Stepping out for Nidderdale Charity Walk

tis  Harrogate Grammar School pupils who are to take part in the Nidderdale Walk.  110407M2.
tis Harrogate Grammar School pupils who are to take part in the Nidderdale Walk. 110407M2.

Preparations are now well under way for this year’s Nidderdale Charity Walk whick takes place on Sunday May 16.

Entries for the event have been flooding in from individuals and organisations across Harrogate and beyond.

Among those taking part this year will be a group from Harrogate Grammar School (pictured) led by Eileen Boag, who co-ordinates the school’s charity fundraising events.

Pupils choose a different charity to support each year and, this year, they will raise funds for Harrogate Hospital and Community Friends to help buy equipment on the children’s ward.

Meanwhile, a group of 20 from Henshaws, together with their support workers, are also participating - two of whom are tackling the longest walk at 22 miles.

Woodlands Methodist Church and Holy Trinity CE Infant School are also entering groups, of 16 and 12 respectively.

And other groups registered include the Cotswold outdoors shop, Follifoot Disabled Riding Group and Horticap.

There’s still plenty of time to enter the event, which has raised more than £650,000 over the last 17 years, benefiting over 300 local groups and charities.

There are three main walks to choose from, of seven, 15 and 22 miles, all of which start and finish in Pateley Bridge.

There is also a four mile walk for less able-bodied participants, which starts at Scar House Dam and finishes in Lofthouse.

The routes are all clearly waymarked, with regular checkpoints and refreshment stops. Car parking is free on the Nidderdale Show ground in Pateley Bridge.

Everything is taken care of by Harrogate Rotary Club - all you have to do is turn up and walk.

To register or for further information, visit www.harrogate.rotary1040.org and click Nidderdale Walk or call Eric Mitchell on 01423 872368.