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The Best Places to Hike in the UK

Whether you are looking for a relaxing walk along the coast or a challenging climb to the summit of one of the UK’s highest peaks, here are our best places to hike in the UK …

Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales

Not that we’re biased at all, but the Brecon Beacons National Park is one of our favourite places for a UK based hike! From riverside paths to magical woodlands and even dramatic mountains – the Brecon Beacons has something for everyone. Plus, it’s home to Pen y Fan – the highest peak in South Wales, at 886m.

Our TrekFest challenge involves hiking 25km or 50km through this stunning National Park, incorporating Pen y Fan, with stunning views of Llyn Cwm Llwch and the surrounding area.

Views of the Brecon Beacons National Park

Lake District, England

The Lake District is a World Heritage Site and the UK’s most visited National Park – and it’s not hard to see why! It’s home to two of England’s greats; Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, and Wastwater, England’s deepest lake.

The Lake District is full of interesting caves, picturesque waterfalls and of course the high peaks and glistening lakes the National Park is famous for. Due to its diverse landscapes, there is a walk to suit everyone in the Lake District!

A road cutting through mountains in the Lake District

Snowdonia, Wales 

Snowdonia is another fantastic place to go hiking, with a walk to suit all abilities. From the challenge of climbing Snowdon or Cadair Idris to a leisurely walk around Llyn Tegid, Bala.

Snowdonia National Park is famous for its outstanding natural beauty and fascinating landscapes, plus it’s home to the highest mountain in England and Wales! In fact, the most concentrated area of 3,000ft peaks in Britain can be found in Snowdonia. Snowdon itself is a rugged, challenging climb – but the views from the summit make it all worthwhile.

Lake and mountains in Snowdonia

Peak District, England

From steep limestone valleys to dramatic highlands, The Peak District National Park is a magnet for trekkers and one of the best places to hike in the UK. The Peak District is the UK’s original National Park and extends across Cheshire, Manchester, Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Staffordshire.

The highest point in the Peak District is Kinder Scout, offering panoramic views as far as Snowdonia on a clear day. Plus, the National Park is home to multiple national and local trails waiting to be explored.

Rolling hills in the Peak District

Yorkshire Dales, England

The Yorkshire Dales is a fantastic place to spend time outdoors and offers extensive footpaths for all abilities. From short walks along rivers, rolling hills and through old stone villages to more challenging climbs to one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside are the best-known hills in the Dales and provide spectacular scenery of the surrounding area.

A bridge in the Yorkshire Dales

The Highlands, Scotland

The Scottish Highlands are home to impressive lakes, sandy beaches, fairy tale castles and an array of dramatic Munros. The landscape of the Highlands is exactly how you imagine Scotland to be; from rugged coastlines to the highest mountains, it’s an adventure playground waiting to be explored!

Plus, the Scottish highlands is home to the UK’s highest mountain – the mighty Ben Nevis.  Located near the town of Fort William, Ben Nevis is part of the Grampian Mountain range and a bucket list hike for many adventurers. Just make sure you are fully prepared and have the correct kit before taking on the challenge.

Lake and mountains in the Scottish Highlands
If you’d like to join us on a fully supported hike through the Brecon Beacons National Park then join us at TrekFest The Beacons 2020.

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Take on a Trek for Charity in 2020 and Conquer TrekFest The Beacons!

Since its launch in 2013, TrekFest has raised an incredible £2 million for charities nationwide.  How amazing is that!? Every year hundreds of adventurers join together to take on either 25km or 50km of rugged countryside, all in support of their chosen charity.

Keep reading to find out how you can raise money for the charity of your choice, for more information on our TrekFest Payment Options and for some top fundraising tips!

Find out more about our TrekFest The Beacons here.

How Can You Take Part in TrekFest for Charity?

We have three different payment options for TrekFest 2020 – and whichever payment option you choose, we encourage you to make every step count for the charity of your choice.

Payment Option A – Minimum Sponsorship

  1. Pay the registration fee when booking your place on TrekFest 2020.
  2. Agree to raise the minimum sponsorship for a charity of your choice. 80% of your minimum sponsorship must be sent to your charity no later than 6 weeks before the challenge. The remaining sponsorship must be sent to your charity 4 weeks after the challenge.

Payment Option B – Self Funding

  1. Pay the registration fee when booking your place on TrekFest 2020.
  2. Pay the additional challenge balance no later than 6 weeks before the challenge.
  3. Any money you raise can be sent directly to the charity.

Payment Option C – Discounted Full Payment

  1. Pay the total discounted cost when booking your place on TrekFest 2020.
  2. Any money you raise can be sent directly to the charity.

 

Check out our TrekFest 2020 prices for more information. Early birds get a discount on their registration fee, so make sure you get signed up sooner rather than later!

Which Charity Can I Support?

We work with hundreds of charities every single year – all of which provide fantastic support in your fundraising journey and will give you the encouragement you need to smash your fundraising targets!

Check out our list of charity partners and get your fundraising underway today – remember the sooner you sign up to TrekFest 2020, the more time you’ll have to reach your fundraising target. If the charity you’d like to support isn’t listed then just give us a call on 01244 676454 and we’ll happily contact them on your behalf.

Top Fundraising Tips

Once you have decided which charity it is that you’re going to support, it’s time to reach your fundraising target! Here are our top five fundraising tips to help you get on your way;

1. Set Up an Online Fundraising Page

First things first, you need to set up an online fundraising page, such as JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving. It’s quick and easy to create and makes your fundraising target a lot easier to reach. Make your page personal and keep everyone up to date with your training and fundraising efforts.

2. Get Sharing!

Once you have got your fundraising page set up – it’s time to get sharing! Send an email to all your contacts with the link to your fundraising page and get sharing it on Social Media. Facebook and Twitter are fantastic platforms to spread the word about your upcoming challenge and fundraising efforts. Ask your friends and family to share your link too.

Keep people up to date, with regular posts and chat about how you are feeling in the lead up to the challenge – this may inspire a few more people to sponsor you.

3. Keep in Touch With Your Charity

Your charity will love to hear from you – keep them updated with how you are doing and ask if they have any materials to help you raise as much money as possible for them.

4. Ask Local Businesses for Support

Ask local businesses for donations, raffle prizes or to place a collection pot in their shops. It’s also important to make sure your employers are aware of what you are doing – they can support by putting your story in the company newsletter, sharing your fundraising page across the business or even matching your fundraising total!

5. Say Thank You

Always say thank you to the people who have sponsored you. Not only will this be appreciated by the person who supported you, but anyone who hears or sees you say thanks will then be prompted to sponsor you too!

 

Good luck with your fundraising! If you haven’t signed up to TrekFest The Beacons yet, then register here or give us a call on 01244 676454 and our team will be more than happy to chat all things TrekFest!

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The New Year is here and everyone is talking about “New Year, New You!” and setting those all important New Year’s Resolutions.

It’s all well and good writing a list of what you would like to achieve in 2020, but how will you make sure you achieve it? It’s time to make those New Year’s resolutions stick – and achieve something you’ve always wanted to!

Whether you’ve signed up to an endurance trek, half marathon or other fitness challenge, here’s our top tips on how to make sure you succeed!

1. Be Realistic

Make sure you create a goal that’s achievable! Don’t set yourself the target of running a marathon in a month’s time if running is something new to you. Keep yourself motivated by setting an attainable goal – such as completing a 5k Park Run!

2. Create Short Term Goals

Whatever your main goal is, split this into a few smaller goals that you can achieve along the way. If you’ve signed up to a 50km trekking challenge, such as TrekFest 2020, then split this goal into smaller goals. Such as aiming to walk 10km continuously, then 20km etc. Short terms goals will keep you motivated, and keep you on track to achieving your New Year’s resolution!

3. Track Your Progress

Keep track of your training and note down whenever you hit a small term goal. This will then show exactly how far you’ve come! Apps such as Strava are great for keeping track of your training!

4. Reward Yourself

If you manage to complete one of your short-term goals, then reward yourself! Keep your reward in line with your goal, such as treating yourself to some new hiking kit, running trainers or even a spa day.

5. Don’t Beat Yourself Up

There might be times when you can’t make a planned training session, or you couldn’t achieve the full distance. Don’t worry, this is completely normal! Just do the best you can, one day at a time.

6. Tell Your Friends and Family

Don’t keep your resolution a secret, let your friends and family know! They’ll be able to support you throughout your journey and you’ll be more likely to keep on going.

7. Make It Social

Even better – Get your friends and family involved! Even if they don’t want to take part in the fitness challenge itself, they could join you on a few training sessions, helping to keep you motivated!

8. Make Training Fun!

Join a fitness class that you’ll enjoy, such as Zumba or boxercise or go for some training walks or runs surrounded by beautiful countryside. Keep things fun – and you’ll be more likely to stick at it!

9. Remember Why You’re Doing This

Whatever your fitness goal is, there will be a reason why you’re doing this. You might have signed up to a fitness challenge in order to lose weight, increase your fitness levels or to raise money for a cause close to your heart. On those day’s where you struggling to keep going – just remind yourself exactly why you are doing this.

10. Be Patient

You won’t achieve your goal overnight – keep going! It takes a while for a new activity to become a habit, just be patient. By following our points above you’ll be on your way to achieving your New Year’s resolution in no time!  Remember, persistence is key!

 

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TrekFest The Beacons Route

The Brecon Beacons National Park is the perfect location for a trekking adventure! Full of lively market towns, picturesque walking trails and home to the mighty Pen y Fan – the UK’s highest mountain south of Snowdonia. 

Join us on a Brecon Beacons hike as we take on TrekFest 2020!

TrekFest The Beacons takes us on an incredible journey through this unique National Park. Our TrekFest Village, located at The Brecon Showground, is situated in the heart of the Brecon Beacons – surrounded by rolling hills and deep forests.

We have two route options available – 25km or 50km, so whatever your experience – or whether you want to walk, jog or run TrekFest, we’ve got you covered!

Hiking in the Brecon Beacons

25km Route (15.1 miles approx.)

The start of our route takes us along quiet country lanes, before reaching our first checkpoint at approximately 9km. We then start to ascend Pen y Fan – the highest peak in South Wales at 886m. The ascent twists its way up from the valley floor and we’ll be treated to magical views of Llyn Cwm Llwch below. We’ll then reach Corn Du ridge, passing the Tommy Jones Obelisk on the way.

It’s then time for our final incline to the summit of Pen y Fan, where we will be welcomed with incredible views across the beautiful Brecon Beacons.

After a moment to enjoy our surroundings (and catch our breath), it’s then time to make our way down to our next checkpoint.  The initial descent is steep, as we head along the ridge of Cefn Cwm Llwych. After taking a moment to refuel at the checkpoint, we then make our way to the TrekFest Village, following country roads and sections of the Three Rivers Ride path.

 

50km Route (31 miles approx.)

Our 50km challenge begins by following the same route as the 25km. Upon reaching the summit of Pen y Fan, we then head to the peak of Fan y Big, one of the four main peaks of the Brecon Beacons. We then descend to our checkpoint and enjoy a well-deserved hot meal! The route then continues through Taf Fechan Forest, following part of the Taff Trail. We’ll continue along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, before reaching our final checkpoint at Talybont-on-Usk. It’s then the final push to the finish line at our TrekFest Village!

 

Join us at TrekFest 2020 and explore the Brecon Beacons National Park by foot!

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Are you planning on joining us at TrekFest 2020? Then don’t delay! Our Early Bird discount ends at midnight on Saturday 30 November!

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Join us on Saturday 19 September for our ultimate trekking challenge – take on 25km or 50km in the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park and make every step count for the charity of your choice!

Plus – complimentary camping for the whole weekend and access to our epic TrekFest Village, full of yummy food, a chill out zone and even a pop-up bar! What more could you want for an adventure filled weekend!?

Register before midnight on Saturday 30 November to beat the price break!

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Take on a Corporate Challenge!

It’s time to inspire your team with a weekend of adventure!

Taking on TrekFest as a corporate challenge has many benefits for you and your team! From building a sense of team spirit amongst your employees to supporting your chosen charity in aid of your Corporate Social Responsibility Goals – whatever your aim, we can help you to achieve it!

Taking on an endurance event such as TrekFest can be a daunting experience, however doing it as a team along with colleagues and friends, can help to motivate you during training and all the way to the finish line! 

Participants Crossing Start Line

Here’s our top three reason for entering a corporate team into TrekFest 2020;

1. Team Bonding

Charity challenges, such as TrekFest, are a great opportunity to motivate your team and create a great sense of team work.

Getting your employees to step outside of the comfort of their everyday routine can help improve staff retention and overall job satisfaction! Plus, taking on a corporate challenge can help you understand your team better – what are their strengths and weaknesses? What are they interested in? You’ll have plenty of time to get to know each other whilst taking on 25km or 50km in the Brecon Beacons!

Team building will bring your colleagues closer together, creating a friendly working environment which can lead to a more successful and creative workplace!

2. Improve Staff Fitness and Wellbeing

Taking on TrekFest as a team will help to improve both staff fitness and wellbeing. Having something to aim for is a great opportunity to get your team training together – and a chance for some extra team bonding, as well as increasing your staff’s overall fitness levels!  

Increasing the well being of your staff has been shown to positively increase your team’s engagement and overall productivity! TrekFest 2020 will help your staff to get moving, training and achieving!

3. Support Your Charity of the Year!

TrekFest 2020 can help you make a positive contribution, support your chosen charity and contribute to your Corporate Social Responsibility goals!

Since its launch in 2013, TrekFest has helped to raise over £2 million for charities nationwide. Every step really does count!

Corporate Team at TrekFest

TrekFest Is the Ultimate Corporate Challenge!

Join us on an incredible challenge as we trek for 25km or 50km across the Brecon Beacons National Park! This is more than just a trekking challenge – but a full weekend of adventure!

Camping is included over the whole weekend and our TrekFest Village is the perfect place to soak up the pre and post event atmosphere. Chill out in our relaxation zone or celebrate your achievements with your colleagues at our TrekFest bar!

For more information on what’s included at TrekFest 2020, access our TrekFest Guide!

From the moment you sign up, until the moment you cross that finish line, your colleagues will be buzzing with excitement – training and fundraising towards the same goal!

Participants at TrekFest

Interested?

We can accommodate teams of any size at TrekFest 2020, to find out more about entering a corporate team just give us a call on 01244 676454 and a member of our events team will be more than happy to help!

 

Are you ready for the challenge? It’s time to motivate your employees and take on TrekFest 2020!

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A Chance to Explore the Stunning Brecon Beacons National Park

The Brecon Beacons National Park is a stunning area in South Wales, home to Pen y Fan; the highest peak south of Snowdonia! The Brecon Beacons are full of rolling green landscapes, picturesque towns and dramatic mountains – all waiting to be explored! Our TrekFest Village is situated amongst incredible scenery and our 25km and 50km routes take in the best sights that the Brecon Beacons has to offer! Check out our Top Ten Facts About the Brecon Beacons National Park.

People in TrekFest Village

Push Yourself Outside Your Comfort Zone

TrekFest is a chance to test yourself, to push yourself outside your comfort zone and see what amazing things you can achieve! Whether you decide to walk, jog or even run – TrekFest is designed to test you both mentally and physically. Plus, you’ll be taking on Pen y Fan (886m) which is a challenge in itself. But fear not, our TrekFest crew will be supporting you every step of the way – ensuring that you achieve your goal!

