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Ridgeway 4 Forts Challenge
Starting at ancient Avebury, this challenge is a fantastic opportunity to push your limits, and to get out and discover some of Southern England's most historic landscapes on the Ridgeway. With over 4000 years of history, hill forts, stone circles, and mysterious chalk carvings on wide open hillsides, this is quite literally a mega (lithic) challenge!
We shall be meeting in Avebury, and tackling the famous National Trail - The Ridgeway, this is an ideal challenge for first time trekkers and experienced walkers alike - with beautiful countryside, fascinating historic sites, as well as an acheivable challenge! We shall encounter first the stone circle at Avebury, and then crack on along the Ridgeway National Trail - taking in the forts, burial mounds, the white horse, and more! The walk is approximately 39km, and is predominantly along the tops of the Ridgeway - although there are a few ups and downs (600m). We shall visit 4 Iron Age Forts on our way as well as the famous Uffington White Horse. Finally we shall drop down off the Ridgeway, via our final Fort, and into Letcombe Regis for a well earned beer and dinner.
Challenge Day 1
Meet at 08:30 in Avebury.
Receive Lunch packs, and team briefing for the challenge.
09:15 Set off with leaders - in teams of approximately 10 - 12. Team leader to check kit.
13:15 Expected arrival at midway point.
16:00 Final Checkpoint - latest arrival for those hoping to complete the challenge.
17:15 Expected Arrival at Finish - Accommodation - Letcombe Regis.
18:15 Onwards - buffet dinner - and evening celebration - prior to returning to accommodation.
N.b. Participants who are unlikely to be able to manage the full challenge will be able to be join the rest of the teams further down the route, nearer to the end of the challenge course.
Challenge Day 2
08:00 Return home
One night in a good quality local hostel with breakfast.
What is a Level 3.5 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 12 hours trekking. In the case of a multi day trek, you can expect lower daily durations - 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 to 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 - ie using same clothes for several days, lack of washing facilities, simple food, and maybe camping - this forms an integral part of the challenge.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.5 ‘Trek’?
You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing very long walks in the countryside - 7 hours + . You should be doing regular exercise - possibly with some running. Your running speed will be around 10-11 minute miling, and you should be able to run a minimum of 4 to five 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.
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.
Included In Trip
Qualified mountain leaders, marshalls, first aiders, booking and joining pack, 1 night accommodation, buffet dinner.
Excluded From Trip
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 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 leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.
Expect mild weather but possibly rain showers. Plan for these conditions, and if we encounter anything more benign, then that will be a bonus for us! In recent years spring and autumn have proved better weather than July and August, so keep your fingers crossed!
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