Monday, 13 November 2017

Save up to 30% on group bookings with Just Walk

Just Walk on the 12th May 2018 is a unique challenge event where you can raise money for any charity of your choice or take on a personal challenge. Choose a walking distance to suit your fitness level or goal, and decide on one of five routes: 10km, 25km, 35km, 45km or the BIG 60km! You pay the event fee to enter directly to us and all the money you then raise, you can give directly to your chosen charity - there are no extra costs!
It’s a stunning scenic walk that offers a great day out and although you will certainly meet lots of wonderful people on the day, it’s often mentioned to us that our Just Walk walkers enjoy training with their walking / rambling groups and / or friends and family. For this very reason, we have put together a great deal for group bookings so you can rally your own group together. 


Just Walk offer several discounts for group bookings depending on your group size, so whether you are walking with friends, family or work colleagues we want to help save you money. Plus, your group can be made up of different Just Walk distances which means there is a route for everyone to join in and be part of.

How the group discounts work:

·         For groups of 10 - 14 people:             receive 10% off full prices
·         For groups of 15 - 19 people:             receive 15% off full prices
·         For groups of 20 - 29 people:             receive 20% off full prices
·         For groups of 30 - 39 people:             receive 23% off full prices
·         For groups of 40 - 49 people:             receive 25% off full prices
·         For groups of 50+ people:                  receive a massive 30% off full prices

So, what’s next?

It’s simple: gather your group together (the more the merrier) and then register, either by calling us on 01297 300 504 or if you’d prefer, email us at events@acrossthedivide.com 

Reap the benefits and make your group booking today!



Wednesday, 1 November 2017

What to expect from the BIG 60km Just Walk route…


Our BIG 60km Just Walk is the perfect route for those who are physically fit, mentally tough, and those wanting to take on an ambitious challenge. Whether you are doing this as a personal challenge, a memory walk, or to raise funds for a charitable cause – you will not be disappointed with this route!

Not for the faint-hearted, the BIG 60km offers many highs throughout your walk (and that’s not just the hills!), it provides a great variety of terrain and stunning scenery, and is the perfect way to experience the broad and sweeping landscapes of West Sussex. The feeling of exhilaration and the tremendous sense of achievement when you cross the finish line will make it all worthwhile.

Here is a little taster of what you can expect when walking the 60km route:

The first 3km: Once you exit the racecourse you’ll go off-road through the woods and into Selhurst Park. Despite being deep in woodland, you’ll enjoy glimpses of the stunning views to the south including Halnaker Windmill before crossing into Eartham parish.

6km – 13km: Amble through the wild coppiced chestnut woods and rolling arable fields following the Monarch’s Way for a small section. The paths through the woods are 4x4 tracks and, if wet, will be a little muddy in places. Heading south you’ll follow bridleways to picturesque Slindon with its thatched cottages.

13km – 21km: So far there have been very few hills, but the first incline comes after crossing the A29 as you pass through the last of the coppiced woods (complete with deer and a wide range of birdlife). From the top of Rewell Wood, this is where the 40km route splits from the 60km route - make sure you follow the 60km route signs!

From Rewell Wood you’ll descend into Arundel and walk through the streets of this historic castle town and head into Arundel Park, for your third well-earned rest.

21km – 27km: Your surroundings change dramatically in this section of the route, as you drop down and then climb up through rolling parkland before descending to the River Arun. Once again in wet weather, this path by the river can have puddles and be muddy underfoot. After 1km you’ll leave the riverside and continue North where you’ll continue to walk for a further 1km before encountering The South Downs Way for the first time.

27km – 38km: At this stage, all your training will be kicking in as your body starts to be tested. This next section is the longest between Power Stations so it will feel like a tough stint; on the plus side though it is the flattest section! You’ll walk through the quiet village of Amberley and cross the flat and eerie Amberley Brooks. These are low lying brooks and will be wet and muddy and even high in water at some points, so be prepared and have some dry socks to change into. You will now be past the halfway point (hooray!) and after re-joining the River Arun for a short distance you’ll start heading West. Crossing the A29 again at Coldwaltham, you’ll head along sections of quiet county lanes and forest tracks and into a private estate, the perfect rest stop for a well-earned drink and bite to eat.

38km – 45km: You will start heading towards the village of Bignor and approaching the biggest and most challenging climb of the whole walk; as you walk up Bignor Hill. In total, this is a 170-metre continuous ascent and will take you to the peak of the South Downs, as you once again join the South Downs.