Support A Charity Close to Your Heart

Make every step count! You can take part in TrekFest for yourself or for the charity of your choice. Since 2013, TrekFest has raised a massive £2 million for charities nationwide. As soon as you register you will be fully supported by your charity (and by us!) to help you smash your fundraising target! Need some inspiration? Check out our Top Fundraising Tips!

Make A Weekend of It with Your Friends

One word – Inflatable pub! Ok…that might be two words, but TrekFest is so much more than your average trekking challenge. As well as the inflatable pub, our TrekFest village is home to a massage area, chill out zone and an abundance of tasty food! Plus, camping is complimentary for all participants, so grab your friends and family and make a fun weekend of it!

Friends taking on trekking challenge together

Improve Your Health!

 

Once you have signed up to TrekFest 2020, it’s then time to get your training in. This means going on regular walks in your local countryside. Hiking in the outdoors has been shown to improve both your physical and mental health, with amazing benefits for your body and mind. Find out more about how walking can improve your health here.

TrekFest Medal

For the Medal!

No challenge would be complete without a nice shiny medal to prove it! Every TrekFest finisher will receive a medal, finishers t-shirt and even a glass of bubbly to celebrate!

Make Friends with Like Minded People

 

Whether you’re a solo trekker or trekking with friends, family or colleagues – you’ll meet hundreds of likeminded people at TrekFest 2020! Many challengers leave TrekFest with friends to last a lifetime – we’ve even had a couple meet at TrekFest who are now happily married!

Achieve Something Amazing

 

Whether you take on the 25km or 50km challenge, conquering TrekFest is an achievement you will be extremely proud of! Crossing that finish line will give you a huge sense of achievement and memories to last a lifetime.

TrekFest Village

It’s time to lace up your boots and sign up to TrekFest 2020!

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The Beacons are Back!

 

We’re super excited to share the news that TrekFest The Beacons is back for 2020! We’ll be returning to the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park on Saturday 19 September 2020.

What?

TrekFest is our ultimate trekking adventure – a 25km or 50km hike through the challenging Brecon Beacons National Park. The aim is to summit Pen y Fan whilst making every step count for the charity of your choice!

When?

TrekFest The Beacons takes place on Saturday 19 September 2020, however TrekFest 2020 is a full weekend of adventure from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 September! Camping will be available for the whole weekend – and is free for all participants. So, grab your friends and family and make it a weekend to remember!

Where?

This year’s challenge takes place in the Brecon Beacons National Park, surrounded by natural beauty and the iconic skyline featuring Pen y Fan, Corn Du and Cribyn! The event village is located at Brecon Showground, and features a pop-up bar, chill out zone, massage area and plenty of delicious food to enjoy!

Why?

There are many reasons to take on TrekFest 2020; whether it be to meet likeminded adventurers, to experience breath-taking scenery, to push yourself outside your comfort zone – or to make every step count for the charity of your choice. Since it’s launch in 2013 TrekFest has raised over £2 million for charities nationwide! Choose your distance, choose your charity and make every step count!

Who?

TrekFest is the perfect challenge for you! Whether you sign up solo, or as part of a team, you’re a trekking newbie or an expert trail runner – TrekFest should definitely be on your adventure list for 2020!

The minimum age required to take part in TrekFest is 18 years old, however 14-17-year olds can take part as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

TrekFest The Beacons participants at the top of Pen y Fan

For more information on TrekFest 2020 access our TrekFest Guide here.

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Top Trekking Tips For Beginners

Trekking is a fantastic way to explore the great outdoors whilst getting in some exercise! If you’re new to trekking then check out our top trekking tips for beginners…

Where to Go?

So, the saying goes … “Put down the map and get wonderfully lost”. However, this may not be the most practical advice if you are new to trekking. It’s important to do a bit of research and find the right route for you.

Resources such as Walking Britain, The National Trust and All Trails have a range of different walking routes for you to test out. Once you have decided on a route, familiarise yourself with a map of the area. It’s always worth starting with popular trails before you venture out on more adventurous routes or maybe even ask an experienced friend to join you on your first few hikes.

When choosing your route, start small and choose the right route for you. Once you have been out on a couple of hikes, you’ll be able to gauge your fitness level and can then go on a few more difficult walks when you feel comfortable.

What to Wear on Your Trek?

The weather in the UK is highly unpredictable – so it’s always best to be prepared. Layers are key! It’s better to be too warm and have layers to take off, than to be too cold or not have any waterproofs during a sudden downpour.

Here are some top tips on what to wear on your trek;

  • Wear comfortable hiking boots, with good ankle support. Check out our Guide to Walking Boots for more information on choosing good quality footwear for your adventure!
  • Always carry waterproofs with you – even if the weather forecast is sunshine and blue skies. You don’t want to get caught out in the rain!
  • Avoid cotton walking socks – woollen socks will help to keep your feet dry and will prevent blisters.
  • Bring plenty of layers. The weather conditions may change dramatically half way through your walk – it’s much better to be prepared.
  • Avoid cotton clothing. Wool or fleece layers will keep you warmer and drier throughout your trek.

For more information, check out our blog post; What to Wear on a Hike.

What to Pack

To start with, you’ll need a backpack that fits you correctly. Secondly, make sure your bag has a waist strap that rests on your hip bones – you should feel most of the weight of your bag on your hips, not your shoulders. And finally make sure you pack your bag correctly, with the heaviest items closest to your back.

Here are the vital items you’ll need to pack;

  • Water – Keep hydrated! Make sure you bring plenty of water on your trek and take small sips regularly. Using a rehydration system makes it easier to keep hydrated on the go!
  • Map, Compass & Directions – Always have a map with you and make sure you have researched your route beforehand. If you’re looking for some advice on how to read a map, then check out this Simple Guide to Map Reading.
  • Emergency Kit – Be prepared for all eventualities! Make sure you take a basic first aid kit, whistle and survival blanket with you on your trek.
  • Snacks – Trekking takes up a lot of energy, so make sure you refuel regularly with lightweight high energy food. Snacks such as fruit, nuts and energy bars will keep you going for longer.
  • Fully Charged Mobile Phone – Make sure you bring your mobile phone just in case you get lost or come into some sort of difficulty. If you don’t think that your battery will last the duration of your trek, then bring a lightweight portable charger with you.
  • Sunscreen – Don’t forget your sunscreen! To keep things lightweight only bring a small tube with you.

Other Top Tips

  • Always check the weather leading up to and on the day of your hike. This will help to ensure you have all the correct kit with you. If the forecast is looking terrible, then rearrange your walk for another day.
  • Tell someone where you are going and what time you should be finished by – and don’t forget to let them know when you have returned from your trek!
  • Pace yourself. Remember – this isn’t a race! If you start your trek powering along the path, then you might find you use up all of your energy too quickly and become fatigued early on. Take it slow and enjoy the views!
  • Join a local hiking group, such as the Ramblers. It’s a fun way to meet people with similar interests.
  • Leave no trace – Leave nothing but footprints. Take nothing but photos.

    Once you’ve read our Trekking Tips for Beginners, and been on a few treks, then it might be time to set yourself a challenge.

    TrekFest is our ultimate trekking event – a 25km or 50km hike through stunning UK scenery.

    Whether you want to take on the challenge for yourself, or would like to do so in support of your chosen charity, you’ll be surrounded by hundreds of like minded individuals all wanting to make a difference.

    For more information click here or give us a call on 01244 676454.

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    TrekFest The Peaks – Conquered!

    On August 31st 2019, hundreds of adventurers joined together to take part in TrekFest The Peaks! 

    TrekFest is our ultimate trekking challenges, set in the rugged Peak District National Park! Our challengers completed either the 25km or 50km route, conquered tough terrain and battled through mixed weather conditions to achieve their goals!

