- Event Type Trek
- Date 1 September 2018
- Location Wiltshire
- Registration Fee £25 (£20 for the half marathon option)
- Fundraising Target £300 (£200 for the half marathon option)
- Level Moderate to Tough
This is a beautiful, diverse and demanding trek which takes in the stunning chalk downs and woodlands of southern Wiltshire. Dotted with ancient earthworks and burial mounds, this is an historic landscape dominated by the world-famous stone circle of Stonehenge.
Salisbury, Hudson's Field
1 September 2018
Our marathon 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.
Our half marathon option will join the group in the picturesque village of Great Wishford and together we will enjoy the fabulous views of Stonehenge, before circling south and tackling the undulating chalk ridges and quiet valleys back to Old Sarum.
Both options for this trek provide a great experience for trekkers and a huge sense of achievement!
How fit do I need to be?
The route is designed to be challenging for those of good health and fitness, and is achievable for most people provided they train well in advance. We will supply you with a thorough training guide when you have registered. Training for the challenge is all part of the preparation and requires commitment! Without it, you will find the trek less enjoyable - and we want you to have the time of your life!
What will the trekking be like?
We trek mainly on grass paths or gravel tracks, but also on some quiet roads, with road crossings. Some sections may be muddy. There are some significant hills, though the majority of the route is flat or gently undulating.
Is there a time limit?
The event is not a race. Everyone should be able to walk at a comfortable pace. In order for the event to be managed safely and practically, there will be a cut-off time. This will be perfectly achievable provided you train well in advance and build up enough resilience that you can manage when you're tired.
The full marathon walk should take approximately 8-9 hours for fit and strong walkers; others should allow longer. It may take some walkers up to 12 hours.
You need to be able to walk at an average pace of 3mph on good tarmac paths and pavements, and at least 2mph on rough or hilly ground. Bear this in mind when training - especially at the end of a long day - and it will help you manage your training and expectations.
Can I run?
No, we're afraid not. This is a fully supported event which is set up for walkers. We wouldn't be able to support runners as they are considerably faster and would be ahead of our support crews.
How will I find my way along the route?
The route will be well-marked with brightly coloured signage and there will be extra marshals at any sections that are less straightforward.
What will I need to carry?
You'll need to carry whatever you want with you for the duration of the trek - spare clothes, waterproofs, sun cream, snacks, etc.
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.
Can a friend who isn't signed up walk with me?
No, we're afraid not. The aim of the event is to raise as much money for Alzheimer's Society as possible so everyone taking part needs to be fully registered. Please do encourage your family and friends to join you on this great event.
Can I bring my dog?
No. We cannot be responsible for their welfare and invariably dogs are not as fit as they seem. Landowners frequently ask us not to bring dogs onto their lands which we must respect. Please just enjoy your dog's company on your training walks.
Lynne, her husband Geoff, daughter Molly and son Nathan took on the 2017 Stonehenge Trek.
Read Lynne's motivation for taking on Trek26
'My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2011. We recieved much valuable information and support from the Society and I felt that I wanted to raise funds so other families could continue to have the same help as we've recieved.
The support from the Society was brilliant and I felt they were with us all the way. Really enjoyed the training, but did find it quite difficult to fit in the time. All the hard work was worth it. What a sense of acheivement!
As a family we set-up a Just Giving page and we also asked supporters to complete our sponsored walk forms - such a good idea, as not everyone is able to access Just Giving.
Top tip - Just keep walking, walking! There were times along the way it was a bit difficult, but seeing all the other trekkers spurred us on. Make sure you wear in your boots before the event or the walk wont be as enjoyable as it was.
Fantastic - brilliant day! One that we as a family will always remember and talk and laugh about.'