Bethany Summer Saunter logo

As of Saturday 24th March
Walkers registered so far:

Registration Form
Sponsorship Form

Car Park Map
Junction 7 car park directions v4

A4 Poster (PDF)
1-Bethany SS A4 jpeg

A5 Flyers (A5 x2) PDF
1-Bathany SS A5x2 jpg

Map of walk (PDF)

Liability Insurance:
Policy wording

Bethany girls in the UK training to be teachers sponsored by Blackburn College

Sophia, Emma, Fatuma and Jesca at the University Centre

Debora, Mpelwa and Rehema doing the level 3 Btec in ‘Children’s learning and development’ sponsored by Blackburn College

7.5 mile circular walk starting from
Junction 7 (M65) Business Park Car Park, Clayton-le-Moors

(Blackburn Rd, Accrington, Lancashire BB5 5JW)
SUNDAY - 15th June 2014 Starts any time from Noon till 2pm

Help to raise money to build classrooms for the children at our Bethany children’s home in Tanzania

Bethany logo 2011 10 kids medium

Following on from the success of our Winter Wonderland Walk held on the 29th Dec. 2013 when 90 walkers raised just over 3,000 we thought a nice Summer Saunter would be a great idea - so here it is!

Click here to see Pictures of some of our Winter Wonderland Walkers

Purpose of Event: Those who already support Bethany Children’s home in Tanzania will know that we are presently building a school ( classroom by classroom) and hope to register it in July this year.  It will provide Education for our children (over 100) + help with the children from the surrounding villages.  The money raised from this event will go directly to providing for the school.  Seven Bethany girls are already training to be teachers sponsored by Blackburn College and two of them finish their PGCE course in June when they return to become volunteer teachers at Bethany. Click here for photos of our Teachers in Training

The Route: Starting from Junction 7 Business Park car park Clayton-le-Moors (Blackburn Rd, Accrington, Lancashire BB5 5JW) the walk will follow the canal footpath from Clayton-le-Moors canal bridge through Church and Oswaldtwistle towards Rishton, leaving the footpath at bridge no. 108 (Tottleworth) and following the footpath along the disused railway line from Rishton to Great Harwood.  Leaving Great Harwood at Barons Way, down the hill - up the other side along  Lower Barnes Street (Clayton-le-moors) - by Mercer Park towards All Saints Church - past All Saints Primary school - to the end of the road - turn left - turn right at the canal which will bring you back to the Canal Bridge you started from - leave the canal turn right back to Junction 7 car park.  There will be stewards and numerous sign boards along the route to make sure you don’t get lost! Full details here.

Registration: Cost 5 per walker. Whilst registration should be made in advance (for insurance purposes and to indicate the numbers we will need to cater for etc.) payment for registration will be taken on the day of the walk (in cash please) and a walker authorisation ticket given + map and directions for the walk.  We will be at Junction 7 car park from 10am.   Click here for a registration form.

Certificate of completion: All walkers who complete the walk will be issued with a completion certificate back at Junction 7 car park.

Sponsorship: Forms are available here. In addition to the old fashioned way, why not register a fundraising page with ‘Virgin Money giving’ which allows you to E-mail everyone you know telling them about the walk. Click here to go directly to the Bethany event page

Car parking - Toilets: Free car parking at Junction 7 Business park (just pull up at the barrier and tell them you have come for the Bethany Walk).  There are toilets at Junction 7 gatehouse and at various public houses along the walk.

Terrain: About three quarters of the walk is on the canal footpaths so the going is good other than the odd place that could be muddy if we have had a great deal of rain. Other footpaths are purpose made footpaths usually made up of a gravel surface. A small part of the walk is along roadside pavements. There are no fields to walk through or areas that would be overly muddy and only one short steep climb (by pavement).

Weather: We are hoping for a good sunny and warm summers day.   However, this might not happen and it could be pouring down and cloudy.  We leave it up to individual walkers to decide whether the conditions are suitable for walking but we the organisers will be there whatever the weather.

Insurance - Stewarding: We have arranged Public Liability Insurance to cover the event, click here to see the policy and here to see the wording (please check to see if you feel the cover is sufficient for your needs).  We will have over 12 stewards at the event and two will remain at the car park to look after people’s cars. Other stewards will be strategically positioned at various locations around the walk. (If numbers pass 250 we will increase the Insurance.)

Advertising - promoting the walk:  We will be sending out flyers together with our biannual newsletters but we know that the success of the event depends on the enthusiasm of loyal supporters who will be instrumental in encouraging others to take part and of course sponsor others. Therefore we have designed posters and flyers that can be downloaded. 
For A4 posters click here.  For A5 flyers click here

For Schools, Scouts, Guides and other children’s organisations: If you are interested in joining the walk we would be happy to have a risk assessment undertaken to satisfy your requirements.

Expenses for the walk: All the expenses for the walk (postage, stationery, insurance etc. ) are being met from private donations so that all the money raised including the registration fee will go towards building the school.

Terms and Conditions: Click here for details

Raising Funds for other charities: We would very much like to have walkers raising funds for other charities but unfortunately our Insurance does not cover us for this. However, the Rotary Circular walk on May 18th is set up especially to support the charity of your choice. Click here for details

Acknowledgments: We are grateful to Michael Donnelly from Junction 7 Business Park for allowing the use of the car park and toilet facilities - without his help we could not hold the event.
We would also like to thank the Rotary club of Church and Oswaldtwistle for helping with advice etc as the walk follows (very closely) the course of their annual walk held to support various charities in May each year.


For more Information about Bethany children’s home :

The Bethany Project (Tanzania) UK, Registered Charity No. 517995,
Registered Address: 2 Aspen Fold, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington, Lancashire. BB5 4PH
Tel: 01254 879694 E-mail:
Trustees: Graham Pountain, David Borland O.B.E., Heather Jeffery, Paul Pountain, Isabel Jone

Support/Sponsorship Click here

Bethany Home page

Click here
to see the walk in pictures
Directions print out PDF

Photos of what you might expect to see on the walk


 89 children still need

Here are some of them
Click here to go to our sponsorship page