Saturday 10 September 2022

Hope you enjoy your day

Wishing everyone a nice walk out in the countryside today. With recent events, a chance to enjoy nature and if you desire, the company of like-minded individuals. No doubt there will be a certain amount of reflection on the extraordinary dedicated life of service of Queen Elizabeth II - R.I.P.

The forecast suggests lots of cloud, hopefully no rain, with the sun appearing late in the afternoon.

Saturday 5 March 2022

Hi everyone, it's that time of year again!

Entries (online only remember), will open on Sunday 6th March 2022 at 9 a.m.

sientries event page for entries

Saturday 11 September 2021

Happy 11th September

Wishing all those who head to Wistanstow Village Hall later today, the best of walking days.

The current forecast suggests a cloudy start with possible sunny breaks in the cloud later on. Mild temperatures and a light breeze. You may find the breeze a bit more brisk on the higher parts of the route. And in this part of the world, a rain shower is always possible. Be prepared.

Landscape view from donated kissing gate
Early September view from a donated kissing gate on the route  

The green plate reads:

'Gate donated by the Marches Group of the Long Distance Walkers Association from funds raised by The Tour des Marches (Wistanstow) Challenge Walk  2018'

This is one of a number of improvements that have been made along the route over the years. Thank you to all those who have contributed in some way to make the walk a success.

Tuesday 7 September 2021

Final Instructions etc


Just a quick update, you should have now received your final instructions for the event on Saturday. If not, please contact Phil on:
A reminder that all entrants are asked to bring their own reusable mugs/cups, as like other organisers, we try to abandon our use of throw-away plastic cups - amongst other things.

Friday 16 July 2021

2021 Event is now full

 The entry list for the 2021 walk is now full

We're sorry if you've missed the opportunity to enter the walk but perhaps you'd like to consider volunteering to help on the day? It's very rewarding.

Please contact Phil via email for more details:

Saturday 1 May 2021

Tour des Marches 2021

2021 News

With the progress being made in the fight against Covid 19, in particular, the number of vaccinations and reduction in the number of cases, hospital admissions and deaths, we are very hopeful that this year's TdM will go ahead as planned on:

Saturday 11th September

Keep in touch with the latest news by visiting the following Facebook pages:

Tour des Marches Facebook page

Marches Group LDWA page

Thursday 6 August 2020

2020 Tour des Marches Cancelled

It is with deep regret that we must inform you that The Marches Group has taken the decision to cancel the 2020 Tour des Marches. As you will know we were hopeful that with lockdown restrictions easing we would be able to welcome you to Wistanstow in September. Unfortunately, we have recently seen an upturn in the spread of the virus, with localised outbreaks across the country, including at a site at Craven Arms just a mile from Wistanstow Village. The current situation strongly suggests that restrictions will not be lifted sufficiently enough for us to run the event in five weeks time, and even if they were we feel that the safety of our volunteers and our communities must be our priority. Effectively, the decision has been made for us.

The next Tour des Marches will therefore be held on September 11th 2021.
All entrants will receive an email explaining the options, which are:
  1. 1. Defer to the 2021 event which will be held on September 11th
  2. 2. Receive a refund less the booking fee which is deducted from your entry fee by SiEntries. The booking fee is 5% plus VAT or a minimum of £1.00 plus VAT, so in most cases this will amount to £1.20.
Normally there would also be a fee for making a refund, however, SiEntries has kindly offered to waive their usual refund fee for this event. The Marches Group have also decided that they will not be charging an admin fee.

Details of how to select your option will be contained within the email.
We apologise for the inconvenience our decision causes and we thank everyone for their continued support. Stay Safe, hopefully we will see you in 2021.

Marches Group LDWA

Saturday 5 October 2019

Longmynd Hike 2019

Good luck message for Longmynd Hikers superimposed over entrants from 2014 event
Descending Caer Caradoc on the 2014 Longmynd Hike