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The Great British Dog Walk

Raby Castle, Darlington
5 May 2024

Sign up to The Great British Dog Walk on 5 May 2024 and join hundreds of others on a sponsored walk to raise funds to transform the lives of deaf adults and children.

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A sponsored walk to transform deaf people’s lives

Hearing loss is rising. This invisible disability has devastating impacts on people’s safety and mental health. Take part in this 3km or 8km sponsored dog walk, and raise funds to train more incredible hearing dogs who alert to life-saving and important sounds and break down social barriers for deaf people.

Sign up today and you’ll receive a FREE dog bandana, and every penny you raise will help deaf people to leave loneliness behind and reconnect with life.

This is a great opportunity to explore the stunning Raby Estate along with other dog lovers and their four-legged friends, including parts of the estate that aren't usually open to general visitors! There will be activities to do along the routes and other fun games to enjoy before and after the walk, so get your tickets and we look forward to seeing you there!

  • When
    Sunday 5 May 2024
    Mass start 10:30am
  • Where
    Raby Castle,
    Darlington
  • Distance
    3km (short route) or
    8km (long route)
  • Entry Fee
    £12 adults (£15 on the day), Children (under 16) Free

Click here to read all walk details


Supported by Specsavers audiologists


Get a free Hearing Dogs dog bandana with every adult ticket

With every adult ticket purchased, you’ll receive a free dog bandana for your canine companion to wear with pride!

a dog wearing a hearing dogs bandana


When you walk, you change the lives of deaf adults and children, like 12-year-old Aston…

a young boy with a hearing aid, kneeling on grass looking at dog with light coloured fur. Their noses are touching

Come nighttime, Aston was scared of being alone, and becoming more and more tired as time went on. When he finally did settle, on many occasions he would wake in the night crying, unable to hear anything around him.

“When Leighton arrived, for Aston, it was love at first sight. His face spoke a million words.

“At nighttime, having Leighton, and knowing he’s trained for emergencies, gives Aston that feeling of security. Having Leighton has given Aston extra confidence around his hearing loss. When his friends come round to build Lego together, Leighton is always by Aston’s side.”

- Kelly, whose son Aston is partnered with hearing dog Leighton


Raby Castle: the important details

When: Sunday 5 May 2024

Where: Raby Castle, Staindrop, Darlington, County Durham DL2 3AH

Walk start time: Mass start at 10:30am. Registration from 09:30am-11am.

Who: Walk in a big group of walkers and dogs or with your family and friends.

Cost: Adults: £12 online (£15 on the day), Children (under 16): free

Distance: 3km (shorter route) or 8km (longer route through the estate).

Sponsorship: The money you raise through your Great British Dog Walk will help create more amazing hearing dog partnerships that transform deaf people’s lives. There is no minimum sponsorship amount and if you don’t feel you can raise sponsorship, then please consider making a donation when signing up or on the day.

Terrain: Please note the routes are over varied terrain and some areas can be uneven and often muddy, for this reason we recommend you contact us to discuss any mobility issues.

To discuss mobility issues and restrictions, please contact us at events@hearingdogs.org.uk.

Parking: Parking is available at Raby Castle and is free to Great British Dog walkers.

Other Facilities: Toilets, cafe and gift shop.

Fun for all ages and fitness levels!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is The Great British Dog Walk?

    The Great British Dog Walk is a series of sponsored walks to raise funds for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, taking place at stately homes and country parks across the UK. You can walk as part of a large group of other walkers and dogs or walk with just your friends and family.

  • About the event

    In addition to the walk, there will be some additional activities that vary from venue to venue. The additional activities can include, but are not limited to, tombolas, raffles, have-a-go dog agility, cake sales and fun dog competitions. You’ll receive more information about what is happening at your walk venue via email a week or so before the event.

  • When should I arrive?

    Registration opening times will be displayed on your ticket. Make sure you leave enough time to park up and get ready before your walk begins – especially if you are joining the group walk as these will depart at a set time during the morning.

  • Can I sign up on the day?

    Yes! You can register when you arrive at your chosen event. The registration fee for adults on the day is £12 (children under 16 and dogs go free). Registration opens at 10am at your chosen venue.

  • What should I bring?

    Please bring a water bottle for yourself and your dog if they’re joining you. Filled dog water bowls will be available around the registration area.

  • What should I wear?

    Please make sure you wear suitable clothing for the weather conditions. Ensure you bring warm weather gear, layers and waterproofs even if it looks dry, just in case.

  • When do I get my dog bandana?

    You can pick up your dog bandana(s) when you sign in at the registration tent on the day of the event.

  • What if I change my mind about the walk length I’ve chosen?

    No problem, just let us know which walk length you’re wanting to do when you sign in at the registration tent on the day.

  • What facilities will there be?

    In the registration area, there will be a registration and fundraising games tent and toilets. Nearby cafes will be signposted to.

  • Is there an age limit?

    Anyone taking part under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone over the age of 18.

  • Can I bring my dog?

    Yes, absolutely! Due to the number of people and dogs expected, we ask that dogs are always kept on a lead. Dog owners are responsible for their own dog at all times and are responsible for cleaning up after their dog.

  • Where can I park?

    Parking is usually in the main car park at the venue. If this won’t be the case for your chosen venue, then you’ll receive parking instructions via email once you have booked your tickets.

  • Is the route signposted?

    You’ll receive a downloadable map of your chosen walk ahead of the event via email. The walking routes are also signposted and the group walks are led by marshals.

  • How do I fundraise?

    To fundraise online, set up your JustGiving page and share with your friends, family and colleagues. Donations on JustGiving are automatically received by Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

    Or, you can download a paper sponsorship form and either bring your monies on the day of your event, or post a cheque along with the sponsor forms to:

    Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, The Grange, Wycombe Road, Saunderton, HP27 9NS

    Please make cheques payable to ‘Hearing Dogs for Deaf People’.

    If you don’t feel you can raise sponsorship, then please consider making a donation when signing up or on the day.

The event organiser!

For more information about this walk please contact the event organiser using the details below.

If this walk isn’t for you, you can take part in The Great British Dog Walk 2024 at 13 other locations, including stately homes and country parks, across the UK.

See all our Great British Dog Walk locations here