We want everyone to join us for this challenge. If you are blind or partially sighted and require a guide, sign up with a friend or family member, or we can help find one. We also have a limited number of free places for guides who can’t commit to the full fundraising pledge.
If you are sighted, we want you to use this experience to support fellow trekkers and this may include guiding. This will be a team effort and we’ll work together to conquer the South Downs.
How does your fundraising help?
Every day, 250 people in the UK start losing their sight and their lives will change completely. Too many people still face isolation and depression, unable to achieve their potential in a world that blocks their way.
But we won’t stop until every last psychological and physical barrier has gone for good – from classrooms to workplaces, from local shops to far-flung holidays. Together with your support, we can smash through the barriers that stop people with sight loss thriving.
What to expect?
We will meet early in Eastbourne and transfer to our start point in Firle Beacon in West Sussex on the South Downs. After a briefing from our trek leaders we’ll set off on our epic trek!
We will track a route towards Alfriston, then south to the coast via Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters along the undulating footpaths and bridleways of the South Downs and South Coast. We will be keeping a brisk pace, to complete the distance in good time for sunset. There will be brief stops for snacks and refreshments along the route and depending on the pace of the group we may split into two groups.
As we hit 30km we will be cheered across the finish in Eastbourne, where you can celebrate with a well-earned rest and refreshments. You will then make your way home with an epic sense of achievement, a marathon ticked off your bucket list, and lots of new friends in your address book!