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Walking alongside the canal
The smiles say it all
Having fun in the rain
Remember your fancy dress
Obligatory photo by Tower Bridge
Trekking a 26-mile route through London
Chatting to teammates or newly found friends makes light work of the challenge
Receiving a finishers medal

Marathon Walk London

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About the Challenge

Our Marathon Walk London 2019 Event is now closed for bookings.  If you would like to be a part of this Event in 2020 please click on the link below to register your interest. 

Register your interest here

We will get back to you as soon as we have recovered from this one!


This is a tough one-day event; at approx. 26 miles, it forms an enormous challenge for walkers.

There is a half-distance option.


Marathon Walk London

  • The half-distance option sets off a little later than the full-distance participants, from the same event hub in Bedford Square. From here, the first mile follows the full marathon route, before splitting eastwards heading straight for St Paul’s Cathedral.

    We take a turn to the north, heading through the Barbican, to St Luke’s, passing Old Street Station, up through Shoreditch and Hoxton, before reaching the Regent’s Canal near to Islington and rejoining the full marathon route. With the canal by our side, our route heads towards Angel Station in Islington and St Pancras, before heading to Camden Town and passing through its famous market. We walk a short distance through Regent’s Park, which is home to London Zoo and a favourite with many Londoners and tourists alike for its peaceful atmosphere. We loop south through Little Venice and then leave the canal behind us.

    Splitting once again from the full-marathon route, we pass Paddington Station and head down Edgeware Road to Marble Arch. We skirt the west side of Hyde Park, before reaching Constitution Hill heading for Buckingham Palace, and through St James’s Park. From here, we head northwards up through Covent Garden before returning to our atmospheric hub in Bedford Square.

    There will be plenty of time for celebratory photos on the Finish Line, relaxation and refreshments before heading back home.

    Trek approx. 13 miles

    Route Profile

    Half Marathon Walk London Route Map

  • We meet early at our event hub in Bedford Square and, after a rousing warm-up and briefing, set off!

    The first part of our route begins in the direction of the River Thames. We walk via Fleet Street and head over Blackfriars Bridge, before walking the short distance to Millennium Bridge and heading north towards St Paul’s Cathedral. Passing the Bank of England in the financial centre, we head southwards again to cross London Bridge, following the Thames until we reach Tower Bridge where we cross the river once more. From here, we head towards Bethnal Green, via Brick Lane.

    We join the Regent’s Canal and walk a lovely stretch through Mile End Park, to reach Victoria Park in South Hackney. With the canal by our side, our route heads towards Angel Station in Islington and St Pancras, before heading to Camden Town and passing through its famous market. We walk a short distance around the edge of Regent’s Park, which is home to London Zoo and a favourite with many Londoners and tourists alike for its peaceful atmosphere. We loop south through Little Venice and then leave the canal behind us, skirting Hyde Park and pass the Natural History Museum and the Albert Hall.

    The next few miles take us past a procession of landmarks as we head towards Buckingham Palace via Sloane Square, and skirt St James’s Park heading up the Mall to Trafalgar Square. We continue south past Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, before coming to the Thames. With the London Eye in sight, we know we’ve reached the final stretch, as we walk via the Southbank, cross back over the Thames and Victoria Embankment, before returning to our atmospheric hub in Bedford Square.

    There will be plenty of time for celebratory photos on the Finish Line, relaxation and refreshments before heading back home.

    Trek approx. 26 miles

    Route Profile

    Marathon Walk London Route Map

Prices may vary depending on date.

  • Available pricing options

    This challenge requires a minimum of 100 participants
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £59 Fundraising target - Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Contact Us

    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


    • Experienced Discover Adventure leaders and support staff throughout to manage the event safely and enjoyably
    • Pre-trip support and dedicated trip co-ordinators, on hand to answer questions and offer advice on kit and training
    • Water stops with refreshments (fruit, sweets and cereal bars)
    • Packed lunch
    • New route for 2019 - fully recced and marked route 
    • Maps and route information
    • Opportunity to meet charity representatives
    • Discover Adventure Passenger Portal 
    • Mobile app
    • Medal
    • Celebration drink



    • Travel insurance (optional)
    • Personal items such as water bottle, soft drinks, preferential snacks and souvenirs
    • Transport to and from the event
    • Entry to any optional sites of activities
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions


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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.

  • Download your Marathon Walk London FAQs here.  We hope that these answer all your questions but if there is anything else we can help you with please do give us a call!

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.


Tracy - November 2018

Very well organised

Elizabeth - October 2018

A truly memorable and inspiring day. Thank you to all the team!

