FAQs

THE BASICS

There is a registration fee of £10 per person for those aged 18 and over. This is helping to contribute to the running costs of the event. All children under 18 are free. It includes a celebratory BBQ at the end and a finishers' t-shirt.

We ask all participants aim to raise as much as they can. 

 

 

  • Manned check point with water at the half way point
  • Full event support - marshals, event staff
  • Fully signed route, route map
  • Medical support available along the entire route
  • Finish line celebrations & BBQ
  • A finishers' t-shirt
  • Welcomed in by your friends, family and supporters!

There are three options:

34 km / 21 miles, which should typically take 7-8 hours to walk.

15 km / 9.5 miles, which should typically take 4-5 hours to walk.

Family walk approx 5 km / 3 miles

 

The walk is open to all ages and abilities.

Please refer to the below regarding those under 18.

  • 16 - 17-year-olds can take part in the full walk but must have parental consent
  • 12 - 15-year-olds can take part in the full walk but must have parental consent and be accompanied by a responsible adult
  • Under 12s can only take part in 15km or family walk and must have parental consent and be accompanied by a responsible adult

You can download the parental consent form here and photographic consent form here.

The online registration form must be completed as for all participants and for under 18s a parental consent form must be completed.

You can either email this to events@halotrust.org or post to Sarah Cochrane, The HALO Trust, The Granary, Philips Lane, Stratford-sub-Castle, Salisbury, SP1 3YR

If you wish to register a group of walkers aged under 18 please contact Sarah Cochrane directly on 01848 331100 or email: events@halotrust.org

 

Online registration will close at 9am on Tuesday 14th May. 

16th May: Update

Due to the large numbers of participants we have now reached capacity and due to Health & Safety we can no longer accept registrations for the walk. Thank you for taking an interest.

For safety reasons we will aim to have all walkers off the route by 6pm.

Yes. Our preferred method of correspondence is email. You may, however, request a pack to be posted to you. Please do so by emailing events@halotrust.org or ringing Sarah Cochrane on 01848 331100.

Yes. The route is circular so you will start and finish in the same place. There will be a BBQ afterwards for all participants. When completing your registration please indicate if you will be staying for the BBQ and dietary requirements.

Yes, your friends and family can join in afterwards to celebrate. Should they wish to stay for the BBQ there is a charge of £10 per person.

Yes. There is shorter a 15km route and a 5km family walk available for young children and those who would like to raise money for HALO but feel they cannot complete the 34km walk.

Yes. We have a number of volunteer roles, from marshalling the route to registering participants. See our Volunteers page for more information. Please email sarah.cochrane@halotrust.org and let us know what you would like to do.

JOINING AS A TEAM OR INDIVIDUAL

On registering select the correct registration amount for the number in your team. Enter the details of the team captain and when prompted enter the other team members names.

 

There is no limit to the number of participants you can have in a team. We recommend that everyone is of the same fitness level and pace.

The walk is not a race and has only been designed for walking, however you may run it should you wish to.

Yes! We want you to make the event as fun as possible.

CHARITY & FUNDRAISING

Setting up an online fundraising page is quick, easy and a hassle-free way of raising money.

JustGiving (fees apply): To set up your page on JustGiving, click here and follow the instructions.

Facebook (no fees): Facebook now gives you the option to fundraise through our Facebook page. Simply click here  and follow the instructions, making sure the title of your fundraiser includes ‘Safe Steps: Salisbury Plain.'

To download an image for your online page click here.

Once your page is complete you can send the link to your family, friends and colleagues.

If you are raising money through JustGiving, Facebook or the Thinking of You app, the money will come to HALO automatically.

Otherwise, you can pay your sponsorship money in the way that is most convenient to you: either online via our donation button or by post. Please ensure you write Safe Steps in the online comments box or on the back of the cheque.

We cannot process money on the day of the walk so please do not bring your sponsorship money to the event.

You will receive your sponsor form in your welcome email. If you would like it sooner you can download it here.

Please send your donations to Safe Steps, The HALO Trust, Carronfoot, Thornhill, Dumfries, DG3 5BF. 

All cheques or CAFs should be made out to “The HALO Trust”. Please do not send cash in the post. Please write on the back of the cheque 'Safe Steps: Salisbury Plain'.

If you would like to make a donation by credit or debit card, please use our donate form. Please add 'Safe Steps' in the comments box.

