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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.

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

    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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