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The Glastonbury to Stonehenge Pilgrimage 4-Day Trek 2021

Challenge level: 3 out of 5

When can I go?

26 August - 29 August 2021 On Sale
Duration 4 days

What does it cost?

Registration fee (payable today) Info £149
Remaining amount
Total commitment Info

Can I still choose sponsorship?

Yes, if you'd like to fund your challenge through Sponsorship (whereby your chosen charity will pay for your challenge, providing you raise the minimum sponsorship target of £1,198) simply get in touch and we can arrange this for you.

Please note that not all charities are happy to commit to the minimum sponsorship option. If you choose this option, we contact the charity you want to support on your behalf. If they are not happy with the minimum sponsorship option, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.

The Glastonbury to Stonehenge Pilgrimage 4-Day Trek 2021

Due to the phenomenal success of our first Glastonbury to Stonehenge Pilgrimage in 2020, we’re ecstatic to launch an extended 4-day version!

This 90km challenge takes in more sites, gives us even more enthralling insight into the original pilgrimage and allows us more time to savour the panoramas of rolling countryside, iron-age hillforts and ancient architecture.

Tune into your spiritual side on this enlightening pilgrimage from the Pagan town of Glastonbury to the sun-loving Stonehenge.

We’ll wind along part of the ancient Celtic Way, which dates back thousands of years and reflects the routes of the Neolithic peoples as they carried sacred blue stones from the Preseli Mountains in Wales to the Salisbury Plains.

Following a trail so old it is no longer marked by a path, we’ll encounter Christian, Pagan and pre-historic sites, all swimming in myths and mystery. We’ll trek on footpaths, tracks and some quiet country roads, over a mix of fantastic terrains that give us the best of the southern countryside.

Starting in Glastonbury Town Centre, we'll discover the Chalice Well, said to be the home of the Holy Grail, before climbing the iconic Glastonbury Tor. Watch your feet here, as the hill apparently hides a cave to the Celtic fairy kingdom of Annwyn, home to the lord of the underworld!

We become ever more enlightened, as we hike through the thriving Roman town of Shepton Mallet, home to Brothers’ Ciders and Mulberry and on to the narrow, medieval streets of Bruton.

Unlike our 2-day trek, we get the chance to follow the Celtic path through the famous Longleat Forest and much more of the ancient Salisbury Plains, before visiting one of its very best-preserved Roman villages, Knook Castle.

The greatly acclaimed archaeologist and broadcaster, Mark Corney, who has contributed several times to the Channel 4 series “Time Team”, will meet us at two key points along the way. Having worked with the Royal Commission for Historic Monuments of England as the former Senior Landscape Investigator, he knows his stuff. He’ll reveal the secrets of the ancient Knook Castle hill-fort and the World Heritage Site, Stonehenge.

We end our eye-opening challenge with a tour of Stonehenge, followed by a delicious celebration dinner in Amesbury. From here, our coach takes us back to Glastonbury.

COVID-19: Keeping you safe

As we hope you know, the health and safety of our participants is always - and has always been - our highest priority.

Our team of experts here at DC has created a brilliant 14-step initiative, to minimise the risk of coronavirus and reassure you that you're safe booking with us.

We will trek in staggered groups to ensure greater social distancing, with one challenge guide accompanying each group.

Your itinerary

Day 1
Glastonbury – Bruton | approx. 28km

Our knights first assemble at St Dunstan’s car park at 7.30am, but if you’re driving, please get in touch with us to request parking details. We are arranging four-day parking at another car park for participants, included in your challenge costs.

Our coach then takes us to meet all our non-drivers at St Dunstan's car park, next to the magnificent Glastonbury Abbey.

Breakfast isn’t provided today, so please fuel up before you arrive or bring it with you to enjoy before we commence our trek.

After our exciting challenge briefing, we set off on a short stretch of road and soon find Chalice Well and its serene gardens.

Nestled in the Vale of Avalon, this natural spring is one of Britain’s most ancient holy wells and an iconic symbol of female deity, drenched in history and speculation. The red tint to its water is said to be the blood of Christ, caught when he was crucified. Might we be in for a chance of finding the Holy Grail?

