20th Oct 2023 - 22nd Oct 2023
3 days/United Kingdom /Challenging
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!
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 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 6°C and 16°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, 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 our 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.
NB. The bunk house can sleep up to 24 people. However, dependent on our final group size some may be required to camp on 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, drinking water, waterproofs and warm layers, sunglasses, basic first aid kit, sunscreen etc. You will also need to bring your own sleeping bag though linens are available for hire on request.
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.
In the event that your medical issues at the time of booking 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 booking will not be confirmed and the deposit will be refunded.
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.
Please note that we will never unreasonably deny participation on a trip nor contravene the Equality Act 2010.
Non-cotton underwear and socks
Non-cotton trek trousers
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
Portable battery pack for mobile phone (optional)
3 litres of water
Electrolyte tablets (e.g. Nuun, High5 etc.) (optional)
Day pack (25 –35 litres)
Waterproof rucksack liner / dry bag
Packed lunch (provided)
Mobile phone – fully charged
LED head torch with new batteries inside
Wallet with cash and credit/debit card(s)
Nappy sacks or disposal bags to carry any used toilet paper*
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)
Sleeping bag (warm enough for cold night temperatures)
Sleeping bag liner
Toiletries (toothbrush*, toothpaste*, shower gel*, shampoo*, deodorant* etc.)
Thermos flask / mug plus hot refreshment items e.g. tea, coffee, hot chocolate (optional)
Foam or inflatable sleeping mat (ideally both)
Cooking stove (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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Please consider eco-friendly or biodegradable options.
You should arrive no later than 6pm, so there is time for you to meet the group and have a challenge briefing over dinner.
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 bunk house for a well-earned dinner.
Trek distance: Approx. 13 miles
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner
Worth Matravers to Studland
We transfer back to where we ended yesterday’s walk in 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
Registration fee: £125
and then either…
Flexi: £250 trip costs and £250 fundraising for Winchester Hospice.
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 Winchester Hospice. There is a minimum sponsorship amount for each trip that you are required to raise in order to participate.
This option is for those who choose to pay the trip costs (accommodation, food, guides etc.) themselves while still raising some funds for the charity.
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