At a glance
Hold the date for Nightwalk 2019
Start: Saturday, May 18, 2019
End: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Walking from Barnstaple, Bideford, Instow or Torrington. Routes from 3.5 to 11 miles
Ladies only. Age 16 plus
Hold the date, we’ll be celebrating our 35th anniversary at Nightwalk this year with an exciting theme.
We’ll share more with you on our 22nd February launch date – so watch this space and keep an eye on our social media.
Unfortunately no. But we do need lots of volunteers for Nightwalk, so men are more than welcome to be part of the event by volunteering. Please get in touch if this is of interest. Call Gerard on 01271 347244; or email email@example.com.
This year we have several routes of various length and in locations across North Devon, allowing even more local women to take part. Please see the above section entitled 'routes' for more info, but we have walks of 3, 7 and 11 miles. So you can pick the one that suits you best.
Registration is £15 with our Early Bird offer which is available until 1st April, and thereafter registration is £20. We then ask you to raise as much money as possible to support the work of North Devon Hospice.This is because your registration fee only covers the cost of staging the event. It is your sponsorship and fundraising efforts that go to the hospice, helping us care for local people affected by cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.
After you have registered you will receive your registration letter/email. In efforts to keep our costs low and reduce our impact on the environment, we have asked all our ladies how they would prefer to receive their 'Nightwalk registration pack.' It can be posted, emailed or downloaded from the website. At any point, we are happy to post you more copies so please do get in touch.
The Nightwalk routes are very safe and it would take some very extreme weather for us to cancel the event. However, in this eventuality we would get our volunteer teams together and phone round all Nightwalkers as soon as possible to let them know. For the most up to date information on this matter or the Nightwalk in general, please visit this website, or our twitter and facebook pages. So even if you think the weather is bad on the night, do come along unless you hear from us.
We welcome females who are 16 or over to join Nightwalk.
Your safety is of the utmost importance to us. Each route will be marshalled by volunteers and special marshals will be walking the route with you. We also have a special radio communications team on board and first aid on each route.
There will be toilets provided along all routes as well as rest stops. These are fully marshalled and patrolled for your safety.
There are many benefits to walking; it is a perfect ways to increase your overall fitness; you can progress at your own pace, it can fit in with any lifestyle and doesn't require any technical skill, or cost you anything! Here are some helpful walking tips and ideas: Make sure you have a good fitting pair of trainers. Don't get a new pair of trainers just before the walk, it is better to break them in at least a few weeks beforehand. If you want to get some new clothing for the walk wear it or at least wash it beforehand to avoid chafing. Don't let rain deter you from going out for a walk or run ... after all it could rain on the night! Always warm up prior to undertaking a walk. If you are a stranger to exercise, we would recommend that you build up the mileage and train slowly and steadily. Stop if your body is hurting. Wear reflective clothing if walking in the dark.
Yes of course but it would help us if you each had individual sponsorship forms so we can individually record your donation! But feel free to add your team name to your sponsorship form. If you fundraise online as a team though, please clearly mark each team member by name. Otherwise we might not know who has contributed to your team total.
Yes you can. Please tell us your team name when filling out your online entry form (or paper registration form, if you've chosen to print one out instead). We positively encourage you to walk as a team.
Yes. However, we would strongly urge everyone to register beforehand for Nightwalk. This avoids the risk of people turning up on the night and the event being full, it also gives people the opportunity to fundraise before the event. However, for people who register on the night, the registration fee is £25 and we will also give them the sponsor forms and ask them to raise sponsorship after the event.
Yes, parking is available at all starting points. However, we strongly advise you to car share or get dropped off and then picked up again. This is because parking could be limited. Once you have registered and selected your route, you will get all the information you need about parking. At the finish line, our buses can drop you off at your starting point.
Please bring your mobile phone fully charged and a torch. Please avoid using head torches, as they will be distracting for other Nightwalkers coming in the opposite direction to you (as they are exactly at eye level).
YOU MUST SPEAK TO THE NEAREST STEWARD (identified by their high visibility vests) and show them your walker number. They will take your details and arrange for you to leave the walk. You should never be more than a few hundred yards from a steward at any time. (Exceptionally, if you really can't take another step and you are between steward points, ask a walker to go to the last or next steward point to get help, then wait with another walker for a steward to come to your aid). It is so important that you let a steward know if you intend to retire from the walk so that the laid down procedure for your withdrawal from the event can be carried out. It is important that you hand in your lanyard if you wish to withdraw. Time and manpower will be used to search for you if we do not know that you have left the walk.
Yes, we will ask solo walkers to 'buddy up' with other ladies at the start, so you won't be walking completely on your own.
Based on feedback from Nightwalkers, we will be doing mass starts this year. This is to make sure you are walking side-by-side with as many ladies as possible, creating the bost possible atmosphere along the routes as the banter and chatter flows. Once you have registered, nearer the time you will be sent all the information about starting times. We will always endeavour to set you off as quickly as we can.
Each Nightwalker must report to the registration desk on arrival. These are busy stations so please be patient and bear with us, we will try and get you all going as soon as we can!
Please bring refreshments including plenty of fluid. We will also supply you with a banana and a bottle of water at the start of your walk, and a delicious butty and hot cuppa at the finish.
We suggest you wear walking boots or sturdy trainers (but not new ones!); if donning fancy dress please ensure it will be warm and comfortable enough for the walk. Extra clothing and waterproofs will be needed if rain is likely. Please don't underestimate how cold it can be in the evening. The best thing to do is dress like an onion - in layers! So you can peel off layers if you get too hot.
Your arrival and start times will be confirmed in writing to you when you receive your welcome pack after you have registered. These details are also available on the website for each walk.
You will receive a delicious butty and a cuppa at your finish. The bars will also be open at Barnstaple and Bideford rugby clubs (the finishing points) should you fancy something stronger! We recommend a designated driver! After a great Nightwalk experience, you can go home safely courtesy of Stagecoach, who will take you back to your starting point (or you can go home through your own arrangements). Then, simply congratulate yourself on a job well done, before getting some well deserved sleep!
Yes, but in cheque form please if you have completed all of your fundraising, payable to 'Nightwalk.' However, we hope that you will continue to raise as much money as you can after the event. After the event, please send your cheque made payable to 'Nightwalk' and sponsorship forms to Nightwalk, North Devon Hospice, Deer Park Road, Barnstaple, EX32 0HU. If you have set up an online fundraising page, this will automatically come through to the hospice when the page closes down (which is usually some weeks after the event).