One of the most important parts of the event – our Walkers!

Application Form Here

We need to recruit 120 Walker volunteers (20 as reserves) who are willing to undertake the 100 miles from Ypres in Belgium to Whitehall. It’s not entirely on the level and the weather conditions could be both wet and cold!

You will therefore need to be sufficiently fit to undertake at least 25 miles walking per day, for 4 consecutive days. We will provide you with a suggested fitness program to follow in the lead up to the walk.

We want to select Walkers from across the UK, of both sexes, all ages and from all 3 Services. All that we ask, aside from meeting the fitness requirement above, is that you are a Veteran or current Serving Personnel from the United Kingdom or those Commonwealth and other countries who fought alongside us in the trenches of the First World War and commit to both the entire Walk and an individual fundraising target. Serving personnel will take part in a private capacity.

At this stage we just want people to put their names forward by completing and submitting the Application Form

You can also speak to The Long Walk Home Event Management team on 020 8685 5786 or 5770 if you have any questions or need more information.


We anticipate receiving far more applications than we have places and will therefore select to ensure the broadest geographical diversity and representation. If you are unsuccessful in being selected as a Walker then you may wish to consider volunteering for one of the Support teams, some of which will accompany the Walkers.

Training & Conditioning Programme

It is vital that every walker is fit and healthy to participate in this event. We have a Personal Trainer on board who has written a wonderful guide to self assessment, conditioning and preparation.

Click here for the guide


We are asking each Walker to attempt to fundraise a minimum of £1000 for Haig Housing, with a target of £1918. We will provide every assistance in helping you achieve this, including by recruiting a Sponsor for each Walker. We will be asking them to put up £500 of that target and, where possible, to provide other support too. However, we do not want you to be put off by asking this: the most important thing is the taking part so please apply even if you have doubts about your fundraising ability!

Sponsorship/Gift Aid Form here


All Walkers will be asked to assemble at Horseguards in London no later than 0930 on Tuesday 6th November. We will then provide coach transport to Ypres, arriving later that afternoon. Thereafter, all meals and accommodation until breakfast on Sunday 11th November will be provided. Further details including what to bring with you will be provided nearer the event.

Full insurance including medical cover will be provided, together with essential equipment and, on completion, a unique commemorative gift.