Western Front Trek FAQs
Frequently asked questions about the Western Front Trek.
About the trek
Where does the trip set off from?
Participants will be picked up from Blackheath in Greenwich London on the Morning of Tuesday 18 September. If you live outside of London we recommend booking one of the many hotels in the area for the night before.
Can I register as a team?
Definitely! There is no minimum or maximum size of team. You would need to register individually but if you let us know the people who are in your team we’ll add this to your record.
Can I join on my own?
Yes, of course. Although we do have groups/teams of friends, colleagues and families, many individuals take part and have found this a great way to meet new friends.
Can I manage the Western Front Trek?
The trek is around 12-13 miles of walking each day. You should have a basic level of fitness with the commitment to prepare properly in training for the challenge but we’ll support you with training advice to get you ready for the event. If you have any queries about your fitness for the trek, please consult your doctor.
Are there age restrictions to participate?
For safety reasons, all participants must be aged over 18. There is no upper age restriction but any participants over 65 must provide a medical certificate from their doctor stating that they are medically able to take part in the event.
What does the price include?
Our prices are as all-inclusive as possible and the event page gives specific details. All your meals, snacks and refreshments during the day of the challenge are included (excluding breakfast on the first day). Accommodation, outward travel from and return travel to the start point are also included.
What isn't included in the price?
The costs of travel to and from the start points, accommodation before the event begins, travel insurance. Bar bills are not included so it is advisable to bring enough cash for your evening drinks.
How much luggage should I bring and how do I transport it?
We ask that you bring one bag only which should be no heavier than 15kg. Dress code is casual and you will not need anything formal. Your bag will be carried for you each day in our luggage vehicle and will be available to you each evening, either at your designated hotel or a central collection point.
Who organises the trek?
We’re very happy to be working with experienced trek leaders from Discover Adventure so you’ll be supported every step of the way.
What is the accommodation like?
Accommodation is in 2/3 star hotels, standards may vary but they have ensuite facilities and are comfortable. Where possible we will always try to keep team members in the same hotels. You will be sharing with another walker. If you know someone else who is on the event you can request to share with them or we will place you with someone of the same gender and similar age.
What fundraising support will I receive?
Once you’ve signed up you’ll get a welcome email containing lots of information and advice about raising money for The Royal British Legion, posters to publicise your participation in the event and collection pots are available on request. In addition, the Legion team are on hand to support and give you advice every step of the way so if you have any concerns, questions or need some inspiration we’re available by phone or email.
When do I have to submit my sponsorship money?
We ask that all sponsorship monies are sent to us no later than eight weeks after the last day of the trek.
How do I go about raising money online?
If you register online, when you get to the fundraising section of the form, selecting ‘Fundraise for The Royal British Legion’ will automatically set up a JustGiving page for you. The page already has all the information included so all you need to do is let everyone know. If you prefer you can set up the online page after you’ve registered, we’ll include all the information you need in your registration pack. Please remember to let us know the link to your page so we can ensure all donations are credited to you.
Can we fundraise as a team?
Yes. This is very easy online as both Virgin Money Giving and JustGiving has facilities to set up team pages. Please remember to let us know the link to your page so we can ensure all donations are credited to the team.
Can I claim Gift Aid on personal donations?
Yes, if you are a UK taxpayer. You cannot claim Gift Aid on a donation from a public collection or fundraising event, unless each individual donor has submitted a Gift Aid Declaration. For more information, please see our Gift Aid information here.