The original start point (and probably the same tents!) in Tai Lam Chung, Hong Kong.

THE TRADITIONAL CHALLENGE AND ITS HISTORY:

 

Exercise TRAILWALKER started out as a military training exercise in Hong Kong in 1981. Organised by the Queen’s Gurkha Signals, and taking place along the famous Maclehose Trail, the exercise sought to test the endurance and teamwork of soldiers of the Queen’s Gurkha Signals over a long and arduous course.

In 1986, Trailwalker was opened to civilian participation for the first time, and now, following the move of the Queen’s Gurkha Signals to the UK, the 100k event takes place across the South Downs, with hundreds of civilians setting off alongside the Gurkhas. More about the Queen's Gurkha Signals

The Traditional Route

 

Starting at Queen Elizabeth Country Park early on Saturday morning, the Trailwalker route takes you along the stunning and historical South Downs Way to the finish line at Brighton Racecourse. You will pass through 9 checkpoints along the course. The distance between the checkpoints varies from 6-13km.

Download a GPX file of the route.

Please also ensure you use your maps and are able to locate yourselves in case of emergencies. There are directions in the Map & Event Guide, and you’ll require Ordnance Survey Landranger Maps 197 (Chicester & the South Downs) and 198 (Brighton & Lewes). What is a GPX file?

"The most challenging experience I’ve ever completed physically and mentally but the most worthwhile yet. It was an experience we will not forget for a long time. A big well done to all for a brilliantly organised event."

Anju, Trailwalker 2019

"The Trailwalker is well organised and accessible for so many - you only need grit, determination and good team camaraderie. Never have I felt so proud of myself; I encourage you to sign up for this amazing, unforgettable experience!"

Jessica, Trailwalker 2019