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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 do sign up for both routes?

Yes! You are more than welcome to join us for Scafell Pike on Saturday 13 August and then come back for the Great Gable on Sunday 14 August. To do both routes you will need to fill in the event form twice – one for Day One and once for Day Two. You will need to arrange accommodation for the Saturday night.

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.

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 Hostelwhich offers various sleeping arrangements from camping to shared dorms.

Have a question regarding health and equipment?

Take a look at our FAQs below to find out more.

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 challenge. There are areas of steep mountain paths which will require you to scramble over broken, uneven and rocky terrain. At times it will be loose underfoot and there can be high winds especially around the summit.

Similarly, the Great Gable trek is a challenging trek that will require a good training plan. It will be a steep climb as you summit Great Gable which will involve crossing grassy and rocky mountain paths. At times it will be loose underfoot, and you may find some slopes a little more demanding than others. The terrain will still be uneven in areas, but you shouldn't be required to scramble.

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 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.

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.

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.

Want to find out more about the trek?

Read our trek FAQs for further information.

Where is the starting point?

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

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.

How hard is the trek?

Both routes require a good basic level of fitness.

Scafell Pike 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.

The Great Gable trek, though slightly less difficult than the Scafell Pike summit, is a demanding challenge in its own right. It will be a steep climb as you summit which will involve crossing grassy and rocky mountain paths. At times it will be loose underfoot, and you may find some slopes a little more demanding than others. The terrain will still be uneven in areas, but you shouldn't be required to scramble.

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.

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.

Need some fundraising support?

Take a look at our fundraising FAQs below to find out more.

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 £300 you’ll earn an official RBL technical t-shirt to wear on the day with pride. Our dedicated team will support you in your fundraising efforts.

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