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Jurassic Coast Challenge
Join this amazing coastal trek exploring England's first World Heritage Site; The Jurassic Coast. It is a challenging distance over undulating (hilly!) terrain, taking in the best of this incredible world renowned destination. Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are certainly the most famous spots you will be visiting, but some of the quieter stretches of the path are every bit as rewarding.
We will set off from Swanage to tackle the first 23km to the world famous Lulworth Cove, with the path roller-coastering along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, rewarding you with staggering views of sweeping bays, folded cliffs and richly coloured limestone-loving wild flowers and butterflies. Leaving footprints alongside those left by dinosaurs, you will finish this day's walk at Lulworth Cove.
The following day will start out from Lulworth for a shorter walk, observing Durdle Door's exposed sedimentary layers of Portland limestone fantastically twisted. You will walk through and past the many bays and inlets that are typical of this coastline. After another challenging day's walking, you will reach your final destination of Weymouth, where you rejoin real life and enjoy a cool refreshing ice cream or maybe something stronger!
Day 1 - Meet at our campsite near Swanage in the evening, followed by meal in a local pub and event briefing. To get here you can travel by train to Wareham and transfer by local public transport or for a special start you may even be able to get the steam railway!
Day 2 - Trekking from Swanage to Lulworth (approx. 24km or 15 miles). Starting out from the idyllic town of Swanage, the route will follow the length of the pebble beach, rejoining the coastline on the longer of the two days. Expect a good number of hills along this stretch of coastline. Staying in a campsite in Lulworth.
Day 3 - You will start out from your overnight location in Lulworth. Passing firstly the iconic arch at Durdle Door, the route will be mostly following the South West Coastal Path which stretches over 1000km from Minehead to Poole. Walk on to your final destination of Weymouth. Total distance approx. 16km.
After the event you may wish to remain in Weymouth, but your leader will show you to the train station and the support vehicle will deliver your luggage for you to Weymouth.
Two nights tented accommodation. Good quality "two-man" or "three-man" tents are provided for you. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and sleeping mat. These items can be hired through our hire provider at discounted rates. You will be sharing in single sex tents, unless you notify us otherwise.
What is a Level 3.0 Trekking Challenge Like?
These challenges are either longer, higher, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 9 hours trekking. In the case of a multi day trek, you can expect a lower daily duration, but of course the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be keen on physical exercise for these events, and to enjoy taking exercise, and do it regularly. Longer duration long haul treks are likely to be easier in terms of the physical walking, however you will need to be more resilient, due to simple living conditions. UK single day or weekend level 3 treks are suited to walkers and trekkers with some previous history of upland walking or alternatively a good amount of lowland training behind them.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.0 ‘Trek’?
You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing very long walks in the countryside; 7 hours plus . You should be doing regular exercise, possibly with some running. Your running speed will be fairly steady; nothing too fast, and you should be able to run a minimum of 4 miles. If you do not run, you should be concentrating on other types of exercise but for longer periods of time (i.e. sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs). These other forms of exercise should be at a moderate to high level. e.g. spinning, circuits, swimming, or other sports.
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
We recommend that you either drive, or catch the train to Wareham to begin this challenge. Adventure Cafe can arrange a group transfer from here to the first night's campsite for the team collectively (this will be notified in the final event joining instructions). At the end of the walk, you will be delivered to the train station in Weymouth; from where you can either train directly home or you can return to Wareham to collect your vehicle.
Included In Trip
Qualified leaders and marshals (numbers depending upon the number of participants on the challenge).
2 nights tented accommodation.
2 breakfasts and 2 packed lunches.
Support vehicle (subject to a minimum of 12 participants).
Excluded From Trip
Transport to the start point (Swanage) from Wareham / transport from end point (Weymouth) back to Wareham.
Baggage and personal equipment transfers (if less than 12 participants are attending).
Suncream, blister repair kit, plasters, vaseline, painkillers, sunbloc
Pack towel (lifesystems recommended), soap (small bar)
shampoo (not a full size bottle!), toothbrush, toothpaste (small size)
Hill walking items
Sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner - please check whether you require a sleeping bag
Day sack (25-35 litre)
Rucksack liner(s) / plastic liner(s)
Bladder system (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking poles (highly recommended)
Sun hat (wide brimmed), neck scarf
Lunches - you may wish to pre-pack lunches, but please check this with us
Snack foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.
Lightweight fleece, medium weight Fleece
Lightweight gloves, heavy gloves (mitten type recommended)
Fleece hat, balaclava
Long cotton trekking trousers, 1 pair tracksuit bottoms
Comfortable trekking shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Gaiters (appropriate to moor wilderness / moorland treks - please ask!)
Walking socks, liner Socks, underwear
1 change of casual evening wear
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent) & Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Toilet roll / pack of travel tissues, spare lace, camera, film / memory card / spare battery
Wallet, credit cards, cash, sunglasses, spare comfortable shoes, penknife
Mobile phone (packed in a plastic bag deep inside your day pack!), emergency rations (energy foods - for the tough days on trek), head torch with spare batteries and bulb
It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our mountain challengers.
By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your marshals/leaders will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The marshals/leaders primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.
Expect mild weather or even hot and sunny, but don't discount the possibility of rain showers. Plan for these conditions, and if we encounter anything more benign, then that will be a bonus for us!
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