07 June 2019

Trek the Freedom Trail

A stunning four-day trek through the rugged Pyrenees and along the beautiful Costa Brava coastline awaits experienced walkers looking for the trip of a lifetime.

 Trek the freedom trail

​We're offering you the rare opportunity to follow in the footsteps of wartime escapees who fled Nazi-occupied France to Spain by following a challenging route known as The Freedom Trail.

Our Trek the Freedom Trail takes place from 12-17 June 2020, and promises a chance to – literally – step back in history in breath-taking and varied landscapes. This inspirational trek is home to stories of great bravery and hardship endured by Second World War airmen who crashed or were shot down over Europe, and hundreds of Jews and refugees desperate to flee to freedom.

By taking on the challenge you will help support ​our specialist care and support for adults and children with a life-limiting illness and their families too.

Trek the freedom trail 2020

Trekkers led by experienced local guides will follow an official way-marked route commemorating the escape trails into neutral Spain throughout the Second World War. It is estimated that some 33,000 people followed such trails to escape Nazi-occupied France, including 782 members of the Allied forces who made their way back home. The natural beauty of the scenery, the wildlife and vistas remain almost unchanged despite the passage of time, and present-day trekkers will experience first-hand the same undulating terrain, steep ascents and descents as those that made the journey in fear of their lives decades earlier.

“Trekking the Freedom Trail on behalf of Rennie Grove will be a unique and unforgettable experience,” said Claire Redrup, Community Fundraising Manager at Rennie Grove. “The route is a treasure trove of natural beauty, wildlife and history.

“Anyone who signs up to follow the Trail on behalf of Rennie Grove will make memories that stay with them forever while raising money for a cause that will make a lasting difference to many local families coping with cancer and other life changing conditions.”

Trek the Freedom Trail

A £335 registration fee is payable to secure your place on the 2020 Trek. You are then asked to fundraise at least £2,500 for ​us, with full support of our fundraising team. The cost includes flights from London, transport, accommodation (guest houses, hostels and a campsite), meals, local guides and support crew, trekking permits and 24-hour emergency support in all countries.

We (in conjunction with Freedom Trail Trek experts) will also provide comprehensive information and insight on the kit and suggested training needed on trekking up to 22km a day at moderate pace over 6-8 hours a day while carrying a daypack weighing 6-7kg. Information is also provided on local facilities and what to expect and how to prepare.

Trekking the Freedom Trail isn’t easy and you must be aged 18 or above to take part. It may be possible to join the trip if you are 16 or 17, but you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. There is no upper age limit.

To find out more, please contact events@renniegrove.org or phone 01442 890222.