News Shopper's finest staff are set to join hundreds of walkers on a magical night time walk through the striking urban landscapes of London and into the gorgeous countryside of Kent. DAN KEEL explains.

We are proud to announce we have joined forces with children's charity Widehorizons to launch an event which will bring smiles to the faces of readers in Lewisham, Greenwich, Bromley, Bexley and north Kent while raising vital money for the area's youngsters.

Walkers of all abilities have the chance to see the sun set in London and then rise again in Kent - all in the space of a few hours?

Editor Andy Parkes, news editor Dan Keel and 'Gemma from IT' have already signed up with other Shopper hacks expected to follow suit soon.

They will stomping the roads while taking in some of the most stunning walks in the south-east including the Green Chain Link, London Loop, Darent Valley Path, and North Downs Way.

Andy said: "I can't wait to get my walking boots on and begin exploring the beautiful countryside in Kent - all for a fantastic cause.

"I desperately need to start getting in shape as this long hard winter has taken its toll, but, having said that, if there are a few pubs along the route I won't complain!"

Walkers who sign up will have a choice of a 25km or 50km event with hundreds of florescent arrows showing you the way along the carefully planned route.

Meanwhile, everyone will be treated to soup and bread rolls at the half-way point and a hot breakfast on the finish line.

  • Over the next few weeks News Shopper will be giving you lots more detail on the key sites, views and attractions along Nightline's route.

We will also be bring you some moving stories on how Widehorizons has changed the lives of some of the area's youngsters.

  • Visit or to keep up-to-date on the event's progress.


Twitter: @Widehorizons_uk


Date: Saturday June 21

Time: Registration from 6.30pm. Walks start at 7.45pm in Eltham and 11.30pm in Horton Kirby

Distance: 25km (5-6hrs) or 50km (10-12hrs)

Start location: Eltham or Horton Kirby (near Dartford)

Finish Location: Horton Kirby (near Dartford) or Wrotham, Kent Registration opens from 6.30pm.

Minimum Age: 16

News Shopper:

Editor Andy Parkes, news editor Dan Keel and 'Gemma from IT'




Call: 0845 600 65 67

Cost: £10 registration fee. £90 minimum fundraising


Charity Widehorizons provides life-changing adventures for children and young people.

Currently, 80 per cent of people in the UK live in urban areas meaning many are becoming disengaged with the natural world around them.

Widehorizons offers day visits and residential courses to schools.

Additionally, they also offer an Outreach Programme where Widehorizons’ tutors bring adventure to schools, using even the smallest of outdoor spaces to help children learn.