Many of us will have started 2018 full of good intentions about doing more exercise and getting out and about in the beautiful Somerset countryside.

But if past experience is anything to go by, our new year’s resolutions can soon fall by the wayside when we get back into our regular routine.

This year, anyone looking for an extra incentive to pull on their walking shoes in January and February can find the perfect solution by signing up for the Great Somerset Walk 2018.

Entries are now open for the eight-mile (13km) walk around Wimbleball Lake on Exmoor.

The event on Sunday, March 4, will be raising much-needed funds for St. Margaret’s Hospice. The charity, which last year cared for 3,800 people across Somerset, needs to raise over £9.5m during the coming year to fund its end of life care services.

Sonia Bateman, events coordinator at St. Margaret’s Hospice, said: “This spectacular walk is guaranteed to be a great day out.

“Meandering through woodland, emerging onto open moorland and all with the backdrop of the calming lake, the walk truly is breathtaking.

“So whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll and picnic with the family, or a fast paced challenge with friends, the Great Somerset Walk has something for everyone.”

The hugely popular fundraising event is taking place for the third year in a row. Entry prices have once again been frozen at £15 for adults and £10 for children, which includes a sunflower badge, a poncho and a medal. T-shirts will also be available to buy on the day.

Participants are encouraged to raise sponsorship or make a donation.

The 2017 event attracted more than 500 walkers, raising over £35,000 to help St. Margaret’s care for people with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

On the day, registration opens at 9am and the walk starts at 11am. Most people take three to four hours to complete the scenic route. Dogs are welcome but owners are asked to keep their pets on a lead and clear up after them.

More information and how to register is available on our website or you can call 0845 345 9671.