The Cotswold Challenge was held Saturday 24th September 2016.

The results will be posted on the Home page due course.

The event is a circular route from Birdlip passing through the picturesque Cotswold landscape including sections of the Cotswold Way to return to Birdlip. The walkers route is 25 miles. The runners will complete a 1½ mile loop before joining the main route.

 It is recommended that all participants carry either OS Explorer Series Maps 179 and OL45 (note there is a more expensive waterproof Active Map with the same number) or Landranger Series 163; compass, snacks/drink, simple first aid and money.    DON'T FORGET TO BRING YOUR OWN MUG.

There will be refreshments at 3 check points and the finish.  All finishers will receive a certificate.

Dogs must be on a lead and have third party insurance.



Entry enquiries should be made to the  Webmaster


Any queries please contact the organiser by e-mail


Those who enter on-line should have received an acknowledgement from SPORTident by email. If you have not seen this please check your spam/deleted folder and also check that you have entered your correct email in the Si site.  You can edit your entry here

You will receive your event number and final instructions by email before the event. This will include a link to download the route description from our web site.

Please ensure that you have both our email addresses below in your Contacts List to avoid having them rejected as Spam.

If you have any queries regarding your on-line entry please email [email protected]

If you have any queries regarding the event please email [email protected]

Please check our web site regularly for any further announcements. 

The Entry Secretary.



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 In 1986 Richard Dixon led a 25 mile group social walk from Painswick, the route being the Cotswold Way to Leckhampton Hill and then via Seven Springs, Coberley, Cowley & Fostons Ash back to Painswick.

Shirley Hume expressed the view that the route would be suitable for a Challenge Walk, presumably because it was the right distance and easy to follow.

 At the AGM that year the late Mac McArthur suggested that the Group organise a new Challenge Walk in the Cotswolds.  Richard and former member, John Margetts took on the role of organising the event.

 It was the original intention to base the event in Painswick at Gyde House, a former National Childrenís Home which was taken over by the Mountbatten Trust.  However The Mountbatten Trust went into liquidation and we had to find an alternative venue.

The inaugural event in 1988 was based at Cowley Manor, a residential conference house run by Gloucestershire Council.  Cowley Manor were able to offer accommodation, and a number of the participants took advantage of a weekend package, which included a led walk on the Sunday.

 Due to the uncertain future of Cowley Manor as a venue we moved our base to Birdlip Village Hall in 1989 which gave us the oportunity to include Coopers Hill.  With changes in the personal lives of John Margetts who moved to Cambridge and Richard who had just met his future wife, Pauline, it was decided to put the event on hold in 1990. Since itís inception in 1988 we have missed just two years, 1990 when Richard Dixon got married and 2001 due to the Foot & Mouth epidemic.

 Richard Jasper volunteered for the role of Joint Organiser and this partnership continued from 1991 until 2006.  In 1999, the route changed going south via Miserden and Sapperton to The Thames Severn Canal and then via Bisley and Painswick back to the village hall via that sting in the tail, Birdlip Hill.  

In 2007, Jon Bateman took over from Richard Dixon as Joint Organiser and the route changed again, going via Bisley and Haresfield Beacon. The 21st Cotswold Challenge took place on 25th September 2010.

  In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the LDWA the group held a one off dual event named the Cotswold 40-40 Challenge in 2012. This gave the option of a 40km or 40 mile route.

For 2013 we reverted to 25 miles for walkers or 26½ miles for runners. This was a totally new route circulating on the high Cotswold plateau mainly to the east & north of Birdlip.

For 2014 reverted back to the classic pre 2012 "sting in the tail" route.

2015 returned to a version of the 2013 route with two new sections.


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