Cancer Research UK’s Big Hike

Take big steps to beat cancer


by Hope Elkins |

Why not lace up your walking boots, explore the great outdoors and raise money for Cancer Research UK as part of an exciting new series of hike events.

This year Cancer Research UK’s Big Hike Challenge will take place in 4 stunning locations including – the Yorkshire Dales, Brecon Beacons, Peak District and South Coast. Big Hike is a marathon distance hiking event for both new and experienced walkers and hikers with routes that are unique to the charity.

The one-day hikes are open to men and women who enjoy the great outdoors and are looking for a challenge whilst raising money for lifesaving research. The routes are fully planned with plenty of support points along the way and maps provided at registration. Participants will also receive lunch en route followed by a hot meal and medal at the finish line.

Gareth Mulcahy Head of Events and Sports for Cancer Research UK said: “We know over the last year more people than ever have embraced the great outdoors and taken up walking as a way of balancing their physical and mental wellbeing. That’s why we’re excited to launch our Big Hike events”.


Cancer Research UK is the largest charitable funder of cancer research in the world. Almost every way it fundraises has been impacted by the pandemic but its determination to beat cancer hasn’t faltered. Gareth added: “One in two people will get cancer in their lifetime, but all of us can support the research that will beat it. The charity is determined to continue making transformative steps in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease and is more focussed than ever on its ambition of seeing three-in-four people survive their cancer by 2034.

This past year proves, more than any other, the value of investing in science and medical research, and what can be achieved with collective focus and collaboration. Just like science is our route out of the pandemic, science is our route to beating cancer.

Every day we see the benefits of the work that Cancer Research UK has funded, with new clinical trials opening and breakthroughs being reported. People across the UK can help to support more work like this by signing up to Big Hike.”

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Pick your location!

Yorkshire Dales - 4th September 2021

Brecon Beacons - 11th September 2021

Peak District - 18th September 2021

South Coast - 2nd October 2021

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