Winter Walkies 2019

Sunday 24th February 2019
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
St Clare Hospice

Calling all dog lovers!

Stay ahead of the pack by joining us for our popular annual Winter Walkies event on Sunday 24th February 2019.

From Cockapoos and Cocker Spaniels to Pugs and Poodles, dozens of dogs of all shapes and sizes are set to take part in our sponsored 5km countryside walk.

There will be doggy-friendly fun and games for all the family, including competitions for dogs and owners as well as a children’s quiz, before the pooch parade sets off from the Hospice at 11:00am.

The procession of walkers and pets will then wind its way across the beautiful Essex countryside before returning back to the Hospice where all walkers will be greeted with a cup of hot soup and a roll.

Dog rosettes and treats will also be handed our afterwards, along with certificates for children. Other refreshments will be on sale.

Anyone is welcome to join us for Winter Walkies – whether you are a pet owner or not – but if you are bringing a canine companion, then please remember to bring bags for their waste. Please note that the route is not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs.

Please also remember to check the weather on the day, and ensure you wear suitable clothing and footwear as it is likely there will be plenty of muddy feet and paws.

Entry for Winter Walkies is £10 for adults and £5 for children or £27.50 for a family of four.

Winter Walkies 2019 is kindly sponsored by Epping-based vets, Forest Veterinary Centre.

Sign up today!

Alternatively, you can sign up on the day. The registration desk will be open from 10am on Sunday 24th February.

Could your perfect pooch be St Clare’s Cutest Canine?

Is your pooch positively perfect? Is your dog dazzling? Is your cuddly companion the cutest? Is your furry friend the fairest of them all? Then why not enter them into St Clare Hospice’s Cutest Canine Competition!

All you need to do to enter the competition is:

  1. Register for the Winter Walkies event at
  2. Email a picture of your marvellous mutt and a brief description of your pet (including name, breed and age) to by 12noon on Friday 18th January 2019 to go forward to the public vote.
  3. Encourage your friends and family to vote for your pet when the gallery of all the competition entrants is published on the St Clare Facebook page on Monday 21st January 2019. The dog that receives the most ‘Likes’ when voting closes at 12noon on Friday 25th January 2019 will be named the winner.

All entrants to the Cutest Canine Competition must have registered for Winter Walkies 2019 in order to be eligible to enter. The winning dog and their owner will be invited to officially launch the Winter Walkies event on Sunday 24th February 2019 at 11am, and will also receive a hamper of doggy goodies!

Emma BroadbentFor more information on taking part in this fantastically furry event, get in touch with our Events Fundraiser Emma Broadbent on 01279 773754 or email 


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