The May 50K for Mental Health UK
- Conquer The May 50K for Mental Health UK and get your Summer off to a healthy start
- Hike along the challenging yet incredible Jurassic Coast, England’s first UNESCO designated natural World Heritage Site
- Discover this stunning coastline with rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth’s history
- Pass Durdle Door, one of the Jurassic Coast’s most iconic landscapes with it’s natural limestone arch standing almost vertically out of the sea
- Remarkable scenery of shipwrecks, Iron Age forts, WWII bunkers and impressive geological formations is the perfect distraction to your long day
- Fully supported trekking adventure on the south coast of England
- Be part of this epic May 50K series for Mental Health UK and support people affected by mental health problems including friends, family and carers.
Jurassic Coast, Dorset
Amazingly varied and unspoilt, Dorset’s award-winning Jurassic Coast offers 95 miles of idyllic sandy beaches framed by ancient craggy cliffs and meadows carpeted with seasonal wildflowers. The Jurassic Coast gained UNESCO recognition as England’s first Natural World Heritage Site charting 185 million years of the earth’s history, with rocks and fossils dating to Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous times. This stunning landscape provides the ultimate backdrop for you to conquer the May 50K in one day!
Overview of Your May 50K Trek for Mental Health UK
Starting in the coastal town of Swanage, the perfect base for the start of your May 50K for Mental Health UK trek of the Jurassic Coast, your journey by foot along this World Heritage Site will reward you with views of sea-carved bays, crumbly cliffs and beaches scattered with fossils. Passing impressive and renowned sites such as Lulworth Cove, the spectacular natural limestone arch of Durdle Door and the Osmington White Horse. Accompanied by friendly trekking guides, your route will also venture inland in sections where the landscape serves up vast Iron Age hill forts, chalk figures, fairy-tale castles and incredible stately homes. On reaching the seaside town of Weymouth with it’s sandy beach dotted with colorful beach huts and backed by Georgian houses, this will mark the finish of your epic one day trek. One night’s accommodation, breakfast, lunch and snack-points will be provided.
Registration fee: £75 per person, payable upon registration and is non-refundable
Minimum sponsorship: £370 per person, please send all sponsorship money directly to Mental Health UK
Included in the lead up to your trek:
– Support from the experienced AE team
– All event info at your fingertips through our mobile travel app, Vamoos
– 50km trek training programme
– Discount codes for clothing and equipment from ashmei, Joe Brown and The Climber’s Shop outdoor retailers. Both online and in store
– May 50K information document with all you need to know in preparation for your trek
– All risk assessments and safety management planning
– Public liability insurance
– Fundraising support from Mental Health UK
Included on your trek:
– One night’s hotel accommodation the evening prior to the challenge located near the finish point (twin room share basis) with carparking
– Accompanied by friendly certified trekking guides
– Snack stops with supportive crew and refreshments
– Breakfast and lunch
– Support vehicle available at certain points along the trek
– Celebratory drinks and snacks at the finish
– Transfer from accommodation to starting point in Swanage @ £10 per person (must be booked in advance)
– Accommodation the night after your trek. Nearby hotel, hostel and campsite recommendations will be provided
– Clothing and equipment on your Kit List
– Personal spending money
– Any costs incurred with leaving the trek early ie. changes to travel arrangements, accommodation, etc.
Trek preparation, dinner & accommodation
Arrival in Swanage, the most easterly town on the Jurassic Coast. That evening you will receive a full event briefing from your Adventurous Ewe Mountain Leader to ensure you are well prepared for the following day’s challenge. You are welcome to ask any questions about the event during this session. Dinner to follow at your own expense. Overnight in a hostel.
Please note, our accommodation location may change due to availability in the area.
After an early start and a hearty breakfast you will leave the seaside town of Swanage in Dorset on the start of your 50K trekking challenge. Accompanied by friendly Adventurous Ewe Mountain Leaders your route will head inlandu towards the iconic Corfe Castle. The castle is a fortification standing above the village of the same name on the Isle of Purbeck. Built by William the Conqueror, Corfe Castle dates to the 11th century and commands a gap in the Purbeck Hills and is where you will be greeted with your first checkpoint.
After a quick stop for some snacks and refiling of your water bottles, you will head south from Corfe and make your way back to the coastline. Tackling the rolling hills with continuous ascents and descents as you reach the spectacular Jurassic Coast, England’s first natural World Heritage Site, encompassing 185 million years of the Earth’s history. Your tiring legs will be distracted by the incredible and changing views of fossil-rich, dark-clay Jurassic cliffs, pockets of much younger, creamy-coloured Cretaceous rocks and the vast shoreline of the English Channel. There’s great levels of contentment knowing you can walk many millions of years in geological time in just 50K.
On reaching Kimmeridge Bay, it’s time for a quick break to pick up your packed lunch and it’s also the perfect chance to make use of the toilet facilities available. This stunning area features some of the most important geology anywhere on the Jurassic Coast. It also boasts some of the area’s most accessible marine wildlife. It’s then time to start heading back uphill again and pass the Clavell Tower, a Grade II listed Tuscan style tower built in 1830.
Having a break from the coastal cliffs, you will trek the undulating green hills before reaching the clear blue waters and beautiful white pebble beach of Lulworth Cove. The charismatic hamlet of Lulworth Cove is a picturesque jumble of thatched cottages and fishing gear. Further along you will then spot one of Dorset’s most photographed and iconic landmarks, Durdle Door, an impressive natural limestone arch. This immense, sea-fringed, 150-million-year-old Portland stone arch was created by a combination of massive earth movements and erosion which is framed by shimmering bays. There will be another checkpoint near Durdle Door allowing you to restock on snacks and refill your water bottles.
