Walkers can start the route from 2pm to 2.30pm on Sunday 2nd July 2017.
How do I find the Event?
By road – follow signs for the National Motor Museum Beaulieu.
Beaulieu is situated in the south of England, in the New Forest between Bournemouth and Southampton, with easy access from London and the Home Counties.
M27 exit junction 2, follow the brown and white tourist signs towards Beaulieu. Sat Nav postcode is SO42 7ZN, however please follow brown signage when in vicinity.
Free parking has been provided by the Beaulieu Estate and signs inside the Motor Museum entrance will direct you to the designated parking area.
The Rotary Charity Walk Reception marquee will be located on the perimeter of the car park
Where are the walks?
We are grateful to Lord Montagu who has given permission for Hythe & Waterside Rotary to use the Beaulieu Estate’s forest paths not normally open to visitors for the charity walk.
The paths are well signed and marshals will be at key points to help and assist walkers. Appropriate footwear and clothing is important particularly in inclement weather. It may be advisable to carry some water. The average person should complete the main 8k walk in about 2 hours and the shortest walk in an hour.
Do I have to check in?
We ask all walkers to check-in at the Rotary Walk Reception before starting the walk. Please remember to bring your walker sponsor sheet, or a copy, as we will use it whilst you are on the walk to assist with the route control. This is to ensure we are aware exactly who is walking on the route and when they have finished.
Are the walks difficult?
The tracks are similar to those encountered in the New Forest and should not present any major difficulties, but could be soft and slippery if wet.
What is the difference between the walks?
All the walks start at the Tree House Study Centre and pass Cob Cottage (the “House built in a day”). The longer walks go up through the woods to Hilltop and back around the edge of the estate, past the “House In the Wood” of wartime S.O.E. fame and onwards down to the finish. The two routes of 8K and 5K follow the same outward path but the 5k route has a shortcut to re-join the return leg of the 8k route back to the Tree House Study centre. The short walk avoids Hilltop and follows the latter stage of the 5K and 8K routes.
Walkers need to consider which walk is most suitable for them.
Only the initial part of the Walk is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs but this will contain a Treasure Trail for those wishing to give it a try.
Are there any toilets?
Toilets are at the Treehouse Study Centre which is at the start and end of the walk. They will be sign-posted and Marshals will direct walkers if required.
Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are welcome to accompany walkers. Please ensure you have poo bags with you in case they are needed. Be aware that deer are resident in the woods.
First Aid and Emergency Procedures
The route is marshalled by Rotarians and other volunteers who will be ready to assist and deal with any difficulties should they arise. The route will be closed down after the cut-off time by the route controllers to ensure every walker has finished. In the unlikely event of a medical problem please contact any marshal who will organise appropriate assistance. Medical and First Aid facilities are located at Reception, but can quickly respond to attend if needed on the walk route.
To the finish
Route markers and marshals will guide you back to the Walk Reception to check out at the finish. Walkers must report back to Reception to ensure we know that everyone has finished walking the route; a well-earned certificate for completing the walk will then be presented and complimentary refreshments will be available.
How do I register for the walk?
Please download the registration form, complete as required and send it to:
Beaulieu Charity Walk, c/o 2 Sherwood Way, Langley, Southampton SO45 1ZQ. Confirmation of your registration, walker number and sponsor form will be emailed or posted to you.