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Alzheimer's Society Trek 26

UK Trekathon CHALLENGING
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About the Challenge

All of the full distance options feature circular routes from an event hub, and half distance options are available for each challenge. Train station pick ups and parking is provided at most events.

Yorkshire One Peak

1 DAY

The Yorkshire Dales was shaped by glaciers thousands of years ago, and its wild beauty, with striking limestone outcrops and unusual rock formations, forms the backdrop for this wonderful circular hike.

Our trek takes us through these wild, rugged and exposed landscapes, heading for steep-sided Ingleborough, one of the region’s famous Three Peaks.

This is an exhilarating and demanding trek in some of the most spectacular countryside England has to offer, and at half-marathon distance presents a worthy challenge to walkers.

  • We meet at our Event Hub near the village of Horton in Ribblesdale for registration and a briefing, and after warming up our muscles, we set off!

    We turn north off the Pennine Way before reaching Pen-y-Ghent, and head towards the Ribblehead Viaduct; built in the 1870s, it is 400m long and an impressive sight. As we walk up the valley our path runs parallel with the Settle to Carlisle railway line. Once at Ribblehead, our route takes us southwest towards Ingleborough (723m), the main challenge of our day.

    We approach on its northern ridge, which is demanding at times, though the amazing scenery around us provides wonderful motivation to keep our legs moving! We climb steadily to the summit of our peak, where we can enjoy the views and celebrate our highest point! We then descend over Simon Fell, our path winding through the rocky landscape back to our Hub, feeling pretty pleased with ourselves and our accomplishments. There will be refreshments at the end and plenty of room to relax and celebrate before saying our farewells and heading home.

     

    Trek approx. 13 miles

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

Yorkshire Three Peaks

1 DAY

The Yorkshire Dales was shaped by glaciers thousands of years ago, and its wild beauty, with striking limestone outcrops and unusual rock formations, forms the backdrop for this wonderful circular hike. Our trek takes us through these wild, rugged and exposed landscapes, heading for steep-sided Ingleborough, one of the region’s famous Three Peaks.

This is an exhilarating and demanding trek in some of the most spectacular countryside England has to offer.

  • We meet very early in the village of Horton in Ribblesdale for registration and a briefing. Fully prepared for the strenuous day ahead, we leave the village behind us, taking the Pennine Way towards our first peak – the distinctive stepped outcrop of Pen-y-Ghent. As we ascend, we enjoy good views back towards Horton and across to the other two peaks we have before us: Whernside and Ingleborough.  We obey the Countryside Code, taking clear, well-worn paths, which climb quite steeply up to the summit; there are some steep stone steps too.

    We take time at Pen-y-Ghent summit (694m) to take in the views before taking a westerly path down off the mountain. We can see Ribblehead Viaduct in the valley below; built in the 1870s, it is 400m long and an impressive sight. We pass fairly close to our start point before continuing towards our second peak: Whernside (736m). Our path up the valley runs parallel with the Settle to Carlisle railway line; being fairly flat it’s a good chance to stretch our legs and knock off some of those remaining miles!

    At Ribblehead we can see the high, rounded peak of Whernside and we gradually begin our ascent, following a slabbed path all the way to the summit. The last section is particularly steep but our efforts are rewarded with the views – on a good day you can see across to Morecambe Bay on the west coast – and the knowledge that we have only one summit left to go! After a short break we come down off the mountain and head to the village of Chapel-le-Dale.  We pass numerous limestone escarpments and outcrops, which the area is famed for, and this amazing scenery provides wonderful motivation to keep our legs moving!

    We soon reach the base of Ingleborough (723m), where a stepped path zig-zags fairly steadily to the summit of our final peak, where we can enjoy the views and celebrate our third and final climb! We descend over Simon Fell, our path winding through the rocky landscape back to the village, feeling pretty pleased with ourselves and our accomplishments.

    Trek approx. 24 miles

Peak District Marathon Walk

1 DAY

The Peak District is one of the original ten National Parks created in England and Wales during the 1950s. It provides one of the best natural playgrounds in the country, with its rugged challenging terrain and hills rising to 650m.Our big day is based in the Hope Valley, in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District. We trek over open moorland and rocky escarpments, passing rock formations as we trek along Stanage Edge and to our highest point, High Neb. This is testing terrain which will push our limits!

At 26 miles, this tough event provides an enormous challenge for walkers and a huge sense of achievement!

  • We meet at our Event Hub in the Hope Valley for registration and a briefing, and after warming up our muscles, we set off! Our day starts with a gently undulating hike along the course of the River Derwent towards Hathersage, amid wonderful scenery.

