Walkers raised more than £3,500 for Kenyan clean drinking water projects by taking part in a charity hike.

Dozens of participants donned their walking boots and took to Heartwood Forest to join the Oxfam Herts Hike, which took in a number of routes ranging from three to 20 miles long.

The 22nd annual walk took in various towns in the area, including Wheathampstead, Ayot St Lawrence and Kimpton.

The Mayor of the City and District of St Albans, Cllr Mohammad Iqbal Zia, joined in along with his family, as did several community groups.

He said: “I was glad to see so many people turning out for the Oxfam Herts Hike in Heartwood Forest.

“The event was well supported by walkers from the Hertfordshire Asian Women’s Association, the Homewood Road United Reformed Church, the Brownies and the Woodcraft Folk as well as other local community groups.

“My family and I had a great time exploring the beautiful countryside with the many walkers who took part.

“Thank you to everyone who joined in this fun, family-friendly event that this year helped raise funds for Oxfam’s much-needed project to bring clean water supplies to villages in Kenya.”

This year, organisers decided to raise money for clean drinking projects in the East African nation.

They explained how it means many women and girls are spared long, and sometimes dangerous, journeys to the closest river – water that is often dirty and unhealthy.

This year’s walk saw 165 people take part and the group’s Just Giving page has collected more than £1,700.

This, combined with roughly £2,000 that was raised on the day, plus expected future donations will hopefully see them reach their target of £6,000.

To donate to the Herts Hike group, click here.