Animal Friends of Turkey are staging a 10k sponsored walk through some of Lancashire’s loveliest countryside to mark the first anniversary of the charity’s launch.

The launch of this event comes only days after AFOT issued a warning that we will need to put a hold on helping new dogs as we were running low on funds.

It is hoped that this event along with other fundraising initiatives and the help of our generous supporter will help us to take on more animals.

The circular walk from Lytham Station to Fairhaven Lake and back again is being held on Sunday, May 19 this year.

The walk will take in Witch Wood and will finish with a wonderful promenade walk along the sea front at Lytham.

We are today calling on all supporters within striking distance of Lytham to come and join us for what we hope will be a great day.

And don’t forget the most important thing of all – bring your dogs along as this is very definitely a dog friendly walk.

Animal Friends of Turkey was formed on May 1, 2018, and has been going from strength to strength ever since thanks the army of people who have supported us so generously.

AFOT was granted formal Registered Charity status by the Charities Commission in March of this year.

The demand for our work in Turkey is enormous and we now have the infrastructure and procedures in place to help so many animals.

The only thing that is stemming our ability to help yet more animals is our ability to keep the money coming in.

We are hoping that events such as this walk will help give our funds the boost they need for us to be even more active in bringing abused and abandoned animals across to the UK for a happier life in new forever homes.

You only need to read some of the success stories on this site to understand how rewarding it is to see these animals so happy in their new homes.

We implore as many of you as can make it to turn up and to gather as much sponsorship as you can to help boost our coffers.

You can download a copy of our official AFOT 10k walk sponsorship form complete with gift aid facility by clicking here

To download a promotional printer you can print off for placing in an area that might attract additional supporters please click the download button below

The walk will commence at 13:00 from Lytham Station – SatNav postcode FY8 5NF – where there is pay and display parking available.  There is also parking available in the nearby town centre.

Here is a map showing the main walk before the promenade finish.  The key landmarks of the walk are also shown against the numbers on the map.

The overview of the main part of the walk before the stroll along Lytham promenade

1- From Lytham Station climb the steps up to Ballam Road and turn left over the railway bridge.

2 – A few yards past the railway bridge turn left into Witchwood and proceed down the slope. Continue through the wood until you come to a gate and stile (below).

3 – Go through the gate or over the stile. Cross over the track and through the gate on the other side.

4 – Continue through the wood until you come to the exit onto Blackpool Road

5 – On leaving the wood cross the road and turn right for a few yards before turning left into Oxford Road. After 50 yards Oxford Road turns 90 degrees right and takes you along the railway line for 100 yards or so before you come to a pedestrian bridge which you will cross. Having crossed the railway bridge (above) walk straight ahead to Clifton Drive and cross over. Keep going straight ahead toward the sea. On your left you will see the White Church (below).

6 – After the White Church the road bears right along the coast line past Granny’s Bay. After 200 yards you come to Fairhaven lake (Tea shop, Toilets, Boat Hire)

7 – At Fairhaven Lake walk around the lake and then return along past Granny’s Bay to where the road bears around to the White Church. Turn right onto the footpath that follows the sea wall (below).

7b – Walk towards Granny’s Bay and just before you reach it turn left and walk between the sea defence workings and the wall.

8 – Continue along the wall for a mile and a half .

8b – At the end of the wall turn left back towards Clifton Drive

9 – When you reach the road turn right and carry on until you are past the workings where you can rejoin the path along the front walking up to the Windmill and RNLI Station or turning left onto Dicconson Terrace towards the Piazza

10 – From the Windmill return along the road to Dicconson Terrace. Cross the road here and go through the Piazza. Notice the lovely mosaic showing local landmarks and images.Cross the road at the pedestrian crossing and walk past Stringers department store onto Park Street and continue towards the station.

11- Continue along Park Street, crossing Westby Street.

12 – The station is to your left and can be reached by either turning left and then right, or by walking up the bridge and descending the steps. The Station pub serves fine ales and has some outdoor seating.

13 – Finally we complete the walk with a stroll down Lytham prom for a breath of fresh sea air