A 37 Mile Walk in aid of Wishes 4 Kids

The Ivanhoe Way Challenge is a 37 mile walk around the Ivanhoe Way Public Footpath in North West Leicestershire. Organised by Richard and Angela Bebbington, on behalf of Wishes 4 Kids, the challenge is to complete the 37 mile round trip within 15 hours. The 'Ivanhoe Way 20' and 'Ivanhoe Way 13' are also available. Having paid the entrance fee participants are encouraged to raise funds for Wishes 4 Kids via sponsorship.




Starting from Ashby De La Zouch, the route takes a clockwise path around the Ivanhoe Way. After passing through Staunton Harold Reservoir, walkers head over the fields onto the rocky outcrops of Charnwood Forest. Once through Whitwick they then head towards Bardon Hill before reaching the 3rd checkpoint at Stanton under Bardon. From here the challenge follows the fields towards Shackerstone, where walkers take the path alongside the Ashby Canal. On reaching the canal the next destination is Measham then Moira, where the walkers rejoin the Ashby Canal. The home straight is then in front of them with about 4 miles back to Ashby.

Walkers are advised to carry their own provisions, however when reaching the 4th checkpoint at Oddstone there are well earned refreshments. With the majority of the challenge complete the route carries on towards Shackerstone, along the route of the Ashby Canal, then onto the Moria Furnace. On reaching Moira the homeward bound strech goes near the new Hicks Lodge and over the fields towards Woodside Farm. The challenge is then complete once back at Ashby where hearty food will be served along with liquid refreshments on tap.
The Ivanhoe Way 20 and the Ivanhoe 13 also follow the Ivanhoe Way footpath, heading back towards Ashby. These alternative distances start at different times and locations to the full challenge, ensuring the walkers on the 3 challenges will be heading back towards Ashby at similar times.