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Best Time of Year: Year Round

Max alt:  562m

Dist:  35 miles

Min age:  18

Duration:  2

The Big Walk

Trek Adventure

The Big Walk will be taking place in the Scottish Borders – 2 countries in 2 fun-filled days! With its rich history and stunning scenery, the Scottish-English border is the perfect place for adventurers to go exploring. Take in the wildlife and nature in Kielder Forest and journey up into the rolling hills and beautiful moorland of Scotland – a great opportunity to experience some of the very best of the UK.

Friday 6th May Arrive at our base for the weekend - located in the unspoilt landscape of the Scottish Borders countryside - from early evening in time to settle into your log cabin or pitch your tent before dinner.

Saturday 7th May Enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting off for the days walking! We will be walking for approximately 8 hours. Back at base in the evening enjoy a delicious meal with the opportunity to have a drink and socialise around the camp fire.

Sunday 8th May After fuelling up at breakfast, head out for the second day of walking. Sundays walk will be slightly shorter, and we will aim to arrive back at our base in the mid- afternoon with time to enjoy a well-deserved slice of cake before departing.



Day 1 - Arrive in plety of time for your overnight stay. 

Day 2 - We begin the day with a transfer to Kielder Castle to start our 32km forest trek Westwards back to Whithaugh Park. We meet the Bakethin Reservoir and then head on to follow the English and Scottish Border.

Day 3 - We begin the day with a transfer to Hermitage Castle to start our 21km trek Southwards over the Fells back to Whithaugh Park. This is an up and over day with approx 500m ascent. 


Route Map


Our base for the weekend will be WhithaughPark Residential Centre, located in the Scottish Borders countryside close to the town of Newcastleton. The venue has Scandinavian-style log-cabin accommodation, and the option to pitch a tent and camp as well as communal spaces for dining.

Whithaugh Park also has an on-site indoor heated swimming pool and a 300m zip wire that walkers will be able to make use of at a small additional cost.

Log Cabins

There are several log cabins dotted around the spacious hill-top site - the accommodation is basic but warm and clean; each cabin with shower and toilet facilities and up to 4 separate bedrooms. Bedrooms sleep between 2 and 6 people in bunkbeds or single beds. Bedding is included but you will need to bring your own towel and toiletries. You will also be able to make hot drinks.


Camping is also an option; there is a large field where tents can be pitched, and campers will have access to shower and toilet facilities. There is space for a few caravans, but please note that we do not have the facility for either electricity or water hook-ups.

Dont need accommodation? No problem, we also have a Walker package, which includes everything except your bed for the night, so you can make your own overnight accommodation arrangements.


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.


Medical Issues

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.


Special Notes


The following packages are available to participants when registering:

Lodger - £150

·        Registration

·        Indoor accommodation in a log cabin

·        Event support

·        Checkpoint refreshments

·        Breakfast at base camp on Saturday & Sunday mornings, packed lunches on Saturday & Sunday

·        Dinner at base camp on Friday and Saturday evenings

·        Medal


Camper - £100

·        Registration

·        Tent pitch and access to facilities

·        Event support

·        Checkpoint refreshments

·        Breakfast at base camp on Saturday & Sunday mornings, packed lunches on Saturday & Sunday

·        Dinner at base camp on Friday and Saturday evenings

·        Medal


Walker - £75

·        Registration

·        Event support

·        Checkpoint refreshments

·        Breakfast at base camp on Saturday & Sunday mornings, packed lunches on Saturday & Sunday

·        Dinner at base camp on Saturday evening (NB. does not include Friday evening dinner)

·        Medal


A deposit of 50% of the package cost will be required to book your place at the Big Walk, followed by monthly payments. This can be by salary deduction or partner account deduction. We can also take payment by card but will require the full payment. If paying by card, please note we do not accept AMEX payments.


Included In Trip


Event Support

Checkpoint Refreshments

Breakfast at base camp on Saturday & Sunday mornings, packed lunches on Saturday & Sunday

Dinner at base camp on Saturday evening (N.B does not include Friday evening for Walker package



Excluded From Trip

Participants need to make their own way to the venue. The full address is; Whithaugh Park, Newcastleton, Scottish Borders, TD9 0TY. There is plenty of parking on-site, but we would recommend that participants share cars to get there. The nearest mainline train-station to the centre is in Carlisle, which is about 25 miles away. If there is enough demand, we may look into the possibility of putting on coach transport from Cirencester this would be at additional cost.


Equipment Required

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.

Warm clothing
Lightweight fleece, medium weight Fleece
Lightweight gloves, heavy gloves (mitten type recommended)
Fleece hat, balaclava

Trek Clothing
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

Kit Hire

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.


Safety Information

By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader 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 everything from sunshine to a full blown blizzard or thick fog and heavy rain - anything is possible… so be prepared! If the event is run in the summer - we shall all keep our fingers crossed and hope for fine weather! We shall check your equipment. If in doubt please ask.


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Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions

By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.

Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions - For all types of event

To Reserve Your Space on this Challenge

You should fill in the Google Form - linked here below, and then please call us on 01823 444 246 to advise of your payment method. We can accept card payments over the phone, or Bank Transfer. Please note that your space is not confirmed until you have received your booking receipt.

CLICK HERE: Adventure Cafe Challenge Booking Form - For Challenge Events



Guide price

£Price on application



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