It's nearly Christmas and week 7 our our Virtual Walk Challenge. We have now completed 659 miles and 1,594,509 steps!!

We have reached marker number 42 on our Virtual Walk map which is Pitlochry, a beautiful town in the county of Perthshire, Scotland.

Please accept our apologies for missing last weeks update, so here we have combined Week's 6 and 7 to bring you a jam packed update with 2 location guides and plenty of fundraiser photos! 

Week 6 Update

Week 6 took us from Corbridge in Northumberland across the boarder to bonnie Scotland. Take a look at our Location Guide for Route Markers 31. Corbridge to 36. Lauder.

The guide has fun facts and interesting information on the places we passed through on our Virtual Walk challenge, including a look at an adorable donkey called Muffin, who lives at The Scottish Border Donkey Sanctuary. 

Week 6 step count was 187,461 (to bring our total to 1,366,772). This equates to 82 miles, bringing our total to 555 miles completed.  

How Far To Go

292 miles to go until we reach John O’Groats. We’re now over 2/3's of the way there so let’s keep moving to complete the whole 847 miles.

Week 7 Update

It's Christmas week and we have been virtually walking through the beautiful Scottish countryside. This weeks location guide is Route Markers 37. Dalkeith to 42. Pitlochry, Perthshire.

Discover fun facts, photographs and local information about each town we have passed through on our challenge. You can also use Google Street View to follow the route on a computer or mobile phone here.


We have completed 227,737 steps this week, bringing our total number of steps on Wednesday, 23rd December to 1,594,509.


We have completed a further 104 miles. Bringing our total number of miles at he end of Wednesday, 23rd December to 659.

How Far To The Finish Line?

We have 188 miles to go until we reach our finish point of John O'Groats. We now close for Christmas so we will pick the challenge back up in the New Year.

Don't forget to keep logging your steps over the Christmas break!

Latest Progress

We have received some wonderful photos of our fundraisers efforts this week -

Here is Michael and James with the Christmas decorations in Leeds City Centre, David exploring Bramley Falls, Kirkstall Abbey and cycling the Nidderdale Greenway, while William had fun at Rothwell Country Park.

Our staff team have been getting involved too - Becki and her family enjoyed finding Christmas Lights, Claire explored Fairburn Ings and Danielle's woodland dog walks. Great work team!

Break For Christmas

It's Christmas eve so our VACS bases are now closed for Christmas, so we will all be enjoying a short break. We will resume the challenge on Monday, 4th January 2021.

We have 188 miles left to go until we reach the finish line of John O’Groats, so keep up those steps over the festive period.

Thank you to everyone who has submitted steps and helped fundraise for the Virtual Walk challenge this year, we hope you have a restful break and a very merry Christmas! See you all in 2021!