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Festive Walk Success

Ideal walking weather brought out over 2,000 walkers and their dogs to Baddesley Clinton National Trust House on Thursday 27th December for the annual Lions Festive charity walk.

This year donations approaching £9,000 were received on the day in aid of Sepsis UK, SoLO Life Opportunities and other local causes. The Lions hope to receive further donations and gift aid to swell this figure to over £10,000. Whilst the Lions had carefully planned the routes weeks ago, they were unable to plan for the record numbers who turned up and the exceptionally wet weather of recent weeks, which led to somewhat muddy footpaths and tracks.

“At least the weather remained dry this year and there was no repeat of the snow and slush which almost forced the cancellation last year for the first time in 25 years,” said organiser Lion, James Dawes, “It seems many families and groups have our walks on the festive calendar every year, eager to get out from behind the TV and away from the sales and get some fresh air and exercise to walk off the excesses of Christmas. All in a very good cause.

“One of the effects of attracting so many walkers on the day is the pressure it puts on the limited car parking at Baddesley Clinton, and the knock-on effect to the nearby public roads. This is something we are aware of and will review for future events. We do hope no-one was inconvenienced too much, and generally a good spirit was observed throughout the day.

“We work closely with the National Trust at Baddesley Clinton who have allowed us to use their facilities for 26 years now, we greatly appreciate their cooperation and assistance.”

If you missed this year’s event please visit the Lions Festive Walk website, make a donation and then you can download a map of this year’s mini, short and medium routes, or the longer route to perhaps follow when they are less muddy.

Anyone who may like to help the Lions organise this and other community events should contact them now at