Kathy - October 2018

This walk gives the opportunity to see some great places in London.

Stephanie - October 2018

The Google map and orange arrows did a great job of keeping me on track. I thought that the event was very well organised.

Alison - October 2018

Very well organised and great support among the way.

Kathy - October 2017

Fantastic organisation and support from start to finish.

Carolyn - October 2017

The whole day was so well organised - the route and directions, the timings, the care and support, and especially the snacks!

Laura - October 2017

Thank you! A great amount of work went into producing all the great info in the route book. The markers were excellent! Clear, visible and at good distances apart. A thoroughly professional organisation.

Morgana - October 2017

I did the Vietnam to Cambodia cycle challenge last year and now the Marathon Walk London. DA’s organisational skills are awesome, the staff are friendly, supportive and knowledgeable, and the catering is on point both in terms of quality and quantity.

Chrissie - October 2017

I had an amazing day, very well organised.

Rebecca - October 2017

It was a truly wonderful day from the upbeat greeting and the pearly king and queen, to the welcome at the finish line. The route through London was extraordinary, with so much to take in and enjoy, and the catering was excellent. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable
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experience whilst raising money for charity.
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Rebecca - October 2017

Well organised event, the orange arrows were brilliant and easy to follow. The map was excellent and also meant we could keep it as a keepsake.

Diane - October 2017

The journey was fantastic and I got to see parts of London I would not have otherwise.

Jill - October 2017

This is a superb event with knowledgeable, encouraging, staff who go the extra mile. It is equally as suitable for the first time Marathon walker as for those of us who have done more than a few. A great event and getting better each year!!

Mia - October 2017

Well organised - highly recommend DA

Paul - October 2017

Friendly and very well organised event.

Pat - October 2017

Surprised ourselves at our success - motivating walking with others and receiving encouragement on the go. Loved the route around London.

Rhys - October 2017

Best thing I have done in a long long time!

Kerry-Anne - October 2017

The team at Discover Adventure were brilliant, any questions I had were promptly answered and Dan Painter was a real help. Great job from all you guys.

Rebecca - October 2017

Excellent - felt really safe - the walk was so interesting it distracted me from the sore feet!

Michael - October 2017

Brilliantly planned, supported and executed.

Lucy - October 2017

The event was so well organised and there was never a DA crew member too far away. Having the people coming round on bikes was a great idea and everyone was very supportive and friendly.

Carolyn - October 2017

Absolutely brilliant - so well organised!

Karen - October 2017

Everybody at DA were fantastic, friendly, and professional. Really great guys!

Julia - October 2017

Rated: 5* I just wanted to say what a fabulous day Discover Adventure organised for everyone. I was a first time marathon walker and I completed the Marathon Walk London 2017! There was great support from the team all day, great fun, superb route, plenty of refreshments
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and lots of photos to remind me of the day. Well done! You made a truly memorable and fun experience for me. By the way…I loved the medal!
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Rachel - October 2017

Rated: 5* Amazing! One of the best experiences of my life. Such a great day with great staff who are there to encourage you and are really supportive. Fantastic!

Susan - September 2017

Rated: 5* A brilliant, well organised day and a really interesting walk. Pity I couldn’t concentrate on landmarks as my feet were in agony! Many thanks and well done!

Simon - September 2017

Rated: 5* A truly inspiring day, and the event was organised brilliantly! Thanks ever so much.

Karen - September 2017

Rated: 5* I have just completed this challenge with my step daughter and nephew and would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone and everyone. We had such a great day, the DA crew were terrific, so lovely and friendly, and they kept following us on their bikes to
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encourage us. The route was so interesting and it made the 9 or so hours fly by. The stops were really well catered for, we had great snacks and the Pearly King and Queen at the halfway stop were a lovely touch. I will recommend DA to any of my friends who want to take on a first time challenge, and now I would like to participate in another challenge soon! Thanks to everyone for such a great day.
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Yasmin - November 2016

I just wanted to thank you and the team for a fabulous day on Saturday. My blisters have blisters and I am walking a little strangely, but it was brilliant! well organised from start to finish, and a great way to see the capital!


Trips are graded Yellow, Orange or Red, in increasing level of challenge. This trip lies within the ORANGE range.

Orange colour

The grade is determined by factors such as terrain, distance, climate, altitude, etc. Each colour grade has a spectrum which reflects the difficulty of these factors; trip duration, accommodation and living conditions (see icon) are also taken into account. 

Trip grading explained


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