From the second you sign up, the Oxfam Trailwalker team will support you with communications, advice and guides. The outstanding Queen’s Gurkha Signals take control of the logistics and getting you safely across the course over event weekend. And you’ll be cheered along by lots of amazing Oxfam and The Gurkha Welfare Trust volunteers en-route. With our support you’ll find the strength you never knew you had to get to the finish line.

Guides to download

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

The history of Trailwalker


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 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?

Event weekend

  1. Friday

    • 4-10pm: Arrive at QECP start area, pick up and complete your registration pack.
    • 6pm onwards: Hot food available
    • 7.30pm: Greetings and safety briefing from the Queen’s Gurkha Signals, Oxfam and The Gurkha Welfare Trust

  2. Saturday

    • 5am: First walkers awake, hot breakfast available but you can bring your own
    • 6-9am: Rolling start times. You will hear bagpipes and a klaxon for each start time. This is a wonderful part of the challenge full of adrenaline, anticipation and excitement for the challenge ahead.

  3. Sunday

    By this point you will be tiring but you will have the support of everyone around you. As you reach the finish line you will be cheered in by the Queen’s Gurkha Signals’ bagpipes and the crowds that have gathered. Once over the line you will be awarded your medal and will be able finally relax and have curry served by the Gurkhas. Friends and family can come and meet you, and your support crew will be there too who are equally deserving of a rest. We must stress that you should not drive tired. Have a designated driver or stay the night nearby if you can.

    We can guarantee that whatever happens over your Trailwalker weekend it will not be forgotten. You will find the strength you never knew you had and you will be Trailwalker Strong.