Annual Shelley Welly Walk

The Shelley Welly Walk originated from the early days of the Village Hall, 1978 to be exact, when it was imperative to raise money.


It was thought that it would be a good idea to have a sponsored walk, however the person who put this idea forward also suggested that the event took place on New Year's Day, possibly with the hope that it may blow away a few cobwebs and anything else left over from Christmas and the New Year celebrations.


Since that first walk the event has mostly taken place every year on the 1st of January , there are 2 walks;

  • The long walk starts from the Village Hall car park at 10am and is roughly 6½ miles (10½ km) roughly following the village boundary.
  • The short walk again starts from the Village Hall car park at 11am and is roughly 3½ miles (5½km)


The Welly Walk got it's name simply due to the fact that wellies are the most suitable footware to have when walking the footpaths around Shelley in January.


For many years everyone would go back to the Village Hall at the end of the walk for soup and a hot drink, but in more recent years people have congregated at the Flying Ferret after the walk.  However 2022 saw the return of the Village Hall for refreshments, and it is hoped this will continue in the years ahead!


A map of the route can be downloaded here. Check out some great photographs from the route below.