     

     Our TrekFest Village proved to be a massive hit – home to our inflatable pub, chill out tepee, massage area and complimentary campsite! It was the perfect location to soak in the pre and post event atmosphere, and celebrate our achievements after conquering TrekFest 2019!

    Are you interested in taking on the TrekFest challenge in 2020? Check out our TrekFest The Peaks reviews here and feel inspired!

     

    Completed the Peaks 50km TrekFest this weekend; fab event. Well organised, great sign posting, and the food was fabulous (I am vegan and my options were great).

    The event village was well laid out and the showers wonderful! The post event massage – invaluable.

    Had a wonderful day!

    Siobhan

    It was our first 25km Trekfest, a very well organised event, from beginning until the end we were supported. All staff were friendly and encouraging, especially on those hills!!! Tough as it was we both enjoyed it, and look forward to next year. Big thank you to all the organisers!

    Angie

    I completed the 2019 TrekFest in the peaks. I did the 50k challenge and what a challenge. It’s a huge achievement one that will stick with me for as long as I have my marbles. But without the great organisation, friendly staff and well spirited entrants that challenge would have been so much harder. Thank you to the whole team at GAC.

    Phillip

    Fantasic staff with inspiring & positive attitudes who make every participant feel special. A great organisation with clear instructions pre post & during the event. Great facilities. An organisation with a genuine mission to make a difference in every way. In a nutshell – what’s in the tin is whats on the label 😍!! Refreshing in every way. 

    Michelle

    The weekend was well organised, with all the information we needed before and during the event. The facilities were great and we felt able to relax and enjoy it all. There was a great atmosphere and I hope to see them again next year for the Brecon Beacons!

    Abi

    Brilliantly organised event (50k Peak District), excellent marshalling and directions. Food great, TrekFest village was mint!!! A great challenge with great support. Loved it!

    Dawn

    Participants taking part in TrekFest 2019

    I just completed the 50km Trekfest at the Peaks and the whole event was run so well, from signing up, to the onsite facilities to the marshalls on route. In particular the happy marshal who greeted us 3.5km before Checkpoint 3. I would definately do another challenge with this company (just maybe not for a while as my legs needs to rest 🤣) Thank you GAC!

    Vicki

    We took part in 25km TrekFest in the Peak District. Very well organised event, lovely staff and great encouragement along the way. Already thinking of coming back next year!

    Kirstie

    Awesome event management enjoyed everything about it Marshall’s were brilliant the food was delicious 😋 and the atmosphere was great. Thankyou.

    Anita

    Trekfest 2019 – Brilliant event, fantastically organised, no hiccups or issues! Staff were lovely and so supportive, would definitely do it again!

    Louise

    First timers for Trekfest 25k. The event was so well organised, the food was great… atmosphere brilliant, and the staff were, quite frankly the very best. There for encouragement every step of the way… I’m tired, a little bit broken but already I’m gearing up for next year!! Thank you to everyone at Team GAC!

    Laura

    My friend and I walked the 25km route and it was an amazing experience. The views, the people, the weather (!), the sense of achievement – all contributed to a great day. The organisation of the event was outstanding; everything was thought about and made for a very successful event.

    Sarah

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    TrekFest The Peaks 2019 is just around the corner, and here at Global Adventure Challenges we are getting extremely excited about the upcoming weekend of adventure!

    Here is everything you need to know about TrekFest The Peaks 2019!

    The TrekFest Village

     

    Where is the TrekFest Village Located?

    You’ll find our event village located at: Hope Showground, Marsh Farm, Castleton, Derbyshire, S33 8RZ.

     

    What Time Will the TrekFest Village Open?

    Our Event Village will open at 5pm on Friday 30 August 2019, to give you plenty of time to set up your tents in our camping area.

     

    What Time Does Registration Open?

    Registration for both the 50km and 25km routes will be open from 7:00pm until 9:30pm on Friday 30 August.

    If you are taking part in the 25km challenge then you can also register between the hours of 7:15 and 8:15 on Saturday 31 August.

    If you are taking part in the 50km challenge, then you must register on the Friday evening.

     

    Do I Need to Pre-Book My Camping Space?

    No – we have allocated enough space to accommodate everyone! Camping is included on both the Friday and Saturday nights for TrekFest participants. Friends and family can also join in the fun for the weekend, and come along to cheer you on! The cost for friends and family to camp for the whole weekend is £10 per person.

     

    What Facilities Will be Available at The Camping Area?

    We have hot showers, toilets and multiple water points all located next to the Camping Area.

    What Facilities Will be Available at The TrekFest Village?

    Our TrekFest village is the perfect place to soak up the pre and post challenge atmosphere, to meet fellow trekkers and to enjoy a celebratory pint once you’ve crossed that finish line!

    Our TrekFest Village is home to a pop-up bar, chill out zone, massage area and food area provided by Extreme Hospitality.

    What Food Will Be Available at The TrekFest Village?

    There will be a BBQ available on the Friday night including an array of BBQ meats, salad and cake. This is available for both participants and spectators at approximately £12 per person.

    Breakfast is also available to purchase on both Saturday and Sunday morning (This will be approximately £4 for a breakfast bap). Please note we can only take cash payments at the TrekFest Village.

    Every TrekFest participant will then receive a well-deserved free hot meal on completion of the challenge!

    Start of TrekFest The Peaks 2018

    The TrekFest Challenge

     

    What Time Does the Event Start?

    The 50km trekking challenge will set off at approximately 7am, whilst the 25km will then set off at 9am on Saturday 31 August. All trekkers must attend a briefing 15 minutes before your start time.

     

    What Kit Do I Need to Bring with Me?

    You will have been provided with a full Kit List when signing up for the challenge. Please make sure that you bring all the items marked as mandatory, as they have been listed with your welfare in mind. Anyone who is deemed to be inappropriately equipped will not be permitted to take part.

     

    Can I Wear Trainers?

    Unless you intend to run the 25km or 50km routes, then we highly recommend that you wear trekking boots that support your ankles. Failure to wear appropriate footwear may result in you not being allowed to participate.

     

    What Support Will There Be on The Route?

    Our amazing TrekFest crew will be supporting you throughout the challenge. Our Event Managers will be heading up the crew, who are all qualified mountain leaders. There will be plenty of marshals along the route and sweep walkers following behind the last walker.

    First aiders and event crew will also be present at each checkpoint.

    Plus, you’ll receive a route map at registration and the whole route will be marked with fluorescent arrows. Your Route Guide will also contain emergency procedures and contact information.

     

    What Will Be Available at The Checkpoints?

    Each checkpoint will contain a selection of snacks such as flapjacks, crisps, fruit and sweets. There will also be plenty of water and cordial to fill up your water bottles. If you are taking on the 50km challenge, then you’ll receive a hot meal at checkpoint 2 and a hot drink at checkpoint 3.

     

    How Long Will I have To Complete the Challenge?

    If you are taking on the 50km trek then you’ll have 17 hours 40 minutes to complete the challenge. If you’re taking part in our 25km trek then you’ll have 8 hours 50 minutes. These times are based on an average walking speed of 3km/h (plus time to rest at checkpoints / food stops), which is highly achievable as long as you put in the correct training beforehand. Remember – this is not a race! Checkpoint timings can be found in the Participant Area of the website.

    People taking part in TrekFest The Peaks

    Post Event

    What Time Do I Have to Leave the TrekFest Village?

    Participants will need to leave our TrekFest Village by 10:30am on Sunday 1 September

     

    When Will Results Go Live?

    Provisional results will go live the Monday following the challenge – these can be found in The TrekFest The Peaks Participant area and will be shared in your dedicated Facebook Group.

    The results will then be finalised over the following week, with final results uploaded on the Friday.