Leaving the well, we climb the legendary Glastonbury Tor, a magnet for Christians and Pagans alike. Reaching the striking ruins of St Michael’s church at the top (approx. 158m/518ft), we’re rewarded with an unbeatable view over the town.

Although inland, Glastonbury is widely associated with the Isle of Avalon, an island of spirits, where King Arthur ventured after his last battle. He and Guinevere were apparently buried in the Abbey grounds.

Descending from the Tor, we leave Glastonbury, trekking through lush, rolling fields and along country lanes to Shepton Mallet. Once an important stop on the Roman road, Fosse Way, it’s also the home of the fashion house, Mulberry and the cider maker, Brothers.

After a well-deserved lunch break, we push on along the ancient Celtic Path to the small medieval town of Bruton.

Located in a valley on the beautiful River Brue, Bruton hosts historic chapels and houses, along with modern arts and crafts shops. Here, we find our coach and transfer to our hotel for our first delicious group dinner and a good night’s rest.

Day 2
Bruton – Warminster | approx. 24km

Waking at our hotel, we board our coach back to Bruton and resume our journey along the original pilgrimage trail.

Winding our way out of the town, we embark on the hilliest stretch of our trek. The ancient path leads us along undulating footpaths, tracks and some minor roads across all sorts of terrains.

The hike might be tough, but it gives us the best experience of the Somerset countryside we could ask for, before we reach the border to Wiltshire. Lying on the county border, we find our lunch stop at the small town of Horningsham.

Back on our feet, we trek through the rolling hills, valleys and ancient woodland of Longleat, famous for its Estate and safari park.

We leave the forest for a last stretch to our hotel in Warminster on the edge of the famous Salisbury Plain, where we settle down for dinner.

Day 3
Warminster – Berwick St James | approx. 24km

After two long days of hiking, we’ve earned ourselves a slightly later start this morning. We fuel up with a big breakfast and then continue our trek straight from our hotel.

This stretch of the ancient pilgrimage heads North East, before winding through small countryside communities to our lunch stop in Heytesbury.

Although hilly, our steepest climbs are behind us and we continue through fields and forests to the historic chalk plateau, Salisbury Plain.

We spend the rest of the afternoon crossing the plain along the edge of the Imber Range. Keep your eyes peeled, as if we’re lucky, we may see some of the military tanks and planes on a training exercise.

Pressing on, we reach the fascinating Iron Age hillfort of Knook Castle. This landmark not only gives us exquisite panoramas over the plain, but also hosts one of the best-preserved Roman villages in the area.

Today, we are joined by expert archaeologist, Mark Corney, who will open our eyes to the lives of the original settlers and the ancient archaeology here.

Heads full of historical insight, we trek on to the small village of Chitterne and then continue south on the Celtic Way until we reach our coach near the river-side village of Berwick St James and transfer to our hotel.

Day 4
Berwick St James – Stonehenge – Amesbury | approx. 14km

Rise and shine to our last day trekking. You’ll be pleased to know that we’ve saved our shortest day until last.

Boarding our coach after breakfast, we return to Berwick St James and continue hiking through the folds of Salisbury Plain.

We take in the vast grasslands and more of the surrounding hillforts, before a final small climb leads us to our epic ending point: Stonehenge.

Here, Mark Corney treats us to a guided tour of the world-famous blue rocks, some carried from Wales so long ago. As one of the leading archaeologists at Stonehenge there really is nothing worth knowing that Mark cannot tell us.

After an amazing afternoon, we board our coach back to Amesbury and toast our achievement over a delicious celebration dinner.

Then, it’s one last transfer back to Glastonbury.

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Funding options

Self Funded

Pay your registration fee and your challenge costs yourself.

£599

Pay the balance

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £149, which is used to administer the challenge.
  • Pay the challenge costs of £599 yourself 12 weeks before your challenge starts.
  • The challenge costs cover your food, accommodation, transfers, guides and medical support, including two doctors for groups with ten or more participants.
  • Choose to fundraise as much as you can for the charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice or make a personal donation.
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FAQs
The Glastonbury to Stonehenge Pilgrimage 4-Day Trek 2021

As we hope you know, the health and safety of our participants is always - and has always been - our highest priority.

