The Great Global Greyhound Walk is an annual dog-walking event that aims to raise the profile of rescued and retired (ex-racing) greyhounds, showing the world what beautiful companions these dogs make. This year’s walk is date to be confirmed due to coronavirus – provisionally Sunday 4th October 2020.
Formerly known as the Great British Greyhound Walk, the aim is to bring owners together regardless of where their hound is from, to celebrate greyhounds and other sighthounds, to raise awareness of hounds in need and to promote sighthounds as pets in a BIG way.
The event primarily involves hundreds of organised “walks”, not just in the UK but right across the globe, that all take place on the same day. All walks are free to attend and are open to everybody, whether they are a sighthound owner or not.
The Great British Greyhound Walk started in 2010. Beginning as a seed of an idea, it has taken place annually on the 2nd Sunday of June with the attendance growing from 1624 sighthounds attending 23 walks in 2010, to 4605 sighthounds attending 146 walks in 2015.
In 2014, and then 2015, we went ‘global’, inviting international sighthounds to walk as well and the response was amazing – 38 extra walks worldwide, with 863 sighthounds attending. The figures spoke for themselves, we were no longer just a ‘British’ event and so 2016 saw us evolve into the ‘Great Global Greyhound Walk‘.
In 2019 we celebrated 10 years and increased our figures immensely – to 8,795 sighthounds walking ‘together’ across the world in 275 walks!
Please note: The Great Global Greyhound Walk is self-funding and relies on donations and the sale of merchandise to keep running. Please take a look at our range of products and/or consider donating, either by Paypal (to [email protected]), by cheque (made payable to Greyhound Walks and sent to Brinkside, Eau Brink, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE34 4SQ) or via our shop. Thank you.
The Great Global Greyhound Walk is a project of Greyhound Walks, a group of greyhound and lurcher owners who walk most weekends in Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Hertfordshire. In addition to the Sunday walks they also hold an annual Greyhound, Lurcher and Fun Dog Show each summer in Essex, and organise the now legendary ‘New Years Day Walk’ at Hylands Park in Chelmsford.