Scafell Pike UK Trek 2018
Could you take on England’s highest mountain? By climbing Scafell Pike you’ll help us care for people living with a terminal illness and their families.
Sitting proudly above every other peak in the Lake District, expect incredible views as you ascend to Scafell Pike’s peak.
You’ll be taking on one of the toughest mountain challenges in England, covering nine miles. After completing the trek, grab your medal, refuel and celebrate with the Marie Curie team.
Is this trek for me?
Terrain and weather conditions on Scafell Pike can be demanding, so this trek is most suited to experienced hill/mountain walkers.
A team of experienced mountain guides will be with you every step of the way. You’ll need a good level of fitness with prior training to take part in this challenge. Training tips will be provided.
Supporting people living with a terminal illness
In 2017 our UK treks raised over £240,000. Every trekker helps us give people living with a terminal illness the care they need. So they can make the most of their last days with those they love.
Why trek for Marie Curie?
By taking on this challenge for Marie Curie you’ll help us care for more people living with a terminal illness. When you join us you’ll get:
- training hints and tips to get you ready for the big challenge
- loads of fundraising ideas in your welcome pack
- a brightly coloured Marie Curie trekking T-shirt
- a finisher’s medal and refreshments
- professional mountain guides and check points along the route
- a chance to experience some of the UKs most beautiful scenery.
Frequently asked questions
What do I need to do to prepare?
You should be able to walk over varied terrain for between five and seven hours, including steep inclining and declining pathways and steps.
In the months leading up to your trek you should also have done two to three walks of a similar length.
We've pulled together everything you need to know to be prepared for the trek. Make sure you take 5 minutes to read it carefully.
Can you tell me more about the walk?
What is the distance of the walk?
Approximately nine miles, climbing to a height of 3,200ft.
How steep are the climbs?
Some sections of the walk are steep in places and scrambling over hard terrain may be required in some small sections.
How long does it take to complete the walk?
This will vary enormously depending on the weather and your fitness level. As a rough guide the average completion time is between five and eight hours.
Please remember that we do not operate our events as a time trial or race. We ask that participants treat these treks accordingly and do not push themselves past their capabilities in order to achieve a ‘good’ time. Completing these walks at all is an achievement in itself!
Will I walk in a group?
Yes, these events are led walks with fully qualified instructors to help guide you around the route, which has been devised especially for the charity. Once you have signed in at the registration point and passed kit check, you will begin your trek in appropriate sized groups.
Are there any toilet facilities en route?
No, there are no toilet facilities en route to the summit of Scafell Pike. There are toilet facilities at the registration point where you will register in the morning and return to after the challenge, so please make use of these.
Can I bring my dog/s with me on the walk?
We ask you not to bring your dog with you on this trek.
What happens upon completion of the event – do I need to sign back in?
Yes. Every participant must check back in at the registration point whether you have completed the walk or retired early from the event so that we can account for all participants and ensure your safe return.
What happens if I am injured or fall ill and need to retire from the event?
We have full radio communications alongside the guides that will be with the group, as well as mobile first aid cover. In the event of a problem, please alert your guide and arrangements will be made for your care or transport back to the registration point.
If you are acompanying somone 14-17 years old, they will have to leave the event too.
Could weather stop the event?
Our outdoor pursuit company regularly monitors the weather along the route in advance of (and during) a trek. They'll advise us of any safety concerns. Should we be advised to cancel the event, all participants would be contacted.
How do I cancel my place on the event?
If for any reason you are no longer able to attend the event, please notify us by calling 0845 052 4184 as soon as possible (registration fee is non-refundable). As places on this event are limited your cancellation may allow us to reallocate your place to another supporter.
Will I need to know how to use a compass and map?
This trek is led by mountain guides in walking groups, so you will not require a compass or map to complete this trek.
How do I get there and register?
What time do I register on the day?
Registration will be open at Seathwaite Farm from 7:30am until last registrations at 8.30am. You are welcome to register at any point during this time, however if you're a slower walker please make sure you register between 7:30am – 8am to give yourself the best chance of reaching the summit.
Will I still be able to take part if I am late arriving at registration?
Because of the length and difficulty level of the walks, and in order to manage them efficiently and safely, the registration window is very strict. Registration will be open for one hour and if you arrive after registration closes we will not be able to register you.
What’s the best way to get there by public transport?
If travelling to the Lake District by train, you will have to arrange further local transport in the direction of Scafell Pike. The closest train stations on the West Coast Mainline, which has connections with Glasgow Central, Manchester Piccadilly and London Euston, are to be found at Oxenholme Lake District and Penrith. A branch line runs from Oxenholme Lake District to Kendal and Windermere, while a loop line runs from Carlisle to near Oxenholme Lake District, via Workington, Whitehaven, Millom and Barrow-in-Furness.
Will there be somewhere to park my car?
Yes, car parking for walkers has been arranged at Seathwaite Farm Camp Site where registration will take place. As car parking is limited we request that you car share wherever possible.
A Marie Curie car parking pass is enclosed in your welcome pack and must be displayed in the windscreen of any vehicles. The pass does not entitle you to free parking at any other location.
Please do not leave vehicles on the roads or grass verges in the area. Walkers and other visitors must safeguard private property, including all personal belongings. No responsibility can be accepted for loss or damage.
Can other walkers sign up on the day?
No. We must comply with the national guidelines on this type of activity and undertake to manage this event responsibly in terms of the impact it has on the historic landscape. You will therefore only be able to take part on the day if you have registered in advance.
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