5 June 2021
Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens
£25 for 26 miles, £20 for 13 miles
£300 for 26 miles, £200 for 13 miles
|Date||5 June 2021|
|Location||Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens|
|Registration fee||£25 for 26 miles, £20 for 13 miles|
|Fundraising target||£300 for 26 miles, £200 for 13 miles|
This trek is now closed for registrations in 2021!
Experience the capital like never before, as you take on this epic trek around London. You’ll experience everything from world famous tourist attractions to hidden corners of the city – taking in bustling streets, quiet green spaces and of course the iconic river Thames.
‘The atmosphere was great and it really helped to get through the day talking to the other walkers. A great sense of accomplishment at the end, having helped a great cause, and completed a tough challenge.’ - Trek26 participant
What's included when you take on a Trek26?
- A friendly team to support you every step of the way with fundraising tips and ideas.
- Bespoke training plans put together by our professional training coaches.
- A fully supported route including regular rest stops with snacks, drinks and toilets.
- Free breakfast, lunch and hot drinks included.
- Trek leaders and medical support.
- A medal and glass of bubbly on finishing the route!
You'll start and finish the trek at our event hub in Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens (Spring Gardens), Vauxhall Walk, London SE11 5HL.
You'll start and finish at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens and head east along the embankment towards Temple passing Somerset House. You'll walk over both Millennium and Blackfriars Bridge before we reach the impressive St Paul's Cathedral.
We then head north past the popular Spitalfields market, Brick Lane and Smithfield market. We then venture past west London's most iconic landmarks Trafalgar Square, Pall Mall and Big Ben before heading back to Waterloo over Westminster Bridge where we will have spectacular views over the city.
Registration Fee: £25 for the 26 miles, £20 for the 13 miles
Fundraising Target: £300 for the 26 miles, £200 for the 13 miles
Your fundraising target covers your trip costs, and means we still have plenty of money left to help us get closer to a world without dementia.
If you need some inspiration, just visit our fundraising zone.
Is the event COVID-19 secure?
Yes. We are planning all our events to include social distancing measures and to meet current government guidelines. We ran a number of trekking events safely in Autumn 2020 which had excellent feedback from our supporters, and will apply the same measures to our future events.
We are monitoring the situation closely and will make alterations as guidelines change. All the information you need to keep you safe will be sent to you before the event.
How much do I have to raise?
The fundraising target is £200 per person for the 13 mile route, and £300 per person for the 26 mile route. This is so we can cover your trip costs, and still have plenty of money left to help us get closer to a world without dementia. If you need some inspiration, just visit our fundraising zone.
How do I claim my trekking top and when will I receive it?
We’ll send you out a free trekking top if you smash your fundraising target a month before your trek. You don't need to get in touch to claim it - as long as you have hit your target on your JustGiving page or paid in cash donations, we'll send out your top automatically.
If you are fundraising in a team, please let us know by creating a team when you sign up so we can make sure you all receive your tops.
Can I fundraise in a team?
Of course! Please let us know when you sign up by creating a team. Your team members can then join you by clicking on the ‘find’ button and typing in either the team captain’s name or your team name.
Your fundraising target is still £200 per person for the 13 mile route or £300 per person for the 26 mile route, but you're welcome to combine your targets into one team total.
Where do we meet?
The start and finish point is in Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens (Spring Gardens), Vauxhall Walk, London SE11 5HL, because the route is circular.
What will the terrain be like?
We trek on well trodden city pavements so it's likely to be hard underfoot. The route is mainly flat with a few minor inclines. As we are trekking around London prepare to come by tourists and locals, and some parts of the route may be congested.
What will I be eating?
Breakfast, lunch and lots of snacks are provided as well as water and hot drinks at the start and finish area, rest stops and lunch stop. If you have any dietary requirements, just let us know when you sign up.
What support will there be along the route?
We'll have trek leaders spread along the route, and doctors at the back of the group. The route will be well-marked with brightly coloured marker arrows and there will be extra marshals at any sections that are less straightforward.
There'll also be manned rest stops along the route – usually one in the morning, one in the afternoon, plus a lunch stop. We’ll be on hand to provide help and plenty of encouragement and there will be first aid support, as well as toilets.
What are the toilet facilities?
There will be facilities at the event hub (where you start and finish) and most planned rest-stops along the route.
How long will it take?
This event is not a race; everyone should be able to walk at a comfortable pace. In order for the event to be managed safely, there will be a cut-off time.
The 26 miles should take approximately 8-9 hours but can take some walkers up to 10 hours.
Is there an age limit?
The minimum age limit for the Trek26 series is 14. All participants must be at least 14 on event day.
If you're under 18 you'll need an adult to take part with you, who also needs to sign up online.
How fit do I need to be?
The route is designed to be challenging but is achievable for most people provided you train well in advance. When you sign up we’ll email you a training guide to help you prepare.
What will I need to carry?
You will need to be able to carry all essential kit required for the challenge e.g waterproofs, layers, water, sun cream, snacks. Check the kist list to be sure of everything you will need.
Make sure you have trained with your backpack, carrying everything you need, so that you are used to trekking with your pack at full weight.
What if the weather is bad?
We carry on! Do make sure you check the kit list and come prepared for all types of weather.
Can a friend who isn’t signed up walk with me?
No, we’re afraid not, everyone taking part needs to be fully registered and fundraising to beat dementia.
Can I bring my dog?
No. We cannot be responsible for their welfare and landowners often ask us not to bring dogs onto their lands, which we must respect.
Can I run?
No, we’re afraid not.
Not a trekker? You can still do something incredible and make a difference to people affected by dementia.
We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to cheer our trekkers over the finish line. We'll kit you out with an Alzheimer's Society t-shirt and provide you with everything you need to give our trekkers an amazing event day experience.
You'll help to set them on their way to raising even more money to change the lives of people affected by dementia. And we can guarantee you'll have a great time!