The Royal British Legion has 15 places in the ‘Freedom Trail’ for enthusiastic hikers who want to push their limits and undertake an awe-inspiring challenge to help raise money for an extremely worthwhile cause. The breathtaking 80 kilometre route across the central Pyrénées retraces the steps of the thousands of soldiers, airmen and civilians who desperately sought to escape Nazi oppressors during World War II.
As remarkable as this challenge is, it isn’t one for the faint-hearted! Trekkers will be reaching heights of up to 2600 metres (8580 feet), not once but twice in a single day. There are snowfields to be crossed and some sections of granite boulders to be negotiated. No particular climbing techniques are necessary but it is a long, hard, upwards route. Every participant is expected to carry a 26lb rucksack, including clothing, a tent and food for at least two days. Accommodation is provided on day one and on the return from the hike on day four. On days two and three participants camp in the mountains.
Although the route is tough, it is extremely rewarding and humbling to think of what those brave men and women went through in order to reach freedom.
So if you fancy putting your strength and resilience to the test by taking part in this fantastic challenge on behalf of The Royal British Legion, please contact Fiona Lyons (Events Coordinator) on [email protected] / 020 3207 2268 as soon as you can – we’d love to hear from you. Don’t delay – become a part of ‘Team Legion’ today!