MORE than 150 walkers took part in the annual Horsfall House sponsored walk for free respite care.

The sun shone as keen hikers and walkers took on the challenge of a 10-mile circular walk through the countryside around Minchinhampton on Sunday afternoon, May 12.

"The weather was absolutely super, it couldn't have been better," said Duncan Wood, of the Horsfall House Fundraising Committee.

Princess Anne, who is the patron of Horsfall House, granted permission for the participants to walk through Gatcombe Wood, which is usually closed to the public.

Walkers were also able to enjoy the scenery of Avening Court Gardens, which is also not otherwise open to the public.

Organisers hope that, as in previous years, several thousand pounds will be raised for the ongoing provision of the free respite care Horsfall House offers.

Horsfall House in Minchinhampton is a registered charity that cares for the elderly in the locality.

It offers free respite care to enable partners and families who care for their elderly relatives at home, to have a well earned break.

The home includes a respite bed, funded entirely by charitable donations, extensive fundraising and the generous support of the Stroud Hospital League of Friends.

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Photos by Simon Pizzey.