Trans Dartmoor Challenge Picture 1
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Next departure:  Please Call for Details

Best Time of Year: Year Round

Max alt:  604m

Dist:  49km

Min age:  17

Duration:  3

Trans Dartmoor Challenge

Trek Adventure

Join us on 'exercise', as we replicate the tough ‘check-out’ event for the Marine's Challenge. 31 miles across the wild terrain of Dartmoor. Starting before sun-up and trekking through the day and into nightfall again—this is a mean challenge, and certainly not for the ‘ramblers’ out there!

Striding across the rugged and granite studded wilderness—this is a chance to pit yourself against a true wilderness and the elements. A real team challenge. The only difference between this and the Marine's Challenge event itself is that you won’t be carrying a rifle and almighty 80 litre Bergen. You may avail yourself of the latest lightweight equipment.



Day 1
Meet at Moretonhampstead by 20:00 for event briefing, kit check & early night.

Day 2
Depart accommodation - 05:30
Start trek - 06:15 - at Okehampton
Midway check point - equipment check and lunch stop - 12:15
Depart midway stop - 13:00

Day 3
Relaxed breakfast in local café (included)
Depart Dartmoor area - usually before midday


Route Map


You will be staying for 2 nights (before and after the event) in clean and comfortable bunkhouse accommodation. We will either stay in the same bunkhouse for 2 nights or Adventure Café will organise for the transfer of your equipment to the second bunkhouse at the end of the event, and for the return of the drivers back to the start to collect cars (this is suggested for the following day—not after having been on the moor for 14 hours)
Breakfast will be provided on both days, although you will need to assist in cooking duties on Saturday morning!


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.


Included In Trip

2 Nights accommodation, 2 Breakfasts, Qualified, Experienced & First-Aid Trained Mountain Leader, Safety Equipment, Transfers on event day.


Excluded From Trip

Transport to and from Dartmoor, Lunches & Dinners.


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 variable weather conditions - be prepared physically and mentally for all types of weather that may be thrown at us!


Notes on Trekking Events

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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



This Challenge is for exclusive group departures – please call us for more information

Event Location

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Our Challengers Said...
Give me Dartmoor every time! Love it!
Tony   15-Oct-2006