New Forest Trek Fest Weekend and Beaulieu: 5km,10km and half-marathon trek or run challenges
Discover the stunning New Forest National Park. Take to the trails, keeping an eye out for the abundance of local wildlife; ponies, donkeys, deer and pigs! Day 2 covers a half-marathon distance of 21km with a 10km option for those who want a more relaxed day before enjoying a well deserved celebratory meal.
On day 3 we take a trip to Beaulieu after our morning 5km walk. We uncover Beaulieu’s history as a top secret training establishment for special agents of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during World War Two, and you will her from our experts their experience of “passeurs” operating on the Freedom Trail or Chemin de la Liberté in France. The SOE was of huge assistance to the French resistance at this time.
Group/Charity Rate – Please enquire
Reg Fee: £50
Fundraising Target (Varies depending on accommodation option)
- Camping: £800
- Centre/dormitories: £900
- Hotel 3 star +: £1300
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging - Trip grade 2
New Forest Trek
Join us for a weekend of adventure in the New Forest. Take to the trails with a choice of 5km, 10km and half marathon distances. Much of the park has been awarded Special Area of Conservation status due to how rich in wildlife it is, with New Forest wildlife finding its home within the hundreds of miles of bogs, woodlands and open heathland.
- Duration: 3 days & 2 nights
- Trekking time: 1.5 days
- Treks start and finish at the New Forest Showground
- Guided Walk Day 1: 21km or 10km
- Guided Walk Day 2: 5km
- Runners welcome
- Families Welcome
- Visit to Beaulieu & Buckler’s Hard
- Camping included or option to request B&B, lodge or hotel.
- Coming by train – Brockenhurst train station
- National Motor Museum & Palace house
- Uncover Beaulieu’s history as a top secret training establishment for special agents of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during World War Two.
- Beaulieu’s Clock House is home to the UK’s first dedicated Soviet Russian art gallery.
- Once a thriving shipbuilding village where ships for Nelson’s fleet at Trafalgar were built.
- Discover the history of the village in the Maritime Museum or take a step inside a historic shipwright’s cottage.
- Meals as stated in the itinerary
- Accommodation – Choice of camping, B&B, lodge or hotel
- Transport between accommodation, trek & Beaulieu
- Museum entry
- Freedom Trail Treks Leader & support crew
- Medal & certificate
- Meals not stated in the itinerary
- Any extra snacks/drinks
- Transport to and from the event
- Personal travel insurance
- Kayaking/Canoeing on the Beaulieu River
- Yoga Session
Arrive in the New Forest
We will meet our group in the evening at 18.00 at our chosen accommodation. We will have a trip briefing from the leader, kit check, and enjoy dinner together before getting some rest before our day of trekking tomorrow.
The New Forest can be reached by train from London Waterloo in just 90 minutes arriving at Brockenhurst station. Brockenhurst train station also provides direct rail links with Bournemouth, Poole, Winchester and Southampton.
We can offer a range of accommodation also suitable for corporate trips according to your needs and budget.
Trek New Forest - Half Marathon
After breakfast we transfer to the New Forest Showground ready for our day of trekking ahead.
You leave all the fuss, busy life and smooth asphalted roads behind, to be greeted with peace and fragrant nature. How beautiful is the sound of water! It may be a lively forest brook, a pond, maybe a lake, or a mighty river. It is a different world that lives right next to you and gives your mind a chance to rest and become stronger. The forest helps us remember who we are and where we come from. Being a National Park, the New Forest is packed with diverse habitats, welcoming many kinds of wildlife within its boundaries. Much of the park has been awarded Special Area of Conservation status due to how rich in wildlife it is, with New Forest wildlife finding its home within the hundreds of miles of bogs, woodlands and open heathland. The New Forest is home to not one but five different species of deer, with only two of these being native to the UK. Fallow deer are the easiest to spot; the females flecked with white spots, and the males sporting impressive antlers. The native species are the roe deer and the red deer, which are much fewer in numbers and more elusive. Sika deer and muntjac deer can also be sighted if you’re lucky. Dawn and dusk are the best times of day to look out for deer.
All routes will start and finish from New Park Showground, Brockenhurst and wind through the heart of the New Forest National Park. The multi-terrain courses offer some of the most scenic running experiences in the country, with a mix of forest enclosures, open roads, far reaching views and of course the famous New Forest ponies, so is an event not to be missed. On the first day we will cover 13 miles or 21km. There is a 10km version available for families and those not wishing to go so far. Armed with a packed lunch and water bottles which can be filled up en route we will take on this challenge, immersed in the beauty of the forest. Our guides have an intimate knowledge of the forest and ready with binoculars and laminated photo sheets we will explore and discover what this bountiful area has to offer.
We provide a celebratory dinner at a local restaurant the end of the day and challenge certificates/medals for those who would like to savour the experience in this way. For groups we also offer a fauna spot list, see how many you can get!
Trek: 21km or 10km
Morning trek & Beaulieu
This morning we will pack our things back into our vehicles and enjoy a hearty breakfast. We will undertake a 5km walk and there will be some quiet time to just sit and absorb the sounds and fragrancies of the forest. There will be a talk on how the SOE worked and your chance to imagine how people can hide in this kind of terrain, and what they would take with them. We will go to Beaulieu for lunch and uncover Beaulieu’s history as a top secret training establishment for special agents of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during World War Two.
Over 3,000 SOE agents were trained in the dark arts of warfare at Beaulieu before undertaking daring and dangerous missions behind enemy lines.
The Secret Army Exhibition will introduce you to the special agents who answered Winston Churchill’s call to ’set Europe ablaze’, join the SOE and work with resistance groups in enemy occupied countries. All were heroes. Many would never return, whilst others faced capture and suffered torture at the hands of the Nazis and their allies.
Find out how they trained, what they learned at Beaulieu and how their gallant actions helped ensure allied victory in World War Two. Real stories of incredible exploits, artefacts and photographs shine a light on this clandestine ’finishing school’ for SOE agents.
This will also prepare you for further escape trips with us to France to see where the agents operated and undertake the famous Freedom Trail or the Freedom Trail Experience long weekend where you can follow the route of escapees over into Spain.
We then bid our farewells around 16:00 and depart.
We offer a choice of accommodation from camping, B&B, bunkhouse or hotel. Please contact us for more details/to let us know your preference. Prices do vary.
You will be able to leave your main luggage at the campsite/accommodation on Day 2 and in your car on Day 3. You will need a small daysack for items needed on the trek. We will provide you with a full kit list before the challenge.
We can cater for most dietary requirements provided you let us know in advance. You may wish to bring extra snacks to keep yourself topped up
You will be led by an experienced Freedom Trail Treks Leader and support crew.
We offer a choice of accommodation from camping, B&B, bunkhouse or hotel. All options are on a twin share basis. Single supplement option available on request.
This trip is designed to be a challenge, however, we are offering two distance options on Day 2 to cater to different abilities. We will provide you with a training guide when you book and recommend you build up to walking your chosen distance.