Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Become part of Just Walk’s volunteer team for a unique and rewarding experience


Calling any early risers wanting to help support our walkers and enjoy a unique experience the morning of Saturday 12th May 2018 behind the scenes at Goodwood Racecourse: we’re looking for volunteers… the super-duper kind!  

If you are enthusiastic, friendly, helpful and committed, we would love to have you join our volunteer team. Your duties will include 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. You’ll play an important role in ensuring our Just Walk 2018 event goes off without a hitch and all our walkers have a stress-free start to their challenge.

As one of our valued team members, you’ll experience the amazing atmosphere at Goodwood Racecourse for yourself. As our walkers gather, you’ll be swept up in the excitement as the anticipation for the start of the event reaches fever pitch. Enjoy hearing previous ‘Just Walkers’ regale one another with past Just Walk stories and watch as old friends catch up and new friendships are formed.

Volunteering is a rewarding experience and a great opportunity to get involved and give something back. If you live local to Goodwood Racecourse, looking for event work experience for your CV or planning on coming down to support friends, family or a work team, why not offer a couple of hours of your time and do your bit as well. Aside from your volunteering duties, there will be plenty of time to wave the walkers off as they set out on their chosen route, and to be there as they cross the finish line offering words of encouragement as well as lots of cheering and clapping. 

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


Interested? If you are ready and willing to volunteer your time and put your super-duperness out there, please contact Kate or Gemma on 01297 300 504 for further information.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

3 easy steps to becoming a Just Walk Media Champion!


Are you ready to prove yourself a Media Champion and win your 2018 Just Walk entry fee back? 

If you’re up for the challenge, then read on…

Our next Just Walk event is on 12th May 2018 and we’re already gearing up for the biggest, busiest year yet, and thought we’d test our Just Walkers boldness to see if you can earn your badge as a Just Walk Media Champion. 

It’ll require a dash of courage and a smidge of nerve to achieve – are you up for the challenge?

What do you have to do?

Just follow these 3 steps by 1 May 2018:
1. Just book your place for next year’s Just Walk event – right here
2. Just contact your local newspaper and convince them to print a picture of you, saying that you’re fundraising for the charity of your choice at the Just Walk event.
3. Just prove it with a picture: send us your proof to justwalk@acrossthedivide.com OR visit us on Facebook or Twitter ‘Like / Follow’ our page and post it on our timeline with the hashtag #MediaChampion

Once we have the proof of your tireless effort, we’ll reward your awesomeness by refunding your entire entry fee!
Good luck and we can’t wait to see your entries come flooding in.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Our 5 favourite Christmas walks to try over the festive period


The Christmas holidays are nearly upon us, giving friends and families the perfect opportunity to spend quality time together while enjoying the great outdoors. Wrap yourself up with the new hats, scarves and gloves you received for Christmas, and head outside for a refreshing walk. Afterwards, you can head home or find a cosy pub or cafĂ© with a crackling log fire and enjoy  a warming hot chocolate or two!

Whether you choose to walk along a seaside promenade, take a ramble through the countryside or stroll through woodland, the fresh air will blow away any lingering cobwebs you may have from over-indulging over Christmas, plus its great training for those of you taking on the Just Walk challenge next year.

We’ve put together this handy guide to 5 of our favourite festive rambling routes around England covering walks in Sussex, Surrey, London, Yorkshire and Devon.

We’ve deliberately picked walking routes that come in at less than 10km, making them more suitable for younger families, varied fitness levels and ages alike, take a look and see…

1. Seven Sisters & Birling Gap, Sussex 

Starting point: Tiger Inn, Birling Gap
Distance: 9km (5.5 miles)
Time to complete: 2 hours (average)

A classic winter’s walk that takes on one of the UK’s most photographed stretches of coastline, the chalk cliffs of The Seven Sisters. Start at the Tiger Inn and follow the South Downs Way along the coast from Birling Gap to Belle Tout Lighthouse (which has featured in numerous films and TV programmes) to make the most of The Seven Sisters before circling back inland to the pub.

