About the challenge
Join us on our marathon walk around London. Taking in world famous sights as well as lesser known corners, our route traces a 26 mile course through the UK capital. If you’ve ever fancied doing the London Marathon but aren’t too keen on running, then this could be the event for you. The walk is not the same every year, and the exact route will be released early next year but rest assured we’ll make it an exciting one! You’ll have support from Discover Adventure crew throughout the route as well as rest points and a lunch stop.
This is a tough one day event; at a marathon distance of approximately 26 miles, it forms an enormous challenge for walkers and a great way to fundraise for your charity of choice!
Dates & prices
|Departs||Days||Charity||Availability||Registration fee||Fundraising target||Payment option|
|23 Sep 2017||1||Open challenge||Spaces||£25||+||£150||Or||£75||Book now|
Discover parts of London you never knew existed
Great fun atmosphere
This challenging day takes us through peaceful parks and alongside waterways, passing iconic landmarks as we walk through the historic heart of the city.
What makes it tough?
Long distance (26 miles)
Trekking on hard surface
Other road users/pedestrians
Discover Adventure reserves the right to change the route or itinerary for safety reasons should local conditions dictate.
The price includes experienced Discover Adventure leaders and support staff throughout, a packed lunch and marshalling stops with water and snacks.
It does not include personal insurance (optional), any parking fees or transport costs or any accommodation if required.
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.
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.
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. Please see our website for more details.
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 TCV 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 or call 01302 388883.
Preparing for the challenge
Groups may set off at staggered intervals (depending on numbers), once you've set off you can go at your own pace. The 26-mile walk should take approximately 8-9 hours for fit and strong walkers; others should allow longer. It may take some walkers up to 12 hours. 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. We trek on tarmac paths and pavements around the city and its parks.
Be prepared for any weather! This may only be a one-day event, but you still need 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, sun cream, a warm fleece and any other items needed during the day.
This is a long and tough one-day walk and it is consequently 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!