Bath Marches - Saturday September 18th 2021


What are the Bath Marches?

The Bath Marches will take place on Saturday 18th September, 2021. Starting and finishing at Bath Recreation Ground. The event comprises of 2 challenge walks or "Marches" of 9 and 15 miles including snack stops. Whilst the route follows established footpaths, the terrain presents plenty of challenges and good levels of fitness will be required by all those taking part. Dogs are welcome!

The event is managed by an experienced team of outdoor experts and appeals to all ages. Along the route, the support team encourage Marchers and share details of the local, natural and military history. The support team will also manage the optional "Team Challenges" for groups.

The event appeals to a number of audiences including:

  • Serving and former service personnel
  • Corporate and Charity teams
  • Groups of friends or individuals keen to take on the challenge
  • School teams

The Bath Marches aims to:

  • Demonstrate how spending time in the great outdoors can be fun as well as great for your health
  • Highlight the wonderful countryside around Bath and how we must protect it.
  • Share the rich history of the area area from Stone Age man, the Romans, the Middle Ages and more recently the World Wars.
  • Encourage more people to take up walking

Registration

  • 9 & 15 mile route - £20 
  • 9 & 15 mile route Under 18's - £10 

plus optional medal at £3.00 each

Team captains can register a team and invite others to join when registering themselves.

For teams larger than 10 Marchers contact the organisers.

Please note that a small additional booking fee is charged by our registration partner.

Medal and Bar

The finisher's Medal will be an optional purchase made during the registration process. In our efforts to reduce the environmental impact of the Marches event, we hope that Marchers will simply add the "Event bar" (The small Bath Marches 2021 metal clip that attaches to the medal ribbon) to their original medal which you may want to bring on the day.

All Marchers will receive the free bar for Bath 2021 as they cross the finish line.

The 2021 routes

For 2021 the 9 and 15 mile routes will be the 2020 route in reverse.

There are a number of ways to navigate the 2 routes

  1. Use the OS map embedded in this website (scroll down). 
  2. Follow the Marches "markers" placed along the route.

Start times

15 mile March - 0830 hrs

9 mile March - 1000hrs

Photograph Competition

Marchers will have the option to enter the on the day photograph competition via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

Congratulations Clare Jess and Paul Hurren, our Joint winners.

See 2020 winning photos in the gallery

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are a number of sponsorship opportunities available including:

  • Title sponsorship for the Bath Marches
  • Route sponsorship
  • Awards, First Aid, Venue, support team and others

Please contact the Bath Marches office for further details on 07528 055110 or rgb@breathingspace.uk.com

COVID-19 Statement

We look forward to welcoming Marchers on the day but will adapt the event to satisfy any Covid -19 guidelines. Should the event be postponed we will offer:

  • Entry to a revised Marches date
  • Donate entry to our supported charities
  • Offer a full refund

We will

  1. Follow Covid-19 guidelines on group sizes, social distancing, staggered starts, sanitising, food handling and medal giving.
  2. Send all Marchers "On the Day Marcher details" by e-mail.
  3. Promote social distancing and encourage hand sanitising.

Supported Charities

The event encourages involvement from all charities and we invite fundraisers to use the Bath Marches as a way of engaging with your network. Charities taking part will have their logo featured on this website and will be included in our social media activity. All details are available from the Bath Marches office.

For 2021, the Bath Marches has nominated 3 supported charities for those Marchers who are looking to march for a great cause.

We are delighted to confirm that the The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, The ABF, The Soldiers' Charity and and the RAF Benevolent Fund will continue to be our supported charities in 2021.

Other Participating Charities

We Invite any other charity to enter walkers to raise funds for their cause.  These are known as Participating Charities.

Take part in the Team Challenge

Enjoy some light hearted challenges at our checkpoints.  Big thank you to Begbies Traynor for sponsoring the trophy.

The Bath Marches team

If you would like to be involved in supporting the event on the day then you'll be joining an illustrious bunch drawn from The Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and RAF.

In 2020 the following Regiments were represented at the event (in alphabetical order) 

Army Air Corps, Duke of Wellington's Regiment, The Gurkhas, Parachute Regiment, Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Royal Irish Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps, Royal Signals, Small Arms School Corps,  The Rifles, The Somerset Light Infantry.

In addition, Barry Cox, formerly of the RAF, brought members of  the Fist and Sparks walking club and Tony Phipps former RM marched for Dudes and Dogs.

                                     

Supported Charities

“The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity are delighted to be involved with the Bath Marches; a fantastic, professionally organised walk in the beautiful city of Bath and surrounding countryside, simply a great day out.”

