Sarsen Trail and Neolithic Marathon axed

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Sarsen Trail (credit Philip Cooper Photography)

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 10:46am 12th December 2018. (Updated at 12:19pm 12th December 2018)

Popular walk held every Spring across Salisbury Plain and the Pewsey Downs comes to end after 30 years.

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, which runs the "wonderful mass participation"  event, says the decision from the Board of Trustees has been made with a "heavy heart."

It's one of the charity's biggest fundraisers of the year.

This year's event saw 1400 people take part and raised £35,000 for the charity.

 WHY HAS IT BEEN CANCELLED?

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust say the decision has been taken due to "rising costs and logistical challenges."

In 2017 the Sarsen Trail had to be cancelled because the army needed to use Salisbury Plain.

Here's the full statement:

Sarsen' has been a wonderful mass participation event in the Trust's calendar, held every year in May for the past 30 years. This unique event invited walkers and runners, and latterly cyclists and dog walkers, to explore the landscape and wildlife of the Pewsey Downs and Vale, and Salisbury Plain, following a historic route from the stone circle of Avebury to Stonehenge.

The event was enthusiastically supported by people from all over the county, the country and beyond. So it is with a heavy heart that, due to rising costs and logistical challenges the Trust has had to take this decision. "

The charity has also thanked all the volunteers and participants that have taken part in Sarsen over the last three decades.

WHAT NEXT?

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust says to honour the legacy of the event it hopes to "offer a number of personal challenges from next year,"

Thos will focus on giving participants access to some of the wonderful natural and man-made heritage which Wiltshire has to offer.

Details will be made available on www.wiltshirewildlife.org in the coming months.

 

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