THE largest urban walking event in the West Midlands will be taking place in Dudley next month.

Dudley Trail returns on Sunday May 5 for the 39th year, where walkers will start from Dudley Leisure Centre and take on one of five routes around the borough.

Walks of six, nine, 12, 20 and 28 miles are on offer, with routes celebrating the beauty spots and industrial heritage of the borough.

Routes will pass along canal towpaths, disused railway lines and country footpaths and are suitable for both beginners and seasoned walkers.

Peter Davenport, of The Lee Shaw Partnership, who run the event in association with Dudley Council, said: "We’re delighted to be sponsoring such a big event in the borough which is enjoyed by so many people.

"We’ll be there on the day putting our best foot forward, and we would urge as many people as possible to get involved for a good cause.”

People can walk to raise money for a charity of their choice or for Action Heart who support the event and offer an incentive to raise funds.

Bob Bridge, of Action Heart, said: "The Dudley Trail is popular with people of all ages and whether you amble, ramble or even run there is something for everyone.

"Walking is really good exercise and the Trail has a super-friendly atmosphere where both groups and individuals enjoy the challenge of one of the five distances on offer.”

Online fees are £4 per person to join the 28 and 20 mile routes, £3 for the 12 and nine mile routes and £2.50 to walk the gentler six mile route. Costs will be an extra £1 for each route when booking on the day.

Information is available on the Himley Hall website or by calling 01384 817834.