13 Tors Challenge 2018

Register for the 13 Tors Challenge


Event type
UK treks and walks, Strenuous
15 miles
Minimum fundraising
Registration fee
Minimum age

14 years, under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

0845 052 4184
National Trust, Sexton’s Cottage
Widecombe in the Moor
TQ13 7TA

Could you navigate 13 of Dartmoor's wild and rugged tors? By taking on the challenge, you could help provide care for people living with a terminal illness and their families.

Explore one of the last true wildernesses in England. You’ll trek 15 miles through ancient woodland and sprawling moorland. On conquering each tor, you’ll be rewarded with incredible views across Dartmoor.

To help you get to the finish, there’ll be a cream tea waiting for you at the end of the trek. In addition, you and your fellow Marie Curie trekkers will be rewarded with finisher’s medals.

Is this trek for me?

A team of experienced mountain guides will be there to show you the way.
You’ll need a good level of fitness with prior training to take part in this challenge. Training tips will be provided. We also recommend that you’re familiar with basic map reading.

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.

A beautiful day out, exercising while being surrounded by breathtaking scenery - all in a lovely friendly atmosphere!
Wild Moors and Tors Trekker, 2016

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

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.

How steep are the climbs?

This route includes three particularly steep inclines and some steady descents. The terrain is varied across the entire route.

How long does it take to complete the walk?

This varies enormously depending on the weather and your fitness level.  As a rough guide the average completion time is between 6 - 10 hours.

We don’t operate our event as a time trial or race. Completing this walk at all is an achievement in itself!

Will I need to walk in a group?

This trek is self-led. If you wish to walk with a guide please inform the events team atevent.delivery@mariecurie.org.uk before the day of the event, so we can make arrangements for you.

Are there any toilet facilities en route?

No. 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 when I finish?

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 ill and need to retire from the event?

We have full radio communications alongside our marshals / guides that will be with the group, along with mobile first aid cover.

In the event of a problem, please alert your marshal / guide and arrangements will be made for your care or transport back to the registration point. 

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 the compass and map?

This trek is marshalled by mountain guides and you will pass through a series of checkpoints, however the walk is not wholly on footpaths. You will be provided with a route map and basic map reading skills would be useful.

What time do I register on the day?

Registration opens at 8am and closes at 9am. You are welcome to register at any point during this time, however if you are a slower walker please ensure you arrive to check in for 8am to give yourself the best chance of completing the trek.

Will I still be able to take part if I am late arriving at registration?

Because of the length and difficulty level of this walk, and in order to manage it efficiently and safely, the registration window is very strict. Registration will be open for one hour with no exceptions so if you arrive after this time we will not be able to register you.

What’s the best way to get there by public transport?

Please note there are no regular public transport links from Exeter or Newton Abbot to Widecombe on the day of the event so please plan your journey in advance.

Will there be somewhere to park my car?

Limited car parking for walkers has been arranged at Widecombe in the Moor. Please follow the Marie Curie signage directing you to the car park. As parking is limited please car share where 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. 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?

You'll only be able to take part on the day if you have registered in advance.

Register for the 13 Tors Challenge

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