    As we reach our southernmost point we leave the river behind and tackle the long climb onto the moors, to an almost continual line of dramatic cliffs forming the grit-stone escarpment of Stanage Edge; known for its rock-climbing, it dominates the landscape. The views from High Neb, at 458m our highest point, are impressive.

    Descending towards Ladybower Reservoir we cross its impressive dam, enjoying the change of scenery as we walk alongside this huge body of water. After a last climb away from the reservoir, it’s predominantly downhill as we head back to our Hub.

    Total distance: 26 miles

Peak District Half Marathon Walk

1 DAY

The Peak District is one of the original ten National Parks created in England and Wales during the 1950s. It provides one of the best natural playgrounds in the country, with its rugged challenging terrain and hills rising to 650m.

Our big day is based in the Hope Valley, in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District. We trek over open moorland and rocky escarpments, passing rock formations as we trek along Stanage Edge. At 13 miles, this half marathon distance presents a more moderate challenge.

  • The half-marathon route leads from the Derwent Valley north to Ladybower Reservoir before looping south and back to the Hub. There will be refreshments at the end and plenty of room to rest and relax before saying our farewells and heading home.

    Total distance: 13 miles

Hadrian's Wall Marathon Walk

1 DAY

Hadrian’s Wall originally ran from coast to coast and spanned 72 miles. Today we are left with only sections of this famous landmark, which cuts through the Northumberland National Park and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Starting just a stone’s throw from Hadrian’s Wall, we trek a challenging figure-of-eight for 26 miles, both alongside the ancient Wall and through the surrounding area. As we walk we can admire ancient monuments, beautiful scenery and the skill of the Roman engineers who built this famous landmark.

This is an extremely tough one-day event over hilly landscapes; at 26 miles, it forms an enormous challenge for walkers.

  • We meet at our Event Hub, less than a mile south of Hadrian’s Wall, for registration and a briefing, and after warming up our muscles, we set off! It’s uphill to the Wall itself, which we walk alongside for a few miles. To the north we enjoy great views towards Wark Forest and the barren landscapes of North Northumberland as we trek through stunning countryside towards Cawfields Quarry.We leave the Wall and drop south and predominantly downhill, through the small village of Haltwhistle and on through farmland and small villages. A hilly stretch brings us back north to the earthworks of Walltown Crags, where a milecastle once stood. This is the home of the Roman Army Museum and adjacent fort at Carvoran – a site rich in Roman inscriptions but about which surprisingly little is known.

    More hilly walking as we walk beside some of the most visible sections of Hadrian’s Wall, surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Northumberland National Park, with spectacular cliff tops as we drop back south again. We walk through lovely rural countryside, with plenty of hills, before looping back north and back to the Wall again.
    The Roman heritage of this area is evident from the ruins we pass; old Roman forts and towers dot the landscape. Continuing on our undulating route, we head away  from the wall briefly, passing the Crag Lough escarpment on our left. As we near the end of our demanding day, we pass probably the most recognised landmark of the day – Sycamore Gap, with its lone tree which featured in Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves film. Then we leave the Wall for the final time, with a short downhill hike back to the Hub.

    There will be refreshments at the end and plenty of room to relax and celebrate before saying our farewells and heading home.

    Total distance: 26 miles

Hadrian's Wall Half Marathon Walk

1 DAY

Hadrian’s Wall originally ran from coast to coast and spanned 72 miles. Today we are left with only sections of this famous landmark, which cuts through the Northumberland National Park and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The half distance option at 13 miles presents a more moderate challenge.

  • The half-marathon route heads towards Cawfields Quarry and through beautiful scenery before re-joining the main route for the final section of Hadrian’s Wall and passing Sycamore Gap on the way back to the Hub.

    There will be refreshments at the end and plenty of room to relax and celebrate before saying our farewells and heading home.

    Total distance: 13 miles

Stonehenge Marathon Walk

1 DAY

Join us for a beautiful, diverse and demanding trek which takes in the stunning chalk downs and woodlands of southern Wiltshire. Dotted with ancient earth-works and burial mounds, this is an historic landscape dominated by the world-famous stone circle of Stonehenge. Our route starts to the north of Salisbury, and we walk past the magnificent 13th-century cathedral, home of the tallest spire in the UK. We continue over water-meadows, high ridges and quiet woodland, our paths following medieval trading routes much of the time. At our furthest point we enjoy fabulous views of Stonehenge, before circling south and tackling the undulating chalk ridges and quiet valleys back to Old Sarum.

