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 2024?
Adult tickets: £20 + £100 fundraising target
Child tickets (under 18 on the day): £8 + £50 fundraising target
Why should I take part?
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
What time does the Walk of Life start?
Exact timings for the day will be published soon and walkers will be sent final information nearer the time of the event. There will be one start wave for each distance, with marathon walkers starting in the morning and 10 mile walkers starting at lunchtime.
The beautiful backdrop of the canal
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
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
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?
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.
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
Walk of Life 2023 photos
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 start wave.
• 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.
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 (tbc – more details to follow).
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
It is important to note that the centre of Bradford on Avon can get very busy on Saturday afternoons and so it is important 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.
Please read the Terms & Conditions here.