Jurassic Coast Trek FAQs

 1.  When does the Jurassic Coast Trek take place?

The event will take place on Saturday 8th June 2019.

2.  Where does the trek start?

The 26 mile trek starts from Osmington and the 13 mile trek from Kimmeridge. The exact locations of the registration points are to be confirmed and will be sent to you nearer the event.  

3.  Where does the trek finish?

Both the 26 and 13 mile trek will finish at Acton Field Campsite, Langton Matravers, Swanage, Dorset BH19 3HS.

4.  What are the routes?

The 26 mile route begins in the picturesque village of Osmington, passing Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, two of the Jurassic Coast's most iconic landmarks. Those taking in the 13 mile route will join at Kimmeridge, with some challenging climbs that will be rewarded with spectacular scenery. The trek finishes at Acton Field Campsite, with amazing views over Swanage Bay, Purbeck Hills and the Isle of Wight.  

Please note, we do not release an official map until the day as the route is subject to changes due to landslips, erosion and closures. Please refer to the route description on the South West Coast Path website which will have updates on the condition of the route.  

5.  What time should I arrive in the morning?

Registration for the 26 mile trek opens at 7.30am and closes at 8.30am. The 13 mile trek opens at 11am and closes at noon.

6.  Where can I park?

Parking is at Acton Field Campsite in Swanage.  We will be operating a shuttle bus service to the start of the trek which needs to be pre-booked and costs £5 per person. Please ask any friends or family who are meeting you at the end of the trek to follow the signs for car parking at Acton Field Campsite.

7.  When and where do I catch the shuttle bus from?

Please meet the minibus at Acton Field Campsite. There will be signs and marshals to show you where to go. You will receive an information pack closer to the event with details of the shuttlebus timings.

8.  How do I get back to my car after I finish?

If you park at Acton Field Campsite, you will be able to walk to your car from the finish line.

9.  I didn't book the shuttle bus when I registered, can I still book now?

To guarantee your place on the bus you must book in advance, by no later than Monday 27th May 2019. Please call Isobel Langrish on 01202 644220.  

10.  Are the routes fully sign-posted?

Yes, the route will be fully marked by arrows with regular checkpoints. Please note elements of the route may be subject to change.  

11.  Can I meet my friends on the 13/26 mile trek?

Yes you can but it will be your responsibility to arrange a meeting point. Our recommendation would be to meet at Kimmeridge Bay car park.  

12.  Will I be provided with a map?

Yes, you will be provided with a hard copy map on the day. Please note, we do not release an official map until the day of the trek as the route is subject to changes due to landslips, erosion and closures.

13.  Can I bring my dog?

You are welcome to bring your dog, as long as you are confident that they can walk the distance, you are mindful of other people and they are kept on a lead where necessary. 

14.  How fit do I need to be?

Both the 26 and 13 mile routes include steep hill climbs which require a good level of fitness. Even if you walk regularly, please do not underestimate the challenge involved.  We strongly advise you to train and if you do not exercise regularly make sure you include plenty of hills in your training!

15.  Can I walk at my own pace?

Yes, this challenge is about raising vital funds and awareness for Julia’s House and is not a race. We want, above all, for you to be safe and have a thoroughly enjoyable day.  

16.  Are there any cut off times for this event?

Yes, the official finish time for both routes is 8.30pm. If you consider yourself a slower walker, please make sure you arrive at registration as early as possible to give yourself maximum time out on the route.   

17.  How long should 13 miles take?

The 13 mile trek should take approximately 3 – 4.5 hours.  

18.  How long should 26 miles take?

The 26 mile trek should take approximately 6.5 – 9 hours.  

19.  What is the terrain like?

The route is predominantly grassy or stony trails with some walking along or near roads as you approach towns or where coastal diversions are in place. There are some steep ascents and descents and few flat sections. The trek is rated challenging. You must ensure you have trained in preparation for this.  

20.  Do I need any specialist equipment?

You must wear waterproof, breathable walking boots with good ankle support and a strong sole (e.g. Vibram). Your walking boots should be well broken in and comfortable. If you need to buy new boots please make sure you buy them well in advance so you can break them in properly. Try on lots of pairs before you buy some to ensure the best possible fit. You may also wish to bring walking poles but they are not essential.

21.  What is the minimum age for the Jurassic Coast Trek participants?

You must be at least 16 years old to take part and anyone under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Please email isobel.langrish@juliashouse.org if you require a waiver.  

22.  I need to withdraw due to injury, work, family commitments etc. Can I have a refund?  

Refund Policy: Unfortunately entry fees cannot be refunded. Our refund policy is outlined in the terms and conditions on our website and on the entry form you will have signed when entering the trek. Your entry fee is a contribution towards the administration costs of putting on the Jurassic Coast Trek. Please email isobel.langrish@juliashouse.org if you wish to withdraw from the trek.

