The Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail, or Chemin de la Liberté, follows one of the Second World War escape routes through the Pyrenees and over the French border into Spain.

During the war, local people risked their lives helping thousands of allied servicemen and Jewish refugees who were fleeing to safety. This challenge passes by memorials and plaques that commemorate their bravery.

Marco, who trekked the Freedom Trail in 2013, says:

'It's a proper adventure — spectacular scenery and a real way to challenge yourself!'

‘You'll have to do some training on mountainous terrain — as there is almost no flat ground the entire way — but it's an incredible place.’

‘You stay in a mixture of refuges with bunk rooms and then other days it is basic camping. I had a fantastic time, and out of all the treks I’ve done I would definitely do it again!’

View full details of the challenge (PDF).

Challenge information and support

  • Duration: seven days
  • Registration fee: £199
  • Fundraising target: £1,900 for 2016
  • Alternatively, you can pay £1,050 to go on the trip and fundraise as much as you can.
  • Accommodation and flights included.
  • Majority of meals included.
  • Includes a Leonard Cheshire Disability t-shirt too!

Leading up to the big day, we will provide you with a lot of fundraising support to help you reach your target. The trip will be led by experienced Discover Adventure leaders, so you will be in very safe hands.

‘It was great to have so much support from Leonard Cheshire Disability while we were walking - the emails, photos and messages of encouragement really kept us going.’ — Trish Grey, who trekked 550 miles for Leonard Cheshire Disability

Take a look at the the Freedom Trail brochure for further details, including: itinerary, flight information, accommodation, trekking information and trip support.

Available dates

  • 12 — 18 September 2016
  • 24 — 30 July 2017
  • 11 — 17 September 2017

For more information or if you have any questions, please email the events team or call 020 3242 0396.