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WellsThe Eleventh Norfolk Family Walk is being held at the Holkham Hall Estate, near Wells-next-the-Sea, North Norfolk, on Sunday 15th October 2017 from 10 am to 4pm.

This popular walk, which is in aid of brain tumour research and support, has a choice of distances – one, three, six or ten miles – to suit all ages and abilities. All are through the beautiful parkland, beside the lake and through the woods where deer can be seen grazing.   There are no hills to climb on any of the walks and dogs on leads are welcome.

The one mile walk is aimed at children and has games at the halfway mark. This walk is suitable for prams and wheelchairs. The three mile walk takes you around the beautiful lake where a great variety of wildfowl can be seen. 

WellsThe ten mile walk also takes in the seaside town of Wells-next-the-Sea with its quaint shops and lovely quay where you can stop for a drink or partake in the traditional enjoyment of fish and chips sitting on the wall and watching the world go by (if you have time of course!). After a walk on the bank path towards the sea, you will find a café to refresh you before walking alongside the pine trees which mark the start of your return journey to Holkham (there are toilets here too).

Once the registration fee of £5 has been paid (children free), walkers are then free to support the brain tumour charity or other cancer charity of their choice. There is also a car park fee of £3 which is redeemable at the shop.

There is also a café at the Hall where refreshments can be enjoyed to help you recover from all that walking! The non-walkers in your party will find there is also plenty to amuse them including the house (open for viewing on Sundays), museum, walled gardens, shop and a free woodland play area.  Click here for more details on what the estate has to offer


The Norfolk Family Walk has grown over the years and is one of Astro Brain Tumour Fund’s biggest fundraising events. In 2016, a total of 1,650 miles were walked by over 400 adults and children, plus numerous four legged friends. It was an emotional but happy day enjoyed by all.

Each year, many of the walkers are sponsored by family and friends – could you get sponsorship for your efforts this year?  You can download a sponsorship form or why not open a Just Giving or Virgin Money Giving page to make it easy for supporters to sponsor you online?  To get you started here are a few tips:-

Why not set yourself a minimum sponsorship target – say £25 for the one mile walk going upwards to £50 for the ten mile walk.   Think how good you’ll feel if you exceed your target!

If you have children walking in your party, why not put their names on the sponsorship form and go for the sentimental approach!

If your workplace has lots of employees, instead of  asking to be sponsored for a random amount,  ask everyone for a specific amount, say £2 or £3, to avoid the embarrassment of people not knowing how much to donate or feeling that they need to give more than they want to. 

Try to collect the money at the time of asking to avoid having to go through the onerous task of asking for it later.  Make sure you point out the Gift Aid box – the charity can claim another 25p for every £1 donated if this is ticked.

Alternatively, you could open a Just Giving, Virgin Money Giving or MyDonate page to make it easy for supporters to sponsor you online.

Participants come back year after year to enjoy walking in the beautiful surroundings of this country estate which is situated on the lovely North Norfolk coast. Many come from different parts of the country and take the opportunity to have a weekend away and enjoy all that this unique area has to offer. To help you get started on your search for accommodation, try the links below:

For further information on the Walk, please contact Mary 01485 525279 or just turn up on the day.  Registration Forms and Sponsorship Forms can be downloaded here.



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