Q. How do I register my interest?
A. By completing the contact form on this site and sending it to me.
Q. Can I just turn up on the day?
A. Yes of course, however you will be asked to sign in on the register and agree to allow me to use your email and contact details as a method of contacting you in the future. You will be asked for a donation to the charity (via a collection bucket) so that you can join the walk.
Q. I haven’t go a Westie but can I come along with my dog anyway?
A. Yes, all support is good, but I would ask that you walk with us at the rear of the walk, so the public and other supporters can enjoy the full Westie Effect of seeing them altogether. If you do not want to join in on the walk, you can always wait for us at the finish on Southsea Common and join us for the raffle and cake buying!
Q. I have got a Westie and another breed of dog, can they come along too?
A. Yes, any member of the Westie family is welcome, but don’t be too surprised if your Westie has got a particular trot about them, when surrounded by their own kind!
Q. Once I have completed the walk, is there any transport laid on to get me back up to my car parked up at Eastney?
A. I am afraid not, but there are taxis from outside Hovertravel that will be happy to help.
Q. Is this a family event, can I bring my children along too?
A. Absolutely, it is positively encouraged to be a family event, I would only ask that no one under 16 years old walks the dog and you bring plenty of water and poop bags with you. Please read our Guidelines
Q. What is the route?
A. Starting from Eastney beach huts by the Coffee Cup, we walk along the esplanade past Southsea Parade Pier, around the back of the Pyramids Centre and the back of Castle Field along to join back up with Southsea Parade, keeping to the left-hand side. Shortly before the Hovertravel, we cross the road to the finish on Southsea Common. Please see route map.
Q. I can’t walk quite as far and my Westie is getting older, I am not sure I can do the whole walk. What can I do?
A . If you are coming by car, there are lots of parking spaces between the start and the finish and if you don’t think you can do the whole walk or you have an aging Westie, you are welcome to join us at any point between Eastney and Southsea Common. All I ask is that you make sure you give me your contact details at the finish and a donation for taking part. Please see route map.
Q. How long does the walk take to do?
A. The fast walkers are usually finished in approximately 30-40 minutes. Its always good to try and keep up with the main walkers because there is a photographer on route and at the finish and you may not get your picture taken if you lag behind. We aim to finish the walk the raffle and sell all of the cakes and other Westie bits by the latest 1.30pm. You can then make arrangements to go and lovely Sunday lunch somewhere in and around Southsea and Old Portsmouth.
I hope I have managed to answer your question, however, if you have something else to ask and you cannot find the answer please use the contact form and I will be in touch as soon as I can.