Our route takes us from Winchester’s historic Cathedral into picturesque English countryside. We head west through farmland, ancient woodland, chalk valleys and quiet villages. Our destination is the magnificent 13th-Century Salisbury Cathedral.
This is a tough event over the rolling downs and water-meadows between the historic cities of Winchester and Salisbury. At 26 miles, it forms an enormous challenge for walkers. There will be full support throughout the challenge with marshals and water stops along the route.
Choosing to do the Trekathon as a fundraising challenge is entirely at your discretion. We recommend a fundraising target of £100 but you are free to raise any amount. You can raise money for any charity on this event.
Our challenging day starts early from Winchester, ancient capital of Wessex and city of King Alfred the Great. We follow the Itchen valley, climbing our first hill before the city’s outskirts have dropped behind us. We then head west through ancient woodland and farmland and past ancient earthworks. We pass historic King’s Somborne, site of a royal hunting forest and palace, then cross the picturesque River Test towards our halfway point.
Leaving the Test Valley behind us, we cross rolling downs with fabulous views, then take a Roman Road which cuts unswerving through the landscape. Our route continues to dip and climb as we cross the hills.
On a clear day you will see Salisbury’s magnificent Cathedral spire – at 404ft it is the highest in the UK – from many miles away. Passing Clarendon Palace, a hunting lodge ruin dating back to Norman times, it’s not long before we reach Salisbury and can celebrate our achievement in front of the beautiful Cathedral.
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