Farm owners encourage everyone to get training for charity event

Published on: Wed, 13/05/2020 - 14:00

Owners of Canalside Farm, near Stafford are encouraging everyone to keep exercising this month and start training for their Countryfile Ramble on Sunday 4th October, which raises much needed funds for Children in Need.

The family-run farm, which has been growing its own produce for over 35 years, say they want to help motivate people to stay active during this difficult time.

Owners, Chris and Wendy Barton said:

“We realised that this is very strange times for everyone, and that it would be easy to sit at home feeling very depressed. So we wanted to give everyone something positive to focus on and to hopefully motivate them to exercise every day. There couldn’t be a more important time to stay fit and well, and we realise that exercise is not only good for your physical health, but your mental wellbeing too. People are obviously allowed to do a daily walk, and could easily workout in their gardens or to an exercise DVD. Better still if you have children, pick up their skipping rope or hula hoop and get them to join in.”

Canalside completed their first ever ramble in 2018, and featured on the BBC Countryfile programme last year. This year they want to make it even bigger and better, so that they can raise as much money as possible for the charity. The owners of the Farm are therefore putting a ‘call out’ to everyone, asking people to join in on the walk in October.

Chris continued:


“Last year we had a great turnout, but would love to get more people involved. We’re lucky enough to be situated right on the side of the Trent and Mersey Canal, which provides great walks and stunning views. We are always encouraging our customers to go for walks along the canal and have developed a series of walks on our website for people to download. So when we saw Countryfile, we thought this was the perfect opportunity to get people out walking and raise money for charity at the same time.”

The 4 mile circular walk, will start at Canalside’s Café in Great Haywood at 11am on Sunday 4th October, (providing it is safe to do so) and will finish at approximately 1.30pm. The walk will take in the stunning Staffordshire countryside, including the Shugborough estate and the glorious canal network. Refreshments such as tea, coffee and bacon sandwiches will be available to buy from the café prior to, and after the walk.

Since the BBC started Children in Need they have raised a staggering £972 million, helping disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. Their aim is to ensure that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential.

Canalside Farm is located in Great Haywood, just 6 miles from Stafford. It is situated just off the A51, between Stone and Rugeley or from the Stafford direction, follow the signs for Tixall and Great Haywood (postcode ST18 0RQ). The Farm Shop is currently open every day from 10am to 4pm.

For further information please telephone 01889 881747 or log onto the their website