This is a tough event over the rolling downs and steep valleys that lie between Salisbury and Stonehenge. At 26 miles, it provides an enormous challenge for walkers and a huge sense of achievement!

  • We meet early for registration and a briefing, and set off! Our challenging day starts at the foot of Old Sarum, an impressive Iron Age hillfort to the north of Salisbury. Dating back to at least 400BC, it is the original site of Salisbury and an impressive and apt place to start this demanding trekathon which takes us through such historic landscapes.

    We can see Salisbury Cathedral ahead of us – at 404ft, the spire is the highest in the UK – and we head towards it on a well-used footpath. We can appreciate Salisbury’s medieval buildings in relative early morning peace before the shoppers descend, before passing the impressive cathedral - a main focus of the 2015 celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. A long drag then takes us uphill onto an old ridge commanding great views over the surrounding farmland; we follow this ridge for some miles before dropping down steeply to ancient woodland, where a Roman Road cuts through the beech and oak trees; there are tales of ghostly Roman soldiers seen here! More steep dips and climbs follow as we cross the chalk valleys, then come to more gently rolling farmland dotted with earthworks and burial mounds. There is very little flat on this route, but the steepest hills are behind us! It’s not long before we enjoy the views across to Stonehenge and the flat backdrop of Salisbury Plain. Then heading south, we cross the River Avon and walk roughly parallel to it through farmland and small villages, enjoying the views of a very traditional rural England. A gradual uphill track then brings us back through farmland; we can see the distinctive steep circular banks of Old Sarum ahead of us, and we walk round part of the outer ring back to our start point, our tired legs spurred on by the elation at our huge achievement!

    There will be refreshments at the end and plenty of room to rest and relax before saying our farewells and heading home.

    Total distance: 26 miles

Stonehenge Half Marathon Walk

1 DAY
Join us for a beautiful, diverse and demanding trek which takes in the stunning chalk downs and woodlands of southern Wiltshire. Dotted with ancient earth-works and burial mounds, this is an historic landscape dominated by the world-famous stone circle of Stonehenge. At 13 miles, the half marathon option presents a more moderate challenge.
  • Those joining the half marathon distance will be transferred from the event hub to the mid-way point and walk all the way to the finish.

    Total distance: 13 miles

Canterbury Marathon Walk

1 DAY

Canterbury is an ancient city, most famous for its cathedral which has UNESCO World Heritage status. It has been a focus for pilgrims for many centuries, famously providing the setting for Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Many footpaths in the area are old pilgrimage trails.Our demanding day takes us north-east to the Thames Estuary and Reculver. After a stretch along the coast, we loop back south through hills and valleys, farmland and ancient woodland, passing Canterbury and its impressive cathedral before returning to our Hub.

At 26 miles, this is a challenging but beautiful and very memorable day’s walk.

  • We meet at our Event Hub near Herne Common for registration and a briefing, and after warming up our muscles, we set off! Our route takes us through farmland and small villages, heading for Reculver, with its impressive towers on the site of an ancient Roman fort. We follow this famous Saxon Shore, where defences have been built through history to repel invaders.

    Heading south again after Herne Bay, we take hilly paths through villages and woodland, crossing small streams and finally coming to the outskirts of Canterbury. This is predominantly low-lying countryside, but you’d be mistaken to assume it’s flat! After a short steep hill up to the historic city, we take in the views of the cathedral before walking north again, and back to our Hub.

    Total distance: 26 miles

Canterbury Half Marathon Walk

1 DAY

Canterbury is an ancient city, most famous for its cathedral which has UNESCO World Heritage status. It has been a focus for pilgrims for many centuries, famously providing the setting for Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Many footpaths in the area are old pilgrimage trails.

At 13 miles, the half marathon option presents a more moderate challenge.

  • The half-marathon route heads south-west, picking up the main route before Canterbury and returning to the Hub. There will be refreshments at the end and plenty of room to relax and celebrate before saying our farewells and heading home.

    Total distance: 13 miles




Prices may vary depending on date.

