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Dance your way through the Marathon Walk
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And we're off...
Quick photo moment en route
Full of smiles
Crossing Tower Bridge
Bloodwise supporter gives it the thumbs up
Relief at the finish line
Pass me the prosecco!
I DID IT!
An expression speaks a thousand words
Proud to have finished!
Breast Cancer Care fundraisers celebrating at the finish line

Marathon Walk London

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About the Challenge

Join us on our marathon walk around our capital city, taking in world-famous sights and less well-known corners as we trace a 26-mile route through London.

This challenging day sees us setting off early from our atmospheric event hub, and takes us through peaceful parks and alongside waterways, passing iconic landmarks including the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye as we walk through the historic heart of the city.

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

There is also a half-distance option.

Marathon Walk London Start Time: 6.30am registration for a 7-7.30am start

Half Marathon Walk London Start Time: 9.00am registration for a 10-10.30am start

Start/finish Hub: Bedford Square Gardens

Approximate Finish Time: Anytime between 2.30pm and 6.30pm (majority in 2019 came through between 4.-5.30pm).
We aim to ensure that all participants are through the finish line in daylight. The route may be changed towards the end if there are still participants walking in darkness for reasons of health and safety.


Marathon Walk London


OPEN 1 DAY
  • The half-distance option sets off a little later than the full-distance participants, from the same event hub in Bedford Square Garden. From here, the first two miles follow the full marathon route, before splitting eastwards towards the Tower of London.

    We take a turn to the north, heading towards Whitechapel and onwards to join Regent’s Canal. We follow the town path with the canal by our side towards Angel Station in Islington and St Pancras, before turning south where we join Great Portland Street. We cut across Oxford Street and join Regent Street, before making our way to New Bond Street and Piccadilly, marvelling at the designer shops as we go.

    Upon reaching The Mall, with a fantastic view of Buckingham Palace behind us, we walk along the edge of St James’s Park before splitting from the full-marathon route once again. We head northwards towards Leicester Square and through Covent Garden before returning to our atmospheric hub.

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

  • We meet early at our event hub in Bedford Square Garden 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 pass St Paul’s Cathedral before heading across the Millennium Bridge, where we will see the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. We walk alongside the River Thames, before heading further southwards through Southwark Park towards Greenwich and Cutty Sark, the record-breaking tea clipper.

    Once again, we cross back over the River Thames via the Greenwich Foot Tunnel, heading northwards towards Millwall Park and Canary Wharf. Following the curve of the River Thames, we make our way towards the Tower of London before heading north to Whitechapel. From here we head in the direction of Regent’s Canal town path 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 turning south where we join Great Portland Street. We cut across Oxford Street and join Regent Street, before making our way to New Bond Street and Piccadilly, marvelling at the designer shops as we go.

    The next few miles take us past a procession of landmarks as we head towards Buckingham Palace and skirt St James’s Park heading up the Mall. 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.

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


Prices may vary depending on date.

  • Available pricing options

    This challenge requires a minimum of 400 participants
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £79 Fundraising target - Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now

    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

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • New route for 2020 - fully recced and route marked

    • 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

    • Maps and route information

    • Opportunity to meet charity representatives

    • Discover Adventure Passenger Portal

    • Mobile app

     WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • 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

     

    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

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

    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

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • New route for 2020 - fully recced and route marked

    • 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

    • Maps and route information

    • Opportunity to meet charity representatives

    • Discover Adventure Passenger Portal

    • Mobile app

     WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • 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

     

    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    This challenge requires a minimum of 400 participants
    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £29 Fundraising target £100 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now

    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

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • New route for 2020 - fully recced and route marked

    • 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

    • Maps and route information

    • Opportunity to meet charity representatives

    • Discover Adventure Passenger Portal

    • Mobile app

     WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • 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

     

    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    This challenge requires a minimum of 100 participants
    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £29 Fundraising target £60 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now

    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

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • New route for 2020 - fully recced and route marked

    • 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

    • Maps and route information

    • Opportunity to meet charity representatives

    • Discover Adventure Passenger Portal

    • Mobile app

     WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • 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

     

    Download Challenge Details

Detailed Information

  • 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!
  • 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.


Testimonials

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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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!

GRADE | ORANGE

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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