A joining of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust staff and the local community in a day to remember centred around a healthy challenge whilst raising as much money as possible for your local hospitals.

Fun, fresh air, family and friends. Turn the walk into a fun day out and register with your friends, family or colleagues.

Start from either Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital or Burnley General Teaching Hospital and complete a sponsored walk challenge across some of the most scenic countryside in the area. The routes unite near the end so that we can all join in spirit and finish together.


#TheBigNHSWalk Information

When and where

Timings are the same for both start points.

Event Date: Sunday 5 July 2020
Sign In: 8:45 am to 9:45 am
Walk Start: 10am promptly

Blackburn Start Point
We are not starting from the main hospital entrance. Signing in and the start of the walk takes place at our Park View site, opposite KFC on Haslingden Road, BB2 3HH.

Sign up for Blackburn hospital route

Burnley Start Point
Signing in and the start of the walk is at the Learning Centre, Burnley General Teaching Hospital. Use the Casterton Avenue entrance and the centre can be found at the bottom of this road.

Sign up for Burnley hospital route

We estimate the walk will take a maximum of five hours, so you should be crossing the finish line around 3pm. Take your time, enjoy the day. The event is fully supported until 5pm.

Costs and registration

There are various types of registration for the event:

Standard Registration:
£20 (+ EventBrite fee)

  • ELHT&Me t-shirt
  • Uniquely designed finishers medal
  • Clearly marked scenic route with event marshals
  • Regular checkpoints with water re-supply
  • First aid assistance
  • Toilet facilites; start, halfway and finish
  • A full walkers pack, with information and fundraising resources

Premium Registration:
£35 (+ EventBrite fee)

  • ELHT&Me t-shirt
  • Uniquely designed finishers medal
  • Clearly marked scenic route with event marshals
  • Regular checkpoints with water re-supply
  • First aid assistance
  • Toilet facilites; start, halfway and finish
  • A full walkers pack, with information and fundraising resources

The Premium Registration contains everything included in the Standard Registration, and an ELHT&Me hoodie! You'll be one of the first to get hold of the new hoodies, which are not yet available for general sale.

Please check the 'Eligibility and Terms' tab for additional information, before signing up.

A walkers information pack is provided as part of the registration process which covers all the administrative details including parking and transport arrangements.

Dog Registration:

Dogs are welcome on the walk, so why not bring along your four-legged friend? They can even help raise funds by collecting sponsorship too!

Online registration will remain open until the day of the event.  You can also register on the day in person, between 8:45 - 9:45am. Please arrive as early as possible if you are registering on the day. Please note that ELHT&Me tshirts and hoodies for those registering on the day are subject to availability.

T-shirt collection
You can collect your ELHT&Me tshirt (and hoodie, if you have signed up for Premium Registration) from the Learning Centres at Blackburn and Burnley Hospitals on 30 June, or 1, 2, 3 July 2020.

If you are unable to pick up your t-shirt (and hoodie) prior to the walk, you can collect it on the day.

The routes

Both routes are 11 miles with flat easy walking. The routes will be way-marked and have marshals at critical points so there is no map reading involved.

Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital Route
A 12 mile flat walk across some of the most scenic parts of our region. In short, your walk will head into Blackburn and join the Leeds/Liverpool canal path at the Calypso restaurant. From there you will follow the canal path out into open countryside and pass through Rishton, Church and Clayton Le Moors. Once through Clayton Le Moors the canal path heads back into the countryside. Leaving the canal path near Altham the route takes you to the finish point, at The Walton, Burnley Road, Altham, Accrington, BB5 5UL.

Burnley General Teaching Hospital Route
A 12 mile flat walk across some of the most scenic parts of our region. This walk will head down into Burnley and join the Leeds/Liverpool canal path. From there you will follow the canal path to Reedley Marina and then down to Pendle Bridge over Barden Way. You then cross over the M65 footbridge onto Pendle Way and then Grove Lane takes you into Padiham. From Padiham Leisure Centre the Padiham Greenway leads you south and then back onto the canal path again. Leaving the canal path near Altham the route takes you to the finish point, at The Walton, Burnley Road, Altham, Accrington, BB5 5UL.

Transport arrangements

There are several options for traveling to and from the start and finish points. You can:

  • Get someone to drop you off at the start point and pick you up from the finish point.

  • Leave your car at the start point and take the shuttle bus, running from the finish point back to the start point.

Please note this is a shuttle service so if a bus has just left there may be some wait until the next one.

Buses will depart at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm from Syke Side Drive to Burnley General Teaching Hospital. Don’t worry if you don’t finish in time for the last shuttle bus, alternative transport arrangements will be made to get you back to the start point.

