How do I sign up for the event?
We ask all walkers to register in advance on our website or directly with us by calling 02380 672200 or emailing [email protected]   


What distances are available to walk?
There is a 5 mile route, a 10 mile route and a 20 mile route to choose from.


What sort of routes are they?
All routes are fully accessible and checked by the event organiser prior to publishing the walk. They all use public footpaths, cycle routes and minor roads through the New Forest National Park. The routes may be over uneven terrain with some slight inclines and descents. It could also be wet/boggy from adverse weather.  


Why do I need to fundraise?
Your entry fee only covers the cost of putting on the event so we ask all entrants to try to raise as much sponsorship as possible. The money you raise will help us support local people affected by cancer. 


What happens if the event is cancelled? 
If the event is cancelled your registration fees will be refunded to you.


What happens if I can’t make the fundraising target?
We’d like you to try to raise as much as you can and we’ve set a goal of £200 as something to aim for.  You’ll receive fundraising tips and support from our team to help you. All we ask is that you try your best and we’re grateful for all your efforts. 


How do I set up a JustGiving fundraising page?
Follow this link to set up a fundraising page. If you haven’t already got a JustGiving account you will be prompted to set one up before following the simple steps to create your page.


Who can take part?
Everybody! People of all ages and abilities take part in our walks. Under 16s should be accompanied by an adult.


What size t-shirt should I select?
The Walk for Hope T-shirts are unisex sizes and come in Small, Medium, Large , XL and XXL. 

Ladies size

Mens size


8 - 10














Please note these are approximate and it will depend on your personal preference to how tight/baggy you’d like your t-shirt.


Can I bring my dog?
Yes of course, dogs are welcome at Walk for Hope. The routes will enter conservation areas with protected wildlife and animals.  Please keep dogs under control and away from the ponies, cattle, deer and donkeys. Please clear up after your dog to keep it a pleasant place for everybody to enjoy.


Can children take part?
Yes - we love to see children taking part. We ask that children under 16 are accompanied by a responsible adult. 


Can I walk with a pushchair or buggy?
Yes, although in places paths can get boggy and uneven. Please take care around other walkers.


Can I take part in a wheelchair?
Yes you can. Please note that the routes may be uneven in places and can get wet or boggy if it has been raining in the lead up to the event. This may make the routes difficult to complete. We trust that all participants make their own judgement in advance of the event.


Can you give me health advice? Am I fit enough to walk?
Sorry, we are not qualified to answer this sort of question. If you are concerned about walking please contact your GP.


When do I need to get there?
It depends on what distance you’ve chosen. Please see our timings below for information.

20 mile walk times

7.00am – Registration opens

7.45am – Pre-walk safety briefing

7.50am – Warm up 

8.00am – 20 mile Walk for Hope begins

10 mile walk times

9.00am – Registration opens

9.45am – Pre-walk safety briefing

9.50am – Warm up 

10.00am – 10 mile Walk for Hope begins

5 mile walk times

10.00am – Registration opens

10.45am – Pre-event safety briefing

10.50am – Warm up 

11.00am – 5 mile Walk for Hope begins

How do I get to the event?
Burley Park is located in the village of Burley in the heart of the New Forest. It’s easily accessed from the A31 and A35. If you’re using a Sat Nav set your destination as BH24 4AB for Burley village centre. The park entrance is off Chapel Lane near the Queens Head pub. Signs will be up to show you the way!


Is there parking?
There is ample parking on the day at Burley Park. We will supply a car park voucher for free parking for participants on the day. In addition to this there is a pay & display car park in Burley Village. If you do drive, please park legally and with consideration for others.


Are there toilets at the event and along the route?
Yes there are both public and portable event toilets at Burley Park where the walk starts and finishes. There are also public toilets available along the 10 and 20 mile routes at Bolderwood (10 and 20 mile marshal point), the Reptile Centre (20 mile marshal point) and at Anderwood car park (20 mile pit stop).


How will I know which way to walk?
The course will be clearly marked out with arrow signs and marshals will be positioned along the route to direct you along the correct path. You will be given individual maps on the day with written instructions and there will also be guides who will lead the walk and follow at the end of the group. We advise all walkers to listen to the pre-walk briefing and follow the guidance of any marshals on the route.


Do you provide water?
Yes we will have water available at the pit stops along the way. We do recommend all participants bring their own reusable bottle and some snacks to keep you going throughout the challenge. 


Are there refreshments for sale at the venue?
There will be hot drinks, BBQ foods and ice creams available to buy at Burley Park. There will be vegetarian and vegan options available from the BBQ.


Will the event be cancelled if it’s raining?
We will walk in most weather, but will cancel the event if we feel it would be unsafe (for example, because of ice or very strong winds). Advance notice of cancellation will be given via the event's website, by email and on our social media sites. 


Is there a bag drop at the event?
Unfortunately, we're unable to provide a bag drop service. If you’re travelling by car we’d recommend leaving any items that you don’t want to carry on the walk locked in the boot of your car. 


Who organises Walk for Hope?
Walk for Hope is organised by the Wessex Cancer Trust fundraising team. On the event day we rely on our team of dedicated volunteers from the local community to help us to run a safe and enjoyable event.


If you have any other questions, please email the fundraising team: [email protected]