Hilary Hesbrook, Senior Engagement Officer, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity 

Mentoring Plus is delighted to be taking part in Bath Marches 2021 – so many people took to walking during lockdown we hope that our local community will take part and support our work with young people. We know that many young people will be facing greater challenges now with increased anxiety and making up for lost education and reconnecting with peer groups. Demand for our mentoring programmes will be higher now than ever and so any funds to help us reach out to our young people will be gratefully received.

Jenny Perez, Fundraising & Communications Manager, Mentoring Plus

"We found it great to be involved in the first 'Bath Marches', and it is a real pleasure for The ABF, the Soldiers’ Charity (The Army’s National Charity) to be associated with Breathing Space and their Iconic Walking Events.  We hope that by working together we can make the Bath Marches Project a super success. 

I know the event will to be well supported by both the military and all our supporters and I am sure it will appeal to a host of others. We all know it is the taking part that counts, so why not ..... Sign up... Take part... Perhaps even support one of the military charities who will benefit so much from your support. I look forward to seeing you in Bath! "

Colonel Peter Bates, OBE Regional Director of the Soldiers’ Charity covering the 7 counties of the South West

"The KS2 children of the Palladian Trust ( 9 local primary schools and Ralph Allen School) are looking forward to taking part in the Bath Marches in April 2021, some have already started to practise! We feel that The Bath Marches is a fantastic opportunity for our children to be outside, enjoy exercise and appreciate the beautiful countryside Bath is surrounded by. Enjoyable exercise is particularly important at the moment and it was felt that the chance to be outdoors and working in teams was of the upmost importance for all."

Mark Gunning - Bath Recreation Trust

“Like all charities, we have had a challenging 2020 with our ability to fundraise in the community hardest hit. It has also been a difficult time for our beneficiaries as lockdown takes its toll on all of us. It is thanks to supporters like the Bath Marches organisers that we have been able to be by the side of the RAF Family during these challenging times. Bring on 2021!”

Mike Straney, RAF Benevolent Fund Director of Fundraising and Communications



“The Bath Marches is a wonderful opportunity to spend time in beautiful countryside, improving our health and wellbeing, as well as raising funds and awareness of the importance of charities working in our communities. Thanks to the organisers for this great event that showcases Bath and its people in all its glory Youth Connect South West”

Tracey Pike CEO, Youth Connect South West

Marching countryside ......

Bath is better known for the attractions that the City has to offer visitors. What many people don't realise is that we are surrounded by some of the best long distance walking paths in the UK including the Cotswold Way, Kennet & Avon Canal path and the MacMillan Way.

Iconic wildlife.......

Bath and its surrounding countryside are host to amazing wildlife including kingfishers, peregrine falcons, roe deer, herons and emperor dragon flies.

Don't forget your camera, you wont be disappointed.

History and views .....

Our route is rich with the stories of Celts, Romans, Vikings and Normans through to Bath's role in WW1 and WW2. If you love a good view or dream of snapping the perfect photograph you can expect to see views over Bath, Bristol, the Brecon Beacons and the Cotswolds to name a few! Unless of course it is pouring down!!!

What our 2020 Marchers said.....

"I chatted to many as I walked around - everyone was having fun, despite the weather. The emotions witnessed at the end was genuine by those we saw arriving?"
"Great event and well done for putting on during Covid-19"
"Organisers worked very hard in difficult conditions to make this an excellent event, thank you"
"Really well organised event!"
"Excellent communications and pre event information sharing directly and on social media. Thank you!"

A few facts from 2020

  • The Bath Marches took place on the wettest day on record 
  • 60% Marchers were female.
  • The average age of our Marchers was 47.
  • Oldest Marcher was 75 youngest was 9.
  • All 3 military services were represented on the day.
  • 14 charities used the event as a platform for fundraising 
  • DAC Beachcroft entered the largest corporate team
  • Royal High School Bath had the largest school team.
  • Mentoring Plus, a Bath based charity raised £3.5k 
  • The Coopers won the Begbies Traynor "Marches Challenge".
  • 20 dogs took their humans for a walk.

About us

When Richard Best and Darroch Davison, both former soldiers, discussed the idea for a challenge walk in Bath, little did they realise how much interest the project would quickly generate. With a broad range of stakeholders the Bath Marches is simply a memorable event in a spectacular location. 

For further details, contact Richard Best,  rgb@breathingspace.uk.com  office mobile: 0752 8055110

2020 Participating Charities

2020 Supporters