Arkell Dyslexia Charity’s Big Walk for Dyslexia will return on Sunday as part of the Farnham Walking Festival – this year taking walkers on a stroll around Farnham Park. 

The self-guided route, starting at the charity’s centre in West Street, is 5km and takes in the historic park with its 600-year-old landscape of avenues, hills, hidden dells and streams. A shorter route is also available.

It promises to be a fun day out for all the family and, even better, will raise dyslexia awareness and funds to help the West Street-based charity support people with dyslexia and their families.

Another difference this year is that Teddy Edward Arkell Bear, the charity’s furry, enthusiastic but fairly chaotic mascot, has decided to take over the sponsored walk. He’s inviting everyone to come along with your own furry friends – bears and dogs – to enjoy the day.

Afterwards there will be tea, coffee and cake for everyone to enjoy.

Arkell Dyslexia Charity CEO Andy Cook said: "We are delighted to be part of Farnham’s Walking Festival this year and hope you can join us. Teddy and his friends will be doing the walk for fun – and it will be a great day – but we are doing this to help more adults and children with dyslexia get the expert, personal support they need and that we can provide."

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that affects as many as one in ten of us. People with dyslexia can struggle with reading, spelling, organisation and memory. The really good news is that specialist intervention can make a world of difference and this is what Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity does, helping around 1,000 people each year.