This event is ideal for generalist hikers or anyone registered for the Fjallraven Classic as a training hike and gear shake down, particularly with the overnight wild camp aspect. Our departure point is outside the Bristol Arms pub at Shotley Point (Suffolk) where we'll do a quick gear check for a few compulsory items which will be listed online along with a full packing list for guidance. At approximately 11am we'll head west along the lower coastel path along the side of the Stour River, heading up the Stour towards Cattawade in the far distance at Manningtree.
The hiking distance is ten (10) statute miles each way and the pace will be reasonably easy according to the needs of the group around 2.5mph. We strongly recommend you use walking poles as the terrain can be slippery and there are some inclines and declines along the route. The route follows the coastline of the estuary and there some lovely little coves and stretches of beach where we can stop for a hot lunch and rest our feet. Our objective is Stutton Ness where we'll camp overnight in a small decidious woodland with a small wood camp fire.
Breakfast will be a leisurely affair and we'll set off once we've broken camp and packed our rucksacks. Your Guides will navigate but guests are welcome to bring their own compass and map and navigate their way and share their route suggestions with the Lead Guide. Snacks will help to maintain energy levels and we'll have short stops to adjust gear and vent clothing. We always suggest bringing tape and sharp scissors along in case of blisters but please ensure your feet and boots are well broken in before the event. Our hikes are graded as follows; EASY (up to 15 Miles p/day), MODERATE (15 -20 Miles p/day) and ADVANCED (20 miles plus).
There will be tuition along the way on any areas as required by the group and examples of areas covered are;
- correct use of walking poles
- breaking in boots
- caring for your feet, before, during and after the event
- Camp cooking
- managing water
- and more
The rerturn journey will be steady paced and easy and we should be back to the carpark around 3-4pm dependent on the time we leave our campsite and our pace on the return leg. This is a great journey for anyone who enjoys hiking, the outdoors and wild camping. All are welcome and please ensure you read all of the attached guidance notes to ensure you are properley equipped and prepared.
This is a great training event and gear shake down for anyone registered for or planning an extended mountain trek and is just as good for confident hikers who need to improve their fitness and want to learn some new skills and tips. Two (2) days, total twenty (20) miles, all ages and abilities are welcome and there are no limitations.
Please Note: We only open new dates as they are filled so please contact us should you have a specific date/s in mind and if available, we will open your date on the website for booking.