Top Tip: It’s easier to walk this loop to the coast and back anticlockwise so the prevailing wind is at your back.

For further information of this Sussex walk, please click here.
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2. Temple of the Winds Walk, Surrey

Starting point: Black Down National Trust Car Park
Distance: 3.2km (2 miles)
Time to complete: 1 hour 30 minutes (average)

Follow in Alfred Lord Tennyson’s footsteps and take a walk through Black Down’s beautiful woodland and heathland. The highlight of this walk is finding the ‘Temple of Winds’, named after a Bronze Age circular bank and it is here you find the best views of the South Downs National Park. Sit on the charming curved stone seat in this little-known spot and admire the views of the West Weald.

Discover more about this Surrey walk here.
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3. Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire

Starting point: Stable Courtyard
Distance: 2.2km (1.4 miles)
Time to complete: 45 minutes (average)

Enjoy the peace and tranquillity as you stroll round lakeside paths and discover the enchanting Menagerie Garden. Originally created as a home for exotic species such as monkeys, colourful birds and even lions, Nostell’s Menagerie House and Garden is now the scene for a stunning lakeside walk.

There’s still plenty to see, from the Swiss bridge arching over the lake to the gothic archway that welcomes you as enter the Menagerie Garden and which is now home to roosting bats.

Find out more about this Yorkshire walking route right here.
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4. Richmond Park, London

Starting point: Richmond Park
Distance: 5.5km to (3.5 miles)
Time to complete: 1.5 – 2 hours (average)

A place of outstanding natural beauty, stepping into Richmond Park will make you feel like you are a million miles away from London. One of London’s largest enclosed green spaces, it is even more beautiful in winter with its frosted white forestland, icicle covered trees and expansive lakes, sometimes iced over in places. If you are lucky you may even catch sight of the beautiful fallow deer or even bats that inhabit the park.

Discover the Isabella Plantation woodland gardens with its extensive range of rare and unusual plants, refuel at Pembrooke Lodge tea rooms with a warming cup of tea and enjoy distant views of St Paul’s Cathedral from King Henry’s Mound.

Discover more about this London walk here
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5. Killerton Garden Walk, Devon

Starting point: Stable block
Distance: 1.6km to (1 mile)
Time to complete: 1 hour (average)

Take a stroll around the chapel and the delightful house gardens where you can admire winter and early spring flowers including wintersweet, the hellebores and the amazing coloured stems of cornus.

During this one-mile walk, wander through the garden’s lofty heights where you can enjoy sweeping views across the parkland to Dartmoor as well discovering hidden areas such as the Bears Hut and Rock garden.

Learn more about this unique Devon walk here


We’d love to hear from you and find out what your favourite walk is and where it is. Please feel free to comment on our blog… we may also share these on our social media platforms too (thank you in advance).

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

5 reasons to take on the Just Walk challenge…


We would love you to come and join us for a day of walking across the South Downs on Saturday 12th May and make every step count. It doesn’t matter what reason you have for signing up to the ‘Just Walk’ challenge, from a seasoned pro to a walking newbie, we will be right alongside you offering help, advice and support.

Here are our top 5 reasons to take on the ‘Just Walk’ challenge…

1. For charity
If you have a cause close to your heart, then a ‘Just Walk’ challenge is a great way to raise funds and really make a difference. Due to the unique nature of our challenge, once you have paid your event fee, any money raised after that goes directly to your chosen charity.

2. Personal challenge
It’s time to take you outside your comfort zone and push yourself to your limit to see what you are really made of both physically and mentally. There is a route for everyone – providing the perfect opportunity to realise your potential.

3. Fitness 
Whatever your fitness level, walking is a great way to stay healthy and the benefits are endless. Not only will you see your fitness levels increase but it will also brighten your mood and boost your self-esteem. You could also join a walking group as part of your training which will be a great social factor too.