     

    Will Photos Be Available After the Challenge?

    A professional photographer will be taking photos throughout the day (make sure you give him a wave!). These will then be uploaded onto our Facebook Page in the weeks following the challenge.

    People hiking at TrekFest The Peaks 2018

     

    If you have any further questions on your upcoming challenge, then check out the Participant Area of our website or give us a call on 01244 676454 and a member of our TrekFest Events Team will be happy to help!

    In the meantime, make sure you have joined our dedicated TrekFest The Peaks Facebook Group (for participants only), and follow our brand new TrekFest Instagram account!

     

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    TrekFest participant, Daniel Eggington, recently conquered our TrekFest The Beacons challenge and is going on to take part in TrekFest The Peaks on Saturday 31 August – all in preparation for his solo expedition in Colombia!

    Daniel took part in TrekFest The Beacons on Saturday 6 July 2019 along with two friends. Together they were raising funds for a new wheelchair for one of the team member’s nephews. More information on the teams fundraising journey can be found here – Harrison’s Lightweight Wheelchair.

    Daniel has summarised his TrekFest experience for us here. For the full blog post, head over to Daniel’s page The Merchant Traveller.

    Daniel and his team mates arrived at the TrekFest village at around 8pm on the Friday night; “We spent most of that night in the tepee bar; a brilliant social area where other walkers/runners would talk and learn about each other and their chosen charities.” The TrekFest Village is home to our chill out zone, TrekFest pub and a dedicated campsite for all of our participants. A fantastic place to soak up the pre and post event atmosphere!

    The 50km trekking challenge then started at 7am. 3, 2, 1 and they were off! It was 11km until the first checkpoint; “The majority of the walk so far was on the banks of the River Usk – grey herons were along the river with a few more species from wrens to goldcrest which I caught a glimpse of.”

    The team made it to their first checkpoint. The refreshments were a welcome sight! “Water and snacks waited for us; from fruits to flapjacks to glucose drinks!”

    It was then onto the next checkpoint, a further 17km on. The boys continued and kept each other’s motivation levels high as they explored the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park. On arrival at Checkpoint 2, the 50km challengers received a well-deserved hot meal – “the food provided was not what I expected. I would have imagined basic warm food, but the food felt like it had come out the back of a 5-star hotel kitchen!”

    After spending 45minutes resting, fixing blisters and refuelling, Daniel and his team continued along the next section of the route. A much steeper section, including summiting South Wales’ highest peak – Pen y Fan (672m). The team took on the trail, alongside the pine forest, gradually getting steeper and steeper until the path opened up with incredible views of Corn Du and Pen y Fan. “This part was the hardest part of the trek, on already tired legs and burning much more calories than I had eaten it was difficult. More water stops were needed, with lots of people willing me on!”

    They made it to the summit!

    Daniel spent just 10 minutes at the top, enough time to take in the scenes, without seizing up. It was then a small incline to Corn Du before starting their decent. “I felt I had completed it! We all sighed in relief – no more climbing or ascending!”

    “After the steep ascent it was then primarily through farmers’ fields and country roads. Which suited us and the faster pace we wanted to go as to make our time up as much as possible.” With the third and final checkpoint coming up, Daniel felt a surge of motivation; “spirits lifted in our team and the people around us – we got to the checkpoint and there was a nice setup of Gatorade, flapjacks, fruits and water refilling tubs.”

    It was then time to complete the final section of the challenge and push on to the finish line! “We continued at our pace and tried entertaining each other – we would listen to music or sing a song. We were in good spirits – we all agreed what we had already done was a great achievement.”

    “This was now the home straight – we began picking up the pace and ran 200 metres, walked 200 and so on for the remainder of the miles. We had entered Brecon village; I had recognised some of the pubs and garages of my past trips to Brecon.”

    The finish was then in sight! The team’s supporters cheered them on across the finish line, where a medal, finishers t-shirt and glass of bubbly was waiting for them. Daniel finished 24th out of the 300+ 50km participants, with a finish time under 10 hours (9 hours 48 minutes) – what an amazing achievement!

    “With the money raised for the cause mentioned earlier, we were all proud of ourselves and thanks to Global Adventure Challenges for the food and an event organised so well. So, if anyone would like to take part in any kind of event in the UK or overseas these are your go-to guys.”

    A massive WELL DONE Daniel! And well done for raising a huge amount of money for Harrison’s Lightweight Wheelchair. We can’t wait to see you again at TrekFest The Peaks on Saturday 31 August!

    Read Daniel’s blog post in full!

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    A huge well done to everyone who conquered TrekFest The Beacons on Saturday 6 July! What an incredible weekend it was! We hope you are now enjoying a well-deserved rest and have had time to reflect on the amazing things you have achieved!

    You might even be thinking of what adventure to take on next? Here are a few of our favourite treks to fuel your wanderlust …

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    Snowdon Trek 

    Challenging

    You’ve conquered the highest peak in South Wales – it’s now time to take on Wales’ tallest mountain – Mount Snowdon! This is a fantastic, short weekend charity challenge, incorporating some of Wales’ most beautiful scenery.  We’ll take the Pyg Track to the summit and then be rewarded with panoramic views of Snowdonia. We return via the Miners Path before celebrating our achievements with a celebratory meal with our fellow adventurers!

    TrekFest The Peaks 2019 

    Tough

    So, you’ve conquered the Brecon Beacons – why not make it the double and conquer the Peak District too! If you took part in the 25km challenge then it’s time to double the distance and take on 50km! The Peak District is a stunning location for your next TrekFest Challenge – full of picturesque footpaths, breathtaking views and stunning reservoirs! The 50km route will involve hiking to the summit of Kinder Scout – the highest point in The Peak District and one of the areas most challenging climbs.

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    Extreme

    Are you up for the challenge? Our 24 Peaks Challenge is our toughest UK trek! The challenge is to summit 24 peaks in the Lake District over two consecutive days. If you have already conquered the classic Three Peaks Challenge then this should definitely be next on your adventure list!

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    Remote Highlands Trek

    Iceland / Challenging

    Explore the remote beauty of Iceland on our stunning Remote Highlands Trek! Starting in Landmannalaugar (Iceland’s hiking hub), we’ll spend 3 days trekking across vibrant coloured mountains, through lava fields and passed shimmering glaciers! We’ll then have time to celebrate our achievements in the bright lights of Reykjavik!

    Alps Trek

    France, Switzerland, Italy / Tough

    Visit three countries in just three days as we trek through the famous Mont Blanc region of the Alps! We’ll hike approximately 48km over three days – perfect for those with limited time. The views along the way will definitely be views to remember – stunning glaciers, idyllic waterfalls and picturesque lush green meadows, not forgetting the impressive mountain scenery surrounding us!

    Kilimanjaro Trek

    Tanzania / Extreme

    If you’re looking for an extreme adventure, then our Kilimanjaro Trek is definitely for you! This magnificent mountain is on many people’s buckets lists – and it’s not hard to see why. Trekking to the summit of the world’s tallest free-standing mountain is no easy feat; involving 7 days of trekking, covering 66km and reaching the altitude of 5,895m! However, the memories you will make along the way and sense of achievement you will feel upon reaching the roof of Africa will make all your hard work worthwhile.

    If you have any questions about our UK and Overseas trekking challenges then feel free to give us a call on 01244 676454 and we’ll be happy to help! But for now, grab a cuppa, rest those legs and take a moment to reflect on your TrekFest The Beacons adventure!

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    TrekFest The Beacons Reviews ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/trekfest-beacons-reviews-2019/ https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/trekfest-beacons-reviews-2019/#respond Tue, 09 Jul 2019 13:47:59 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=29425 The post TrekFest The Beacons Reviews ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ appeared first on TrekFest.

