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England: Jurassic Coast Trek (Week 2)

7th Oct 2022 - 9th Oct 2022

7th Oct 2022 - 9th Oct 2022
20th May 2022 - 22nd May 2022
8th Oct 2021 - 10th Oct 2021

3 days/United Kingdom /Moderate to Challenging

Overview

The Jurassic Coast is located in the South of England and was England’s first natural World Heritage Site.
It stretches 95 miles from Orcombe Point at Exmouth, East Devon to Old Harry Rocks at Studland, Dorset, with rocks dating back 185 million years. It is part of the much longer South West Coast Path trail, which covers a 630-mile route around the coastline of the South West peninsula.
The Jurassic Coast area is a fossil hunter’s dream with dinosaur remains having been found here.
You will walk approximately 25 miles along the beautiful coastal path from Lulworth to Studland. The undulating cliffs provide stunning views over the sea and surrounding landscape and offer a very worthy challenge!

This trek is graded challenging due to the steep and rugged terrain and many hours of walking but anyone who is reasonable fit can walk the Jurassic Coast path. You will trek approximately 25 miles taking around 10-12 hours. You need to be in good health and of good fitness with bucket-loads of determination. If you are the sort of person who can dig deep and just doesn’t give up then this is for you.

The terrain is undulating with steep up and downhill sections. Almost all the route is on good grassy paths or stony trails. There are a few stretches walking along or near roads as you approach towns or areas of coastal diversion.

This is not a gentle tourist hike; it is a challenging event.

You should be of a good fitness level before departure to have the best chance of completing the challenge. You should have done some UK hill walking in the recent past, and be prepared to take part in some hill walking in advance of this trek to ensure you have a good level of endurance, general cardiovascular fitness and strength for this type of terrain.

Some of the ascents are very gradual and you barely notice that you are gaining height but there are some short, sharp, steep sections that really get the heart and lungs going. Knowing how to manage your pace as the incline changes is very important, especially keeping in mind that you can’t walk at the same pace on steep ascents as you can on flat terrain. Maintaining a steady pace is more energy efficient than walking too fast and having to frequently stop to catch your breath. Frequent starting and stopping it is also a poor use of the body’s energy supplies and you will find yourself far more fatigued by the end of the walk than if you took a gentler non-stop pace. What really tests people are the sections where there is a steep descent. Some struggle with the worry of slipping but many more struggle with discomfort in their knees. Ensuring that you have good core, leg and glute strength is helpful for this challenge.

Typically, temperatures can range between 17°C and 26°C with average temperatures around 11°C. Nights are colder (down to around 1°C). Strong, cold winds are possible on some parts of the route.
Please note it is possible to experience extreme deviations from the normal climate pattern and very cold conditions are not impossible. Climate and weather conditions during the trip are out of our control. It is extremely important that you take responsibility to prepare yourself for all weather conditions during this challenge.

The challenge can be undertaken by fit walkers aged 18+ (or 16+ if accompanied by an adult). You must be at a good level of fitness, able to self-manage (e.g. you know how to keep hydrated, nourished, warm and dry), be in good health, have oodles of determination and a positive and flexible can-do attitude. An ideal candidate would be someone who enjoys hill walking and wants to push themselves out of their comfort zone.

This is a tough endurance challenge so you must be able to walk for extended periods of time on challenging terrain. This challenge is not suitable for first-time walkers or people who have not trained. Hill walking is the best training for this challenge, so please walk as much as possible on hilly terrain, building up so you able maintain a steady pace all the way along your route with only a few brief rest stops. In addition to hill walking, you are recommended to work on strengthening your legs, back and core muscles. Supplementary training may include speed walking, running, cycling, gym workouts, swimming, team sports, boot camps etc. If you do not train for this challenge, it’s possible you will not complete it.

The rural campsite where we will stay features three hectares of gently sloping pastures with incredible views over Swanage Bay. There are hot showers, toilets, phone charging points and electric hook ups. There is a strict quiet time policy after 11pm and open fires are not permitted.

You must arrive at the campsite and have pitched your tent by 6pm in time for dinner and the trip briefing. Full details of the campsite and directions will be provided 6-8 weeks prior to departure.

There is free parking available at the campsite right next to your tent so no heavy carrying of camping equipment is required.

For the challenge itself will need to wear comfortable walking boots (not trainers) and non-cotton clothing. You will be responsible for carrying your own lunch, drinking water, waterproofs and warm layers, sunglasses, basic first aid kit, sunscreen etc. You will also need to bring your own camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, toiletries, towel etc.) for use at the campsite. Please see the full suggested kit list below.

We require a medical form to be completed by everyone upon registering, and any pre-existing conditions, medications used and other medical issues must be specified. All your medical details are treated in the strictest confidence.

The information will be securely screened by a qualified medical professional, and details provided to your tour manager and local guides so our staff are adequately informed and prepared to support you during the trip. By completing this booking form you are giving consent for us to contact you confidentially with any follow up questions regarding your health.

