St James Way – Reading to Southampton
The St James Way is the authentic English start to the Camino de Santiago. Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims as we embark on this incredible journey from the ruins of Reading Abbey and make our way to Southampton where pilgrims would have continued on their journey to Santiago.
Our route takes us through rolling countryside and along canal and river paths which boasts spectacular views and are steeped in history. Normally pilgrims would take between 5-7 days to complete all 70 miles but we have only 3 days to make the journey and reach our final destination of Southampton.
Our team will meet you in Reading ready to take on this incredible challenge. Your luggage will be loaded onto our support vehicle and taken to your hotel
WHO IS THIS EVENT FOR?
This event requires multiple days of long distance walking, as such we would recommend regular exercise and walks to ensure you get the most out of this event. This event is perfect for anyone looking for a walking challenge event, wants to follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and who has an interest in the Camino de Santiago.
You will be fully guided by our qualified team and supported throughout the event.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
- Personal Insurance
- Accommodation before/after the event
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
- A qualified Mountain Leader throughout
- Support vehicle
- Baggage transfers
- Lunch each day of the challenge
- Water refills throughout
- Accommodation during the event with breakfast
- Transfer from Southampton to Reading after the event
YOU WILL NEED TO BRING:
- Suitable walking shoes/boots
- Appropriate clothing for the walk
- Waterproof Jacket and trousers
- Spare warm layer
- Hat and gloves if required
- Snacks and water (minimum 2 litre’s) for the walk
- Clothing for the evening once we reach our accommodation.
Minimum age is 16 years. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the challenge.
When joining this event you will be fundraising for Younger People With Dementia. When you sign onto the event your name, contact number and email address will be sent to a representative of this charity to make contact and support you in your fundraising.
CHARITY FUNDRAISING DEADLINES:
All sponsorship goes direct to the Charity via your online JustGiving page. At least 50% of the sponsorship target should be with the Charity by 3 weeks prior to the Challenge. At this time the Charity pays a Fee for your place to the Organiser (similar to the Self Funding cost – or half of it for Mixed Funding as you’ve already covered half). Failure to meet the deadline may result in cancellation by your charity. The remaining 50%, and any extra, should be with your Charity by 4 weeks after the Challenge.
The walk will take place in most weathers but the leader will reserve final judgement on the day (in most cases) and maintains the right to abandon any walk if they feel the safety of themselves or any participant is at risk.
Under 18s taking part cannot sign themselves up – they must be signed up by someone over 18.