About the challenge
Join us for this fabulous trek around our capital city, taking in world-famous sights and less well-known corners as we trace our 14-mile route through London. This challenging day takes us west from Moorfield Eye Hospital through peaceful parks and alongside waterways, passing famous sights including Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben as we walk through the heart of the city to our finish point at the London Eye on the Thames. This is a tough one-day event through the urban landscape; at approx 14 miles, it forms a memorable and worthwhile challenge for walkers. There is also a short 4-mile walk for families, starting and ending at the same points. There will be full support throughout the challenge with marshals and water stops along the route.
Our day starts at Moorfield Eye Hospital, an apt place to start our challenge. We set off north, soon joining up with Regent’s Canal and following the towpath through Islington and Camden Town to Regent’s Park. We walk a short distance through the park, which is home to London Zoo and a favourite with many Londoners and tourists alike for its peaceful atmosphere. We pass the famous Lord’s Cricket Ground, and then take in Abbey Road, famous for its music studios, and the zebra crossing famously used on The Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover.
We loop south through Little Venice, and cross Hyde Park, looping round past the Natural History Museum and Harrod’s before returning to Hyde Park. Leaving at Hyde Park Corner, the next few miles take us past a procession of landmarks including Constitution Hill and Buckingham Palace, The Mall, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall. Passing Downing Street and the Cenotaph, we continue south past Westminster Abbey and come to the Thames, which we cross for fabulous views across the river to the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.
Crossing back over the Thames, we walk along Victoria Embankment with tantalising views across to the London Eye – we are very close now! We cross back over on Hungerford Bridge and come to our finish point on the riverbank.
Total distance: Approx 14 miles
Meanwhile, those on our 4-mile walk for families will leave Moorfield Eye Hospital and head south, heading for the historic heart of the city. Passing the old financial centre of Cornhill, we pass the Monument and famous Pudding Lane, where the Great Fire of London started in 1666, before coming onto the banks of the River Thames by the striking St Magnus the Martyr Church. We then follow the Thames, enjoying landmarks such as the Shard, St Paul’s and the Globe, before reaching Hungerford Bridge and crossing to our finish point at the London Eye.
Total distance: Approx 4 miles
There is time to celebrate with your fellow participants before returning home or continuing with sightseeing and enjoying all that London has to offer!
Discover Adventure reserves the right to change the route or itinerary for safety reasons should local conditions dictate.
• Experienced Discover Adventure leaders and support staff throughout to manage the event safely and enjoyably
• Marshalling stops with drinks and snacks
It does not include:
• personal insurance (optional)
• any parking fees or transport costs
• accommodation if required
• packed lunch & water-bottles
Approx. £50 is recommended for personal expenses. We strongly recommend you carry a credit card in case of personal emergency.
Public transport to the start / finish points is plentiful.
Worldwide Sustainable Tourism
Long before ‘Responsible Tourism’ became a recognised phrase, we designed and ran our trips to ensure they made minimum impact on the environment and a positive impact on the local communities we pass through.
Discover Adventure Projects
We are supporting a tree-planting project in Peru and a children’s home in Tanzania on a long-term basis. If you would like to ‘give something back’ please consider donating £5 to our projects when you sign up.
We encourage all our customers to offset emissions connected with their trip. You can offset at any time in the lead-up to departure by visiting Climate Care via our website and making a donation to a worthwhile project supported by them. Alternatively, if you wish to take more practical action in the UK you can volunteer for a day with The Conversation Volunteers and work on an environmental project local to you. Work may include construction footpaths, dry stone walling, creating wildlife habitats or planting trees in your community. Volunteer today at www.tcv.org.uk or call 01302 388883.
Preparing for the challenge
Walking Information & Training
Groups may set off at staggered intervals (depending on numbers) but you can go at your own pace.
The full 14-mile walk should take approximately 5-6 hours for fit and strong walkers; others should allow longer. This is not a competitive event! You can go at your own pace, but if we are concerned about you being able to finish the distance safely, we will recommend you stop early. Further information will be sent once you have registered on the event.
We trek on tarmac paths and pavements around the city and its parks.
Be prepared for any weather! This event requires appropriate, good quality footwear and clothing to cope with the weather conditions, terrain and distance.
Clothing & Equipment
We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice. Each person should bring a small daypack to carry lunch, camera, waterproofs, a warm fleece and any other items needed during the day.
This is a long and challenging one-day walk and it is vital that you train sufficiently for it. We will supply you with a thorough training guide once you have registered. The more training that you do the more you will enjoy the experience!
Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with mobile phones, medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary. They always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. Our leaders are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration – such as compulsory medical questionnaires – is all done with your safety in mind.