At a glance
Date: 21 July 2018
Registration fee: £25 for the 26 miles, £20 for the 13 miles
Fundraising target: £300 for the 26 miles, £200 for the 13 miles
Location Waterloo Green, Central London
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You'll start and finish in Waterloo Green and head east along the embankment towards Temple passing Somerset House. You'll walk over both Millenium 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 Trafaglar Square, Pall Mall and Big Ben before heading back to Waterloo over Westminster Bride where we will have spectacular views over the city.
Get ready for your trek by downloading a copy of the Trek26 London itinerary.
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 the terrain be like?
We trek on well troded 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 England's most popular city prepare to come by other tourists and locals and some parts of the route may be congested.
How will I find my way along the route?
The route will be well-marked with brightly coloured marker arrows and there will be extra marshals at any sections that are less straightforward. On the day, you will be given contact details for the support team in case you do lose your way.
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.
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.
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 full kit 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 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.
Are there rest-stops along the way?
There will be manned check-points 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 will I be eating?
Breakfast, lunch and lots of snacks are provided as well as water and tea and coffee at the start/finish and lunch stop.
Where do we meet, and at what time?
The event hub for the start is located in Waterloo Gardens near London's Southbank area. Registration will be at 7:30am with walkers departing from 8:00am.
You will need to be at the event hub for 11am for registration. The trek will begin at 11.30am.
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.
Where can I get more information?
We’d love to chat to you about the event. Pop us as email: firstname.lastname@example.org