Stonehenge Trek

Join us for this 26 mile trek in beautful southern Wiltshire raising funds for Alzheimer's. Our route starts to the north of Salisbury, and we walk past the magnificent 13th-century cathedral, home of the tallest spire in the UK. We continue over water-meadows, high ridges and quiet woodland, our paths following medieval trading routes much of the time. At our furthest point we enjoy fabulous views of Stonehenge, before circling south and tackling the undulating chalk ridges and quiet valleys back to Old Sarum.

Trekkers walking on Stonehenge Trek charity walk
Event Time:11:00 am
Event Date:03 September 2016
Event Distance:26 Miles

Walking Challenges UK

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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

Walking in the mountains



Charity Walks

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!


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Charity Walk Course

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!


The itinerary

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. Dating back to at least 400BC, it is the original site of Salisbury and an impressive and apt place to start this demanding trekathon which takes us through such historic landscapes.

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. We can appreciate Salisbury’s medieval buildings in relative early morning peace before the shoppers descend, before passing the impressive cathedral - a main focus of the 2015 celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. 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 Sarum ahead of us, and we walk round part of the outer ring back to our start point, our tired legs spurred on by the elation at our huge achievement!

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

Total distance: 26 miles

Discover Adventure reserves the right to change the route or itinerary for safety reasons should local conditions dictate.

Event Location : Salisbury, Old Sarum, Castle Rd, SP1 3SD

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