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    TrekFest The Beacons was a huge success! With hundreds of participants taking on the 25km or 50km challenge in the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park.

    Goals were achieved, happy memories were created and many new friendships were made!

    The atmosphere in the TrekFest Village was incredible – with challengers getting to know each other before and after their challenge, enjoying a celebratory drink together and a full weekend of camping!

    We just wanted to say a huge WELL DONE to everyone who took part in TrekFest The Beacons this year. You pushed yourselves outside your comfort zones, took on the TrekFest challenge and achieved something amazing!

    Check out the reviews of this years challenge … 

     

    This is the first time I’ve done anything like this. The camp site was great, everyone was really helpful and friendly. There were plenty of staff around if you needed to ask anything. The barbecue was good and there was plenty of it. The challenge was a tough one but the checkpoints were well staffed and again they were really supportive and encouraging, as were the marshals along the route. We got a great welcome when we crossed the finish, it was an amazing feeling! People were still coming over the finish line hours later and the reception for each and everyone of them was great. I would recommend the organisation to anyone. It was a fantastic experience and the service was first class. Thank you for a superb weekend. Barbara

    I just completed the 50km Brecon challenge with GAC and found the whole thing exceptionally well organised and executed. I’ll definitely be doing more challenges with them in the future. Highly recommended. Chris

    FANTASTIC Weekend, well organised, great and helpful information before the event. great food, checkpoints well stocked staff friendly and helpful. I will definitely be doing another event. already signed up for the Peaks. Mikala

    “It was a fantastic experience and the service was first class.”

    Just completed the Trekfest Beacons 25k, and have to say It was excellent, from the time we arrived on Friday until we left Sunday everything was superb and well organised. I would defiantly recommend GAC to anyone wanting to take part in this type of event. I am already looking forward to next year’s Trekfest. Thanks GAC Cheryl

    Completed the 50K TrekFest The Beacons at the weekend. A superbly organised event from registration to finish. Clearly marked routes, great facilities at the village and checkpoints and helpful staff always on hand. I’m now planning my next adventure! 😎 Richard

    What an awesome adventure. Really enjoyed it and I am super impressed with how well organised it was and how ace all of the team were, thank you. 6 star service 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 Carrie

    “From the time we arrived on Friday until we left Sunday everything was superb and well organised.”

    Took part in the Trekfest Brecon Beacons 25km challenge. The event was incredibly well organised, staff were very friendly and it was amazing! would very much recommend, as I will be returning for another Trekfest myself! Nicola

    Completed the Brecon Trek Fest this weekend with my husband. The event was extremely well organised from start to finish. The event ‘village’ had a fun atmosphere and provided an opportunity to meet other participants. We hope to join Global Adventure Challenges for another event soon. Fiona

    Trek fest is a great event! We did the 50k and wimped out with the camping (wanted a bath and comfy bed) but the atmosphere and team spirit of the village had a great feeling. All the staff were welcoming and encouraging and to top it all I was very impressed with the catering! already thinking about the next one! thank you! Vikki

    “All the staff were welcoming and encouraging and to top it all I was very impressed with the catering!”

    25k Pen y Fan trek! Extremely well organised and friendly, supportive team. They filled me with confidence that they had everything covered that all I needed to do was focus on the challenge. Absolutely brilliant and I will definitely be booking more challenges with them. Thank you to the whole team x Carrie

    Just completed 50km Brecon Beacons trek. Can’t recommend GAC enough, such a well organised event with supportive marshals and friendly atmosphere. The campsite was amazing, my partner and I enjoyed some delicious bbq food before the big day. Will definitely do another challenge with GAC! Dulcie

    In 2017 I completed the Sahara Challenge with Global Adventure Challenges. It was amazing. Yesterday, I completed the 50k Trekfest the Beacons which was technically hard for me making the sense of achievement even greater. Global Adventure Challenges take care of their participants from registration to conclusion. I unreservedly recommend and am looking forward to my next challenge with them. Debbie

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    Here are our 10 tips for the final preparation before your event!

    1. Reduce Your Training

    The week before your long-distance event you should greatly decrease the amount of training you are doing. If you are following our TrekFest training guide then you’ll be reducing the amount of walking or running the week before the challenge. Get in shorter walks or runs of 30 – 60 minutes, every other day. You want to stay limber, but avoid muscle fatigue (no steep hills please!).

    No amount of training in the lead up to the challenge will significantly boost your performance. It is more important that your muscles are well rested before taking on your challenge.

    2. Fuel Your Body

    Make sure your body has all the fuel it needs to take on your challenge. In the 2-4 days before TrekFest or your long-distance event, up your carbohydrate intake by eating plenty of foods such as porridge, rice, and potatoes. But try not to deviate too much from your normal diet – and no last-minute dieting, your body needs to be well fuelled!

    Don’t overload yourself with high-fat content foods such as cheesy lasagne, pizza or chocolate as these will make you feel sluggish and your body will find it difficult to digest such foods.

    3. Check Your Kit List

    Go over your kit list the week before your event (your TrekFest Kit List can be found in the participant area of our website). Make sure you have everything you need, so you don’t have a last-minute panic before the event.

    Lay out your kit and practice packing your rucksack in the week leading up to your long-distance trek.

    4. Plan Your Travel To The Event

    Allow more time than you think – remember there may be hundreds or thousands of people taking part in the same event.

    Try to car share where possible and finalize plans and time schedules early on in the week. If you’re meeting people at the event then make sure you have prearranged a location and time – and that your mobile phone has plenty of battery to contact them if needed.

    5. Sleep Well

    Make sure you get plenty of sleep the week before the event. It’s so important to make sure your body is well rested; your body rebuilds and restores your muscles when you’re sleeping – so important to get enough Z’s in!

    You might not sleep well the night before the event due to nerves – but don’t panic, as long as you’ve had plenty of sleep in the days before the event, you’ll be absolutely fine.

    6. Don’t Try Anything New

    Don’t try anything new the week before your event! Stick to what you know, and avoid trying new foods, new energy drinks or new footwear!

    7. Keep Hydrated

    Keep hydrated in the lead up to your challenge! Sip water little and often and keep an eye on the colour of your wee! Also avoid alcohol and high-caffeinated energy drinks in the few days before your event, as these will ultimately dehydrate you.

    8. Rest

    The week leading up to your event is not the time to head to the trampoline park or start a new project in your house. Try and put your feet up as much as possible in between your training walks/runs.

    9. Read Your Event Instructions

    Make sure you know where you need to be and when; what time registration is, when your event starts and any specific event rules that there might be. If you’re taking part in TrekFest 2019, then you’ll be sent your final instructions the week leading up to the challenge!

    10. Keep Positive

    Remember everyone is in this together and will be having the same worries and pre-event concerns that you do! If you’re taking part in TrekFest then make sure you have joined our dedicated Facebook Group for our TrekFest participants, so you can discuss any last-minute concerns with your fellow trekkers! Remember to keep positive – you’ve already done all the hard work!

    Most importantly – enjoy it! The hard work is over and it’s time to soak up the incredible event atmosphere!

    For more information on TrekFest click here.

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    TrekFest The Beacons 2019 – Everything You Need to Know! https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/trekfest-the-beacons-2019-everything-you-need-to-know/ https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/trekfest-the-beacons-2019-everything-you-need-to-know/#respond Tue, 11 Jun 2019 14:35:40 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=29287 The post TrekFest The Beacons 2019 – Everything You Need to Know! appeared first on TrekFest.

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    With TrekFest The Beacons only a few weeks away, here’s a roundup of what to expect on our ultimate endurance trekking challenge in the Brecon Beacons National Park!

    The TrekFest Village

     

    Where is the TrekFest Village Located?

    You’ll find our event village located at: Brecon Showground, Canal Bank, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7PL.

