Although we had only 220 registrants on the 2014 walk, they and their sponsors were as generous as always and so far we have raised over £10,000 and are hopeful of a final total over £12,500 including Gift Aid. That means that the four walks completed have so far raised over £50,000 for our local hospices.
The 2015 walk will be held on Sunday 19th April and the route has been extended and now incorporates the Rotary Club of Huddersfield
A splendid flat walk almost exclusively on tow-paths of the Hebble, Calder, Huddersfield Narrow and Broad canals. This year the extension of the walk to take in the canals from Marsden to Cooper Bridge will add a welcome 11 miles.
Who is it for?
The walk is for everyone who wishes to join us in raising funds for the four Hospices which provide excellent service to the public of Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield namely, Overgate Hospice, Kirkwood Hospice, Wakefield Hospice and the Forget Me Not Children's Hospice. Each Hospice will receive an equal share of whatever money is raised by the event.
The Start and Finish points will be:
- The Wharf, Sowerby Bridge;
- The Barge and Barrel, Elland;
- Bethel Street Car Park, Brighouse;
- The Navigation Tavern, Mirfield;
- The Navigation Inn, Horbury.
- Marsden Railway Station
- Huddersfield, Aspley - Turnbridge
Walkers are asked when registering to indicate which locations they would like to start from and finish at so that we can make suitable arrangements for parking, transport, awarding of certificates and safety. Walkers should also note the excellent rail links between Mirfield, Huddersfield and Marsden.
To assist walkers we provide a brief description of each section between the different Start/Finish points – the details are provided on the registration forms. Briefly:
- The sections from Brighouse to Elland and Elland to Sowerby Bridge are suitable for pushchairs.
- The section from Brighouse to Mirfield is the most difficult section but is suitable for able bodied walkers.
- Mirfield to Horbury has 1/4mile difficult section for pushchairs but is otherwise suitable for all walkers.
- The walk from Marsden to Aspley is all by tow path with the exception of a short section at the crossing of the A616 in Huddersfield. Marshals will direct walkers at this point
A Health and Safety Advice sheet is provided to each walker and is available under Our Information for Walkers drop down menu above.
Free transport for pre-registered walkers is provided to their chosen start point from any of the Start and Finish Points. All walkers are to be at their desired start point prior to 10am and we try to ensure those walking the longer distances are at their start points for 8.30am (brisk walking time approx 8 hours). Only those walkers who register before Tuesday 14th April are guaranteed free transport. A bus time table will be produced once we have a clear picture of need and places will then be allocated to specific buses.
Registration for Rotary Navigation 2015 will open online on this website on 1 February 2015 and we have arranged through Paypal for both Registration fees, donations and sponsorship money to be paid via the internet if so wished. As in previous years hard copy Registration Forms may be downloaded from this website (available from 1st February 2015) and sent with the appropriate fee to The Registration officer at the address given on the form. Registration forms can also be requested by telephoning 01924 492976 an answer phone facility is in place for messages to be left.
- Registration Fee for adults is £7 and for under 16's is £1.
- Children under the age of 14 years must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
- Full terms and conditions can be read under the drop down menu above titled 'Information for Walkers' .
Sponsorship and Gift Aid
The 2013 and 2014 walk's magnificent total donations could not have been achieved without our walkers being sponsored, and about 75% also managed to get their sponsors to sign up to Gift Aid which can make a difference of over £2000. Sponsorship forms will be sent to everyone who registers for the walk either electronically or via conventional mail systems. Please try and get as much sponsorship as you can and encourage all eligible sponsors to sign up for Gift Aid. Also remember that without the completed sponsor form or an electronic copy of it – we will not be able to claim Gift Aid – so please send it to us after you have collected the money.
Other Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsors for the Rotary Navigation 2015 are very welcome. Clearly sponsorship and support can take many forms and we have been grateful in previous years for cash to cover some of our expenses, free transport, bottled water, fruit, tee shirts, publicity, reduced cost of printing and Easter Eggs all of which contributed to reducing the costs and increasing the enjoyment factor of raising money for four wonderful hospices. In return for such support we will seek to promote a Sponsor's involvement in the local press, with our walkers and through this website. Advertisements can be placed on our website for £25 and we welcome support in the form of transport, food and drink, or goods which can be given to walkers on the day.
Who are the organisers?
Rotary Clubs from the Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield areas have combined forces to organise, administer and then manage the Rotary Navigation Walk. For 2015 and beyond, the Rotary Club of Mirfield is taking the lead on the administration and financial management of the event on behalf of the other clubs. Many other Rotary Clubs from within West Yorkshire are also lending their support. You can make contact with the organisers by utilising the 'contact us' menu above or by telephone to The Registration Officer Rotarian Roy Carrington on 01924 492976 or by mail to Carldon House, 1A Hopton Lane Mirfield WF14 8JT