Horror hike charity challenge

Not for the faint-hearted, this series of four 30km treks take place on or around Halloween in some of the UK’s scariest forest locations

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Do you have what it takes to join former ‘Loose Woman’ Denise Welch as she embarks on Fright-Hike, - the spookiest charity challenge around? Not for the faint-hearted, this series of four 30km treks take place on or around Halloween in some of the UK’s scariest forest locations.

Run by leading challenge operator, Global Adventure Challenges, Fright-Hike is now in its second year. In addition to the treks in Epping Forest (London) and Sherwood Forest (Nottingham), two new locations have been added for 2014, The Forest of Dean (Gloucestershire) and Queen Elizabeth Forest Park (Stirling).

Trekkers will set off at dusk, walking into the pitch-black forest – enough to send a shiver up the bravest of spines. Open to anyone over the age of 18 (14-17 year olds can take part with a parent), the target time for completing the challenge is six hours.

Chilling locations include Hangman’s Hill in Epping Forest where three witches were reputedly hanged. This area was also the famous hunting ground of highwayman Dick Turpin and numerous sightings of a ghost wearing a Tricorn hat and riding a horse have been reported. In The Forest of Dean trekkers need to beware of ‘The Jailer of Littledean Jail’, which stands at the gateway to the forest.

Fright-Hike is an open challenge so participants can opt to raise money for up to 150 different charities. Trekkers simply need to pay the registration fee of £35pp and then raise a minimum sponsorship of £140 for their chosen charity. Alternatively, those taking part can pay their own way. In this case the registration fee is £35ppp followed by a balance of £39pp payable six weeks prior to the event.

Entry is via the website at www.fright-hike.com and participants can enter as either individuals or as part of a team.

Actress and TV presenter, Denise Welch is taking part in Fright-Hike in Epping Forest to raise awareness of mental health charity, Mind. She said: ‘Having suffered with depression I know only too well the effects that living with mental health issues can have on individuals and their families. Taking part in Fright-Hike is an easy way for me to raise awareness for this incredible charity while at the same time exercising and enjoying some ghostly Halloween fun.’

Peter Robinson, Managing Director of Global Adventure Challenges, organisers of Fright-Hike said: ‘We held Fright-Hike for the first time last year and it was such a success that we decided to up the ante and add extra locations this time round. As well its obvious novelty value, it is a serious walking challenge and the courses are not easy. However, with the correct training and expert support it is easily achievable. We are looking forward to seeing lots of new trekkers this year for a Halloween they won’t ever forget!’

Trekkers will receive a kit list and training guide when they sign up, as well as discount vouchers for affiliate clothing and equipment partners. Fright-Hike is sponsored by Multimat, 9bar and Buff.