When is the walk in 2020?

The walk starts at 9pm on Friday 18 September at Banbury Rugby Club. Come early - gates open at 6.30pm and we'll have circus performers waiting for you to try out some circus skills before the event starts. Why not bring a pre-walk picnic with you?

Where do I register?

Registration is open 6.30pm-8.30pm in the main Rugby Club hall:

The DCS Stadium
Bodicote Park
Oxford Road
Bodicote
Banbury
OX15 4AF

Where can I park?

If you can, please double up in cars as much as possible. It's better for the environment and you can travel with your walking buddies. If you need to park at the venue, there is free parking available at the Rugby Club, but it's limited.

Where does the walk start and finish?

The walk sets off at 9pm from Banbury Rugby Club. Choose either a 10- or 6-mile circular route, finishing the walk back at the Rugby Club in the dark! It's a great community event and also perfect to share with family and friends.

We have had overwhelmingly positive feedback about the new start time in 2019, so we're keeping the 2020 walk at the earlier time so more people will see you and support your amazing efforts. As a well-loved Banbury event, we wanted to make sure younger family members could join too, and in 2019 we had three times as many younger supporters walking with their families, which is fantastic. 

What's the route?

The 10-mile and 6-mile routes are circular. Both walks include a number of hills - please make sure you train to enjoy these comfortably.

  • The 6-mile route: follows paved paths through Bodicote and Banbury.
  • The 10-mile route: includes some off-road track and footpaths from Sorbrook Mill to Bloxham Grove Farm. This section of the route is uneven under foot, can be muddy in parts after heavy rain and isn't lit. The remaining 10-mile route is on paved and well-lit paths.

The final routes will be made available a few weeks before the event and we'll publish more information on this page. You will also be able to download the routes onto the Komoot app (available on iPhone and Android). You'll be able to see how far you've walked and how far you've got to go as well as checking that you're on the right route - although we'll have lots of marshals to point you in the right direction.

What does the entry fee include?

The entry fee includes a medal, certificate of achievement, numbered bib, water pitstops along the route, and a walker snack. You can also buy a commemorative T-shirt to wear with pride.

If you've ordered a T-shirt, it will be available to pick up on the night.

Can I bring my dog?

We regret that dogs are not allowed at the Rugby Club and we would strongly discourage you from bringing your pets with you on the night. 

What do I need to bring with me?

Safety pins: you will receive your walking number on the day, so please bring some safety pins to attach it safely to your clothing.

Full water bottle: we will offer free refills on the day at water stations along the route.

A spectacular circus-inspired costume: we're looking forward to seeing an array of clowns, ringmasters, acrobats, tightrope walkers and more - let you imagination go to town!

Good walking shoes: you'll be walking over rough ground as well as paved areas, so you need to be prepared for everything.

A torch to light the way: this is a must. You won't be permitted to walk without a torch.

Something to keep you dry and warm: we can't guarantee the weather.

T-shirts will be available to pick up on the night: we can't guarantee that T-shirts will be available on sale on the day as stock is limited. When they're gone, they're gone! You can order your T-shirts from the registration page.

Will there be any food and drinks available?

Food and drinks will be on sale on the day from the Rugby Club. We suggest that you bring a pre-walk picnic to tuck into while enjoying the circus entertainment. Gates open from 6.30pm.

A hot snack will be waiting for you on your return from the walk.

There are a number of water refill stations on both routes.

Help us to protect the environment: please help us on the day by using the recycling bins for your recyclable waste. We will no longer be offering free plastic bottles of water. You must bring a full water bottle with you, which can be refilled at our various water stations on the route for free.

Will there be any toilets on the routes?

There are a number of toilets on both routes.

I'd like to do some training. Do you have any recommendations?

Why not join one of our weekly health walks from the hospice on a Friday morning? Or look for a local walk on the Ramblers website?

Not yet signed up?

Then go to our registration page where you'll find all the relevant information.