Jurassic Coast Trek FAQs

 1.  When does the Jurassic Coast Trek take place?

The event will take place on Sunday 10th June 2018.

2.  Where does the trek start?

The 26 mile trek starts from Lulworth Cove, Dorset BH20 5RQ. The 13 mile trek starts from Worth Matravers Village Hall, Pikes Lane, Swanage BH19 3LQ.  

3.  Where does the trek finish?

Both the 26 and 13 mile trek will finish at Harry Warren House, Watery Lane, Studland, Swanage BH19 3AN.

4.  What are the routes?

The 26 mile trek will set off from the beautiful horseshoe bay of Lulworth Cove. You will follow the rugged coastline with some serious climbs and descents, providing breath-taking views and dramatic cliff top vistas. The 13 mile trek will join at picturesque Worth Matravers where you will make your way along one of the most scenic sections of the South West Coast Path. The trek finishes in Studland, famous for its sandy beaches and National Nature Reserve.  

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?

For the 26 mile trek, please register at Lulworth Cove from 7.30am. Registration will close at 8.30am. For the 13 mile trek, please register at Worth Matravers Village Hall from 11.00am.  Registration will close at 12.00pm.

6.  Where can I park?

You can park at South Beach or Middle Beach car park in Studland and book a shuttle bus to the start of the trek for £5.00 per person. Please ask any friends or family who are meeting you at the end of the trek to use these car parks too.

Please note there is no parking available at Worth Matravers Village Hall or Harry Warren House in Studland.  

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

Please meet the minibus at South Beach car park (near The Bankes Arms).  

For the 26 mile trek, the shuttle service will run from 7.00am until 8.00am.  If you are catching the toll ferry, the first ferry from Sandbanks leaves at 7.00am. Please aim for one of the first ferries of the day.  

For the 13 mile trek, the shuttle service will run from 10.30am until 11.30am.  

If South Beach car park is full, the closest car park is Middle Beach car park. Both car parks are owned by the National Trust (pay and display—please bring £9.00 in change or a National Trust Member car park sticker).  

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

If you park at Middle Beach or South Beach car park, you will be able to walk to your car from the finish line at Harry Warren House.  

9.  What if I am catching the train?

There will be a shuttle bus running to and from Wareham station which you can book in advance for £5.00 per person.   

For the 26 mile trek, please catch the train that arrives into Wareham from Bournemouth at 7.10am. If you are coming from Weymouth, please catch the train that arrives into Wareham at 6.52am.  

For the 13 mile trek, please catch the train that arrives into Wareham from Bournemouth at 10.48am. If you are coming from Weymouth, please catch the train that arrives into Wareham at 10.52am.  

There will also be a shuttle service running from Studland to Wareham train station at the end of the trek.  

10.  I didn’t book the shuttle bus when I registered, can I still book now?

Please call Isobel Langrish on 01202 644220 to book the shuttle bus from South Beach car park or Wareham train station. To guarantee your place on the bus you must book in advance, by no later than Monday 28th May 2018.  

11.  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.  

12.  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 the next checkpoint at Durlston Castle, where there will be refreshments and toilet facilities available.  

13.  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.

14.  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.  

15.  How fit do I need to be?

The challenge is a long, sustained event and requires a good level of fitness. Whilst within the capability of anyone who walks regularly, it should not be underestimated. We strongly advise you to train hard and if you do not exercise regularly make sure you include plenty of hills in your training!  

16.  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.  

17.  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 for the shuttle bus and registration as early as possible.  

18.  How long should 13 miles take?

Depending on your average speed, a 13 mile trek should take approximately
3 – 4.5 hours.  

19.  How long should 26 miles take?

Depending on your average speed, a 26 mile trek should take approximately
6.5 – 9 hours.  

20.  What is the terrain like?

The terrain will be grassy or stony trails and 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.  

21.  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.

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

The minimum age to participate is 16 years old but 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.  

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

Refund Policy: As outlined in the terms and conditions displayed on our website and signed when entering the trek, entry fees cannot be refunded. This 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 28th May 2018. Please email isobel.langrish@juliashouse.org if you wish to transfer your entry to someone else.  

24.  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.  

25.  When will I get my information pack?

We will email you an information pack which includes everything you need to know before and on the day at least four weeks before the Jurassic Coast Trek. Please make sure you check your junk mail.  

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

There will be designated check points on both routes where you will be able to re-fuel, with various energy snacks available. We will have plenty of water so you can re-fill your water bottles. We also recommend bringing a packed lunch with you.   We are currently putting together the final details of where the feed stations will be located. This will be included in your information pack which will be emailed to you at least four weeks before the Jurassic Coast Trek.  

27.  Are there toilet facilities available on the route?

There are toilet facilities at the start of the walk and some of the checkpoints. Between checkpoints there will be no toilet facilities so you will need to find an appropriate area off the trail to use the toilet. Please bring a small amount of toilet paper with you and ensure you pack away any toilet paper used on the trail. Nappy sacks are great for carrying toilet paper and other refuse.  

28.  Do I have to fundraise?

We are excited to offer this exclusive challenge as an opportunity to raise vital funds for our families and 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, 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 raise a minimum of £200. This will pay for seven hours care for a poorly child, and respite for an exhausted mum or dad – a chance for them to have a break or catch up on those little everyday tasks the rest of us take for granted.  

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 set up and 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 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 2018'.
  • 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 try and avoid bringing any sponsorship money with you. We would really appreciate it if you could send us any sponsorship money using one of the methods listed above, as we will not have anywhere to keep it safe on the day.  

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

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 Harry Warren House where they can cheer you across the finish line! There will be food and drink available for your friends and family to purchase.

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

Before the start of the trek we will have tea, coffee and croissants available to purchase. Please make sure you have a substantial breakfast before arriving.   There will be a delicious hog roast and glass of prosecco waiting for you at the end of the trek! Your friends and family can also purchase a hog roast on the day.  

35.  Do you have a training plan?

Yes, we have put together a recommended training plan. You will receive it via email in January.  

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

On the day you will be given an emergency number to contact should you need any assistance and there will be roaming medics and trek-masters along the route. There will also be regular checkpoints where medical and event staff will provide support.  

37.  How does Julia’s House benefit?

Your registration fee helps towards the costs of organising the event. It’s the money you raise that helps us to pay for the care and comfort of a local child and their family, which is why we would love all our trekkers to raise a minimum of £200.  

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

Yes, 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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