Top Tip: Wear a Fitbit or pedometer as part of your training programme so you can track the number of steps per walk and see how you progress over the coming weeks and months.

4. Family time 
Sometimes life is very busy and can impact on quality family time together. Taking up a walking challenge as a family is a great way to enjoy spending quality time together that will make memories to last a lifetime. Bonding over a unique and positive experience has also been shown to be very beneficial to your child’s mental and social development.

5. Team building
Whether you are a group of friends, family or work colleagues, this challenge is a great way to build strong bonds and work together as a team. Supporting one another through the training, motivating each other on the day and achieving your goal as a group is a wonderful feeling of comradery.

Sound good? Interested? Ready and willing to participate?
Then what are you waiting for… sign up for the ‘Just Walk’ challenge today!

Monday, 27 November 2017

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) by our Just Walk walkers


Below are some of the answers to the questions that we are asked about the most from people thinking about joining the Just Walk challenge.

Can I do this challenge?
Yes! Due to the nature of our challenge and the fact that we have various routes for all abilities, from the novice walker to the seasoned-pro, we truly believe that you can find a walk suitable for your fitness level and goal.

Do I need to raise money for a charity?
No, not if you don’t want to. You can do this as a personal challenge and find out just how far you can push yourself, or if you would like to, you can raise money for a worthy cause close to your heart.

Can I support any charity?
Yes, the great thing about this event is that you can raise money for any charity of your choice. 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.

I’m interested – now what do I do?
It’s simple, you can book your place today either online or call us on 01297 300 504. As soon as your registration is received we’ll send out confirmation, plus an event pack, updates and information throughout the build-up to the event.

What’s included? 
You will have full ‘Just Walk’ support and advice throughout plus marshalled checkpoints along the route with drinks, snacks, (these vary from route to route) logistical and medical support, big smiles and lots of encouragement. When you cross the finishing line you will receive a Just Walk medal plus a certificate emailed out to you after the event. Once you have booked your place join your relevant Facebook group page, where you’ll receive training tips, kit advice, route information and have the chance to chat with other Just Walkers before the event.

Why have the distances changed for 2018?
If you are a previous ‘Just Walker’ you may have noticed, we have extended the distances on 3 of our routes for 2018. You can now choose to walk 10km, 25km, 35km, 45km or the BIG 60km and enjoy the stunning scenery across the South Downs for longer. We are always looking to enhance your Just Walk experience and ensure you have the best day possible; by adjusting the distances it means we can provide further support during your walk.

What time will the event start?
The 35km, 45km and 60km routes start between 08:00-08:30
The 25km and 10km routes start between 10:00–10:30
Please note, however, that timings are subject to change and we will notify you in advance if this is the case.

You will need to sign in on the day at Goodwood Racecourse between 06:30-07:30 for the 35km, 45km and 60km routes and between 08:40–09:40 for the 25km and 10km routes.
Please allow yourself plenty of time to sign in. It is also very important that you do not start the walk without signing in!

How long will the walk take me?
This will depend a lot on your experience, the conditions on the day and your fitness. The table below will give you a guide based on previous years’ walkers.

Faster Speeds
Average Speeds
Slower Speeds
10km finish time (having started at 10:00)
Around 11:15
Around 12:00 – 13:00

Around 14:00 
25km finish time (having started at 10:00)
Around 11.45
Around 13:00 – 14:00
Around 15:00
35km finish time (having started at 08:00)
Around 12:00
Around 13:00 – 14:00
Around 17:00
45km finish time (having started at 08:00)
Around 14:00
Around 15:30 – 17:30
Around 20:00
60km finish time (having started at 08:00)
Around 18:00
Around 20:30 – 22:30
Around 02:00 (Sunday 13th)

How fit do I need to be?
All of the routes chosen have been designed to be challenging yet achievable as long as you have been training beforehand and are realistic about your level of fitness. Also, the great thing to remember about these walks is that it’s not a race, so you can walk at your own pace and enjoy the day.