    Top 10 Facts About the Brecon Beacons National Park

     

    What Time Will the TrekFest Village Open?

    Our Event Village will open at 5pm on Friday 5 July 2019, to give you plenty of time to set up your tents. Registration for both the 50km and 25km routes will be open from 7:00pm until 9:30pm on the Friday evening. If you are taking part in the 25km challenge then you can also register between the hours of 7:15 and 8:15 on Saturday morning.

     

    Is Camping Included?

    Absolutely! Camping is included on both the Friday and Saturday nights for TrekFest participants. Friends and family can also join in the fun for the weekend, and come along to cheer you on! The cost for friends and family for the whole weekend is £10 per person.

     

    What Food Is Available at The TrekFest Village?

    There will be a BBQ on the Friday Night (approximately £12), which is a great place to meet your fellow adventurers! Breakfast will be available to purchase on the Saturday and Sunday mornings (approximately £4/5). Plus, you’ll be treated to a free hot meal on completing TrekFest 2019! Please note we can only take cash payments at the TrekFest Village.

     

    What Facilities Will be Available at The TrekFest Village?

    You’ll be pleased to hear that we’ll have hot showers and toilets available near the camping area, as well as multiple water points. Our Event Village is also home to our popular inflatable bar and chill out zone – the perfect place to enjoy the pre and post event atmosphere!

     

    What Time Do I Have to Leave the TrekFest Village?

    Participants will need to leave our TrekFest Village by 10:30am on Sunday 7 July.

    The Challenge

     

    What time does the event start?

    The 50km trekking challenge will set off at approximately 7am, whilst the 25km will then set off at 9am on Saturday 6 July. All trekkers must attend a briefing 15 minutes before your start time.

     

    What Kit Do I Need to Bring with Me?

    You will have been provided with a full Kit List when signing up for the challenge. Please make sure that you bring all the items marked as mandatory, as they have been listed with your welfare in mind. Anyone who is deemed to be inappropriately equipped will not be permitted to take part.

    How to Choose the Best Hiking Boot for Your Adventure

     

    How Long Will I have To Complete the Challenge?

    If you are taking on the 50km trek then you’ll have 17 hours 40 minutes to complete the challenge. If you’re taking part in our 25km trek then you’ll have 8 hours 50 minutes. These times are based on an average walking speed of 3km/h (plus time to rest at checkpoints / food stops), which is highly achievable as long as you put in the correct training beforehand. Remember – this is not a race! Checkpoint timings can be found in the Participant Area of the website.

     

    Will the Route be Marked?

    The route will be fully marked with fluorescent arrows along the way. You’ll also be provided with a route guide which contains a map and emergency procedures for you to use as a reference. Our TrekFest event crew will also be supporting you along the way, marshalling the route and sweeping the route after the last walker.

     

    What Will Be Available at The Checkpoints?

    Each checkpoint will have an array of tasty snacks (think flapjacks, fruit and other treats!) as well as water and cordial. If you are taking part in our 50km route, then you’ll also be able to enjoy a free hot meal at Checkpoint 2 and a hot drink at Checkpoint 3. You’ll also be greeted by our Event Team at checkpoints – including first aiders.

    How to Fuel Your Trekking Challenge

     

    Will I Get A Medal at The Finish Line?

    Everyone loves a medal! And our TrekFest finishers medal will not disappoint. You’ll also receive a finishers t-shirt, hot meal and complimentary massage upon crossing the finish line!

    It’s then time to chat to fellow trekkers, grab a drink at our TrekFest pub and reflect on your amazing achievements!

    For more information, head over to your dedicated Participant Area or give us a call on 01244 676454 and we’ll be more than happy to help! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and keep us updated using #TrekFest.

    We can’t wait to see you all at the start line, Team GAC

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    One Week Left to Register for TrekFest The Beacons! https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/one-week-left-to-register-for-trekfest-the-beacons/ https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/one-week-left-to-register-for-trekfest-the-beacons/#respond Mon, 03 Jun 2019 09:52:10 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=29219 The post One Week Left to Register for TrekFest The Beacons! appeared first on TrekFest.

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    Time is running out to register for TrekFest The Beacons 2019!

    If you want to take on the TrekFest challenge in the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park this summer then don’t delay – registration will close at midnight on Monday 10 June!

    TrekFest has helped to raise £2 million for charities nationwide since its launch in 2013, with more than 7000 adventurers crossing that finish line with pride!

    This year’s event is happening on Saturday 6 July, starting at Brecon Showground. With 25km or 50km routes available and the option to trek, jog or run – TrekFest is the perfect event to push you to your limits and achieve something you never thought possible!

    Join thousands of previous TrekFest challengers and conquer our ultimate trekking challenge, whilst raising vital funds for the charity of your choice!

    Check out what our TrekFest 2018 conquerors have to say…

     “Great organisation, friendly staff and brilliant day all in all”

    Emma

    “I finished the 25k in the Peaks this weekend, these guys know how to run an event, professional, welcoming, knowledgeable couldn’t fault them, will definitely recommend and attend another event”

    Gary

    “Excellent organisation by GAC well signposted plus GAC team along route to keep you going and help if needed. Lots of snacks, fruit and water at checkpoints. First aid, massage and hot meals were fab. Not easy but we did this challenge to raise funds for The Huntington’s Disease Association that kept us going plus support from everyone taking part”

    Diane

    “Just completed 50k challenge, meticulously planned event, marshals were awesome and encouraging, food was great, defo recommend taking part in one of their events”

    Gregg

    “Amazing from start to finish! My first trek and definitely not my last”

    Jeni

    “What an amazing weekend. Well organised and enjoyed absolutely every moment”

    Sarah

     

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    How to Choose the Best Hiking Boot for Your Adventure https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/choose-best-hiking-boot/ https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/choose-best-hiking-boot/#respond Wed, 29 May 2019 09:45:26 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=29160 The post How to Choose the Best Hiking Boot for Your Adventure appeared first on TrekFest.

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    Your hiking boot will become your new best friend on your trek. Picking the right boot will ensure that you keep the blisters away, keep your feet nice and dry and keep that smile on your face!

    Here are our top tips on picking the right hiking boot for you;

     

    Type of Hiking Boot

    There are many types of hiking boot, all designed for specific types of trekking. The main three categories are hiking shoes, hiking boots and then backpacking boots.

    Hiking shoes are a lot lighter and perfect for a day hike on established routes, or can be used by experienced hikers.

    Hiking boots are designed for day hikes or short backpacking trips and are more supportive than hiking shoes.

    Backpacking boots are designed to carry heavier loads on multiday trips. These boots have a higher cut, and are much more supportive.

     

    Material – Leather or Synthetic?

    It’s important to ensure you choose the right material for your walking boot.

    Synthetic boots are often made up of nylon and polyester. These boots are lighter, easier to break in and are much lighter than leather boots, but are less water resistant.

    Split-grain leather boots are made with a mixture of synthetic and leather. Boots made of split grain leather are still very breathable and light weight, however not as waterproof or as durable as full-grain leather.

    Full-grain leather boots are a lot more durable and water resistant, however they are less breathable and much heavier than the alternatives. Leather boots also take longer to break in.

     

    Boot Cut – Low, Mid or High

    Walking boots come in three different types of cut; low, mid and high. You should make sure you get the right cut for the type of trekking you are doing, as this will prevent injuries such as a rolled ankle.

    Low cut boots are much lighter and good for casual hiking; however, they are not very supportive and can lead to ankle injuries. Low cut boots are suitable for well maintained walking routes.

    Mid-cut boots offer more ankle support and balance than low cut boots.

    High-cut boots give the most support and are the best option for varied, uneven terrain. These boots are recommended for those new to hiking.

