The Monumental Trek is a new event from the National Trust, asking the public to take up a new walking challenge and raise vital funds to help repair Wellington Monument.
On Saturday, May 11 walkers can set off on either a 10km or 21km walk. The route crosses both the Quantocks and Blackdown Hills, enjoying the incredible views and scenery, whilst raising vital funds in support of the monument.
There will be a registration fee for the walk and a minimum fundraising target of £100 for the 10km and £200 for the 20km. All money raised will go towards the Wellington Monument appeal. There are only 300 places on the Monumental Trek which will be held on 11 May, so people are being asked to apply as quickly as possible to ensure they get a place.
Emma Jones, Community Fundraiser and Engagement Officer for Wellington Monument, said; ‘May is National Walking Month and we wanted to celebrate this with a mighty fundraising event. The walk will be a tough challenge to take on and we will support you every step of the way with a training plan and suggested walking routes to keep you motivated. We are also really excited that Cotswold Outdoor will also be involved supporting and promoting The Monumental Trek’.
‘Whilst working with the nearby communities, I have been overwhelmed with the love and support for the Monument,’ added Emma.
‘The Monument has stood at the heart of the Wellington community for generations. It’s a place where people go to create memories and enjoy the outdoors and stunning views. It’s part of our history, and we want to bring the whole community together to make sure it’s part of our future as well.’
The full repair will cost £3.8 million; so far through donations and grants the National Trust has raised £2.6 million.
Outdoor events company Adventure Café have created the two routes and will also provide support to all the walkers on the day.
Do you think you could take on this challenge? For further details and to sign up visit: nationaltrust.org.uk/wellington-monument.