A new charity challenge walk along the National Forest Way will take place in the autumn.

The National Forest Trek brings three charities together in a new fundraising event which aims 'to build better futures by transforming lives and creating a forest for everyone to enjoy'.

The joint charities involved include The National Forest, The National Aboretum and The Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Benevolent Fund.

Those taking part will be supported all the way from Beacon Hill, near the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC), through ancient woodland and newly planted trees, to the finish at the National Memorial Arboretum, the nation’s year-round centre of remembrance.

Taking place over the weekend of 17 to 19 September, the fundraiser offers three treks for differing abilities, with a one, two or three-day walks across the 12 stages and 75 miles of the National Forest Way.

The Three Day Trek is a full 75-mile route, which will be professionally supported throughout. The walk is broken down to 30 miles on day one, 25 miles on day two, and 20 miles on the final day. Planned overnight stops are scheduled at Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Rosliston. Fundraisers will have a minimum fundraising commitment of £400 plus £75 entry fee. The self-funded option has an entry fee of £200.

The One Day Trek is a 20-mile walk culminating at The National Memorial Arboretum. Fundraisers will have a minimum commitment of £200 and a £25 entry fee. The self-funded option has an entry fee of £100.

Finally, The 5K Trek is a flat walk around the National Arboretum and is suitable for all ages. Entry fee is £15 and there is no minimum fundraising requirement.

Registration for The National Forest Trek closes on 31 March. For further information and to register, nationalforesttrek.co.uk