Finally passing through coastal hamlet of Osmington Mills soon to follow will be the magnificent views of Weymouth Bay marking the finish of your epic 50K trek. This view will act as a magnet and draw you to the sandy shores of Weymouth filled with a huge sense of achievement and pride in completing this amazing one day challenge in support of Mental Health UK.
Celebratory drinks and snacks will be provided at the finish so you can mark your achievement with your fellow team-mates.
Distance covered: approx. 50K
Trekking time: approx. 10 – 14 hours (depending on fitness levels and weather conditions)
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch included, check-point snacks and celebratory refreshments at the finish
Crew: Adventurous Ewe Mountain Leader/s and support crew
What is The May 50K for Mental Health UK?
This is a new trekking challenge which will see you conquering 50km (approximately 31 miles) in just one day. It’s an epic challenge designed push you out of your comfort zone, test your stamina and endurance yet give you an enormous sense of achievement and pride on completing such a long distance trek. It will give you something to strive for and raise money for Mental Health UK, plus it will be a personal challenge just for yourself or a group of family, friends or colleagues. It’s a fully supported trek as you will be accompanied by friendly and supportive trekking leaders with snack stops and lunch provided.
2020 is the very first year of The May 50K for Mental Health UK which kicks off on the stunning Jurassic Coast. Each year The May 50K for Mental Health UK will take on other epic landscapes across the UK.
Registration fee of £75 per person is required on booking onto this event. Please note, this registration fee is non-refundable.
You will then pledge to raise a minimum of £370 per person in sponsorship for Mental Health UK. This money is to be sent directly to Mental Health UK. 80% of your sponsorship (£296) must be received by Mental Health UK no later than 5 weeks prior to the event date. The remaining 20% (£74) must be received by Mental Health UK no later than 4 weeks after the event date.
Mental Health UK will provide you with fundraising support and guidance.
Who will be leading the group?
Experienced and fully qualified Trekking Leaders will accompany and guide you for the entire 50km route. Our Leaders are remote First Aid trained and have extensive experience in guiding long distance treks. They will be ultimately responsible for your safety on the trek and the rest of the group. They will be carrying full safety equipment and mountain first aid kits. All Adventurous Ewe crew are a friendly and supportive bunch and will help you reach the milestone of 50km in just one day.
What is the format?
You will be split into teams of between 10 – 12 people per team which will be accompanied by a trekking leader. When signing up for the trek, you can let us know if you wish to be placed in a medium or fast paced team or if you have any family, friends or colleagues you wish to join.
The minimum group size for this event is 20 people. The maximum group size is 80 people.
There will be snack stops along the route together with a lunch stop where you can take a break and refuel with some delicious snacks, packed lunch and water. The packed lunch will be local produce in order to support the local community. We do ask you to bring your own water bottles and flasks to refill in order to help keep the amount of plastic waste on this trek to an absolute minimum.
We can accommodate your dietary requirements however please let us know in advance of any particular needs or allergies so we can ensure there is sufficient food and drink for you.
Twin share hotel accommodation the night prior to the challenge is included. The hotel will be located near the finishing point of the trek in Weymouth with onsite carparking available. Accommodation the night following the completion of your trek is not included with this event giving you the option to either return home (if you live nearby) or stay where you would like and according to your budget. We will provide you with recommendations of nearby hotels, hostels and campsites.
Please note, if you do not live locally, we strongly recommend that you organise accommodation in Weymouth for the Saturday evening following your trek given that this is a long day of physical activity. We strongly advise against driving home following the completion of this challenge.
Start and finish
The trek will start in Swanage in Dorset marking the beginning of the Jurassic Coast. There is a train service available to Wareham where you can then take the No. 40 Purbeck Breezer bus to Swanage which is an hourly service. The hotel accommodation included in this event is located near the finishing point in Weymouth. Therefore there will be a transfer service available from Weymouth to Swanage for the start at a cost of £10 per person which must be booked in advance with Adventurous Ewe.
The trek finishes in Weymouth where you are welcome to make your way home if you live locally or organise your own accommodation to stay the night following your challenge. There are train services operating from Weymouth.
Further travel details will be provided on registration for the challenge.
Level of difficulty
This event is graded as a ‘Tough’ challenge given you will be trekking along the undulating coastline with some steep ascents and descents on uneven terrain plus covering 50km in distance. Weather conditions can be a major influence on this trek as well. Preparation is key to help you get the most enjoyment and reward from this event. A good level of fitness and endurance is required in order to complete 50km. A training programme will be provided once you register.
The more you are prepared, the more you will enjoy the challenge. Our motto is: Train hard, smile harder and enjoy the journey!
The climate is milder in May during the end of Spring. There can be some great sunny days mixed with cooler and wet weather. Spring is a good time to visit the Jurassic Coast with mild to warm and offers a good alternative to visiting in the peak of Summer. The average daytime temperatures are between 10°C and 17°C, however you will need to be prepared for all weather conditions and it can be particularly windy on the coastline.
Adventurous Ewe prioritises the safety of all of their trekkers and staff, and as such have developed a thorough safety management system. This encompasses comprehensive risk assessments and procedures together with audits of all aspects of your challenge from vehicles to accommodation to the trek activities. Your health and safety is our top priority.
A full kit list will be provided when you sign up. Good kit can make the difference between a fantastic event and an uncomfortable one. Well worn in waterproof hiking boots are essential together with a good quality waterproof jacket AND trousers. Discount codes for Joe Browns, The Climber’s Shop and ashmei athletic apparel will also be provided on registering.
All your event information will be sent to you through a travel mobile app via Vamoos which is free to download. You will receive an email from Adventurous Ewe with your personalised log in code for this app. For the latest and greatest from the land of adventures, simply follow us on: