About the challenge
This challenging day takes us west from the Olympic Park in Stratford through peaceful parks and alongside waterways, passing famous sights including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the London Eye and St Paul’s Cathedral as we walk through the heart of the city, steeped in history, to our finish point on the Thames at Greenwich, right by the famous Cutty Sark. This is a tough one-day event through the urban landscape; at approx 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.
Dates & prices
|Departs||Days||Charity||Availability||Registration fee||Fundraising target||Payment option|
|27 Sep 2014||1||Open challenge||Spaces||£75||+||£150||Or||—||Book now|
|26 Sep 2015||1||Open challenge||Spaces||£75||+||£150||—||Book now|
Our day starts at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, East London. Centre of the 2012 Olympic Games, it’s a great place to start our own challenge. We set off along traffic-free walkways and canal towpaths, enjoying the views of this quiet corner. We pass through Victoria Park and continue along Regent’s Canal 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 views across to the London Eye. We then take to the centre, with streets steeped in history and mentioned by Austen, Dickens, Shakespeare and Pepys. We walk via Fleet Street and St Paul’s Cathedral to Cheapside and the historic financial centre of Cornhill. We then return to the river Thames via Pudding Lane, where the Great Fire of London started in 1666.
Back on the Thames, we follow the river past the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, then through the historic London Docks area from Wapping to Limehouse, much of which has since been filled in and re-developed. Our route takes us via Canary Wharf on the Isle of Dogs, now home to some of the UK’s tallest buildings, before we cross the Thames one final time, via the Greenwich Foot Tunnel. We finish our epic Trekathon by the beautiful 19th century Cutty Sark clipper ship in Greenwich.
There is time to celebrate with your fellow participants before returning home or continuing with sightseeing and enjoying all that London has to offer!
Total distance: Approx 26 miles / 42 km
• Experienced Discover Adventure leaders and support staff throughout to manage the event safely and enjoyably
• packed lunch
• Marshalling stops with water and snacks
It does not include:
• personal insurance (optional)
• any parking fees or transport costs
• 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. AITO, our Trade Association, has recognised the work we do in this area and has awarded us 5 stars as a Responsible Tour Operator.
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!