Walkday is now confirmed as 26th September 2020 - Please see details on this and the 2020 walk postponement on our FAQs page.
The Walk Day In Case of Emergency (ICE) phone number has changed. It is now 0777 888 4020. The new number will be printed on lanyards and route cards.
2020 Walk Postponement
When will the walk be held if not the 2nd May?
The walk will now be held on 26th September 2020 instead
Will this date mean any changes to the walk?
As September days are shorter than May we will be bringing the Lowick ( and later checkpoint) cut-off times earlier to ensure the safety of walkers, marshals and other road users. Provisionally, the Cut-off time at the Red Lion @ Lowick is 15:45.
We will also be requesting all K2B walkers wear a High Vis Vest and have a Head Torch with them so they can use if they feel the need.
Why can't I pay my registration fee?
We will not be accepting any new registration's until the new walk date is confirmed. As soon as it is confirmed, we will notify our walkers and coordinators and the option to pay your registration fee will be re-enabled.
What happens to donations I have already received?
As defined in the Terms and Conditions, donations are non-refundable and we will ensure the nominated charities and good causes receive these as normal after the postponed walk.
Why were the 2020 walks postponed?
In order to ensure the safety of walkers and road users, the walk relies heavily on marshal support from both volunteers and Cumbria Constabulary. As the risk of Corona Virus increases, the likelihood of ensuring this support is available and the walk is safe decreases. In order to ensure a safe walk for all, and to avoid a last minute cancellation, we have made the decision to postpone early to give us every opportunity of holding the K2B and C2B walks later in the year.
Will I have to re-pay my registration fee/donations?
No, any money you have paid so far will contribute towards the postponed walk.
Team Member has paid the 2020 Registration Fee but can't make the new September Date.
Each Team Co-ordinator is asked to check with each of their team members as to whether they can participate on September 26th. For those team members who have paid but are unable to participate in September they will be offered, subject to them finding an Approved team in 2021 to join and participate in, a deferred entry into the 2021 walk ( Provisional Date is May 8th 2021). For these team members the Team Co-ordinator is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information
Team Number, MemberID & Member Name
The Team Co-ordinator is also requested to remove these Team Member from the 2020 walk team.
I'm currently the Team Co-ordinator but I won't be around on September 26th
Thats still ok, so long as you can set someone else to deputise for you, they know the status of your team members and can collect the timing tags etc from Registration
Why all the plastic cups?
The Keswick to Barrow Walk does hand out plastic cups at our water checkpoints. However, we strongly urge our walkers to bring reusable drinks bottles to enable us to cut down on the number we use each year.
Can I bring my dog(s)?
Only assistance dogs are permitted on the Happy Buses and at the finish line at Hawcoat Park.
How do I find out about the route?
Try our route pages.
What on earth do I wear?
Suggested clothing and items to bring on the day can be found on our Approaching the Walk page.
Can wheelchair users join in?
The Keswick to Barrow Walk route is not suitable for wheelchairs. The Coniston to Barrow route is suitable and we would love to have more entrants; if you'd like to investigate the route before you sign up, you can find the details here.
Are there any age restrictions?
While there are no age restrictions on the Keswick to Barrow and Coniston to Barrow Walks, we do recommend that the Walks are unsuitable for unaccompanied children under 12 years old, due to the close proximity of motor vehicles on the public highways. All under 16's will need a Parental Consent form in place before they are allowed to participate.
What should I do to prepare for the walk?
There's loads of great information on the website about this topic. Try our Approaching the Walk page if you're looking for the logistics and we have a whole host of advice on Training and looking after your Wellbeing.
The Big Day
What happens on the day?
There loads of information about what happens on the day on this page, including how you can locate walkers on route and when to get to the start.
What help is there if I have problems on the day?
We have a whole army of volunteers out on the route so please let us know if you're having difficulties. Teams of First Aiders at generally at each checkpoint but they also pop up along the route at suitable locations.
If you do need to drop out, please call ICE (the number on your lanyard)and let us know that you are safe if you are unable to inform an official locally.
In Case of Emergency (ICE) phone 0777 888 4020
In case of emergency, if a threat to life is posed, a crime is in progress, or a serious accident has occurred, call 999, and then call ICE. The ICE number is printed on walker lanyards.
How does a nominated charity claim Gift Aid?
All donations are made to the Keswick to Barrow Walk Committee. As such, it is the Keswick to Barrow Charity that claims the Gift Aid on donations made.
How do the charities and good causes that benefit from the K2B get their money?
Money is BACS transferred to your charities and good causes. This will show in their account on the day after the presentation evening; this date is displayed at the bottom of the website pages in the 'Diary' section and will change every year.
Each September we will email the address registered for the charity account to confirm that the organisation is still active and the details, particularly Bank Details, we have are still correct. If the charity or good cause does not complete this re-validation the organisation will not be available for teams to select in the future years when nominating charities or good causes.
What's the most important thing to do on the walk?
Above all, enjoy the walk. Taking part in the K2B or C2B is a fantastic and memorable experience. You meet like-minded walkers and runners on the way. The atmosphere is unique and on finishing, as you enjoy those free beers, you will feel great, even if you cannot manage another step. And not forgetting the money you have raised through your sponsorships to help people more needy than yourself. Good luck!