Parking passes are available for the hospital car parks - please park in the signposted car parks near to the starting point. Car parking passes will be emailed to you following sign-up for you to print off, butcopies will be available during registration on the day if you’re not able to print.

We can also confirm that dogs are allowed on the shuttle bus, so if you wanted to bring your dog they are more than welcome, as long as they have been registered on EventBrite beforehand.

Food and drink

Bottled water will be available at two pit stops along the route (six miles and ten miles in).

Don’t forget to pack provisions to keep you going during the walk! Along the route there are few places to buy snacks –

On the Burnley route, you will pass Tesco (Wyre St, Padiham, Burnley BB12 8DQ).

On the Blackburn route, you will pass the Thorn Inn pub (2 St James Rd, Church, Accrington BB5 4JP)

On completion of the walk, you can visit The Walton, the walk's finishing point, where food and drinks are sold. Once you have registered for the walk, you will have the option to 'opt-in' to the refreshment deal at The Walton.

Clothing, suncream and footwear

We recommend preparing for all weathers and bringing suitable clothing including a cap or hat, and a waterproof jacket. Please also wear appropriate footwear – we would suggest walking boots as some of the more grassy areas will likely be wet underfoot.

Please also wear and bring suncream – you will be outdoors for a long period and the sun is likely to catch you!

It’s important to take beforehand, and bring along any necessary medication, such as hayfever tablets, or asthma inhalers.

Eligibility and terms

1. The minimum age for entry is 12 years. Under 16 years of age to be accompanied by a registered adult walker who is confident of the Childs ability to take on this challenge.

2. The walk is not suitable for babes in arms, pushchairs or those with mobility issues.

3. Ensure you carry sufficient water, sun protection and snacks for the day.

4. Follow the weather leading up to the day and carry weather protection if required.

5. Walk at a sensible pace and enjoy the day, it is not a race.

6. Leave no Trace. Please dispose of litter correctly or take it home with you.

7. The route follows the canal path. A canal has deep water to the edge so take care near water.

8. Some of the route shares a footpath with a cycle path, beware and give way to cycles.

9. A short section is on a minor road with no footpath. Beware of traffic, walk on the right hand side of the road, keep well in and walk in single file.

10. Key crossing points will have marshals for your safety. Please obey all marshal instructions. Our marshals for the day are volunteers from East Lancashire Freemasons.

11. If you retire from the walk please inform the walk controller. If you are feeling tired or unwell we have identified 3 points along the walk where it is easy for you to arrange to be picked up by a friend. These are marshal points on the maps and route guidance that will be provided.

12. The walk has first aid cover but in an emergency call 999

13. If you get lost or need any advice or help on the day, call the walk controller on the number that is listed in the Walkers Information Pack.


Hosting charity events comes at a cost, which is met by your registration fee and any support we can get from other sponsors. The Big NHS Walk is a sponsored walk and we would ask all registered walkers to raise money for the charity.

Online sponsorship
No trips to the bank or counting pennies. Experience has shown that the best way to raise funds is to have a Just Giving page. We are listed on Just Giving so it is easy for you to set up your page so that sponsorship money comes directly to us. To set up a Just Giving page in aid of ELHT&Me:

Go to

Click on 'Fundraise for us' and follow the instructions.

This page can then be shared with your friends and family on social media. We would also ask that you also follow @ELHTandMe on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter so that this event gets maximum social media exposure

Click here to see the JustGiving pages for walkers who have already signed up.

Offline sponsorship
For those wanting an official ELHT&Me sponsor form for offline donations, you can download a sponsor form below.

Download the sponsor form

Following the walk, please collect donations from your sponsors and give the final amount to the charity by writing a cheque payable to "ELHT and Me" or with a card payment over the phone (01254 732140).

If any of your sponsors have ticked 'Gift Aid', we will need a copy of your sponsor form to be able to claim it. You can post this to the Fundraising Team, or scan it in and email it to us.


There will be photographers at the walk from East Lancashire Hospitals Trust, and the local press have also been invited.

Photo consent for the walk is on an opt-out basis. We will assume that as a registered walker, you have consented to have your photographs taken and used for charity communications. 

If you do not consent to photos being taken of you, please inform a member of staff at the registration desk on the morning of the walk. You will be given a lanyard to wear which must be visible at all times.

If you take your own photos during the walk, please ensure that everyone in the photo(s) has given their consent before sharing on social media. Please tag us in your social media posts (@ELHTandMe on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and use the hashtags #TheBigNHSWalk and #ELHTandMe.

Contact us

If you need further information or assistance, please contact the Fundraising Team.

Call: 01254 732140