Jurassic Coast Women's Trek
Thank you to everyone who took part in our WOMEN-ONLY trek along the beautifully rugged Jurassic coastline in Dorset.
This challenging trek offered the opportunity not only to discover the wonders of the UK’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site, but also to walk in solidarity with women and girls across the globe who face inequality on a daily basis.
By taking part and raising funds, participants help CARE continue to empower women to make a real difference in their communities. Read more about how your help can make a difference under Why walk for women below.
I’ve never experienced 'girl power' in reality before taking on CARE’s Jurassic Coast trek. I turned up to the event with my friend and ended up finishing knowing a bunch of women who had spurred each other on throughout the day. An amazing day, a true challenge and very proud to have been part of it.
Jurassic Coast Women's Trek 2017 participant
The 26 or 13-mile course is no easy feat but the spectacular views throughout will certainly make it worthwhile. With so much to see (and walk!) we are sure you’ll have a great outdoor experience full of memories to share with your friends and family. For more information, take a look at our list of FAQs and Route information below.
- Route Information
The event is based out of the charming seaside town and sandy beach of Swanage, from where you'll start your route that takes in some of the most breath-taking scenery the South West Coast has to offer, including the iconic Corfe Castle whose first stone was laid over 1,000 years ago.
Half distance trekkers will complete their trek at Kimmeridge, but will have the option to continue the full distance if they feel up to it on the day!
Both the full and half distances are achievable by people of all fitness levels, all you need to do is put the training in and prepare yourself. Remember that this is a coastal walk, so there will be some ups and downs on steep steps, and you could be walking for up to 13 hours.
If you’re looking for a challenging trek, this route covering undulating terrain will put you through your paces!
What is the CARE Jurassic Coast Women’s Trek?
This event is a women-only challenge along England's first natural World Heritage site, Jurassic Coast in Dorset, with the option to trek either a half or full marathon distance. 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 coastal town of Swanage, your trek will start following the Southwest Coastal path along the stunning UNESCO world heritage site Jurassic coast. On reaching Kimmeridge bay you will turn inland and eventually gain the 200m chalk Purbeck ridge. The ridge gives a magnificent panoramic of the Island of Purbeck and you will pass the ruins of Corfe Castle which rises majestically above the town that shares its name. Continuing on the ridge it’s not long before you have the stunning Studland bay & Poole harbour on one side and the finish town of Swanage on the other. Eventually you will descend off the ridge back onto the Southwest coastal path back into 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 7:00am, before setting off at 7:30am. 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 individual or a group. If entering as a team you will need to appoint a team leader to coordinate the group and liaise with us throughout your 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?
Both the full and half distances are achievable by people of all fitness levels, all you need to do is put the training in and prepare yourself.
To complete this challenge, you’ll need to be prepared to walk for long periods of time as well as climbing and descending steep steps.Remember that this is a coastal walk, so there will be some ups and downs on steep steps, and you could be walking for up to 13 hours.
What is provided?
- Event, safety and communications briefings before the challenge
- A technical t-shirt
- 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 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: out of every £1 donated 83p goes to our poverty-fighting work - that’s one of the highest rates among all the UK aid agencies.
- 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.