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Alzheimer's Society Trek 26

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About the Challenge

Take on an epic 13 or 26 mile trek in one of six breathtaking locations across the UK. You'll join hundreds of others who are also walking to stop dementia in it's tracks. It'll be tough, but you've got what it takes!


Trek 26 - Yorkshire Three Peaks


OPEN 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.

Our One Peak challenge presents a worthy trek to walkers.

 

YORKS THREE PEAKS ROUTE MAP     

YORKS ONE PEAK ROUTE MAP

 

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  • We meet very early 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 take the Pennine Way towards our first peak – the distinctive stepped outcrop of Pen-y-Ghent. As we gain height, we enjoy views across to our remaining two peaks, Whernside and Ingleborough.

    Clear, well-worn paths and stone steps take us quite steeply up to the summit (694m). As we walk up the valley our path runs parallel with the Settle to Carlisle railway line. 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 (736m).

    The last section is particularly steep but our efforts are rewarded with the views and the knowledge that we have only one summit left to go! We descend off the mountain and head to the village of Chapel-le-Dale. 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 back to our Hub.

    The half-marathon route sets out towards Ribblehead and tackles Ingleborough before returning to the Hub.

    Breakfast Bap and Packed Lunch included

    Trek: 26 miles / 13 miles

     

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

Trek 26 - Lake District Marathon Trek


OPEN 1 DAY

The beautiful hills and valleys of the Lake District are home to some of the best walking routes in the UK. In 2017, the 13 valleys were collectively awarded World Heritage status and amongst them is the Ullswater Valley. With its tranquil lake of the same name, nestled amongst rolling hills, undisturbed flora and fauna and expansive vistas of Lakeland’s highest mountains, it is no wonder why we have chosen this valley to set the scene for our demanding 26 mile trek. As we trek, we will be able to admire the classic paddle steamers leisurely cruising the lake and take in the stunning views, including the famous Striding Edge on Helvellyn.

This is a tough and memorable trek on undulating terrain; at 26 miles, it forms an enormous challenge for walkers. A more moderate half-distance option is also available.

 

LAKE DISTRICT FULL ROUTE MAP     

LAKE DISTRICT HALF ROUTE MAP

 

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  • We meet at our Event Hub at Dalemain, for registration, a full briefing and a breakfast bap, to help us get ready for our trek. After warming up our muscles, we set off on the challenge.

    Following quiet lanes and footpaths, we first head towards Dunmallard Hilland on to Pooley Bridge. From here the terrain is undulating as we walk through woodland fields to Maiden Castle, where we’ll be rewarded with wonderful views across the valley. We soon pass the beautifully situated Watermillock church and through Swinburn Park heading for the spectacular waterfalls of Aira Force.

    Trekking through the ancient woodland of Glencoyne Deer Park, our route joins a meandering path beside Ullswater before reaching Glenridding. Rounding the bottom of the lake, we trek predominately on good paths heading north to Howtown. We ascend onto the moorland edge and take in the momentous views across Ullswater. Our route is undulating from here, through farm land and open fell, to reach The Cock Pit Stone Circle before descending on a wide track to lead us back into Pooley Bridge and on our home straight to Dalemain.

    The half marathon route starts with a transfer to the southern end of Ullswater to join the route of the full marathon, returning to Dalemain via the eastern shore of the Lake.

    There will be refreshments at the end and time to celebrate before saying our farewells.

    Trek: 26 miles / 13 miles

    Breakfast Bap and Packed Lunch included

Trek 26 - Hadrian's Wall Marathon Trek


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

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

 

HADRIAN'S WALL FULL ROUTE MAP     

HADRIAN'S WALL HALF ROUTE MAP

 

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  • 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 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. 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.

    We drop back south again, before looping back north and back to the Wall again. 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.

    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 time to celebrate before saying our farewells and heading home.

    Trek: 26 miles / 13 miles

    Breakfast Bap and Packed Lunch included

Trek 26 - Stonehenge Marathon Trek


OPEN 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.  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!

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

 

STONEHENGE FULL ROUTE MAP     

STONEHENGE HALF ROUTE MAP

 

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  • 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.

    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. 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 Sarumahead of us, and we walk round part of the outer ring back to our start point.

    Those joining the half marathon distance will meet near the mid-way point (a transfer is available) to register and warm up, before walking all the way to the finish.

    There will be refreshments at the end and time to relax before saying our farewells.

     

    Trek: 26 miles / 13 miles

    Breakfast Bap and Packed Lunch included

Trek 26 - Brecon Beacons Marathon Trek


OPEN 1 DAY

A spectacular area of wild moorland, tumbling waterfalls, sweeping mountain slopes and steep escarpments, the Brecons provide over 500 square miles of natural beauty and adventure! We scale the Brecon Beacons, famous for their demanding terrain and wild beauty, before descending to the southern slopes and on to the Talybont Reservoir, returning on flatter paths to our base at Brecon Showground.

You’ll be tired but exhilarated, and have formed a real bond with your fellow trekkers! This is a tough and memorable trek through wild landscapes; at 26 miles, it forms an enormous challenge for walkers. A more moderate half-distance option is also available. 

 

Brecon Beacons full route map     

Brecon Beacons Half route map

 

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  • We meet at our Event Hub in Brecon, for registration, a full briefing and a breakfast bap, to help us get ready for our trek. After warming up our muscles, we set off on the challenge following quiet country lanes and paths.

    The terrain will initially be flat, before reaching the beginning of our strenuous ascent of Pen Y Fan. At 886m, Pen Y Fan is the highest mountain in South Wales and Southern Britain and sits in the heart of the National Park. It’s a steep final ascent, but we’re rewarded with beautiful views as we trek. Upon reaching the summit of Pen Y Fan, we descend to the southwest to Corn Du (873m), the second highest peak.

    From here we will head downhill to the valley below, following the southern slopes of the Brecons to the Taf Fechan Forest, before joining the Beacons Way to the Talybont Reservoir. Following the level track around the reservoir, our final stretch runs alongside the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal on our home straight to the EventHub.

    The half-marathon route ascends Pen Y Fan via the same path as the full route, before continuing along the spectacular ridge which links to the next peak, Cribyn at 795m. Although the ridge is exposed at times, the surrounding views are breath-taking. From Cribyn, the route will return to the Event Hub via the Bryn Teg ridge.

    There will be refreshments at the end and time to celebrate before saying our farewells and heading home.

    Trek: 26 miles / 13 miles

    Breakfast Bap and Packed Lunch included


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 £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

    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 £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

    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. If you have concerns about your fitness or if you have reduced mobility please do contact us for a confidential chat about whether this challenge is appropriate for you.

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