New Year Winter Wander

01 Jan 14 Jan


Friday 01 Jan 21 - Thursday 14 Jan 21 No times Available

Put your best foot forward in 2021 and take part in the first ever Francis House New Year Winter Wander.

We are asking supporters to step up this January for the children and families that rely on our care. For the first two weeks of the New Year, all ages and abilities are encouraged to embark on a walk in support of their local children’s hospice.

Whether you wish to walk in memory of someone special, in solidarity with somebody receiving care, or simply to show your support for Francis House after a difficult year, the Winter Wander is for you.

We will provide you with three different routes to choose from, or you can opt to walk your own route over a distance that suits you best.

The routes on offer are:

  • The Lymm Loop in Cheshire (an 8 mile circuit along the Bridgewater Canal and Transpennine Trail, taking in Dunham Massey on the loop back to Lymm Village)
  • The Turton Reservoir Round in Bolton (a 7 mile route beginning at Jumbles Country Park and winding past three different reservoirs, offering two pub stops along the way!)
  • The Saddleworth Circuit in Oldham (an 8 mile walk linking four villages and taking in moorland views, reservoirs, a Roman fort and an 18th century coaching house with a record breaking number of gins!)

Alternatively, you can walk any distance in any location of your choosing! You could stick to somewhere you know well or explore an entirely new area.

Wherever and whenever you choose to walk, please be sure to adhere to the UK Government’s current guidelines on social distancing and local restrictions.

How do I get involved?

To take part in our Winter Wander, please complete the registration form below. There is a fee of £10 per participant and under 16s can join in for FREE!

In December, you will receive your registration pack containing:

  • All three available route guides
  • Your own Francis House beanie hat, to keep you warm as you wander
  • A Francis House keepsake t-shirt
  • A bag of sweets for sustenance
  • An optional dedication sign. Wear this on your walk or use for photographs to tell people why you’re supporting Francis House.
  • An activity sheet for children to complete along the way
  • Sponsor forms plus tips and tricks for raising funds


Do I need to raise sponsorship?

The Winter Wander is a fundraising event so we hope that participants will aim to raise as much sponsorship as they can. If you are unable to raise sponsorship at this time, please consider making a donation.

As a special thank you to our Winter Wanderers for their vital support, everyone raising more than £50 in sponsorship will be entered into a prize draw.

How do I raise sponsorship?

You can raise sponsorship online or offline, or you can choose to donate in lieu of sponsorship. Once you have completed your registration, you will be prompted to create a JustGiving page online, where you can easily collect and track sponsorship from friends and family. Alternatively, you can use the paper sponsorship forms provided in your registration pack.

Do I have to walk in memory of somebody?

Not at all – the Winter Wander is open to absolutely anyone. Whilst the Winter Wander provides a good opportunity to reflect and remember, there is no requirement to do so. Whatever your reasons for taking part – whether compensating for an indulgent festive season or kickstarting a New Year’s resolution! – we would love to have your support.

I’m planning to walk with my family – do we all need to register?

Yes, please. When you complete the registration form below, you will be asked to indicate how many people will be walking with you (please remember to keep in mind current COVID restrictions when choosing your Winter Wander companions!). This allows us to send out the correct numbers and sizes within your registration pack. Only registered walkers will receive the t-shirt, beanies and sweets.

Remember you will only need to pay for the adult places, as under 16s can walk for free!

Can I complete my Winter Wander outside the specified dates?

The dates of Jan 1st – Jan 14th have been assigned to give the campaign a focus. But if there is an alternative date that suits you better, that’s not a problem. Please note, if you plan to walk your Winter Wander after the specified dates, you will only have until January 14th to register.

Does it matter how far we walk?

Your Winter Wander can be any distance you choose. Bear in mind though, the more you challenge yourself, the more generously your supporters may sponsor you! We won’t ask you to submit any evidence of your distance covered. However, you can choose to track your walk through Strava and upload to JustGiving, so that friends and family can admire your achievement! For help with this, please contact

How can I keep my participation COVID-safe?

Please check the government guidelines within the area you’d like to walk before you plan your Winter Wander, and be sure to adhere to the guidance on social distancing. Keep in mind the restrictions around group sizes and households mixing. If you plan to visit one of the pubs along the way, remember to pack a face-covering in your rucksack and refer to the pub’s COVID policy.

Registration Form

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