45km – 48km: Once rested and the views explored, you’ll be pleased to know this section of the route is surprisingly flat. You’ll walk over the open chalk downs before dropping down and crossing the A285 (this is a busy road so please cross with care). You’ll now be back on The South Downs Way and will start climbing upwards again, although don’t worry; this is steep but short at only 110 metres.

48km – 55km: You are now at Graffham Down, famous for its unique wildlife. Shortly after here at 50km, after what will seem like a very long walk over the hills, you’ll start the long drop down through forestry towards Charlton.

55km – 60km: After following the route through the village's houses and cottages you’ll start a long, steep ascent up onto a track and back towards the racecourse. Here you’ll have your first glimpse of the finish, as you start walking along the final stretch into the grounds of Goodwood and the finish line!

Congratulations - you’ve just walked the BIG 60km!

If after reading this blog you’re excited to walk in our BIG 60km, simply, book your place today.

Once you’ve registered, you can join our dedicated 60km walkers Facebook group, where you’ll receive training tips, kit advice, route information and also have the chance to chat to other 60km Just Walkers before the event.


Please note this route could be subject to change, we will keep you updated with any changes.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The Early Bird gets the Just Walk 2018 discount



Now that the next Just Walk date has been announced for 12th May 2018, many Just Walkers, old and new, are already taking advantage of our fantastic Early Bird offers – and you can too!

The excellent value doesn’t end there either. Since we have made changes to several of the routes, you now get to enjoy even more of the spectacular South Downs countryside. Plus, for those walking the longer routes – 35km, 45km and the BIG 60km - we are working on adding a few exciting extra benefits, giving you even better value. Watch this space as we will be announcing these very soon.

So, book before the end of November 2017, and here’s what you will pay*:
  • 10km (over 14's): now just £13.50      (cheaper than 2017!)
  • 25km (over 14's): now just £27           (cheaper than 2017 + longer route!)
  • 35km (over 16's): now just £45           (longer route + more to be announced soon!)
  • 45km (over 16's): now just £58.50     (longer route + more to be announced soon!)
  • 60km (over 16's): now just £72          (added value extras to be announced soon!)

Waiting until payday rolls around again? No problem! So that you get the chance to bag yourself a bargain, we are running the Early Bird offer for even longer this year, right through until 30th November 2017.

Remember, you choose how to take on Just Walk: by yourself, with friends, your family or work colleagues, for any charity of your choice or as a personal challenge – it’s up to you.

To book your place today, please click the button below – or contact us here if you have any questions. See you at the start line!





*Excludes Under 14’s, Family Tickets and Group Discounts.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Save the date: our 2018 walking challenge is back, bigger and better than ever before!


Grab your walking boots and start your training, as we are delighted to announce our Just Walk 2018 event is confirmed for Saturday 12th May 2018.

Now in its 12th year, our unique one-day walking challenge is back bigger and better than ever before including a few new route changes. Here are all the details you need to know:

The date: Saturday 12th May 2018
The venue: Goodwood Racecourse, near Chichester
The routes: 10km, 25km, 35km, 45km and the BIG 60km

Once again you can walk and raise money for a charity of your choosing (you pay the event fee and any money you raise goes directly to your charity), or take on Just Walk as your own personal challenge.

There are a variety of distances to choose from, so there really is something for every level of fitness. From 10km up to the BIG 60km, all routes take place across the stunning South Downs and West Sussex countryside, starting and finishing from Goodwood Racecourse.

As well as being a fantastic fun event for all the family to enjoy (our 10km and 25km routes are for all ages), we guarantee you will meet up with old friends from previous Just Walk events as well as making new friends along the way.

Prices start from just £15 and if you book by 30th November 2017 you can take advantage of our Early Bird discount!

If you are interested in joining in and having a great day, then click here to book your place today!

Friday, 26 May 2017

Well done & congratulations to all of our wonderful #JustWalkers!


Just Walk 2017 START


Well, what can we say about this year’s Just Walk 2017 event apart from a massive THANK YOU to each and every one of you; our Just Walkers, supporters and volunteers.

With a record-breaking 1,121 walkers registered for the challenge for our 11th year, you can all proudly say you really did “Walk the distance and made a difference”. Whether it was fundraising for a cause close to your heart, a special memory walk for your loved one no longer with us, or as a personal challenge on your own, with a friend or with a group - well done. Those of you who offered support and helped us sign walkers in, a sincere thank you from the bottom of our hearts; you really did help towards making the event run smoothly.