Is there an age limit to Just Walk?
Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult on all walking routes. No under 16’s are allowed on the 35km, 45km and 60km routes. There is no upper age limit but everyone's medical condition is taken into account when being permitted to take part in the walk.

What equipment will I need?
A good, decent pair of walking boots and walking socks are essential, and it is vital that you train in them so they are already broken in for the day to avoid blisters and general discomfort. A lightweight rucksack and lightweight clothing are recommended. We also advise you dress in layers so you can easily remove or add layers depending on temperature change. Waterproofs are a must!

What will I need to carry?
We recommend you carry a rucksack for the items you might need throughout the day such as food, drink, first-aid kit, sun cream, sun hat, wet weather gear and of course your camera.

Will there be food and drink available?
For those walking the 35km, 45km and the 60km race there will be hot breakfast rolls and drinks provided at the start. For all other routes, you will receive a free hot drink and you can buy food onsite. 

Checkpoints along the route will have drinks and snacks, plus a packed lunch on route for all those walking the 25km, 35km, 45km and 60km routes 

For 45km walkers, there will be hot soup and for the 60km walkers, there will also be a hot meal served on route included as part of your registration fee.

Are dogs allowed?
Unfortunately, no dogs are allowed on this walking challenge. However, there will be an exception for working dogs for the deaf or blind. Please do not bring your dogs and leave them in the car.

Is Just Walk suitable for wheelchairs or buggies?
Unfortunately, due to stiles and the terrain on the walking routes, they are not suitable for either wheelchairs nor buggies.

I’m a bit nervous about walking on my own, do you have any advice?
Don’t be nervous, there will be lots of people in the same position as you, so we are sure you will meet someone else to buddy up with. We have always found participants to be very friendly and always willing to help one another around the route.

What support is there on the day of the event?
You will be fully supported throughout your Just Walk challenge. We have checkpoints across all routes that will be fully marshalled with drinks, snacks, logistical and medical support as well as lots of encouragement. We also have a safety back up team, plus a full medical support team should you need it.

What if the weather is bad on the day?
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee good weather. Only in the event of very severe weather conditions and a warning issued for that area will the event be cancelled. We recommend that you look at the weather forecast in the days prior to the event and wear suitable clothing as recommended in your kit list. Remember to bring kit that prepares you for all weather conditions as the weather can quickly change.

I can no longer participate in the walk, am I entitled to a refund?
We will offer a 50% refund if you cancel your place on the walk up to 28 days in advance (before Saturday 14th April 2017). Any places that are cancelled within 28 days of the walk are not entitled to any refund. Full terms and conditions can be found in your event pack which you will receive once you have registered.

How do I go about raising the sponsorship?
All charities will want to know that you are taking part in a fundraising event for them and it is a good idea to make contact early on. Once you are signed up, contact the charity (their contact details can be found on their website) and tell them about Just Walk. Ask for a fundraising pack which will include sponsor forms, and ask if they are associated with an online giving site such as Just Giving. If they wish to know more about the event, please ask them to contact us directly and we will be happy to answer their questions. It is important to remember to send all of the money you have raised directly to the charity and not to us at Just Walk, Across the Divide.




Monday, 20 November 2017

Did you know you’ve raised in excess of £1 million since 2007?



We are delighted to say that our amazing supporters and participants have raised more than £1 million from our ‘JUST WALK’ events for a variety of worthwhile charities since we started back in 2007.

Due to the uniqueness of our challenge, it means that once you have registered and paid your total event fee, every penny you raise will then go directly to the charity of your choosing. Plus, if you add the option of Gift Aid, it will increase the money you raise even more.

Don’t worry if you can’t see your chosen charity on our list on the website, you can still choose any charity or worthy cause that you wish to raise money for. Just include the charity name when completing your registration and you can start supporting them straight away.

So, if you want to feel good and give something back to a charity that is close to your heart, click here and book your place today.

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!