Registration for 2019 is now open – walk with us and be part of our 20th Year of Fundraising celebrations!

The Walk of Life is our much-loved sponsored walk along the beautiful Kennet & Avon Canal. There are two distances you can choose from, the full walking marathon (26.2 miles) starting in Bishops Cannings, or the afternoon 10 mile route which starts in Bradford on Avon. Both walks finish at the iconic Holburne Museum in Bath! Please note that mileage is approximate.

By taking part, you will be supporting thousands patients and their families cared for at the RUH every year. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the life and memories of loved ones, to show support for someone receiving treatment, or simply to take on the challenge. Whatever the reason, every step taken means a lot to our patients.

Open to both men and women, registration costs £25 and we ask that you pledge to raise a minimum of £100. This can be for any ward or department at the RUH close to your heart, or one of our major campaigns – RNHRD & Therapies Centre and Cancer Care. In return we’ll make sure you get lots of fundraising and training support, an official walk t-shirt as well as VIW (very important walker!) treatment on the day – including GoodNess stops on route with complimentary water and treats, as well as a medal and plenty of finish line celebrations.

Glastonbury Founder Michael Eavis CBE will be opening the start of the walk’s marathon route in Bishops Cannings for the third time, as he’s always so inspired by our walkers and the lengths they go (or should we say walk!), to support patients and give back to the Hospital.

Sign up online today

+ Sign up and enter the Walk of Life 2019

Places for the Walk of Life cost £25 thereafter. You will also need to agree to raising a further £100 sponsorship for the charity (Terms & conditions apply)


+ Sign up as part of a corporate challenge team

The Corporate Challenge is open to company / business teams. If you are simply taking part with friends or family please sign up for a normal place.

Take part with your colleagues, clients and suppliers in this unique team building and fundraising opportunity. Walk of Life Corporate Challenge entrants can take part in either section of the Walk of Life (26.2 miles or 10 miles) and you must enter a minimum of 3 entrants per team.  Places for the Walk of Life cost £25 thereafter, each walker will also need to agree to raising a further £100 sponsorship for the charity (Terms & conditions apply)

Completing the Corporate Challenge as a team gives you an opportunity to enjoy a fun day out of the office, have time for team bonding, experience an environment where companies can compete against each other in a positive and friendly way and be involved with supporting a cause that is close to the hearts of so many people!


+ Any questions?

Many of your questions will be answered on our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ page, but if you would like to know more, then please contact the Events team on 01225 821535 / email

This beautiful walk was created with and in memory of a wonderful lady, Vanessa Kyte, who passed away from cancer in 2007.  Every year, Vanessa’s family and friends love seeing the Walk grow and help raise even more funds for the cause that was so close to Vanessa’s heart. You can read Vanessa’s story here.

Thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s Walk of Life. We are delighted to announce that 2018 walk has raised over £100,000! Everyone walked a combined total of 8,200 miles and every step means we can support our patients and their families.

Pictures from the 2018 Walk of Life Click images to enlarge