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Men’s Walk: Frequently Asked Questions

Men’s Walk: Frequently Asked Questions

General Men’s Walk questions

Do I need to raise a certain amount of money?

Your entry fee only covers the cost of the event, so we are asking each participant to fundraise or donate £50. Your fundraising or donation will make a huge difference to the lives of our patients and their families, for example £56 could fund a home visit from one of our specialist community nurses. We currently need your support more than ever. The hospice’s income is not recovering quickly enough to keep pace with costs and we are facing a large deficit. Unless we can raise £1 million in time for Men’s Walk 2022, we face having to make drastic cuts to our services. So please, start your fundraising and help Hospiscare Save Our Services.

To fundraise please click here to get your JustGiving page set up or to make a donation please click here – thank you.


Can I Gift Aid my sponsorship?

Gift Aid means Hospiscare can claim an extra 25p for every £1 donated. Last year Men’s Walk raised close to an additional £9,000 through Gift Aid, so it’s definitely worth doing! If someone is a UK tax payer and is donating their own money (i.e. money not raised via a collection or by the sale of goods), they should be eligible to Gift Aid their donation. To download a Hospiscare Gift Aid Declaration Form, click here. Completed forms can be emailed to or posted to: Fundraising, Hospiscare, Searle House, Dryden Road, Exeter, EX2 5JJ. If you opt for a sponsorship form, rather than online fundraising, please read the Gift Aid information on the sponsorship form before collecting any money. Your sponsors should read the declaration and complete the form in their own handwriting, including their full name and home address before ticking the box for Gift Aid. If people are donating to your JustGiving page the option to Gift Aid will appear during the donation process. For more information about Gift Aid, please click here – or if you have any questions, please call us on 01392 688020.


How old do I need to be to take part in Men’s Walk?

Entry for the Men’s Walk is open to entrants aged 12 and over. An adult guardian must accompany each entrant aged under 16 for the duration of the walk and we must have a signed parental consent form filled in by each under 16’s legal parent or guardian. Please note that under 18’s will not be sent or served the Men’s Walk beer.


What are the timings for Men’s Walk?

Men’s Walk: Double Locks: We currently anticipate an arrival time of 11am with start times between 1130 and 1230. This will allow everyone sufficient time to walk the 8 mile route and be back in good time before the rugby kick off at 1645.

Men’s Walk: Your Route: We are asking those taking part remotely to walk at the same time as those at the Men’s Walk Double Locks event, so sometime on Saturday 12th March between 9am and 5pm but of course it’s up to you! If you want to be back in time for the rugby, remember it starts at 1645.


How do I get my Men’s Walk t-shirt?

Your Men’s Walk t-shirt is included within the event entry fee. For Men’s Walk: Double Locks t-shirts will be available to collect on the day. For Men’s Walk: Your Route participants your t-shirt, along with your beer and pasty will be posted to you a couple of days before the event.


Besides my Men’s Walk T-shirt, what should I wear?

First and foremost a good pair of walking shoes or boots are essential (waterproof would be even better). Comfortable bottoms are also important; trousers, shorts or leggings – whatever works for you and is suitable for the weather that day. The weather can be really unpredictable and varied in March so wearing something versatile or layers is a good idea.


How do I purchase a Men’s Walk beanie?

Men’s Walk beanies cost £8 and can be purchased whilst stocks last by visiting this page. Any beanies purchased will be added to your Men’s Walk Kit if you’re taking part in Men’s Walk: Your Route or will be available for collection on the day if taking part in Men’s Walk: Double Locks.


Men’s Walk: Double Locks questions

Are there any COVID-19 measures and restrictions at Men’s Walk: Double Locks event?

Your safety, and that of our volunteers and staff, is paramount and therefore we will have a number of common sense COVID-19 measures in place, such as hand sanitising stations, the use of masks and gloves where appropriate. We recommend you bring your own hand sanitiser and face mask to the Men’s Walk: Double Locks event.

We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation carefully. Closer to the event we will be able to provide full details of any changes we need to make but if you have any questions in the meantime, please get in touch with us at


Can I swap from Men’s Walk: Double Locks to Men’s Walk: Your Route?

Yes but please let us know. Each space at the Men’s Walk: Double Locks event is allocated so it will allow us to reallocate this space and we can ensure your Men‘s Walk kit is posted out to you rather than you collecting your items on the day.


