Organise your own walk
Take on a solo challenge, team up with friends, or organise a big walk and get your whole community involved.
Taking on a walking challenge for Macmillan is a fantastic way to keep healthy, enjoy the great outdoors, and support people living cancer. You decide where, and you decide when you do it.
Whether you opt for an urban walk with friends, an adventurous hike with a partner or laps of your garden with the dog, we’ll support you every step of the way.
You choose the route. You make the rules.
If you still need to work out some of the details and aren’t quite ready to register your challenge, then check out the info below that will help you to formulate a plan.
Quick steps to plan your walking challenge
In 2020, over 1000 determined supporters organised their own walks and raised over £460,000. An incredible amount of money that could pay for seven Macmillan nurses for a year, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.
Frequently asked questions
I need some help with fundraising ideas, can you help?
Can I get another sponsorship form?
I’ve done my walk, how do I pay the money in?
How do I find walking route?
How far in the future should I pick a date for my walk?
Lots of things can affect how far in advance you plan your walk. Will you need to do some training? Will you want to hold extra fundraising events to help you reach your target?
If you're hoping to lead a large walk, how much notice might people need to get it in their diaries? And will you need time to apply for permission from the council or land owners?
Lots of our walkers start planning three to six months before their walk to give them plenty of time to fit fundraising and planning around their busy lives. If you're planning something ambitious, you might need a bit longer. Don't underestimate the amount of training you may need to do to feel ready for your walk, so give yourself plenty of time.
What can I do to make sure my walk is safe?
Solo walking events
If you are taking on a solo challenge, it can be safer - and more fun - to have friends or family meet you at points along the way. If that's not possible, make sure there's someone who knows your route and is waiting to meet you at the end.
For an excellent and detailed safety checklist, have a look at the Mountain Rescue website. Their advice is tailored for hills and mountains but is well worth a read whatever kind of walk you're planning.
Group walking events
If you are leading or organising a walk, one of the most important things to do is a risk assessment. This will help you to anticipate and plan for anything that might go wrong. You can find advice about how to do a risk assessment at the Health and Safety Executive.
There's also some useful information on organising your own event from the Institute of Fundraising.
You will also need to consider whether you need insurance. This might be insurance for yourself if you're doing an overseas walk, or public liability insurance if you're holding a public event. For private events, this may not be necessary.
Planning a large walking event can seem a bit daunting but we've teamed up with Walk 4 Life to help make planning your own event easy with lots of useful online resources. Simply visit the Walk 4 Life website for more information.
If you need further advice, get in touch with our Supporter Care team on 0300 1000 200 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
What walking gear do I need to take?
This depends on the type of walk you'll be doing. Please make sure you have the correct supplies, for example:
- Mobile phone
- Suitable footwear
- Warm clothing
We have more information about choosing the right walking gear.
What is the countryside code? Do I need to follow it?
Where can I find help with walking training?
Do I need to tell the local council about my walking event?
If you're organising a large event you may need to check with your local council about whether there are any special permissions required. Does the walk cross any local farms or private land? If so let them know about your event as this will ensure that they know in advance and will help avoid problems.
Can I get a t-shirt for my event?
How can I get posters and flyers to advertise my event?