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Jurassic Coast Challenge

15th to 17th May 2020

Durlston Head to Durdle Door, Dorset - 36km

Get ready to achieve something incredible! 

We have partnered with adventure company Discover Adventure to offer this exciting two day trek along the beautiful Jurassic Coast.

By taking on this challenge you’ll also raise money for our New Deaf Academy Appeal to support young Deaf lives by building a world-class new Academy, in the Devon seaside town of Exmouth.

Find out more about our New Deaf Academy here.

The challenge

Stretching 95 miles between Old Harry Rocks in Dorset, to Orcombe Point in East Devon, the Jurassic Coast – England’s first Natural World Heritage Site – is the most geologically diverse coastline in the world. The exposed cliff sections allow you to look back through 185 million years of time; dinosaur remains have been found here, and it’s a fossil-hunter’s paradise.

With a more recent history of mining, shipwrecks and smuggling, this is a fascinating stretch of coastline. This two day trek takes in some of its most spectacular scenery, from the renowned natural stone archway of Durdle Door to the beautiful circular Lulworth Cove, as we continually climb and descend the steep hills of the Jurassic Coast. 

The difference you'll make

By taking on the Jurassic Coast Challenge you’ll help us to build a world-class new Deaf Academy, giving current and future generations of Deaf Children and young people from across the UK a bespoke learning and living environment. Your support will transform their lives and enable them to reach their full potential. Join us today, have the experience of a lifetime, and help change a child’s life.

“At the Academy his life changed from black and white to glorious technicolour.” - Parent


There are two different ways to pay for your trek: raise the full fundraising target, and pay just your registration fee; or pay your registration fee and full tour cost, and raise what you can. See the table below for amounts. You can find full explanations of the costs plus what’s included and what isn’t here.


How fit do I need to be?
This trek is achievable for most people provided they train well in advance. You will be up early in the mornings and trekking up to 14 miles. Distances are misleading with this type of terrain, and it’s more useful when training to think about the hours you need to walk for. Try to train with your day-pack on your back and get used to drinking and carrying water during your training.

This trekking challenge is all about endurance fitness. The leaders support the group in a way that allows everyone to go at a steady and achievable pace, however for logistical and safety reasons you will sometimes need to re-group, so those at the front will find themselves waiting for others. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their goals – it’s not about how fast you can walk as an individual. Equally, it’s no good for your self-confidence if you haven’t prepared yourself for the challenge, so sticking to the provided training plan will really pay off. As a general rule of thumb, on fairly flat but uneven terrain you should be able to walk at 2-3mph without feeling as though you are pushing your limits. It goes without saying that you need to be mentally prepared too – self-belief and determination go a long way!

What will the trekking be like?
This trek is mainly on the coastal path, which ranges from grassy or stony paths to wide dusty tracks; there are also some tarmac sections and gravel tracks. There are many steep inclines both up and down along the cliff tops – these are usually relatively short, but there is little flat – there’s a reason this trek is graded demanding! You will support the Countryside Code, as the environment you walk through needs the respect of all its users to be preserved. Please walk on the path surface rather than on the vegetation growing beside it, don’t remove stones from the paths and don’t take short-cuts. If you are unsteady on your feet you will find trekking poles useful but do make sure you use these when training.

What will the weather be like?
While we hope that the conditions will be favourable for you, the weather can be unpredictable. Please ensure you have appropriate waterproofs in case the weather is bad and sun-cream, a hat and sunglasses for sunnier temperatures. There can be heavy mist along the coastline especially in the mornings, in which case your leader may ask you to stay close together as a group. 

What is the accommodation like?
The campsite is spacious and perfect for your requirements, with a toilet block and shower facilities, wonderful communal areas to gather in, and provides a friendly atmosphere for the weekend. The two-man tents will be provided and set up for you. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and sleeping mat. When you book up for the trip you will be asked for a room share request so you can be paired up if you would like. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another participant of the same gender and similar age. There are ‘glamping’ options (shepherd huts / tepees) should you wish to pay to upgrade; these are limited in number and available on a first-come first-served basis. Please enquire with Discover Adventure for details.

What will happen in case of an emergency on this trip?
The crew will have mobile phones, an extensive medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary. If you are feeling unwell on this trek, tell your leaders and listen to their advice as your health and safety is their top priority.

Next Steps

It’s easy to sign up for your challenge of a lifetime. Simply: 

  1. Choose your pricing option 
  2. Book your place through our challenge partner, Discover Adventure 
  3. Discover Adventure and the Deaf Academy will then be in touch with further information about your challenge and a wealth of fundraising ideas to help you hit your target

Other challenges

If you’re up for a more adventurous challenge, why not take on the heights of Mount Toubkal in Morocco with us in July 2020? Find out more here.
Or if your bucket list has always included trekking to Everest Base Camp, scaling Mount Kilimanjaro, cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats or peddling from the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas then Discover Adventure has a wealth of amazing experiences you can take part in whilst raising money to support young Deaf lives. Take a look at their website to find out more and pick your next adventure.

If you would like more information, head to Discover Adventure’s website here. 

Or you can drop us an email at fundraising@exeterdeafacademy.ac.uk, or call 01392 267019.