Wild Moors and Tors UK Trek 2017


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

Register for the Wild Moors and Tors UK Trek today. Take on 12 tors in one day and raise money to help us continue caring for people living with a terminal illness and their families.

Your walk will start your 15 mile trek with a steep 1746ft ascent to Hamel Down ridge, with views overlooking the Dartmoor National Park. Fom here, you’ll begin your 12 tors challenge as you trek over a land steeped in myth and legend, exploring one of the last true wildernesses in England. 

After completing the challenge, you'll pick up your medal, have the chance to refuel with a cream tea, and start celebrating your success with the Marie Curie team. 

A team of experienced mountain guides will be there to show you the way, however a good level of fitness with prior training is recommended for those wishing to take part in this challenge, as well as a familiarity with basic map reading.

More information

Registration fee: £30

Minimum sponsorship: £200

For more information about the Wild Moors and Tors UK Trek 2017, call the Events team on 0845 052 4184 or email events@mariecurie.org.uk.

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 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.

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 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?

Yes, limited car parking for walkers has been arranged at Widecombe in the Moor. Upon arrival into 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?

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?

You will be walking approx. 15 miles, to a height of 1,745 ft.

How steep are the climbs?

This route includes two 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.

Please remember however that we do not operate our event as a time trial or race. We ask that participants treat this walk accordingly and do not push themselves past their capabilities in order to achieve a ‘good’ time. Completing this walk at all is an achievement in itself!

Will I need to walk in a group?

This trek is self-led. You will be provided with direction on where to walk and there will be a team of mountain guides on hand along the route to provide assistance and check you're staying on course at all times. If you wish to walk with a guide please inform the events team on 07545 419 569 before the day of the event, so we can make arrangements accordingly.

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 participants not to bring their dogs on the trek, this is due to the presence of livestock and out of consideration for local landowners.

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. Upon completion you will be greeted with a warm welcome and post walk reception including a delicious complimentary cream tea.

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. 

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 this event that 14-17 year olds must be accompanied at all times by the parent / guardian responsible for them, therefore the young person/s too would have to retire from the event 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.


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 participant 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 to last you for the duration of the walk. We will provide additional bottled water and snacks at registration before you set off, and there will be a water and snack station roughly halfway but please ensure you arrive with enough water and food of your own.

A delicious cream tea and a very warm welcome will be waiting for you on your completion of the challenge.

What gear should I bring with me on the trek?

We provide an essential items kit lit in participants’ 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 participants’ Welcome Packs, which is a mixture of warm weather and cold weather clothing. The weather is notoriously changeable in 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 the compass and map?

This trek is marshalled by mountain guides and is along a way-marked route. You will therefore not require a compass or map to complete this trek.


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 date?

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

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 event pages or by calling0845 052 4184.

Sorry, online registration is no longer available for this event. Please contact us on events@mariecurie.org.uk or call us on 0845 052 4184.

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