Jurassic Coast Women's Trek
Following the huge success of the Snowdon Sunrise Trek this summer we invite you to join our new women-only walking challenge along Dorset’s stunning Jurassic coast. Taking place in June 2017 this charity challenge gives you the opportunity to not only take on a marathon distance trek, but also walk in solidarity with women and girls across the globe who face inequality on a daily basis and are denied the chance to fulfil their potential. By taking part and raising funds you can help us continue to empower women to make a real difference in their communities.
The 26-mile course is no easy feat but the spectacular views throughout will certainly make it worthwhile. Along the undulating circular route you’ll take in the charming seaside town of Swanage, the iconic remains of the thousand-year old Corfe Castle and breath-taking scenery that you’d expect from the UK’s first wholly natural designated World Heritage Site. With so much to see and do it’s the perfect location for a full weekend of activity and sight-seeing!
Take a look at our comprehensive list of FAQs for more information or simply get yourself signed up via the ‘Register Now’ button. Better still, why not rally some friends and sign up as a group?
What is the CARE Jurassic Coast Women’s Trek?
This event is a women-only challenge along a marathon-distance circular route in Dorset. It is an opportunity to test both your determination and endurance as well as showing your support for CARE's work on empowering women and fighting gender inequality.
On the day itself you will be astounded by some of the most stunning natural views and scenery of the south coast. Starting and finishing in the lovely costal town of Swanage your trek will take you along a 200m high chalk ridge where you will enjoy magnificent views on either side as you make your way past the beautiful ruins of Corfe Castle. The return route takes you down on to the Jurassic coast where you get a completely different perspective, and then proceed to the Southwest Coastal path back to Swanage and the finish line, where you will enjoy a well-earned rest.
What time does the trek start?
You will register on Saturday morning at 7am, before setting off at 8am. Please note these details are subject to change but you will be provided with a full itinerary well in advance of the event.
How do I get to Dorset?
Dorset is easily accessed via the M3 from London or the M5 from Birmingham. The area is also well connected by rail, receiving direct trains from London Waterloo as well as many other major towns and local stations throughout the country. A reliable ferry service serves the area too and many visitors take advantage of the services running to and from Poole, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Southampton.
Can I enter as part of a group?
You’re welcome to enter as a pair or group. If entering as a group you will need to appoint a team leader to co-ordinate your participation and liaise with us throughout planning, preparation and fundraising for the challenge.
What happens if I am really slow?
There are safety cut off points at designated points along the route and if you need to pick up the pace to allow you to finish the event you will be informed along the route. At these points, event staff will establish whether you can continue, or whether you should be shuttled to a location that will allow you to reach the finish line at a safe time. The safety check points will also be the locations where you can pull out if required and we can shuttle you back to the finish.
Will there be toilets along the route?
There are public conveniences at the half-way point along the course. There will also be toilet facilities at the start and finish locations.
How fit do I have to be to participate?
You have to be reasonably fit although nearly anyone can take part providing they follow the training programme that we provide. Try, where possible, to include hills and rough ground in your preparation. Please also remember to take great care when training to avoid injuries.
What is provided?
Event, safety and communications briefings before the challenge
A two way VHF radio per team
A technical t-shirt
Emergency shelter per team
Support staff and medics at designated points
What will I need to bring?
Kit – a full individual or group kit list will be provided
Food and snacks
Fluids - there will be water points along the route
A sense of adventure!
What other preparations will I need to make for the event?
If you wish to stay in Swanage the night before or on the day of the event then you will need to book accommodation. Once you have registered we can advise on the best options to suit your budget in Swanage, there are a variety of different options available. We would suggest that you book up early as the town is a very busy tourist location throughout the summer. You will also need to arrange transport to and from the event with enough space for your kit and supplies.
Is it necessary to have walking boots?
We would strongly suggest that you wear walking boots with an ankle support as much of the path is rocky and can be loose, but on this event we will accept trail walking shoes that have specially constructed soles and are able to offer protection against the elements. We would always recommend Gore-Tex lined fabric boots as they meet all of the above requirements.
How much do I have to fundraise?
The fundraising target is £250 per person. You will also have to pay for your transport, accommodation, other food and snacks.
I’ve never fundraised before, where do I start?
A great way to start fundraising is to set up a personalised online sponsorship page with Just Giving, which you can send to your suppliers, clients, colleagues, friends and family. Many teams fundraise by organising events such as dress down days, quiz nights, five–a–side football tournaments, golf days, car washing, cake bakes… which are proven fundraisers and a lot of fun! There are many ways to raise funds and when you’ve signed up we’ll give you lots of ideas and support.
What fundraising support will I receive?
We’ll send you our fundraising guide, full of hints and tips to help you reach your target. You’ll have a dedicated member of the Events team with whom you can discuss ideas and contact for advice. We also offer fundraising workshops to help teams really make the most of all opportunities.
What other support will I receive?
Once you sign up:
Dedicated contact for you
Regular fundraising ideas and tailored support from start to finish
Logistics support and suggestions covering accommodation, transport and timings
Event information - route descriptions and kit list
On the day of the event:
Event, safety and communications briefings before the event
Support staff, mountain marshals and medics and designated points
A CARE technical t-shirt
A medal to proudly brandish at the end!
Where does my sponsorship money go?
Your funds will support CARE International. CARE fights poverty and injustice in more than 80 countries around the world helping vulnerable people to find ways out of poverty. We deliver long term programmes to fight poverty, and are always amongst the first to respond to emergencies. Plus, you can be confident your money is going to the right place: 83p out of every £1 donated goes to our poverty fighting work - that’s one of the highest rates among all the UK aid agencies.
- Route Info
The marathon-distance route starts on the sandy beach in the beautiful town of Swanage and takes you south towards Durlston Castle, around the coastline on the South West Coast Path, and west towards the spectacular Kimmerage Ledges. You'll then head down a flight of steps past Kimmerage Bay Tower before turning north to join a track on the Purbeck Ridge.
After a break at the half-way point you'll continue along the Purbeck Ridge and pass through Corfe, taking in the iconic remains of the thousand-year old Corfe Castle along the way. Continuing along the ridge the fantastic panorama of Swanage and Studland Bay will soon come in to view, so be sure to have your camera at the ready! You’re on the home straight from here as you descend along the South West Coast Path and return to Swanage for well-deserved celebrations.
- Why Walk for Women?
A strong focus of CARE's work is on supporting women and girls who are denied basic human rights. They have limited access to health care, to an education, to the opportunity to earn a living. They are denied a say in the decisions that affect their future. But when women are healthier, their children and families are healthier. When girls get an education, they build better lives for themselves and their families. And when women have an income, they invest in their children and families, creating benefits for this generation and the next.
When one woman is helped out of poverty, she brings many other people with her which is why CARE is dedicated to educating girls, fighting inequality by promoting women's voices, and empowering women to build livelihoods by earning an income. Furthermore, by ending gender-based violence CARE helps promote women's rights while tackling early child marriage allows girls to have a better start in life.
By taking part in the Jurassic Coast Women's Trek you'll be walking in solidarity with women and girls whose lives are still thwarted by poverty and inequality. You'll be showing your support for CARE's work and help to bring about lasting positive change.
If you're not quite ready to sign up but want to know more, please fill out the form below and we'll get in touch.