35 years after it first launched, the Five Valleys Walk returns from a two-year hiatus with a fabulous day of walking, entertainment and local food - and we'd love you to join us!
Our flagship sponsored walk through the stunning Cotswold countryside is jam-packed with something for everyone, whether you bring your friends, family or colleagues along. Dogs are also very welcome!
The Five Valleys Walk is suitable for all ages and abilities, and walkers can start or finish at any of our eight checkpoints. Although the 21-mile route is a tough challenge, you can choose your distance and cover anything from 1.5 miles up to the full 21.
You'll get to enjoy the beautiful hills and valleys en route, and once you're ready to call it a day, our wonderful friends at Stagecoach will be on hand to offer you a FREE bus ride back to your starting point, with the last bus leaving checkpoints at 4:45pm.
Food and drink
We have a fabulous line-up of local businesses joining us throughout the route, providing you with snacks and drinks as you make your way around. Our team will then be ready to welcome you at Stroud Cricket Club with live music, hot food and - if you manage the full 21 miles - a voucher for a free drink so you can celebrate with a well-earned pint.
How you'll be helping
This year, we celebrate the vital role that the people of Stroud and the surrounding areas have played in the fight against meningitis over the last 36 years. Your support so far has helped introduce five meningitis vaccines into the UK vaccination programme, and in the wake of the Covid pandemic we need your help more than ever.
We estimate 8,000 people a year contract bacterial or viral meningitis in the UK; that's 22 people, every day. By coming together this September, we're asking every Five Valleys Walker to raise a minimum of £22 in sponsorship, or to donate £22, so that we can ensure everyone affected by the disease receives the support they need to rebuild their lives, while helping us achieve our goal of defeating meningitis in the UK within a generation. Everything you need to get started with your fundraising will be included in your Welcome Pack.