Transfer Policy: Participants will be able to transfer their entry to another participant up until Monday 27th May 2019. Please email isobel.langrish@juliashouse.org if you wish to transfer your entry to someone else.  

23.  Can I change the distance I am registered for?

Yes, please email isobel.langrish@juliashouse.org if you wish to change the distance you are registered for.  

24.  When will I get my information pack?

An information pack containing everything you need to know will be emailed to you at least four weeks before the trek. Please make sure you check your junk mail.  

25.  Will there be any refreshment stops on the route?

There will be check points on both routes  offering energy snacks and water so you can re-fill your water bottles. We also recommend bringing a packed lunch with you.   Locations of the checkpoints will be included in the information pack which you will receive about a month before the trek.

26.  Are there toilet facilities available on the route?

There are toilets at the start of the walk and at some of the checkpoints. In between these points you will need to find an appropriate area off the trail. Please bring a small amount of toilet paper with you and ensure you remove all litter afterwards. Nappy sacks are great for carrying toilet paper and other refuse.  

27. How do I book a tent pitch at the finish line?

Please email Acton Field Campsite directly: enquiries@actonfieldcampsite.co.uk or call 01929 424184. Tent pitches are available on a first come, first served basis.

28.  Do I have to fundraise?

Julia's House relies on donations and fundraising events like the Jurassic Coast Trek for 94% of the money it needs to raise each year. We hope everyone will try to raise as much as they can. Your registration fee helps to cover towards the costs of organising the event but it’s the money you raise that helps us to pay for the care and comfort of a local child and their family.  

We would love all our trekkers to try and raise a minimum of £200. This would pay for seven hours care for a poorly child, and respite for an exhausted mum or dad.  

29.  What’s the best way to raise sponsorship money?

The best place to start is by setting up a JustGiving fundraising page. It’s easy to do and to manage. Your friends and family can sponsor you from anywhere at any time and you don’t need to spend time collecting money. You can use it as well as a regular sponsorship form, giving friends and family two ways to support you.  

Most people find fundraising is far easier than they first imagined. We will support you every step of the way to ensure you reach and even exceed your target. Here are some suggestions:           

  • Ask your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you through JustGiving
  • Hold cakes sales at work        
  • Car boot sale or eBay auction         
  • Host a dinner party and charge your friends to come         
  • Hold a quiz night at your local pub       
  • Ask your work or local school to hold a non-uniform day        
  • Ask your local supermarket if you can bag-pack or hold a couple of collections throughout the year  

Remember to make full use of the fundraising pack with ideas on how to reach your target (sent to you when you first signed up) and also remember that you can call on the support of the Challenge Team at Julia’s House at any time.  

30.  How do I pay in my sponsorship money?

If you are collecting sponsorship money, there are a few ways you can send it to us:         

  • Come and visit us. We're based in the Barclays building in Poole (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm).   
  • You can hand it in to your local Julia's House shop.         
  • You can donate through our website. Just make sure you add your reason for your donation as ‘The Jurassic Coast Trek 2019'.
  • You can send a cheque, payable to ‘Julia’s House’ in the post to:  Julia's House, Barclays House, 1 Wimborne Road, Poole, BH15 2BB. Just make sure you include a note with your name and the reason for your sponsorship.

If you have a sponsorship form, please send it back to us so we can claim back the Gift Aid.

31.  Can I bring my sponsorship money with me on the day?

Please don't bring sponsorship money with you to the Trek. It is a very busy day and we have nowhere safe to keep donations. Instead, please use one of the paying-in options listed above. Thank you.

32.  Do I need to do anything with the money I have raised through

You do not need to do anything. Any sponsorship you have received online will be automatically transferred to us. The same applies for Virgin Money Giving and BT MyDonate.

33.  Where can my friends and family meet me afterwards?

Your friends and family are welcome to join us at Acton Field Campsite where they can cheer you across the finish line! We welcome people to come along and celebrate your achievement.

34.  Is there anywhere to get food and drink at the start and finish line?

There will be tea, coffee and croissants available to buy at the start but please make sure you have a substantial breakfast before arriving to fuel your walk. We will be serving up a delicious hog roast and glass of prosecco for all our walkers as a thank you at the end of the trek.  There will also be refreshments available to buy should your family and friends wish to join you for a bite to eat.

35.  Do you have a training plan?

We have a training plan and lots of great tips to help you prepare for your trek. You can download it here.

36.  What happens if I fall ill or get injured on the event?

Every walker will receive an emergency number to contact should you need any assistance and there will be roaming medics and trek-masters along the route. You'll also find medical and support staff at each of the checkpoints.  

37.  Do you offer a special rate for corporate group bookings?

Please email isobel.langrish@juliashouse.org to find out more.  

39.  Who organises the Jurassic Coast Trek?

The trek has been organised by experienced trek and event organisers,
The Different Travel Company on behalf of Julia’s House, the Dorset and Wiltshire Children’s Hospices.

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