Dozens of walkers ventured onto the footpaths and trails of the Wye Valley during the inaugural Wye Valley Trek, supporting St Michael’s Hospice.

The 26.2-mile route took in picturesque scenery from Hay-on-Wye to Bredwardine and out to Byford before heading towards Hereford and the finish line at the city’s Rowing Club.

St Michael’s says the event has raised just over £7,000.

“We are absolutely delighted with the involvement from our participants and their supporters for this first Wye Valley Trek,” said Amy Johnson, Events & Community Fundraiser at St Michael’s Hospice. “It’s wonderful to see people coming together to take on this challenging distance in memory of their loved ones and in support of their Hospice.”

Despite the 7am start last Sunday morning (24th), trekkers’ enthusiasm was high as they boarded coaches - kindly donated by Yeomans - to the start point the other side of Hay.

The welcome sight of the first snack stop greeted walkers approaching the Golden Valley Rifle Club, six miles in, where chocolate brownies, flapjacks and bananas were devoured.

Ten miles later, at picturesque Byford Church, a delicious lunch of sandwiches, crisps and very welcome hot drinks was served by a team of willing volunteers, who are essential to St Michael’s putting on events like this.

From Byford, the trekkers headed towards Bishopstone and spent another eight miles walking amid beautiful scenery enroute to Breinton Village Hall for their final stop.

With friends and family gathered at the finish line, the walkers made their way along the riverside path to Hereford Rowing Club to enjoy some welcome refreshments.

The money raised by the walkers will go directly towards the Hospice which offers a range of services in Herefordshire and the surrounding area to people receiving palliative or end-of-life care. All care is free to patients, their families & carers; this is thanks to supporters taking part in events, visiting the charity’s shops, playing the St Michael’s Hospice Lottery, donating and leaving gifts in Wills.