Normally, walking along a railway track that carries trains is a very bad idea — but one day next month, a full 11 miles of railway will be opened up for the public to walk along.

This is Track Trek 2017, and is a fund raiser event for the heritage Bluebell Railway, near Gatwick Airport, which will be closing its entire line for the day to let boots replace wheels.

The walk will take place on Saturday 18 November raising money for the Tr(ack) Action Appeal, which is an appeal set up to raise £250,000 for the renewal of track along parts of the Railway.

The walk is therefore sponsored — and participants are asked to raise at least £25 per person, with a bonus medal for people raising £100.

The target for the Track Trek is to raise £15,000 which will buy a new 60 foot track panel.

The Trek will start from East Grinstead from 9am on Saturday 18th November.

To apply, download this form, complete it and send the first page back to the railway to secure your place.

More details here.

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