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Join us for the RotaWalk’24, organised by Rotary in Dorking which will take place on Sunday 28th April 2024, on the National Trust land of Holmwood Common, due south of Dorking.

This two-hour walk (four miles) follows the all-weather Circular Trail around Holmwood Common which is suitable for all ages and easily negotiated with push-chairs and mobility scooters.

Rotawalk’24 is an easy 4-mile walk with added interest en-route: there will be Display Boards with facts for you to read on the route with a Quiz Question at each one – some easy: some a little less so – to test all members of the family.   And a prize of course for the first correct answer drawn out of the hat. As April 28th will be just under one year on from King Charles’ Coronation, there will be some Royal connections to pass, as well as other interesting beauty spots

Holmwood Common is just a couple of miles to the south of Dorking and there is free parking close to the start of the walk at Inholms Lane.

You can choose when you start the walk, any time between 10:00am and 3:00pm.

Perhaps you would like to walk as a family group, or with friends?

Everyone is welcome.

You may decide to make a donation on our JustGiving page here to help raise money for the Prostate Project … or you can simply make a donation on the day?

Any funds you can spare would be much appreciated-everything raised goes directly to supporting our project.

Please let us know if you plan to attend, by emailing us here.

  • Startpoint – this is our ‘base camp’, on the Old Cricket Pitch at North Holmwood – grid reference TQ 169 468 – accessed from the National Trust Car Park on the corner of Inholms Lane, or by walking along the path from St John’s Church. The closest satnav is RH5 4JH.  It will be well signposted.
  • Toilets will be located at the startpoint.
  • Timings – you may start at any time after 10.00am when Check-in will open, but we ask that no-one starts later than 3.00pm.
  • Groups walking – you may walk as one big group for your chosen charity, or in several smaller groups – totally up to you. All we ask is that the leader of each group should register before starting at the Check-in, on behalf of all the walkers in that group, and should equally Check-out at the end.  We want to be sure that none who start get lost along the way!  Ideally each group should have at least one mobile telephone with them in case of emergency.
  • Emergency contact – all our helpers will be in ‘high’-viz’ yellow Rotary gilets, with the Walk ‘supremo’ in a green one. Please seek him out in case of any serious issues, or else just ask any helper and they will find an answer to your query.
  • Notes to Walkers – at check-in, each group leader will be given a sheet with key information for the day – an emergency contact number, a rough map of the Common and the route, showing the two checkpoints, a list of the charities/organisations taking part for any individuals who have not yet chosen who they would like to support, a list of our sponsors who have helped cover the overheads and keep the entry fees down.
  • Quiz Sheets – each group will also be given a Quiz Form to record their answers to the Questions you will see on each Information Board you pass, and there will be a box at Check-out to deposit these forms – with, of course, prizes to be won!!
  • First-aiders – professional first-aiders will be stationed at the ‘base camp’, available to attend as required anywhere on the route.
  • Risk Assessment – we are covered by Rotary Insurance, although everyone walks at their own risk and there must be one responsible adult to look after and take responsibility for each group walking. A Risk Assessment has been prepared and can be seen at ‘base camp’, or in advance if desired.  Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Please do follow the signposted path: you leave that even more at your own risk!
  • Refreshments will be available at the ‘Viewpoint’, a natural pause area approx. one-third of the way round (our thanks to the Friends of Holmwood Common for this).
  • There will be a further checkpoint at the ‘Twin Ponds’, the most southerly point of the Walk, about half-way, courtesy of the ‘Prostate Project’, also offering refreshments.
  • We are not asking everyone to register in advance, but it would help us to have a rough idea of how many in total may be walking with your party/for your charity – after all, we don’t want to run out of cake!

Income and Costs

Rotary is not aiming to raise funds from this event – we are setting it up so that your charity or group can raise funds for your own use or a charity that you support.

 

 

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