Charity Walks and Treks
Taking part in charity walks and treks are a fun and rewarding experience. And the best thing about them is that anyone can take part.
For some of these charity walks, all you need is to be reasonably fit and have a good pair of walking shoes. It can really be that simple.
Walking is also good for your health, both physical and mental. Our research has shown that regular exercise can help reduce the risk of developing secondary breast cancer. In fact, almost 30% of breast cancer cases in the UK are preventable through lifestyle changes. It can also help you to lose weight and benefit your mental health.
Charity walking events
Whether you are looking for a relaxed walk along the river or the unforgettable experience of trekking along the Great Wall of China, there really is something for everyone, both in the UK and overseas.
Our flagship walking event, the Breast Walk Ever, takes place twice a year along the River Thames in Berkshire and Oxfordshire with hundreds of people taking part each year.
If you prefer more of a challenge, you could attempt the 3 Peaks Challenge or the Ben Nevis Trek. Alternatively, we offer a wide variety of overseas treks, including the Kilimanjaro Trek, Everest Base Camp Trek and Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu. Entry is now open for events in 2019 and 2020.
Charity walks and treks you may be interested in
Why walk for Against Breast Cancer?
“I feel sure that regular walking has contributed to my recovery (from breast cancer) and done lots for my well-being.”
Against Breast Cancer funds groundbreaking research into secondary spread breast cancer, the main cause of all breast cancer-related deaths. We look into the prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer, with the ultimate goal of finding a vaccine against breast cancer.
We can support your fundraising and training in several ways. Our fundraising pack will give you plenty of ideas whilst we can offer fundraising materials and training plans.
If you would like to know more about our charity walks and treks and how we can support you, contact our events team and they will get in touch.
Frequently asked questions
What types of walk are there?
There are relaxing walks, such as our Breast Walk Ever, which are challenging only in the distance. There are also walks organised by Ultra Challenge that allow you to combine running and walking. Treks are much more challenging, going over difficult terrain, but these are often the most rewarding.
Are there any charity walks near me?
We have charity walks that take place across the UK as well as abroad, so you are bound to find something that is reasonably close to you, especially if you live in an area with plenty of walking routes.
How much does a charity walk cost?
An event such as the Breast Walk Ever can cost as little as £11 (10k concessions) to enter, whilst overseas events can be a lot more expensive, due to the costs involved in organising it, but given the scale of the challenge and rewarding nature of these treks, we feel these are still very good value.
How do I train for a charity walk?
How you train will entirely depend on the nature of the walk or trek you are taking part in, as well as how much time you have to spare. The important thing is to start as soon as you can, and gradually build up the distances and difficulty of the training walks the closer you come to your event. Our events team can also provide you with a training plan.
What do I need for a charity walk?
What you will need will depend on the nature of the walk you’re taking part in. At the very least you will need a good pair of shoes and a bag to put anything you take with you. This would advisably include wet weather clothing and ample refreshments.
What are the best shoes for charity walks?
Walking shoes, also known as trail shoes, are ideal for walks where the terrain is not too challenge. For treks though, boots will provide you with better support on the challenging surfaces. A quick search on Google will come up with lists of which makes of shoes and boots are recommended.
Can I take my dog on a charity walk?
Dogs are more than welcome to take part in the Breast Walk Ever, provided you feel they’re fit enough to complete the distance with you. Unfortunately, most other events do not allow dogs.
Can I take part in the Breast Walk Ever for Against Breast Cancer?
Absolutely! The Breast Walk Ever takes place twice every year, with routes through Oxfordshire and Berkshire. It is organised by Against Breast Cancer to raise funds for our ground-breaking research into breast cancer.
Can I organise my own charity walk?
You can set yourself your own walking challenge and get people to sponsor you as you would with an organised event, or even better, you can get your friends and family to join you. Choose a good walking route to use, and get in touch with our events team and they will provide you with our fundraising pack and any tips you need to get your event going.
Why should I choose to do a charity walk for Against Breast Cancer?
Against Breast Cancer is a charity dedicated to increase survival after breast cancer diagnosis by funding groundbreaking research into secondary breast cancer (metastases) to find key prevention factors and improved detection and treatment. When you fundraise with us, your money will be invested in our research and you will also be supported in every way possible with your fundraising and preparations for your event.