‘Gap left by scrapped festival could be filled by walk event’

Launch of Walk an arms Length walk for the wendover canal arm  Bob Wheal ( Wendover Arm Trust Funding Director) by a renovated section of the canal between Drayton Beauchamp & Little Tring
Launch of Walk an arms Length walk for the wendover canal arm Bob Wheal ( Wendover Arm Trust Funding Director) by a renovated section of the canal between Drayton Beauchamp & Little Tring

A SPONSORED walk organiser hopes fundraising from the event will make up for a canal festival being cancelled.

The Wendover Arm Trust will hold Walk An Arm’s Length on Sunday, September 2, its biggest fundraiser now that the canal festival has been scrapped.

Organiser Katherine Deaney said she hopes the walk will raise a £25,000 profit, £14,000 more than last year’s canal festival held, which made an £11,000 profit after it was moved from Tring to Boxmoor in Hemel Hempstead.

The festival was scrapped this time around because not enough boaters thought they could get to the area due to restrictions of boat movements as a result of the drought.

“The income from the canal festival was very variable,” said Katherine.

“Some of the festivals years ago in Tring would raise £50,000 to £60,000, but that was in good weather.

“Now our efforts are all on this walk.

“All I have got is corporate sponsorship so the £25,000 should be profit.

“Bearing in mind it costs £400 to restore one metre of canal it does not go that far.”

The 6.25 mile walk, launched on Friday, will help continue restoration work on Phase Two of the Wendover Arm, from Little Tring to Drayton Beauchamp.

Troops from RAF Halton and the Air Training Corps will be stationed along every mile of the walk.

Headteachers Sue Collings and Christine McLintock, of Tring School and John Colet School in Wendover respectively, have also given their backing to the event, which is free for under-16s.

Registration costs £10 and forms are available from Tring’s and Wendover’s libraries and tourist information centres.

They can be handed in at Beechwood Fine Foods in Tring or Christopher Pallet Estate Agents in Wendover.