     

    When to Buy Your Boots

    You should always make sure you buy your boots well in advance of your first trekking adventure! This will then give you time to wear them in around the house, test the fit and make sure you are completely happy with your purchase before going on a hike.

    You should also buy your boots later on in the day, when your feet have expanded from being on them all day. This will make sure they fit well throughout your hike, and not just when your feet are cooler and smaller.

     

    How to Check the Correct Fit

    Hiking boots are different to your average trainer, so you want to make sure that they fit correctly to avoid any unwanted blisters. Forget about what size you normally are, as you may need a hiking boot a size larger than your normal shoe. Here are our top tips to check the fit of your boot;

    Try your boots on with hiking socks, as these are thicker than normal socks and will give you a better idea of how the boots fit.

    Feel the weight of your boots once they’re on to check how heavy they feel. Remember, lighter doesn’t necessarily mean better – you want to get the balance between the correct weight and having the right support for your trek.

    Wiggle your toes to make sure there is enough room. Your toes should have enough room to wiggle, but not slide to the front of the boot when you’re walking. Most outdoor shops will have a ramp for you to walk up and down to test this.

    Test the tightness of your boot. You should be able to fit a finger between your heel and the boot to ensure it’s not too tight or going to rub on the ankle and Achilles tendon during your walk.

     

    Anatomy of Your Boot

    Outsole. This is the strip of rubber at the bottom of your boot. Chunkier tread patterns are better for muddy routes, whilst shallow tread is better for a rockier path. The lugs should be solid and tough. If not, it will wear quickly, reducing the longevity of your boot.

    Midsole. The midsole is located inside the boot and provides the right amount of flexibility. This should be pretty ridged if you will be walking along rocky edges or scrambling. However, can be much more flexible if your boot it for general walking.

    Footbed / Insole. The footbed supports the sole in a neutral position. If you have high arches you may want to remove the insole and replace it with a more supportive footbed.

     

    Liner. Some boots will have a waterproof liner – which is great for wet weather, however can be less breathable. Boots with no liner are better for walking in hot weather, to help your feet breathe. If you’d like a mix of water resistance with good ventilation, then Dri-Lex or Cambrelle linings are best.

    Tongue. The tongue should be gusseted, meaning it is connected to the boot with a flap of material. This will ensure no unwanted dirt or sand will get into your boot. It also means your boot will be more waterproof.

    Padded Collar. A thick collar will ensure ultimate comfort and ankle support during your hike. The collar should be soft and comfortable on the inside.

     

    Toebox and Heel Counter. The toebox and heel counter provide the shape and structure of the back and front of your boot. Make sure the toebox doesn’t cramp your toes – as this area of the boot is difficult to remould. The size and shape of the toebox varies between different brands, so it’s worth trying a few varieties.

    Laces. The laces should be braided nylon laces rather than flat shoe laces. Ensure your laces are secure.

    Stitching. Check the stitching of the boot to ensure it has a double line of stitching, rather than single – this will increase the durability of your walking boot. It’s also worth checking for loose threads or missed stitching.

     

    Looking After Your Boots

    To make sure your hiking boots stay with you for a number of years, make sure you follow these steps;

    Clean your boots thoroughly after each walk, removing all mud and debris.

    Absorb all moisture from your boots. If they get really wet stuff them with newspaper or Absorba Balls to help soak up any moisture.

    Waterproof with wax or silicone little and often.

    Don’t dry boots in a warm room or next to a direct heat source, as this can cause the leather and material to shrink.

     

    Now you have decided on your hiking boots … it’s time for a trekking adventure!

    If you are joining us at TrekFest – our ultimate trekking challenge, then we recommend having waterproof walking boots with good ankle support. Make sure your boots are fully broken in – start by wearing them for an hour at a time and then gradually increase the time you wear them before you start using them for long distance walks. Remember your feet will be your best friends on this adventure!

    For more information on TrekFest and how to enter, head over to trekfest.org.uk and make every step count for the charity of your choice!

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    Our TrekFest The Beacons challenge is just around the corner – and with only 4 weeks left to sign up, now’s the time to dust off those walking boots and join us for an exciting weekend of trekking!

    Registration will close at midnight on Monday 10 June. So, don’t miss out, register today!

    Our Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Take on TrekFest The Beacons:

     

    1. Make A Difference

    Since its launch in 2013, TrekFest has raised almost £2 million for charities nationwide. So, not only will you have an incredible weekend, but you’ll also be supporting the charity of your choice. Every step really does count!

    2. Explore the Incredible Scenery

    Both our 25km and 50km routes take you to the summit of Pen-y-Fan, with incredible views of the Brecon Beacons National Park. It really is stunning!

    3. Challenge Yourself

    Whether you decide to walk, jog or run TrekFest 2019, the route is designed to be challenging, to push you outside your comfort zone and ultimately achieve something incredible.

    4. Meet Like Minded Individuals

    The camaraderie amongst TrekFesters is second to none. We have hundreds of adventurers who sign up solo and then leave with lifelong friends. You’ll be invited to join our dedicated Facebook Group when you register, which is the perfect place to start a conversation with fellow challengers, share training tips and even arrange to meet up at our TrekFest Village!

    5. Soak Up the Atmosphere

    Both routes start at the TrekFest Village, where you can soak up the pre and post event atmosphere. The village is home to our Friday night BBQ, a chill out tepee, inflatable pub and plenty of camping plots. It’s the perfect location to enjoy your celebratory drink when you cross that finish line!

    Still not convinced? Well we’re offering an amazing 25% OFF your TrekFest The Beacons registration fee* if you use the code TFB25 when you sign up! What are you waiting for… register today and we’ll see you at the start line!

    *Terms and Conditions – TrekFest – The Beacons TFB25

    1. Discount code is only applicable to registrations for TrekFest – The Beacons 2019
    2. Registrations must be made online between 9am on Thursday 9 May and 11:59pm on Monday 10 June;
    3. Discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount;
    4. Discounts have no alternative cash value;
    5. All discounted registrations fees are non-refundable and are subject to our standard booking conditions;

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    May is National Walking Month, and with the evenings getting lighter and the weather (hopefully) getting warmer, it’s time to appreciate the outdoors and get walking! Walking has so many health benefits, both mentally and physically. Check out our Health Benefits of Hiking post to find out more!

    1. Walk to Work

    If your work is too far away – then try to walk part of your commute. Try to find a car park a little out of the city, or location of your workplace, and walk the rest of the way in. You’ll feel better for it!

    2. Take the Stairs

    Instead of taking the lift or elevator, take the stairs instead! Not only will you burn more calories, but you’ll tone up those leg muscles too!

    3. Go On An Adventure!

    Grab your friends and family and enjoy a day out in the countryside! Explore your local area on a day hike, or go on a walking tour of your local town!

    4. Take the Long Way Round

    Are you walking home from work, or walking back from the shops? Why not explore your local area and take the scenic route home? Aim to add an extra 20-30 minutes to your regular walk.

    5. Try a Walking Meeting

    Do you have an upcoming 1-2-1 or work meeting? Why not take it outside and turn it into a walking meeting. Walking helps to improve oxygen flow to the brain – making you more productive and can improve your overall cognitive function!

    6. Set Yourself a Goal

    Set yourself a goal throughout the month of May – whether this be to walk 10,000 steps a day or to complete a 10-minute power walk every day.

    7. Enjoy a Lunchtime Stroll

    Going outside for a walk during your lunch break can help you to be more productive for the rest of the day, as well as adding to your daily step count!

    8. Sign Up to A Trekking Challenge!

    Having a long-term goal in mind, such as taking on our trekking challenge, TrekFest, will keep you motivated to walk on a regular basis to make sure you are prepared for your charity hike!

    For more information on National Walking Month, and how you can get involved – head over to www.livingstreets.org.uk

     

    #WalkThisMay

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