Trek26 London
Trek

Trek26 London

Event Type Trek
Date 6 June 2020
Location Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens
Level Moderate
Registration fee £25 for 26 miles, £20 for 13 miles
Fundraising target £300 for 26 miles, £200 for 13 miles

The challenge

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!

Registrations for this trek will close at midnight on Friday 22 May 2020.

The route

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 Bride where we will have spectacular views over the city.

Itinerary

Find out more about what the trek itself will be like by downloading a copy of the itinerary.

Kit List

Download our kit list which you can tick off when packing for the trek. We also have some top tips on how to find the best kit for you and an exclusive discount for Cotswold Outdoors.

Fundraising

Fundraising Target

Registration Fee: £25 for the 26 miles, £20 for the 13 miles
Fundraising Target: £300 for the 26 miles, £200 for the 13 miles

FAQs

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 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. 

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.

Contact us

If you have any questions about this event please get in touch with our team on 0330 333 0804 or [email protected].