Big Walk itinerary

Do you want to be part of the University's biggest fundraising event? Join this year’s Big Walk on Friday 24 June 2022 and fundraise for Genetic Disease Research at the University of Sheffield.

The Big Walk 2022 fundraising for Genetic Disease Research
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After three years, the University of Sheffield's Big Walk is back! Walking 30km or 50km, you'll conquer the steepest of hills, the highest of edges and the boggiest of bogs. And feel proud that you're supporting a truly incredible cause.


30km route - draft map and route card

The 30km route begins at Edale station. Over to Ladybower Reservoir for a spot of lunch. Along Bamford Edge and Stanage Edge. Then along Redmires Reservoir. And then back to the University Arms for a well-earned drink, sit and bite to eat! 

30km route card (subject to change)


50km route - draft map and route card

The 50km route starts at Hope station. Up to the summit of Mam Tor. Down to Edale, meeting the 30km walkers. Then over to Ladybower Reservoir for a spot of lunch. Along Bamford Edge and Stanage Edge. Along Redmires Reservoir. And then back to the University Arms for a well-earned drink, sit and bite to eat!

50km route card (subject to change) 


Book your place

Registrations for the Big Walk 2022 are now closed (as of 13th May). 


Big Walk Will's training walks

Will, our Big Walk route planner, has put together a series of practise walks to get you fit and prepared ready for June 24th. Familiarise yourself with the route with this set of cracking practise walks. 

Check out Big Walk Will's training walks


Big Walk equipment - things to bring with you

Main rules of thumb: 

  • Look at the weather forecast and come prepared. 
  • Steer clear of all things cotton – no jeans
  • Whatever you use, make sure it’s comfortable. 

You will need: 

  • Day sack (lined with a plastic bag)
  • Water bottle with at least 1 to 2 litres of water (more if especially hot)
  • Sunscreen and hat 
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers for a wet forecast. 
  • Spare warm top 
  • Comfortable shoes / boots to walk in
  • Torch (and spare batteries) & a high visibility vest
  • Pair of spare socks
  • Personal 1st Aid kit
  • Mobile phone

Optional items if you have them:

  • OS Map sheets of the area
  • Walking poles

You can read the Big Walk 2022 Risk Assessment here:

Big Walk 2022 Risk Assessment


Draft schedule for the day

This may change prior to the event

05:45 - 05:55

50km participants only -

Arrive at the Octagon for registration

06:00

Coaches to depart for Hope station 

06:30 - 06:55

Walkers making their own way to Hope station to arrive and register 

07:00

50km Big Walk begins! 

07:10 - 07:40

30km participants only -

Arrive at the Octagon for registration

07:45

Coaches to depart for Edale car park

09:00 - 09:25

Walkers making their own way to Edale car park to arrive and register 

09:30

30km Big Walk begins! 

From 12:00

Lunch (high carb veggie salad boxes) outside the Yorkshire Bridge Inn

17:00 Cut off to have arrive at the Yorkshire Bridge Inn - participants who arrive after this time will be driven to the University Arms finish line

From 17:30

Vegetarian BBQ at the Finish Line, University Arms

20:00 Cut off to have arrive at the Plantation marshall point - participants who arrive after this time will be driven to the University Arms finish line

21:30

Last walkers to arrive at University Arms 

Fundraising for Genetic Disease Research 

The University of Sheffield is pioneering gene therapy treatments that could offer hope for patients living with severe and hard to treat genetic diseases. Although individually uncommon, collectively it's estimated that rare diseases may affect up to 10% of the world's population. In the UK alone, 1 in 25 babies are born with a genetic disorder. Sheffield’s research will change the lives of families who are desperately seeking a treatment for their loved-one. 

Sheffield’s scientists have discovered a way to engineer bespoke genes to replace or silence a faulty one. In the form of a safe ‘viral vector’ these gene therapies will be manufactured in Sheffield and delivered to patients around the world. Your support for this research really will save lives.

We are asking each participant to fundraise £150 towards Genetic Disease Research. If a group of you want to get involved then you’re more than welcome to fundraise as a team, just don’t forget to multiply your team members by £150 to get your fundraising target! Fundraising advice and guidance will be provided to all participants by our Big Walk team.

Support Genetic Disease Research

Help bring life-changing treatments to people with devastating conditions