trust.

The Rotary Club of Harrogate is one of the longest established in the UK, working within the district for almost 90 years.

A club statement read: “The club is noted for its contribution to the environmental movement in Rotary International.

“Amongst its many current enterprises is the servicing of twenty-seven units of accommodation provided for people of fifty-five and over with limited means, Harrogate Flower Fund Homes.

“The Rotary Club of Harrogate has been organising a series of walks in the beautiful countryside of Nidderdale for over 20 years and providing individuals and organisations with the opportunity to raise monies for their own particular charities.”

Those wishing to join the club should contact Hon Secretary Mick Walsh on 01423 871340.

Information on next year’s event will be made available at as well as and on Twitter: @Nidderdalewalk