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South Downs Trekathon for St Barnabas House

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About the Challenge

The South Downs National Park, although only designated a National Park in 2010, has been enjoyed by walkers and cyclists for decades. Its varied landscapes see a higher number of visitors than any of England’s nine other National Parks.  Our route starts at the ancient landmark of Devil’s Dyke and follows part of the famously scenic South Downs Way. We walk over rolling hills and high ridges dotted with long barrows and ancient earthworks, often accompanied by magnificent vistas down to the sea. We tackle stiff climbs and descents before our final stretch brings us downhill towards Worthing and St Barnabas Hospice.  This is a tough event over rolling downs; at almost 21 miles, it forms a demanding day for walkers.

South Downs Trekathon for St Barnabas House

  • We meet up at Northbrook College, and after trip registration and a briefing transfer to our start point near the wonderful landmark of Devil’s Dyke. We set off along the ridge with fabulous views over this steep V-shaped valley - the UK’s deepest dry valley – and the surrounding countryside. It’s a very inspiring way to start our big day!

    We stay on high ground and enjoy the views as we walk west. This landscape is rich in natural beauty and history; in our first few miles we pass the remains of an ancient motte and bailey castle and Truleigh Hill, marked by its radio masts, where secret bunkers were installed during the cold war. 

    Our path then dips down to cross the River Adur just south of Steyning, and climb gradually back up onto the ridge again, turning north. We walk uphill for several miles until we reach Chanctonbury Ring, another ancient site which, like Devil’s Dyke, has local legends linked to the Devil. At 742ft, or 240m, this is our highest point and the views are wonderful.

    Passing our halfway point, we dip down again to cross over a busy road on a footbridge, and then inevitably climb up again – our last big uphill stretch. We now head south on a long, gradual descent towards the coast. Our legs will be feeling the miles and downhill isn’t always better for the muscles, but our goal is in sight! Coming back to the outskirts of Goring-by-Sea, we walk to the hospice and have time to celebrate with our fellow participants before returning home.

    Total distance: 20 miles / 32 km

Prices may vary depending on date.

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    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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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.

  • 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.

GRADE | demandING (2)

Trip grades range from Challenging (1) to Extreme (5).

DEMANDING trips ramp up the challenge with some long days over tough terrain, and require good stamina, fitness and determination.

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