Cookies on oxfam

We use cookies to ensure that you have the best experience on our website. If you continue browsing, we’ll assume that you are happy to receive all our cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more Accept

Training

We have to stress that you must train for Trailwalker. You need to prepare yourself both physically and mentally for this huge challenge. Whether you are a seasoned walker or a first-timer, the advice you will receive from all past participants is to 'train, train, train!'

Top tips

Over the coming months we will do our best to prepare you for the challenge ahead however, in the mean time here are our top tips:

  • Recruit a team that you know and like - 30 hours is a long time.
  • Plan your training sessions in advance - get them in the diary.
  • Train with your team as much a possible - you need to know how they react to physical and mental fatigue.
  • Get well-fitted footwear - our partner Cotswold Outdoor do this for free.
  • Train on hills - Trailwalker is the equivalent ascent to Snowdon and Ben Nevis.
  • Train on different terrains - this will help prepare for the route.
  • Go out in all weather - test your kit in the rain.
  • Train on the route - this will help you mentally prepare.

Download guides

We will do everything we can to help you and your team make it to the finish line. To get started check out the Trailwalker guides:

Train with your team – you need to know how your teammates react to physical and mental tiredness.

Ensure your footwear fit properly and train in them.

Train on the route so you know what to expect.

Train at night – you need to know how your body reacts to walking tired and in darkness.

Plan your food – find out what works best for you.

Train in all weather conditions so that you're prepared - rain or shine.

Meet the teams

Team Fopps

Team Fopps crossing the finish line

'Trailwalker was challenging, painful and tiring. The literature we were given also said it would be life changing and to begin with I was disappointed not to feel this. Then the penny dropped - never, ever again will I take what I have for granted. Our suffering and endurance was for only 30 hours, after which we returned to our nice, safe homes where we can just go to the tap to get water, to the fridge, cupboard or shop for food, wear our comfortable clothes and sleep in our comfortable beds. I wish everyone was able to say the same. Thank you Trailwalker.'

Team Northern Lights

Team Northern Lights struggling up a hill

'Wonderful, brutal event. Walking up to the finish line with my teammates, sun rising, the cheering crowd and bagpipes playing us in is a memory to cherish forever. Thank you so much to all the men and women who made this challenge possible. Great work all!'