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London Marathon Walk

Activity
Trek
Duration
1 day
Grade
Grade 3

About the challenge

Our walking route takes us around the well-known names from the game, from Old Kent Road to Mayfair, Kings Cross Station to Whitehall. En route we take in many of London’s world-famous sights including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the London Eye and the Tower of London as we trace our challenging route through the heart of the historic city. This is an enjoyable and rewarding way to explore our capital city, but be prepared for a long, tough one-day event! Are you ready to pass Go?

Dates & prices

   
Departs Days Charity Availability Registration fee   Fundraising target   Payment option  
24 Sep 2016 1 Open challenge Spaces £25 + £120 Or £60 Book now
23 Sep 2017 1 Open challenge Spaces £25 + £150 £75 Book now

The itinerary

We meet early for registration at our start-point in Burgess Park, Southwark, and head out through the park onto Old Kent Road. The only Monopoly property south of the Thames, it formed part of the old Roman road to Dover.  We head along it and strike off north to cross the Thames at Tower Bridge, an inspiring landmark. We enjoy great views of the Tower of London, where great historical figures such as Anne Boleyn would no doubt have been grateful for a Get out of Jail Free card.

Passing St Katharine’s Docks, we head north onto Whitechapel Road and then turn west towards Fenchurch Street Station, the first of the four prized Monopoly railway stations. Mixing the modern with the old, we have great views of the Gherkin and then pass Monument, the tower commemorating the Great Fire of London of 1666.

Crossing the Thames again, we walk alongside its south bank, passing landmarks including the Globe Theatre and the Millennium Bridge, while St Paul’s Cathedral can be seen across the river. This is a lovely part of our walk, and our legs should be feeling good! Our route takes us over the Thames again, ticking off the Strand and Fleet Street, then to our northernmost point at The Angel, Islington. We continue along the other light blue properties, Pentonville Road and Euston Road, towards Regent’s Park, which marks our halfway point. We then walk down Sherlock Holmes’ famous Baker Street before heading for Marylebone Station.

Heading south, we tick off the green properties of Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street in quick succession, before coming to Hyde Park via the board’s most expensive properties, Mayfair and Park Lane. Looping south towards Kensington and Marlborough Street, we return east, passing a procession of landmarks including Hyde Park Corner, Buckingham Palace and Constitution Hill, The Mall, Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square. We now have only one Monopoly landmark left, so we walk down the historic thoroughfare of Whitehall, passing Downing Street and the Cenotaph. We continue to Westminster Abbey and come to the Thames, which we cross for fabulous views across the river to the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

Only two miles now remain, and we cross residential and shopping streets on tired but determined legs, to receive a huge welcome back at Burgess Park! After some refreshments to celebrate our huge achievement, we say our farewells and head home.

Trek approx 26 miles / 42 km

Discover Adventure reserves the right to change the route or itinerary for safety reasons should local conditions dictate.

Detailed information

What's Included?

The price includes experienced Discover Adventure leaders and support staff throughout, a packed lunch and marshalling stops with water and snacks.

What's Excluded?

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.

Trip Safety

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.

Carbon Offsetting

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

Walking Information

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.

Weather

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.

Training

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!