If you declare any medical conditions you may be asked to provide more information, or we may request to contact your GP. We must be informed if any conditions or medication change, or if new conditions develop. If necessary confirmation of fitness to travel from your GP or specialist may be required.

In the event that your medical issues represent a concern for your safety and wellbeing, or the safety and wellbeing of others in the group, you may be recommended not to take part. If this happens your deposit will be refunded. Please note that we will never unreasonably deny participation on a trip nor contravene the Equality Act 2010.

Clothing

Non-cotton underwear and socks
Non-cotton trek trousers
Non-cotton t-shirt
Non-cotton long sleeved warm layer
Hiking boots (well broken in)
Waterproof jacket and trousers
Lightweight insulated jacket or warm fleece
Sun hat and warm hat
Gloves

Accessories

Portable battery pack for mobile phone (optional)
Camera (optional)

What food and drink do I need?

3 litres of water
Packed lunch and snacks
Electrolyte tablets (e.g. Nuun, High5 etc.) (optional)

What to carry?

Day pack (25 –35 litres)
Waterproof rucksack liner / dry bag
Mobile phone – fully charged
LED head torch with new batteries inside
Wallet with cash and credit/debit card(s)
Sunglasses
Toilet paper*
Nappy sacks or disposal bags to carry any used toilet paper*
Hand sanitizer
Sunscreen (high SPF)
Small, basic first aid kit (pain killers, blister plasters, plasters, your own personal medication)
Feminine hygiene products*
Small pack of baby wipes (optional)
Hiking poles (optional)

What to bring for camping

A tent
Sleeping bag (warm enough for cold night temperatures)
Foam or inflatable sleeping mat (ideally both)
Sleeping bag liner
Towel
Toiletries (toothbrush*, toothpaste*, shower gel*, shampoo*, deodorant* etc.)
Cooking stove (optional)
Thermos flask / mug plus hot refreshment items e.g. tea, coffee, hot chocolate (optional)

Please note: This list is not exhaustive and does not account for your personal taste or preference. It should be used as a guideline only. If you have any questions or queries regarding this list which are not answered in the sections above please contact info@different-travel.com.

*Please consider eco-friendly or biodegradable options. Consider shopping at Little Footprint Gifts.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Friday 7 October 2022):

Arrival
You should arrive at the campsite and pitch your tent no later than 6pm, so there is time for you to meet the group and have a challenge briefing over dinner.
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 (Saturday 8 October 2022):

Lulworth Cove to Worth Matravers
After an early breakfast we set off by minibus to the starting point of our walk at Lulworth Cove. Highlights today include crossing the Lulworth Range, looking out for ancient fossils, and if we’re lucky, even spotting a dolphin or two! Today’s hike will end at Worth Matravers where a minibus will be waiting to transport us back to the campsite for a well-earned dinner.
Trek distance: Approx. 13 miles
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Day 3 (Sunday 9 October 2022):

Worth Matravers to Studland
We transfer back to where we ended yesterday’s walk in Worth Matravers and continue along the coastal path in an easterly direction, passing stunning scenery to Swanage via Durlston Head and Old Harry Rocks before reaching Studland Bay. We transfer back to the campsite to pack up and head home.
Trek distance: Approx. 12 miles
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch

Costs & How to pay

Registration fee: £95
and then either…

Self-funded: £230

or

Sponsorship: £460

or 

Flexi: £230 trip costs and £230 sponsorship for a charity of your choice

SELF-FUNDED

This option is for those who choose to pay the trip costs (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc.) themselves. There is no sponsorship required although if you wish to raise sponsorship for a charity you are welcome to do so.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • Trip cost balance is payable to Different Travel 10 weeks prior to departure.
  • You are welcome to fundraise separately for any charity of your choice but this is not mandatory. Any fundraising undertaken cannot be used for your trip costs.

SPONSORSHIP

This option is for those who wish to raise sponsorship to cover both the costs of the trip (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc.) and a donation to their chosen charity. There is a minimum sponsorship amount for each trip that you are required to raise in order to participate.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • The minimum sponsorship must be paid to the charity 12 weeks prior to departure.
  • The amount the charity receives is at least 50% of the minimum sponsorship total.

FLEXI

This option is for those who choose to pay the trip costs (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc.) themselves while still raising some funds for the charity.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • Trip cost balance is payable to the charity 12 weeks prior to departure.
  • Any fundraising undertaken cannot be used for your trip costs.

What's included

  • 2 nights pitch at campsite
  • 2 evening meals, 2 packed lunch and 2 breakfasts
  • Transport between campsite and walk start/finish points
  • UK walking guide
  • UK Different Travel tour manager

What's not included

  • Personal expenses (e.g. extra snacks or drinks in campsite etc.)
  • Transport to/from campsite
  • Travel insurance
  • Trekking kit
  • Tent
  • Camping equipment

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