  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £25 Fundraising target £300 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Contact Charity

    Pricing Explained

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    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    The tour cost includes:

    • Discover Adventure leaders & back up support staff
    • Transport to mainline stations at start and end of trek
    • Breakfast rolls at the start
    • Hot drinks at the start and end point
    • Water stops and snacks en-route
    • Lunch en-route
    • DA leaders and medical staff
    • Toilets and porta-loos en-route
    • Chip timing with live results service
    • Event App for Iphones and Androids
    • Medal
    • Prosecco on completion

     

     

    The tour cost does not include:

    • Parking costs
    • Travel to and from either a main line station or the event hub parking
    • Any additional snacks and souvenirs you may want to purchase on the day
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  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £20 Fundraising target £200 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Contact Charity

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £25 Fundraising target £300 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Contact Charity

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    The tour cost includes:

    • Discover Adventure leaders & back up support staff
    • Transport to mainline stations at start and end of trek
    • Breakfast rolls at the start
    • Hot drinks at the start and end point
    • Water stops and snacks en-route
    • Lunch en-route
    • DA leaders and medical staff
    • Toilets and porta-loos en-route
    • Chip timing with live results service
    • Event App for Iphones and Androids
    • Medal
    • Prosecco on completion

     

     

    The tour cost does not include:

    • Parking costs
    • Travel to and from either a main line station or the event hub parking
    • Any additional snacks and souvenirs you may want to purchase on the day
    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £20 Fundraising target £200 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Contact Charity

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £20 Fundraising target £200 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Contact Charity

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

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  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £25 Fundraising target £300 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Contact Charity

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    The tour cost includes:

    • Discover Adventure leaders & back up support staff
    • Transport to mainline stations at start and end of trek
    • Breakfast rolls at the start
    • Hot drinks at the start and end point
    • Water stops and snacks en-route
    • Lunch en-route
    • DA leaders and medical staff
    • Toilets and porta-loos en-route
    • Chip timing with live results service
    • Event App for Iphones and Androids
    • Medal
    • Prosecco on completion

     

    The tour cost does not include:

    • Parking costs
    • Travel to and from either a main line station or the event hub parking
    • Any additional snacks and souvenirs you may want to purchase on the day
    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £25 Fundraising target £300 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Contact Charity

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    The tour cost includes:

    • Discover Adventure leaders & back up support staff
    • Transport to mainline stations at start and end of trek
    • Breakfast rolls at the start
    • Hot drinks at the start and end point
    • Water stops and snacks en-route
    • Lunch en-route
    • DA leaders and medical staff
    • Toilets and porta-loos en-route
    • Chip timing with live results service
    • Event App for Iphones and Androids
    • Medal
    • Prosecco on completion

     

     

    The tour cost does not include:

    • Parking costs
    • Travel to and from either a main line station or the event hub parking
    • Any additional snacks and souvenirs you may want to purchase on the day
    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £20 Fundraising target £200 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Contact Charity

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £25 Fundraising target £300 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Contact Charity

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    The tour cost includes:

    • Discover Adventure leaders & back up support staff
    • Transport to mainline stations at start and end of trek
    • Breakfast rolls at the start
    • Hot drinks at the start and end point
    • Water stops and snacks en-route
    • Lunch en-route
    • DA leaders and medical staff
    • Toilets and porta-loos en-route
    • Chip timing with live results service
    • Event App for Iphones and Androids
    • Medal
    • Prosecco on completion

     

    The tour cost does not include:

    • Parking costs
    • Travel to and from either a main line station or the event hub parking
    • Any additional snacks and souvenirs you may want to purchase on the day
    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £20 Fundraising target £200 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Contact Charity

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    Download Challenge Details

Detailed Information

  • Your trip will be led by experienced Discover Adventure leaders and support crew. Our leaders are selected for their knowledge and experience, friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises; they are also trained in first aid. You are in very safe hands with a Discover Adventure leader. The crew will have mobile phones and/or radios where appropriate, medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary, as well as vehicle support.

  • An expedition doctor or medic accompanies the group (dependent on group size.) Their role is to look after the well-being of the whole group and deal with any incidents. They help the leaders to ensure the trip runs smoothly, and encourage you when things get tough. The total number of crew looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but at Discover Adventure we pride ourselves on our high leader: participant ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent 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 communication devices (eg phones, radios and/or emergency satellite phones), medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination. Our leaders always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. They 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 medical questionnaires and travel insurance as appropriate - is all done with your safety in mind.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • We plan our trips around the optimal weather conditions, but could still be exposed to bad weather at any time. It is vital you are prepared for all conditions. 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.

  • This is designed to be a challenge, and it is vital that you train sufficiently for it. We will supply you with a thorough training guide once you have registered. Training is all part of the preparation: inadequate training will impact on your enjoyment of the trip, and your chances of completing it. We expect all participants to train hard in advance, but we respect everyone’s limits and do not expect everyone to maintain the same pace.

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