Can I sign-up for Men’s Walk: Double Locks on the day?

Yes – it will cost £35 to sign up on the day.


Can I get food and drink at the Men’s Walk: Double Locks event?

As usual at Double Locks there will hot food and drink available and the route goes past many local places you can purchase food and drink. On returning to Double Locks you’ll be greeted with your well-earned pasty and pint.


What is the route for Men’s Walk: Double Locks?

We’re just working on the final 8 mile route, which will be available to view on the website soon. However the route will start and finish at the Double Locks following many of the riverside paths as far as Station Road near St David’s Station.


What is the terrain like for the Men’s Walk: Double Locks?

The walk is mainly flat along public footpaths, which at times can be quite narrow so single file will be required. Care must be taken when walking alongside the canal and river. This route is suitable for wheelchairs.


How long will the Men’s Walk: Double Locks route take?

This walk should take you 2.5 – 3 hours at an average walking pace. If you’re stopping in a pub it will take longer so please bear that in mind.


What if I cannot finish the Men’s Walk: Double Locks route?

If you feel like you can’t finish the route then you can pull out at any time. If you do this you’ll need to inform your nearest volunteer or marshal or contact the Event Team as per the details provided on event day.


Will there be first aid support at the Men’s Walk: Double Locks?

Yes, we will have first aiders on site and out along the route. If you need first aid you’ll have to let a route marshal know, or contact the Event Team as per the details provided on event day.


Will there be toilet facilities at Double Locks and along the route for Men’s Walk: Double Locks?

There will be toilets for you to use at Double Locks and there are lots of pubs along the route. Please bear in mind the pubs along route will have limited capacity.


Do I need to be back by a certain time to receive my Men’s Walk beer and pasty?

Yes! We will confirm exact timings closer to the event, but it’s likely you’ll need to ensure you’ve returned to the Double Locks by 5:30pm at the latest in order to receive your Men’s Walk beer and pasty.


Can we walk as a group at Men’s Walk: Double Locks?

As it stands you’ll be able to walk in any size group.


Can I bring my dog to Men’s Walk: Double Locks?

Yes of course! Double Locks is a dog friendly pub. Man’s best friend will always be welcomed as long as it’s on the lead and the owner cleans up after it.


Can I hand in my sponsorship on the day at Men’s Walk: Double Locks?

To avoid the handling of cash as well as congestion we will not be accepting money on the day this year. If you’re fundraising online JustGiving (or other platforms) will automatically send us the money you’ve raised. If you’d like to pay in what you’ve raised offline via our website please visit and select ‘I have taken part in a sponsored event’ and use the text box to let us know you’ve taken part in Men’s Walk. If you’d rather send us a cheque please make it payable to ‘Hospiscare’ and send it along with your sponsorship form to Fundraising, Hospiscare, Searle House, Dryden Road, Exeter, EX2 5JJ.

Please note: In order for us to claim Gift Aid on any eligible donations, you’ll still need to send us a copy of your sponsorship form. You can either post the form to: Fundraising, Hospiscare, Searle House, Dryden Road, Exeter, EX2 5JJ or email a copy to If you’d prefer to pay in your funds over the phone, please call us on 01392 688020. Thank you.


Men’s Walk: Your Route questions

How far do I need to walk?

It’s up to you! Our traditional Men’s Walk is 8 miles, but it really is your choice. However when planning your route please follow these guidelines:

  • Plan / map a walk route that is safe and a sensible distance for you and appropriate to your fitness level
  • Plan to walk a route that is open to the public, safe and easily accessible and well-lit if light is poor
  • Ideally do not walk alone
  • Carry a mobile phone and a torch in case of emergency
  • Only walk in appropriate weather (avoid rain and very sunny days) and wear appropriate clothing and footwear
  • Take a hydrating drink on your walk and avoid alcohol consumption
  • Adhere to all current COVID-19 government guidance



I’m taking part in Men’s Walk from abroad – can I still get my t-shirt, pasty and beer? 
Unfortunately we can’t send your pasty and beer abroad. If you’d like us to send your t-shirt, let us know and we’ll get that in the post as soon as we can, so hopefully it will arrive in time for your Men’s Walk.

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