Rotary Club gearing up to make pub walk the biggest yet for hospice

Raising a glass to Ribble Valley Pubwalk.
Raising a glass to Ribble Valley Pubwalk.
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Charity supporters will lace up their walking boots and ensure their drinking arms are ready for a pub walk of epic proportions in aid of East Lancashire Hospice.

The Rotary Club of Ribblesdale is hosting the fourth annual Ribble Valley Pub Walk on June 23rd and it’s set to be the biggest yet.

More than 300 people are expected to step out to raise much-needed funds for the hospice.

This year the circular route, which starts and ends at Whalley Abbey, is slightly longer at 12.5 miles. It will take in 11 pubs along the way: The Dog Inn, the De Lacy Arms, The Swan Hotel, Jack’s of Whalley and Forum Bar; The Eagle at Barrow, Edisford Bridge, The Red Pump Inn at Bashall Eaves; The Three Fishes and The Aspinall Arms at Mitton finishing at the Dog Inn.

The first walkers will set off at 11am armed with maps, with the remaining participants stepping out on staggered starts to space out the crowds.

Those taking part can choose how they complete the route, whether they wish to stop for a drink in every pub or just walk the course.

Walkers can register up until today (June 8th) or £10 or on the day for £20, and all those taking part receive an official Ribble Valley Pub Walk t-shirt, sponsored byWave Internet.

The first three events raised a combined £40,000 and organisers are hoping for an even bigger total this time.

Barry Wood, president nominee for the Rotary Club of Ribblesdale, said the event brought together young and old to help the hospice continue its vital work.

He said: “The pub walk has grown every year and it’s always a great day out for everyone taking part. Everyone does it in their own way, whether they want to stop for a pint in every pub or get halfway along the route and decide they want to enjoy the sunshine in a beer garden.

“Because the hospice is in Blackburn a lot of people in the Ribble Valley don’t realise it’s their hospice until they have to use it. It’s a brilliant place and everything they do for patients and families is so positive and this is the Rotary Club’s chance to say thank you and offer our support.”

Leanne Green, Event Fundraiser for the hospice, said: “The Ribble Valley Pub Walk is a great day out for people of all ages and this year’s event promises to be the best yet. The hospice would like to thank all those taking part and the organisers, the Rotary Club of Ribblesdale, for all their hard work and support.”

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Registration, which costs £10, closes today. After this date you can register on the day of the event, June 23rd, at a price of £20 per participant.