Got a burning question?

Check out our FAQs to find out more about our Poppy Trek, or call our Supporter Care team on 0333 011 4500.

What is the registration fee?

The registration fee is £30, this is paid when you register online to secure your place.

Can I register on the day?

Unfortunately not. For health and safety reasons we can only be responsible for those for whom we have collected full details ahead of the day.

When do I have to sign up by?

Places are available on a first come first served basis. We encourage you to sign up as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss out.

Can I take part on my own?

Yes absolutely, (providing you are over the age of 18. Under 18’s will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult), our professional team will be there to support you all the way.

Can I take part as part of a team?

Yes absolutely, it’s a great day to spend with friends and family outdoors. You can create a team when you sign up, and your friends will be able to join your team.

What is the minimum and maximum age to take part?

The minimum age is 14 years old on the day of the trek. Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

How much do I need to raise?

We ask you to raise as much as you can to support our vital services and support for the Armed Forces community, when you reach £250 you’ll earn a RBL t-shirt which we’ll supply on the day. Our dedicated team will support you in your fundraising efforts.

Do I need to train for this event? if so, what training and do you provide? / How fit do I need to be?

Climbing Scafell Pike is a serious undertaking and should not be underestimated. It's a tough, steep hike, and so a reasonable level of fitness is required.  We will provide you with a training plan, and we recommend training in your hiking boots/shoes and with a backpack carrying the weight of the essentials you will require to carry on the day. A training guide will be sent to you when you sign up.

What equipment/clothing do I need?

We will provide you with a kit list when you register. You will need sturdy walking boots or shoes that have been worn in, and clothes suitable for all weather conditions. The items on the kit list are things that you are likely to have at home already.

What is the best way to get there by public transport?

The nearest railway station is Penrith which is 28 miles away from the campsite.  This is on the West Coast Mainline. To get the cheapest prices book your train travel well in advance.

Once at Penrith Station you can take the bus to Keswick. The Cumbria Council Website has full bus details, and a map of all the bus routes.

You can also take a taxi from Penrith to Seathwaite Farm Campsite. Penrith Taxis or Eden Taxis are both local companies you can use. Other companies are also available.

Is there any accommodation nearby?

Seathwaite is located in the heart of Borrowdale which has a number of hotels, hostels and pubs where you can find accommodation. 

The Langstrath Country Inn, is a lovely rural pub and a great place for a bite to eat.

There are hotels such as Scafell Hotel, Glaramara Hotel or Seatoller House. Alternatively, there is the YHA Hostel which offers various sleeping arrangements from camping to shared dorms.

Where is the starting point?

Our event village is in Seathwaite, exact location will be advised nearer the event.

Starting times

The first group will set off at 9am, depending on the social distancing rules at the time there will be several small groups that are set off at staggered times after this.

Do I need to provide my own food and water?

We will be providing you a packed lunch and snacks at the start point for the days trek, you will need to bring enough water to keep you hydrated during the trek, more information on this will be sent out to you.

What support will there be during my trek?

The trek will be led by experienced mountain leaders and there will be full medical support. The event village will have water, hot drinks, and food as well as much more. Before the event we will provide you all the support you will need to complete the trek and hit your fundraising goal.

How hard is the trek?

Climbing Scafell Pike is a serious undertaking and should not be underestimated. It's a tough, steep hike, and so a reasonable level of fitness is required. The trek distance is approx. 11 miles over mainly uneven and often rocky terrain. The climb goes to 978 metres and will likely take around 7 hours in total. Be prepared for some challenging sections and heights, that for some, can be a little unnerving. It is all very achievable with a strong will and a reasonable level of fitness.

Will I need to walk in a group?

We will be setting you off in small groups led by experienced Mountain Leaders, there will not be the opportunity to go off on your own.

Can I bring my dog on the trek with me?

No. We love dogs and as much as we’d love to, we are unable to welcome your dog to this event for logistical reasons.

What happens if I fall ill during my trek?

We will have medics on the trail. Our trek leaders are also qualified first aiders, they are experienced in dealing with medical situations and equipped to call help from either the medics or the event village if this becomes necessary.

What happens if there is bad weather up or during my Trek?

The trek will go ahead whatever the weather in August, we will keep a close eye on the forecast and warn you if any extreme conditions are forecast in advance. You can then ensure you have the right clothing for the conditions (Remember that weather on the mountain can be more variable than at sea level). You will need a rucksack to keep spare items of clothing and refer to our kit list which will ensure you are prepared. If the weather turns during the event it may be necessary to descend to ensure that you are safe. Please ensure you follow the instructions of the mountain leaders on the day.

Will I need to sign out after my trek? is there a time to be back at registration desk by?

You will need to sign back into the event village once you have completed your trek, otherwise we will be concerned for your whereabouts, plus you will want to collect you medal!

Will I need to be able to use a map and compass?

No, we have experienced mountain guides who will lead you to the summit and back safely.

What is the route?

The route will be sent out to you in advance of the event but don’t worry we will have experienced guides leading the way, so you won’t be getting lost.

What are the toilet facilities on the trek?

There will be toilets in the event village (start/finish), there will be no toilets available on the mountain.

Is there a Facebook group?

Yes, there is a Facebook group where you can connect with fellow trekkers and we will share photos and helpful messages and tips. Search Royal British Legion Trekking Group or check your email when you sign up for a link.

Is this event Covid safe?

Poppy Trek is a professionally organised event that will take place in line with the latest Covid secure guidelines. We are monitoring the situation closely and will make alterations as guidelines change. All the information you need to keep you safe will be sent to you before the event.

Please visit our Covid-19 promise page for full details.

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