Scafell Pike UK Trek 2017

Information

Event type
UK treks and walks
Date
Time
Minimum fundraising
£200
Registration fee
£30
Minimum age

The minimum age is 14 years.
Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Contact
0845 052 4184
events@mariecurie.org.uk
Location
Seathwaite Farm
Seathwaite
Borrowdale
Cumbria
CA12 5XJ

Do you have a thirst for adventure? Then take on Scafell Pike! At over 3,000 feet, Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England.

Register for the Scafell Pike UK Trek today and raise money to help us continue caring for people living with a terminal illness and their families. 

Sitting proudly above every other peak in the Lake District, scaling Scafell Pike is one of the toughest mountain challenges in England. Your trek will cover nine miles and ascend to over 3,200ft where you’ll be rewarded with stunning views. In fact, views throughout the entire trek are incredible! 

A team of experienced mountain guides will be with you every step of the way; however, a good level of fitness with prior training is required to take part in this challenge. 

After completing the trek, grab your medal, refuel and celebrate with the Marie Curie team. 

Please be aware that the terrain and weather conditions can be demanding, making this UK trek more suited to experienced hill/mountain walkers.

Climbing to the peak of Scafell Pike was an unforgettable experience. The trek was well organised, the people were inspirational, the scenery was breathtaking and I'm proud to say I've done it.
Scafell Pike 2016 participant

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.

You should be able to walk over varied terrain for between five and seven hours including steep pathways and steps. In the month leading up to your trek you should also have done two to three walks of a similar length.

Here's our training advice, kit check list and what to expect on the day  

Arriving at the event

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.

 

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 times of these treks are 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 need to 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 participants not to bring their dogs on their UK trek. This is due to the presence of local livestock on all routes.

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 I am a parent/guardian accompanying a 14-17 year old and have to retire from the event, what will happen to them?

It is strict policy for these events that 14-17 year olds must be accompanied at all times by the parent/guardian responsible for them, therefore the young person/s would have to retire from the event too unless another adult known to them was present in the group, was an experienced walker and willing to assume full responsibility for them from that point onward.

What will happen if the weather has been very severe leading up to the event – will the event still take place?

Our outdoor pursuit company regularly monitors the weather along the route in advance of a trek, and they will advise us of any safety concerns before the event goes ahead. Any decision to cancel the event would be based on their expert advice. Should we be advised to cancel the event, all participants would be contacted by telephone immediately.

What will happen if the weather becomes severe on the day?

As above, the specialists assisting us on the day will be in regular patrol of the route and assessing the weather and terrain at all times. Any decision to cancel or curtail the event will come from them and will only be taken if they consider the health and safety of the participants to be in doubt should the event continue.

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.

 

Training

Do I really need to train for this event?

Yes. All our UK treks and walks are physically demanding events; climbing mountains is no easy task and requires a certain level of fitness and stamina best acquired through training. The training you complete before the event will make a big difference. We provide advice and guidance on training and nutrition in your Welcome Packs.

 

Kit and equipment

Do I need to bring water/food with me or is it provided?

You must carry sufficient water and food with you to keep you fuelled for the duration of the walk. We will provide bottled water and snacks at registration before you set off, but please note there will not be an opportunity to acquire additional water or snacks along the walk.

Hot and cold refreshments and a very warm welcome will be waiting for you on your completion of the trek.

What gear should I bring with me on the trek?

We provide an essential items kit lit in your Welcome Packs. The essential items on the kit list are required for your safety. Our outdoor pursuit company will not let you take part if you are missing essential equipment.

What clothing should I wear?

We provide a list of recommended clothing in your Welcome Packs, which is a mixture of warm weather and cold weather clothing. The weather is notoriously changeable in these mountainous areas and can be severe regardless of season. We therefore strongly recommend that you come prepared for all eventualities. In addition, walking boots are essential due to the terrain of the walks.

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.

 

Fundraising

When is my sponsorship due by?

We ask that you raise the minimum sponsorship of £200 by the date of your challenge. People are more likely to donate the closer it gets to your trek, so really make the most of the weeks leading up to your trek to maximise donations!

Will the £200 I raise make a difference?

Absolutely! We hope that our UK treks and walks in 2016 will raise £213,000 towards Marie Curie’s work in providing hands-on nursing care to people with a terminal illness. Our nursing care is provided completely free of charge to people with terminal illnesses and their families, and can make the difference in letting them stay at home with their loved ones. The money you're helping to raise will pay for more than 10 Marie Curie Nurses for a whole year!

Can I give you my sponsorship money on the day?

Please do not bring the money you have raised with you on the day of the challenge as we are unable to accept it on site. Instead you can pay your sponsorship to Marie Curie in the following ways:

Online fundraising

If you’ve been collecting money through a JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving page, the money will be sent to us automatically.

By telephone
Call 08700 340 040 to make a card payment over the phone.

By post
Send a cheque with your completed sponsorship forms to:

Supporter Relations Team
Marie Curie
PO BOX 23897
14 Links Place
Edinburgh
EH6 9AB

Please make cheques payable to Marie Curie.

Do you organise any other UK treks and walks?

Yes, we do. Information on all our mountain challenges can be found on our charity events pages or by calling 0845 052 4184.

Calls to 0845 numbers cost no more than 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.

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