Cornish Coast to Coast Challenge
Cornwall has a distinctive and colourful culture, with its dramatic natural beauty and landscapes shaped by a history full of character and turmoil. Its past, from mining and china clay to fishing and smuggling, has inspired tales from Jamaica Inn to Poldark. Our wonderful and rewarding weekend’s trek takes us from Cornwall’s north coast, up over the county’s hilly spine and down to the south coast, finishing at the beautiful dunes of Par Sands. En-route we take in flat riverbanks, hilly farmland, secluded wooded gorges and wild coastline, as we immerse ourselves in this diverse, beautiful county.
Walking Challenges UK
What is a Walking challenge?
A great relaxing way to raise funds for your favorite charity is by participating in walking challenges in the UK. Walking challenges are fun, fulfilling and enable you to fully enjoy and engage with the route you take. You can find walking events that take you through parks, cities, countryside or even to the top of mountains. Varying in length and difficulty they are a great way to keep fit and healthy whilst raising money for a great cause
Anyone can take part in charity treks or a sponsored walk or charity trek whatever their level of fitness, this makes them ideal for anyone wanting to take part as a way to raise money for a great cause. There is less rigorous training or preparation needed compared to a run, but you’ll still want to get yourself ready as you need endurance more than anything. Any walks for charity can provide great motivation to keep up your training regime and propel you to the finish line.
Training and Preparation
Walking challenges can vary from a 5k walk or 10k walk up to larger challenges such as walking marathons or even sponsored walks for charity that may span a few days. You will need a good amount of endurance as many challenges incorporate uphill and downhill sections that will tire you out quickly if you are not used to long distance walking. It is critical for you to exercise regularly in order to improve your endurance and begin to build up stronger leg muscles that can withstand hours and hours of use.
Ideally, you should begin training by walking three times a week – use a mix of leg exercises combined with core strengthening techniques to build and improve muscle. And walk, a lot. You can easily incorporate walking in to your lifestyle – a trip to the shop, visiting family or friends etc can all be done of foot rather than taking the car.
You’ll want to try and give yourself some routes that you can practice on and try to extend the length of these walks. Start off with just a few miles and slowly try to build up to longer distances.
Mix it up
Once you’ve got accustomed to walking longer distances, you can then start to take your activity on to different types of surfaces. These should ideally include grass, hill and pavement, and in different weather conditions.
Your training program should never be all work and no play – you can reward yourself with treats or goals at the end of walks. Instead of taking the car to the movies, walk instead and use that as your motivation.
Food for thought
People mostly worry about what to eat or drink during training and at the walking event. There are no hard and fast rules to this – jut make sure to drink lots of water or sports drinks to keep yourself hydrated and energised. You need to have a healthy daily intake of proteins and carbs to maintain your energy levels and ensure you don’t burn out. During the walk you can eat carbs and energy containing foods to keep you going to fight the fatigue.
Get the right Gear
Apart from nutrition, invest in some good clothing and walking shoes or boots. Although walking boots or shoes can be a bit costly, they are durable and won’t give you blisters. Similarly, you want to buy high-quality socks that won’t rub your feet too much and allow your feet to breath. Also it’s worth having a second pair spare just in case they get wet during the walk.
A majority of walkers prefer to wear lightweight trousers and a sports top for the main event. Whilst not essential, like socks, they will allow your skin to breath and keep sweat away whilst keeping you warm. Furthermore, carry a pair of gloves to keep if you will be walking in cold areas.
You may also consider carrying a small emergency kit with things such as plasters or creams should you get stung by the wildlife. There are also a variety of gadgets you can take with you too. If you are walking an unfamiliar route then a mapping or GPS system will come in very handy in case you get lost. If the route will be over a few days, then a battery pack for your mobile phone will help in case of emergencies.
Taking part in a challenging walk can be exhilarating and rewarding, but don’t forget to take adequate rest during the training period. Do not push yourself beyond your limit and most of all, enjoy the experience!
Top Walking Challenges in the UK
We have picked out the best walking challenges taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Walking Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.
Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge
Spend a weekend out in the Yorkshire countryside in September. Scaling 3 peaks in two days this is a difficult but very rewarding event. With some fantastic scenery including the limestone outcrops and unusual rock formations.
Charity Walk Course
We meet at our campsite near the small village of Lanivet, in central Cornwall, for a trek briefing and dinner, and get to know the rest of the group with a sociable evening in camp. Night camp.
After a good breakfast, we transfer (approx. 30 mins) to the historic fishing port of Padstow on the coast of North Cornwall; a popular tourist destination and now famous for its Rick Stein restaurants. The River Camel meets the sea here, and the first part of our trek takes us inland along the banks of the estuary. It’s flat, providing our legs with a good warm-up, and very scenic. This part of the Camel River is tidal, and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; especially rich in birdlife, there’s plenty to watch as we walk along. By the time we reach Wadebridge, the river has narrowed and the landscape changes; we continue southeast, through tiny villages with rows of slate-roofed houses, and open farmland. We eventually leave the Camel, and tackle a long, fairly steady hill through fields and woodland, with wonderful views of the green rounded hills around us. Coming to the small village of Lanivet, we continue south for a short distance to our campsite. Night camp.
Trek approx. 14 miles / 23km
A shorter day lies before us, though a hillier one, as we cross high rolling farmland. We continue our trek, on paths and narrow country lanes across the hills. Before long we come to the beautiful Luxulyan Valley, a steep-sided, thickly wooded valley with a rich copper-mining heritage. Our route takes us under the Treffry Viaduct, built in the 1830s as part of the transportation process to the new harbour at Par. This area is rich in Cornwall’s industrial heritage and part of UNESCO’s Cornwall Mining Landscape World Heritage Site. Our route is now predominantly downhill, with a few undulations, before coming to the Par Canal; we continue on flat paths through Par, known for its china clay, to the coastal path. Our trek finishes overlooking the wide bay and sandy beach at Par. After a group photograph, we transfer back to our campsite (approx 30 mins) to pack up and head for home after an exhausting but exhilarating weekend!
Trek approx 9 miles / 16km