The Cotswolds Challenge
- When Friday 28 - Sunday 30 September 2018
- Where The Cotswolds
- Type Walks and Treks
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About the walk
This two day, 24 mile challenge explores good paths and vast scenery along one of the finest sections of the Cotswold Way. You will pass through some of the most picturesque villages in the Cotswolds, walk through flowering meadows and leafy woodland, and be rewarded with panoramic views from the top of dramatic limestone ridges.
The WalkWise team have been creating bespoke events for Breast Cancer Now supporters of all abilities for many years. As their walks are exclusive to our cause, you’ll be in fantastic company, with a maximum of 50 walkers on each trek all sharing the same goal.
Join Team Now
When you join Team Now, you’ll not only get your very own Breast Cancer Now technical T-shirt, but also access to our exclusive online Training Zone, plus the excellent support of our experienced Challenge Events team and a fundraising pack with everything you’ll need to raise money.
The minimum fundraising pledge to Breast Cancer Now is £250 per person and the Challenge Events team will be on hand to support you through your fundraising and training efforts every step of the way.
Unfortunately dogs are not allowed on this event.
For more details about the challenge and route download our event brochure (PDF)
Day One: Saturday
Chipping Campden to Broadway and Stanton
The beautiful market town of Chipping Campden, hardly touched by time, is a beautiful start to this wonderful challenge. The route takes us through the ancient fruit orchards and heads gently uphill to join the start of the limestone ridge at Dovers Hill. We will follow this gentle broad ridge and see unbroken views across the Vale of Evesham.
There will be time to pause at Broadway tower, where we may even manage a brew, before enjoying an easygoing descent down to the historic Broadway Village. Our day is far from over as we continue through woodlands, glades and a number of idyllic “home and country” villages.
Distance: 13 miles (19km)
Ascent: 1 main climb and 1 shorter climb
Day Two: Sunday
Hailes Abbey, Winchcombe, Sudley Castle, and Cleeve Hill
The Cotswold Way and the Pilgrim Way join to take us past the towering ruins of Hailes Abbey. The route will then pass through fruit orchards to the bustling market town of Winchcombe, then meanders through the regal parklands of Sudley Castle, home of Queen Catherine Parr.
After a last climb to Belas Knap, an ancient burial mound, takes us to the top of Cleeve Hill. This is the highest point in the Cotswolds, and provides its own reward for all your efforts – a truly wonderful panorama over the surrounding hills and vales.
Distance: 11 miles (16km)
Ascent: 2 shorter climbs (290m)
What do our 2017 Team Now members say?
We had a girls weekend away with a real purpose. Great to get away from day to day work, be in the beautiful Cotswold countryside and meet lots of lovely women who want to celebrate life.
Great experience – well organised and lots of fun. Brilliant way to raise money for charity and such a good cause
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Location, venue and travel
The starting venue
Start: Crest Way Barnwood, Gloucester, GL4 3RX