FITNESS & TRAINING

The most important is footwear. Hiking boots may not be cheap but they will certainly offer the best all-around protection. If you are crossing rough terrain or tackling steeper hills ankle support, heel moulding, toe protection, good grip, ample waterproofing and laces like Fort Knox all combine to make them unarguably the best option. Be warned, though, they need time to be worn in so avoid going out on a big hike with box-fresh boots. The last thing a hiker needs is for their feet to be blistered whilst out in the wild.

Warm and waterproof coats should also be worn as well as thermal tops and wind-resistant trousers. In mountain areas weather conditions can change rapidly, so multiple layers allow you to keep comfortable whatever the weather. Shorter walks in good weather, especially at lower altitudes, need less equipment, but it's a good idea to pack a lightweight waterproof even on fine days.

Walking poles or sticks are an increasingly common sight on footpaths. Look for poles that are light but tough and fold small enough to be stowed away when not needed. Using one or two poles can help with balance, especially on slopes and can also be of great help to those with dodgy knees or ankles as they help spread the impact.

The route is along uneven tracks and footpaths so it is vital to wear appropriate foot wear.

The walk is physically demanding and so you will need to prepare - and should read the training session advice  and training schedules  carefully. The more comfortable you are with walking long distances for sustained periods, the more comfortable you will be on the challenge.

Training is essential for everyone. Preparation is key and will aid your enjoyment of the challenge whilst ensuring that your body is up to the rigors of the walk.

It is very important for all participants to train properly and build up endurance and resilience thresholds, alongside your base fitness. This will enable you to cope with the distance and really enjoy the day.

You can access our training guides here.

Please contact us on events@halotrust.org or ring Sarah Cochrane on 01848 331100.

ON-EVENT & SUPPORT

We ask participants to arrive between 7:30am and 10:30am for registration.

Start times:

0900 for the 34km

1000 for the 15km

1100 for the family

Your start time will be allocated to you one month in advance and you will be notified by email. If you have not received a start time by Monday 20th May please contact us at events@halotrust.org or 01848 331100.

You will need a daypack to carry all your personal items throughout the event. We recommend these include wet weather gear, warm clothing, water, food & snacks, sun protection, personal first aid kit and any personal items.

You are responsible for your personal items on the event.

You will receive a route map at event registration marked with rest-stops, hazards and distances. The route will also be clearly and fully signed with directional arrows. There will be marshals stationed at various points throughout the route.

Yes. You will be given a map at registration but if you wish to view the routes in advance you can download them below.

34km route

15km route

5km family route

The MOD have given permission for dogs to be on the paths in the restricted areas of the Salisbury Plain.

Dogs must be kept on leads and you must pick up any dog waste on the route. 

 

There will be an emergency number and safety people along the course, who will have either radio or mobile communications. A safety vehicle will also be on standby.

Water will be provided at the half way point.

We recommend all walkers wear the sturdy approach type shoes or walking boots you have been training in - so your feet are as comfortable as possible on the challenge - some people choose to wear sturdy trainers, whilst other opt for ankle height walking boots to give maximum support to your ankles and feet. It is a personal preference and we recommend that you experiment when going for training walks to ensure on the day you will be as comfortable as possible.

Please remember that you will be fording streams and so walking boots would be a preference to avoid getting wet feet.

We will constantly monitor the weather forecast in the lead up to and throughout the day of the event. Please dress appropriately and wear sensible footwear.

The Safe Steps: Salisbury Plain would only be cancelled in the case of extreme weather. If the event were cancelled all participants would be contacted via phone and email and an announcement would go out on The HALO Trust’s social media channels.

If the MOD require the training ground on the day we have an alternative route planned and the walk will still take place.

All participants will be notified as soon as we are informed by the MOD.

By Car:

The start and finish is at The Prince Leopold Pub, Upton Lovell, BA12 0JP

There will be parking near by.

 

By Train:

Nearest train stations are: Warminster (12 minutes by car) & Salisbury (30 minutes by car)

Taxi ranks can be found outside both stations

Buses are also available

 

By Bus:

Go to Traveline South West to plan your journey.

Depart at bus stop Upton Folly and walk down the hill into the village for the start.

Parking will be available in a field near the Prince Leopold Pub in Upton Lovell, postcode BA12 0JP.

Please follow signs to Upton Lovell, then the Prince Leopold and pick up the Safe Steps: Salisbury Plain car parking signs.

There will be toilets available at the start/finish line.

There will be medical assistance at the start/finish area and the half way point.

There will be a celebratory BBQ available – please indicate on your entry form if you intend to stay for the BBQ and any dietary requirements.

Friends and family are most welcome to join you at the finish line to cheer you in. If they wish to come to the BBQ it will cost £10 per person. To book them in please email events@halotrust.org 

You can download a list of local accommodation and camping here.