What an amazing day with lots of laughter, a few tears (of joy), new friends made, and many stories shared. The atmosphere throughout the day was incredible from start to finish. There was a real buzz around Goodwood Racecourse in the morning as everyone registered, chatted with other walkers and then gathered for the warm-up before setting off to enjoy the beautiful scenery that our Just Walk routes offer.

We witnessed real enthusiasm and comradery throughout the day, which helped many of you (including us) through the last 3km trek up ‘that’ hill and back to the finish line. It’s not until you look back down once you’ve reached the top, you realise just how steep that hill actually is and what an achievement it is to conquer!

Watching and cheering our walkers as they passed the final bend, down the home straight, and through to the finish line is one of our most memorable moments of the day, and each year it continues to grow bigger and better. We understand how much effort everyone puts in to this event, and the sheer joy and pleasure on your faces as you complete the challenge makes our job so worthwhile.

We hope your Just Walk medal is proudly on display and your memories are as fabulous as ours. We have now emailed over your Just Walk certificate, but if you haven’t received it, please email us, and we will send one to you.

We are already starting to plan for our 2018 Just Walk, so look out for our newsletter (you can sign up here), and announcements on our social media pages regarding a date.

p.s. Don’t forget to share your stories and photos…

We are loving reading through your comments and looking at your fabulous photos on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Please share your story and photos with us using the hashtag #JustWalk!

Monday, 8 May 2017

Super-duper volunteers needed please…

JUST WALK NEEDS YOU - man pointing at you

This is an urgent appeal to the early risers: we’re looking for volunteers… the super-duper kind!


The BIG day is just 5 days away, and we’d love more volunteers to help out in the morning.

If you’re planning to come down to Just Walk and support your friends, family or work team; it would be great if you could help us out in the morning first, and you’ll still have time to wave off your Just Walker, as well as see them at the finish line.

All we are asking for is a little help with a few light duties of meeting and greeting new arrivals, helping with the registration process, signing people in, and possibly a few other small jobs that often present themselves on the day.

So, if you’re an early bird and love the idea of mucking in, we’d love you to help us and your ‘superness’ will be rewarded with a FREE bacon sandwich and a steamy hot cuppa waiting for you upon your arrival.


Sound good? Interested? Ready and willing to put your super-duperness out there for the morning? Fabulous! For more information, please contact Kate or Gemma on 01297 300 504.

Join over 1000 walkers this Saturday – book your place today!



The wait is nearly over! Just Walk, one of the UK’s biggest walking challenges, will take place this Saturday 13th May at Goodwood Racecourse, Chichester. While we let that sink in, we’d like to remind you why we’re here and of the treat in store for you (or could be in store for you, if you sign up here – there’s still time!).

Organised by our global sister company Across the Divide, Just Walk allows you to choose the length of your walk – between 10km and 60km – in order to raise money for a charity or cause of your choice.

All of the routes are circular, and you’re offered the opportunity to explore the rolling hills and landscape of the West Sussex countryside, starting and finishing at the iconic Goodwood Racecourse, near Chichester.

Your entry fee for the day’s walk includes medals and certificates, logistical and medical support, drinks, snacks and plenty of encouragement and cheers from the Just Walk team.
Those of you who walk further than 20km will get a free packed lunch, while those walking further than 40km will be provided with a hot breakfast at the start. There will also be hot soup for those walking the 40km route and a hot meal for anyone walking 60km.


Why else should you Just Walk? Well…
Mark Hannaford, Head Walker and founder of Just Walk and Across the Divide, said, “Just Walk is about getting as many people outside and active as possible, while raising money for worthy causes, and that’s why we’re delighted to have had over 1000 registrations so far.

“With our team of organisers and helpers, walkers can be sure that everyone’s safe and well looked-after, and can focus on putting one foot in front of the other.

“It doesn’t matter if you walk 10km or 60km, it all helps, and you’ll struggle to find a better-looking part of the country for a challenge like this!”

Prices range between £20 and £70 for adults (depending on length of route) and £7.50 and £15 for under-16s.

Although you’re are free to raise money for whatever cause you choose, our two charity partners are particularly close to our hearts: Rockinghorse and First Days.

Tickets are still available for Just Walk 2017, so if you haven’t signed up yet, now’s your chance – just click here.

Rockinghorse works to improve the lives of sick children in Sussex, and First Days distributes clothing, toys, equipment and furniture to deprived children.