Animal Aid

Walk for the animals

Posted 1 March 2004
Wendy Turner Webster and badger. Wendy will be officially starting the sponsored walk.

Animal Aid is staging a 10 km sponsored walk on beautiful Hampstead Heath on Sunday 13th June 2004. This is an excellent way to raise money, keep fit and spend a beautiful summer's day in the park.

It will be a great day out for all the family. Dogs are welcome (don't forget your pooper scooper). There will be face painting for the children and Veggies will be supplying a vegan buffet feast full of their usual delights (any donations to Veggies towards the cost of the food on the day will be gratefully received).

Starts: Wendy Turner Webster will be officially starting the walk at 1pm by the parliament Hill café

Distance: 10 km

Refreshments: Supplied by Veggies

Attractions: Pantomime Cow, face painting, bathing ponds, children's play area, spectacular views

Freebies: Exclusive 'I walked for Animal Aid' T-shirt, Certificate of Completion, and a celebratory Bucks Fizz for the adults and a lollipop for the children

There are bathing ponds at the start of the walk, so if you fancy a swim in one of the beautiful lakes to cool off afterwards, don't forget your swimming costume!

Vegetarian Shoes logo

Vegetarian Shoes are our sponsors, Veggies will be providing a vegan buffet feast, T-shirt and Sons have donated commemorative t-shirts designed by Steve Hutton and Kilnwood Graphics, Vinceremos have donated Bucks Fizz for the thirsty walkers and Vegan Store have donated lollipops for the children.

The route

The walk starts at 1pm at the Parliament Hill café and takes you past a chain of 300 year old ponds. Water birds such as herons, great crested grebes, cormorants and occasionally kingfishers can be seen here.

Across the heath, you then walk past the pine-topped Tumulus, which is thought to be an ancient burial ground or resting place of Queen Boudicca.

Through the woodland you come out on the top of Parliament Hill. It is well worth resting here and taking in the spectacular views over London. The route ends at the café where there are toilets. The whole route is 2.5 kms, so four leisurely laps round will complete the course.

Everyone that completes the walk will receive a glass of bubbly donated by Vinceremos, an exclusive 'I walked for Animal Aid' T-shirt designed by Steve Hutton and Kilnwood Graphics and printed by T-Shirt & Sons, a certificate, and for the children a lollipop donated by Vegan Store. If you would like to join in, please fill in the registration form. We will then send you a sponsored walk information pack.

How to get there

Parking is limited, so we recommend public transport. The following buses take you straight to the Heath: 214, C2 and C11. Kentish town is the nearest tube station and Gospel Oak is the nearest main-line station.

If you are driving, there is a car park at the Lido (click here for a map of the heath).

Alternatively, if you don't live in or near London but like the idea of a sponsored walk, why not organise one in your own area? It would be great if there were sponsored events all over the UK on 13th June. If you would be willing to arrange the venue and do the organising on the day, we will contact supporters in your area and ask them to take part. We can provide sponsor forms and everything else that you might need.

Ermintrude on Snowdon

If you can't make it on the day, please sponsor Ermintrude (pictured above conquering Snowdon) who will be putting her on her vegetarian walking boots for Animal Aid.

For enquiries about any of the above, please contact Karin at the Animal Aid office on 01732 364546.

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