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|24 April - 25 April 2021||On Sale|
�Your £299 non-refundable registration fee covers the challenge costs for the whole weekend, including:
Tune into your spiritual side on this enlightening weekend pilgrimage from the Pagan town of Glastonbury to the sun-loving Stonehenge.
We’ll wind along part of the ancient Celtic Way and cover an amazing 68km in two days. This pilgrimage 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.
Our carefully mapped route will enthrall us all the way, as we follow a trail so old it is no longer marked by a path and 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 Abbey Park, we'll pass 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 visit Knook Castle, an Iron Age hillfort that hosts one of the very best-preserved Roman villages to survive on Salisbury Plain.
The greatly acclaimed archaeologist and broadcaster, Mark Corney, who has contributed several times to the Channel 4 series “Time Team”, will meet us at 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 this hidden, historical trail and the lives of the pilgrims whose footsteps we follow.
We end our eye-opening weekend of walking with a tour of the World Heritage Site, Stonehenge. From here, you’re welcome to make your own way home or you can board our coach back to Glastonbury, via Amesbury.
Meeting at 7am in Glastonbury’s Abbey Park for registration and a briefing, you can stretch and chat with your fellow trekkers before we set off. Breakfast isn't provided today, so please fuel up before you arrive or bring it with you to enjoy before we set off at 8am.
Starting along a short stretch of road, we pass 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 drenched both 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, associated with the Isle of Avalon, an island of spirits, where King Arthur was supposedly buried. Our tour guide will give us fascinating insight into the history, legends and folklore of the Tor as we admire the view over the town and its maze of terracing.
We veer cross country now through lush fields and stop for a brief break at East Pennard. Our coach, which has toilet facilities, will follow us all the way and meet us at every rest stop.
Break over, we continue along country lanes and across rolling fields to a local café for a well-deserved lunch and longer rest stop.
The afternoon sees us embark on the hilliest stretch of our trek. Following undulating footpaths, tracks and some minor roads, we cross all sorts of terrains and experience the best of the Somerset countryside, stopping at Druley Hill (approx. 392ft) along the way. Then it’s one final climb to a country pub.
Having conquered nearly a marathon of mileage today, we refuel for a shorter day tomorrow and our coach takes us to our fantastic glamping accommodation.
The clocks went back overnight, so we’ve enjoyed an extra hour of sleep and set off early. After breakfast at our accommodation, we transfer at 7am to our starting point near Heytesbury (approx. 1 hour), ready to smash our second day.
Although hilly, our steepest climbs are behind us and we continue through fields and forests to the historic chalk plateau, Salisbury Plain. We find our first rest stop in the small village of Chitterne and press on to Knook Castle.
This Iron Age hillfort not only gives us exquisite panoramas over the plain, but also hosts one of the best-preserved Roman villages in the area. Renowned expert archaeologist Mark Corney will open our eyes to the lives of the original settlers and the ancient archaeology here, before we continue to Berwick, our lunch in our mind’s eye.
We milk today’s longer lunch break and now only have around an hour to walk. Hiking though the folds of the chalk plateau, we take in the vast grasslands and more of the surrounding hillforts.
We reach Stonehenge in the mid-afternoon and celebrate with a walking tour of the world-famous blue rocks, some carried from Wales so long ago.
From here, you can make your own way home or board our coach transfer back to Glastonbury, stopping in Amesbury along the way.
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.
Your weekend cost of £299 includes:
Yes you can pay a single supplement of £127 for your own tent.
Along with your challenge cost of £299 (payable upon booking and non-refundable), you'll need to budget for any personal expenses and gratuities, including transport to and from the event.
If you would prefer to bring your own tent to sleep in, you can pay a single supplement of £127 for your own tent.
Please note, breakfast is not provided on Day 1, so you'll need to bring that with you or eat beforehand.
Please bring your own sleeping bag or bedding. All other glamping equipment will be provided.
You will also need to bring your own water bottle and you must wear comfortable hiking boots.
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 wipes and two face masks (one for each day of the challenge).
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 donate or raise as much money as you can for the charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice.
As you self fund your challenge, 100% of the funds you raise/donate will go directly to the charity's work.
There is no minimum sponsorship option for the pilgrimage. (You pay your challenge cost when you sign up.)
This pilgrimage is no walk in the park, but certainly suitable for ramblers and anyone looking for a challenge this autumn.
We'll conquer approx. 68km in one weekend, 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 life long 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.
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.
As you self fund, there's no pressure of reaching a minimum sponsorship target.
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.
We'll start our challenge at Abbey Park in Glastonbury, which has fantastic transport connections.
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.
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.
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.
Please note, we meet in Abbey Park, not Glastonbury Abbey itself. However, the best place to park is in St. Dunstan's (Town Hall car park), next to the abbey entrance.
Parking is available on payment of the Town Council's current tariff (for details telephone 01458 831769).
Other car parks include Silver Street Car Park*, Northload Street East and West, Bowyers Close - all close to the Town Centre; here, fees are due to the District Council under their current tariff. Please see the Mendip District Council website here for more information.
Silver Street car park is owned by Glastonbury Abbey and operated by Britannia Parking. All monies raised from the use of this car park help the conservation of the ruins for future generations. Please see the Glastonbury Abbey website here for more information.
If you want to stay in Glastonbury the night before 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, with a stop in Amesbury (included in your challenge cost).
You are of course also welcome to say goodbye to the group at Stonehenge and make your own way home from there.
We will stay at an amazing glamping site in the countryside, with three people to every five-person bell tent.
Please bring your own sleeping bag/bedding. All other glamping equipment is provided.
Our accommodation will be required to pass COVID-19 hygiene and cleanliness checks as part of our health and safety protocols.
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 email@example.com and we'll be happy to help.
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