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Walk of Life 2025

17 May 2025 @ 07:30 - 19:30

£8 – £20
Walk of Life 2024
Will you step up for the challenge?

Walk a whopping 10 miles or a marathon 26.2 miles from Wiltshire to Bath along the beautiful Kennet & Avon Canal.

Sign up to join hundreds of walkers stepping out onto the canal, in support of Royal United Hospitals Bath. The Walk of Life is a celebration, for loved ones and for those who cared for them. Whoever you walk for, you’ll be supporting your local hospital to do more for our patients, their families, and our amazing NHS staff.

Featuring a group warm up at each start line, a communal lunchtime BBQ, regular refreshment stops, and a big celebration at the end with finish line photos, we’ve got everything ready to keep you going on this tough but rewarding challenge.

Who will you be walking for in 2025? Sign up today.


Adult tickets: £20 + £100 fundraising target
Child tickets (under 18 on the day): £8 + £50 fundraising target.

By taking part, you’ll receive:
• An RUHX t-shirt to wear on the day
• All the fundraising materials and support you’ll need to smash your target
• A dedication back sign to let everyone know who you’re walking for
• Water and snacks along the way at our ‘GoodNess’ stops
• An invite to our fundraising group on Facebook
• A Walk of Life finishers medal and finish line photo
• The pride and satisfaction of knowing your challenge is helping your local hospital do more for the community


Some Photos from 2024
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Why should I take part?

What time does the Walk of Life start?


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The marathon distance will set off at 8am from Bishops Cannings and the 10 mile distance will set off at 1pm from Bradford on Avon. Walkers will be asked to arrive 30 minutes before the start time, with sent final information sent nearer the time of the event.



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The Walk of Life wouldn’t be possible without our extraordinary volunteers. We need your help to look after our GoodNess stops, marshall the route, and cheer on our walkers as they cross the finish line. Click here to fill in our enquiry form

The beautiful backdrop of the canal


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The Walk of Life takes you on a scenic journey down the Kennet & Avon canal towpath, from Wiltshire to Bath. Our marathon walk starts in Bishops Cannings, near Devizes, and is joined by our 10 mile walk at Bradford-on-Avon, with everyone coming together to finish at The Holburne Museum (featured in the Netflix hit, Bridgerton).

From stunning countryside to historic aqueducts, there is plenty to spot along the way as you enjoy your day and complete your challenge.

A great team bonding experience


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Team up with your colleagues and get out of the office, site, ward, factory or store.
The walk is an amazing inclusive team bonding experience, made even better by the difference you’ll be making to your local community.

Give back to your hospital and make a difference where you live


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The funds raised from the Walk of Life will make a real-life impact. Every penny goes towards life-changing projects at the RUH, such as:
• providing state-of-the-art equipment
• providing facilities for loved ones to be with patients
• transforming hospital wards
• funding life changing research and innovative technologies
• providing mental health first aid training to staff
• arts programmes for children and older people on our wards
With your help, we can make our care extra extraordinary for every patient and support our hospital staff to do what they do best. We couldn’t do it without your exceptional support.

Nicola walks for Vanessa, who will you be walking for?


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The Walk of Life was started by Vanessa Kyte (Ness) who died on 15th November 2007, seven years after first being diagnosed with breast cancer which developed into secondary lung cancer and brain tumours. Her passion for fundraising sparked her and her sister Nicola to begin the Walk of Life in 2005, and it has developed and grown ever since into the beautiful celebration that it is today with thousands of walkers stepping out for an incredible cause. The Walk of Life remembers Ness with our volunteer run ‘GoodNess’ stops along the way.

Whether you’re walking in memory of a friend or family member, to celebrate yours or your loved one’s recovery at the RUH, or to say thank you to the incredible RUH staff, this is a walk for all lives.


Other information

Canal Walk Routes


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There are two walking distances to choose from, both along the Kennet & Avon Canal. Please note that all mileage is approximate.

The 26.2 mile (marathon) walks starts early in the morning at The Crown Inn in Bishops Cannings, which is just outside of Devizes. There’s a short walk through the village before you reach the canal, where you’ll join the towpath and pass through the legendary Caen Hill Locks, the historic town of Bradford on Avon and over Dundas aqueduct, before heading to the finish line in Bath.
The 10 mile walk starts in the afternoon in Bradford on Avon , location TBC. You’ll head along the canal towpath all the way to the finish line.

Both walks victoriously cross the finish line at The Holburne Museum in Bath.

Please note, when you register for the event, you will be asked to choose your distance.

Key facilities:
• Toilets available on route
• Refreshments available at key locations – please bring your own water bottle
• Dogs welcome on leads
• A map will be provided to help navigate the route and show facility locations. There will also be friendly event marshals on hand at key locations to help direct.

Travel Information


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26.2 mile / Marathon Walkers
Please note, there is no dedicated event parking at The Crown Inn in Bishops Cannings. We recommend that you arrange for someone to drop you off or you use the event coach service (details provided when you register).

10 mile / Afternoon Walkers
Bradford on Avon has a number of public car parks which are within easy walking distance to the afternoon start – further information can be found here: https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/article/2324/Bradford-on-Avon

Please note, the Green Man Festival is taking place in Bradford on Avon and the town centre will be very busy. Two car parks will also be closed for the event (the Library car park and St Margaret’s car park). It is important you plan your journey to ensure you arrive for your allocated start wave. There is no dedicated parking at the event in Bradford on Avon.

Alternatively, Bradford on Avon has direct train and bus links operating to and from Bath and the surrounding area. Please check the service provider for up-to-date timetables.



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Certain parts of the canal towpath may not be suitable if you have restricted mobility, due to the nature of the terrain. There are also steps along one section of the route in Bath.

For more detailed information on the Kennet & Avon Canal towpath accessibility, please visit: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/walking/accessibility-map

Terms & Conditions


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Please read the Terms & Conditions here.


17 May 2025
07:30 - 19:30
£8 – £20
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Walk of Life
The Crown Inn, Bishops Cannings
Devizes, SN10 2JZ United Kingdom
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