What walk is complete without a dog? Rennie Grove Hospice Care recognises that a furry friend is a family member too and is catering for your canine at their Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge this summer, because everyone deserves to enjoy the great outdoors of the Buckinghamshire countryside. Give your paw pals a real treat on Sunday 10 September and take them on a five, nine or 18 mile stroll across the ridgeway in aid of Rennie Grove’s services.
Leave your car at Princes Risborough and head out in to the wild, but fear not; Arriva will be on hand to ensure everyone will be able to board the bus back to your car or between peaks, their buses are even kindly allowing dogs for the day. Rewards await at the end of whichever route you choose to partake in, be it a medal for the human walkers or a dog biscuit for the four-legged wanderer.
Alicia Black is a mum from Tring and proud owner of two poodles, Bella and Bert, and she will be bringing the whole family with her to tackle nine miles of the Chiltern Hills. “I've only got small toy poodles but they love walks just as much as any other breed!” Alicia explains. “It’s a good challenge for them and for us too, but it’s exhilarating at the end when you get to the top of the last hill. It’s a boost, a sense of achievement. They love trying to outrun the bigger pooches and the open space!”
It’s not all about the walking, though, as Alicia recognises: “With any charity event, I think it’s the abundance of people and atmosphere, the opportunity to meet new people - everyone coming together for a cause that affects a lot of local residents, that’s what it’s for. But I’d always encourage people to bring dogs!’
Arriva donate the use of 10 double decker buses, manned by volunteer drivers, for the day. They transport five mile walkers back to their cars from Wendover after they’ve tackled two peaks; nine mile walkers on to the third and final peak and then back to their cars as they finish alongside the 18-milers. Along with other event sponsors like Bucks Building Society, Arriva make the event possible and ensure more of the money raised can go directly towards helping patients with cancer and other life-limiting illness.
Sign up at www.renniegrove.org/chilterns3peaks or call 01442 820740 and make your dog’s day.