Video: Walk for All event launched in fundraiser Jane Tomlinson’s beloved Peak District

BRAVING the high winds, charity fundraiser Jane Tomlinson’s widower Mike ventured out into the Peak District yesterday to launch the newest event in his wife’s memory.

The Peaks Walk for All, to take place on Sunday, April 29, is the newest addition to the Jane Tomlinson Appeal’s fundraising calendar, which already includes a Dales Walk for All, a Swim for All in Wakefield and three Run For All events in Hull, York and Leeds.

Walkers will set off from the Hope Showground, near Castleton, to embark on either a five-mile, a 12-mile or a 24-mile trek.

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Those taking on the 24-mile challenge will hike up Jacob’s Ladder, Mam Tor and Kinder Scout.

Both the 12 and 24-mile walks, meanwhile, follow a route alongside the picturesque Ladybower reservoir and into Edale.

Mr Tomlinson, 50, said he had originally scouted out a 26-mile walk before the final route was set.

He said: “When we launched the Dales one last year we knew from the reaction we had that it was going to be a success, so immediately thought we’d look to doing another walk.

“This was an obvious place for us, partly because Jane used to love Castleton and the Hope Valley and partially because we have a lot of support in the South Yorkshire area.

“The route is absolutely stunning and takes in some of the most spectacular and jaw-dropping parts of the Peaks.”

As well as raising funds for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, the Peaks Walk for All will support charities including Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Macmillan and Edale Mountain Rescue.

It will also coincide with the 80th anniversary of the Mass Trespass on Kinder Scout, which was the catalyst for walkers now having the “right to roam” Britain’s countryside.

More than 2,500 people took part in last year’s Dales Walk For All and it is hoped just as many will enjoy the Peaks event.

Entry is now open at www.forallevents.co.uk