8 October 2018

Thinking of joining us on The Big Lunch community walk? Awesome! To give you a better idea of what to expect while you're out on the road, here's a little snapshot of what last year's walkers got up to as they walked up an appetite for The Big Lunch last summer. 

Getting into the swing of things

Don't worry, we don't just send you off on an adventure without training and support! Before you set off, we'll gather at the Eden Project for some training and to get to know one another, and you'll meet the route teams who'll be with you every step of the way. 

Rest assured, we're not looking for athletes: just buckets of enthusiasm! Steve, from Walthamstow, East London, was part of Team England and admits all the walking didn't come easily to him:

Walking does not come naturally to me because, as a Londoner, I don't do it very often. But I've had the support of those around me, and knowing that I was walking to meet people who are passionate about the work they do kept me going. 

Visiting community projects 

Over the two weeks, you'll visit people and projects who are doing wonderful things in their communities. Michael, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, walked 253 miles last year and it was the people he met along the way that kept him going: 

It meant the world to see welcoming faces when we arrived at each stop on the walk. The best bit was definitely being able to make connections with groups and connect them with each other. That’s what it’s all about.

For Steve, meeting these people and projects also gave his own community work a boost: 

Visiting other initiatives has been a chance to share ideas, thoughts and good practice, as well as be inspired by other amazing projects around the country and benefit from getting out and walking in the fresh air.

Angus, from Dundee, Scotland met many groups on his journey, including Scotland's first wheelchair rugby club, the Glasgow Panthers, where he had a break from walking, took a seat and got stuck in: 

The warmth of the welcome from passionate, community-spirited people as we journeyed through Scotland was incredible. It was inspirational each day, seeing the benefits achieved through individuals developing closer connections with their own communities. 

Crossing the finish line in time for The Big Lunch

After visiting many amazing community groups and walking all those miles, the final part of the journey is to sit down with your own community for a Big Lunch. Nothing makes you appreciate your home and community like being away, as Team Wales' Jude found out upon her return to her hometown of Llandrindod Wells. 

If you want to shine a light on communities across the UK, you can find out more about becoming a walker here and if you want to take part, apply here!