Our team of experts here at DC has created a brilliant 14-step initiative, to minimise the risk of coronavirus and reassure you that you're safe booking with us.

All participants will be sent free Travel Safety Kits with face masks, hand sanitiser and anti-bac wipes.

We're also enhancing our health and safety audits, including COVID-19 training for all event staff.

Sticking to the government and NHS advice, we'll keep two-metres apart wherever possible and depending on group size, trek in staggered waves to allow for greater social distancing.

Our accommodation and eating establishments will be required to pass COVID-19 hygiene and cleanliness checks as part of our health and safety protocols and have included COVID-19 mitigation as part of our challenge-specific route and risk assessments.

That's just to name a few of the inspired actions we're taking. Please check out our full 14-step initiative here and rest assured that we've got your back.

If the challenge can’t happen in September because of COVID-19, we would postpone the challenge until April/May 2022. We would of course let you know as soon as possible and give you the full details so that you can mark the date in your diary.

What's more, we're currently offering free transfers for all 2021 challenges!

This means you can register now and then if you feel worried about travelling later on, you can put both your registration fee and your challenge balance towards any other 2021 or 2022 challenge of your choice, up until 12 weeks before our trek begins. 

*This offer is subject to change and may expire. We will let all participants know if the deadline to request a free transfer changes so that you can decide in plenty of time.

Your registration fee (£149) and challenge costs (£599) include:

  • Four days/three nights parking - please get in touch for details
  • All coach transfers and toilet facilities aboard
  • Accommodation on a twin-sharing basis*
  • Meals throughout the challenge, except for breakfast on Day 1
  • Stonehenge entrance fee
  • Coach transfer from Amesbury back to Glastonbury at the end of our challenge
  • Full event management and support - the Dream Team are on hand from the moment you sign up for the challenge to provide any help you may need and answer any questions
  • First aid support, including at least two first-aiders with a comprehensive remote first aid kit
  • A team of first-aid and COVID-19-trained challenge guides
  • Carefully mapped out route, following the original Celtic Way as closely as possible
  • Expert archaeological and historic guidance along the way from Channel 4 Time Team's Mark Corney
  • Extra protocols taken to protect you from COVID-19 - please see our ground-breaking 14-step action plan here and the measures we're taking to implement the Rule of Six here.

*Accommodation is included on a twin-sharing basis. However, if you would rather have a room to yourself, you can pay £150 for a single supplement.

Yes you can pay a single supplement of £150 for your own room.

In addition to paying your registration fee (£149) and your challenge costs (£599), you'll need to budget for your:

  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Transport to and from our start/finish point in Glastonbury
  • Breakfast is not provided on Day 1, so you'll need to bring that with you or eat beforehand
  • Our accommodation is included on a twin-sharing basis, but you can pay a single supplement of £150 for your own room.

Please bring your own water bottle and you must wear comfortable hiking boots with adequate support for your ankles.

We'll send all participants a free Travel Safety Kit ahead of the challenge and it's essential you bring this with you to minimise both your own and your fellow participants' risk of COVID-19.

Your Travel Safety Kit will include hand sanitiser, anti-bac wipesfour face masks (one for each day of the challenge) and a marker pen to label your own water bottle.

All meals are provided, but you may want to bring your own breakfast to enjoy before we start our trek on Day 1 and any snacks you want to nibble on along the way.

Absolutely! In fact, we encourage you to self fund your participation and then donate or raise as much money as you can for the charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice.

If you'd like to fund your challenge through Sponsorship (whereby your chosen charity will pay for your challenge, provided you raise the minimum sponsorship target of £1,198) simply get in touch and we can arrange this for you.

Please note that not all charities are happy to commit to the minimum sponsorship option. If you choose this option, we contact the charity you want to support on your behalf. If they are not happy with the minimum sponsorship option, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.

