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UK: Brecon Beacons Training Weekend 2024

10th May 2024 - 12th May 2024

3 days/United Kingdom /Moderate

Overview

Join Team DTC in the heart of the Brecons and get some essential training for your overseas adventure on our first ever training weekend.

We’ll be spending a day and a half hiking in the Welsh mountains under the expertise of some local guides. It’s the perfect chance for you to meet the team behind Different Travel, and get to know our tour managers whilst getting some steps in for preparation for your next challenge.

It’s also a perfect taster for those who have never taken part in one of our group trips – come along and see what we’re all about without committing to an overseas challenge!

Don’t forget to get in touch if you are already on a 2024 trip for a special discount code!

 

 

This trip is graded moderate. You will be trekking for 1.5 days and will return to a comfortable base each night. You should prepare for steep sections that may be muddy and slippery with some sharp drops.

You will be accompanied by professional local guides as well as members of the Different Travel team. This is an ideal training trek for our longer overseas adventures and the perfect chance to meet fellow travellers on our other trips.

 

The terrain is undulating with steep up and downhill sections. Almost all the route is on good grassy paths or stony trails. There may be a few stretches walking along or near roads.

This is not a gentle tourist hike and is intended to be challenging to help you prepare for longer treks.

You should be of a good fitness level before departure to have the best chance of completing the hike. Some previous hill walking, to ensure you have a good level of endurance, general cardiovascular fitness and strength for this type of terrain, would be beneficial.

Some of the ascents are very gradual and you will barely notice that you are gaining height but there are some short, sharp, steep sections that will get the heart and lungs going. Knowing how to manage your pace as the inclines change 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 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 trip.

The weather in the UK is unpredictable and changeable so you must check the local weather forecast prior to arrival and pack accordingly.

Typically, days are cool (average 12°C) and nights are chilly (down to around 7°C). There is a strong possibility of rain so waterproofs are recommended.

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 weekend 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 weekend has been designed to help you train for our longer overseas adventures or to give you a taster of what is involved in some of our challenges. You must be able to walk for extended periods of time on challenging terrain.

Hill walking is the best training for challenges, so try to walk as much as possible on hilly terrain, so you are able to 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.

We will be staying in a simple hostel-style building with shared bedrooms. Our group will have full use of the lounge and gardens throughout the stay.

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

There is free parking available at the site.

For the challenge itself you will need to wear comfortable walking boots (not trainers) and non-cotton clothing. You will be responsible for carrying your own lunch (provided), drinking water, waterproofs and warm layers, sunglasses, basic first aid kit, sunscreen etc.

Itinerary

Brecon Beacons Training Weekend Itinerary

Day 1 (Friday 10 May 2024):

Arrival
You should arrive at the bunk house no later than 6pm, giving you time to meet the group and have a challenge briefing over dinner.
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 (Saturday 11 May 2024):

Full-day hike 
After an early breakfast we will head out together for a full day of hiking in the picturesque Brecon Beacons.
Trek distance: Approx. 12-18 miles
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Day 3 (Sunday 12 May 2024):

Half-day hike 
We will spend the morning back out on the hills getting some more steps in and taking in the stunning Welsh countryside before heading home.
Trek distance: Approx. 5-10 miles
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch

N.B. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather, the ability of the group, wildlife movements and so on. We will do our best to keep to the itinerary but we cannot be held responsible for changes that occur outside of our control. In all circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the group’s health and safety.

Costs & How to pay

Registration fee: £95
and then…

Self-funded: £250 (discount available for anyone already booked on a 2024 trip)

SELF-FUNDED

This option is for those who choose to pay the trip costs (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 6 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.

*If your chosen charity is not on this list, please seek permission to fundraise for them by taking part in this challenge before making your booking.

NB. If you are currently booked on another 2024 trip please email bookings@different-travel.com for your discount code.

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 2 evening meals, 2 packed lunch and 2 breakfasts
  • UK walking guide
  • Different Travel meet & greet

What's not included

  • Personal expenses (e.g. extra snacks or drinks etc.)
  • Transport to/from the bunk house
  • Travel insurance
  • Trekking kit

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