This pilgrimage is no walk in the park, but certainly suitable for ramblers and anyone looking for a challenge this summer.

We'll conquer approx. 90km in four days, so we recommend that you're used to walking long-distance when you enter the challenge and can keep up to the pace of 5km (3 miles) per hour, nine hours per day.

Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own and our Dream Challenges are renowned for the amazing camaraderie and lifelong friendships made as our groups take on these incredible feats together.

Once you've signed up for the challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for the The Glastonbury to Stonehenge Pilgrimage 4-Day Trek 2021.

Please feel free to use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow trekkers on your training and fundraising.

You may also want to reach out to the fellow participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and fundraise with.

Absolutely. We encourage solo trekkers and teams alike to join us for the pilgrimage.

Our Dream Challenges are renowned for their camaraderie, so it's a fantastic opportunity to strengthen bonds between teammates and/or make new friends there. 

Join us with your friends and family or take it on as a corporate challenge and show your commitment to corporate social responsibility while having the time of your life. You could even take this opportunity to raise funds for your charity of the year.

Our private coach will follow us all the way and we'll have access to the vehicle at every rest stop, so you can keep all your luggage in there.

We recommend carrying a small day bag with you as we walk, to keep your free Travel Safety Kit, water bottle (ideally at least two litres) and phone/camera, along with any other personal items you want to hand.

For those of you driving to the event, we are arranging 4-days parking for participants, included in your challenge costs. Please get in touch for the car park details.

From there, our coach will drive us to our challenge starting point at St Dunstan's car park in Glastonbury, next to the abbey entrance. 

If you're not driving, you are welcome to meet us at St Dunstan's, which has fantastic transport connections.

By Car
From the M5 - Take Junction 23 and follow signs to Glastonbury.

From the M4 - Either follow M4 until the M5 exit and follow above directions, or take M4 Junction 18 (A46) and follow signs to Bath, then take the A367 towards Shepton Mallet, then the A361 to Glastonbury.

From the M3 - Take M3 to Junction 8 (A303), head along until you reach either the B3151 (signs to Glastonbury and Street), A37 (signs to Shepton Mallet, picking up signs to Glastonbury) or A371 (signs to Shepton Mallet, picking up signs to Glastonbury) and follow signs.

By Train
The nearest train station to Glastonbury is Castle Cary (on the London Paddington to Plymouth line). Transport to Glastonbury is only by taxi from here.

Alternatives are to travel to Bristol Temple Meads, Bath or Taunton. Onward travel can be via public service bus.

For accurate train times and information, please visit the First Great Western website.

By Bus
First Group provides services to Glastonbury - the 376 from Bristol and the 29 from Taunton - please visit their website to view their timetables and associated information.

For those of you driving to the event, we are arranging 4-days parking for participants, included in your challenge costs. Please get in touch for the car park details.

From there, our coach will drive us to our challenge starting point at St Dunstan's car park in Glastonbury, next to the abbey entrance.

 

 

If you want to stay in Glastonbury the night before and/or after the challenge, there are loads of accommodation options ranging in price. See the top ten rated hotels on Trip Advisor here.

We advise that you look into what precautions they have in place to protect you from coronavirus before booking. This handy guide from Healthline will help inform your choice of accommodation.

We'll transfer back to Glastonbury in our private coach at the end of the challenge after our celebration dinner in Amesbury (included in your challenge cost).

You are, of course, also welcome to say goodbye to the group at Amesbury and make your own way home from there.

We will stay in comfortable hotels on a twin sharing basis* throughout the challenge.

Our accommodation will be required to pass COVID-19 hygiene and cleanliness checks as part of our health and safety protocols.

*Our accommodation is included on a twin-sharing basis, but you can pay a single supplement of £150 for your own room

You need to be 18 years old or over to take part in The Glastonbury to Stonehenge Pilgrimage. There's no maximum age limit. One of the amazing things about this challenge is that it brings adults of all ages and from all walks of life together for one amazing event.

16 and 17-year olds may participate if given permission by the event organisers. Please get in touch with us to discuss this. Simply email events@dream-challenges.com and we'll be happy to help.

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