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Cotswold Way Challenge

 
Enjoy 102 miles of beautiful English countryside and raise vital funds towards Julian House’s work with homeless men and women.

Cotswold Way

For further information or to register your interest for 2015 dates please contact Cathy on cathya@julianhouse.org.uk or 01225 354656

If you enjoy walking and want a new challenge, or, if you have always wanted to walk the Cotswold Way then this event is for you. Set in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this route takes in panoramic views of the Severn Vale, pretty Cotswold stone villages, open pastures and quiet valleys.

Starting at the picturesque Chipping Camden you will spend the next 5 days walking the Cotswold Way, through quintessentially English countryside to the Roman city of Bath. Walking on average 20 miles a day, the route takes in beautiful scenery around Broadway, Winchcombe, Cleeve Hill, Painswick, Birdlip, North Nibley and the Sodbury’s before offering magnificent views over the World Heritage city of Bath

The challenge will be limited to 8 places and although we will arrange your transport, accommodation and packed lunches – the rest is up to you! The overall route is well marked but we will provide maps so that you can confidently navigate your own way between each stage. We will transfer your luggage, allowing you to walk at your own pace.

Event Details

The registration fee is £240. This covers the main event overheads and includes:

* Transport between Bath and Chipping Camden
* 4 nights bed & breakfast accommodation (see itinerary below & over )
* 5 packed lunches
* Luggage transfer between stages

Participants will be asked to endeavour to raise a minimum of £350 in sponsorship for Julian House.

Itinerary

Day 1

Meet at Lansdown, Bath at 7am for mini-bus transfer to Chipping Camden, or meet at Chipping Camden at 9am.

Chipping Camden to Winchcombe (18 miles – 28.9kms). An interesting stretch with wonderful views from the top of the escarpment. You could stop for a picnic lunch one of the many hilltops, or, in the beautiful town of Broadway with its charming shops and pubs.

Finishing at The White Hart Inn

Day 2

Winchcombe to Birdlip (23miles – 37kms) A contrasting route which takes you across Cleeve Common (probably the wildest part of this stage). The path then starts to wind its way around the edge of Cheltenham. Glorious beech woods and open grassland are just some of the different landscapes covered. This section also has several archaeological sites making it of historical importance.

Finishing at the The Royal George Hotel

Day 3

Birdlip to Coaley Peak (21miles -34kms)

This stage passes through the National Nature Reserve at Buckholt Wood and on to Popes Wood, before entering the picturesque town of Painswick. Views include Iron Age hill forts, the Cotswold escarpment and across to the River Severn.

The accommodation is slightly off the Cotswold Way in Frampton-on-Severn so we will get you back on the trail for Day 4..

Day 4

Coaley Peak to Old Sodbury (20miles – 32kms)

After the short transfer back to the trail from Frampton-On-Severn, this part of the route takes in varying terrain including woodlands, escarpments and a disused quarry. The second half of this stretch gives several opportunities to enjoy magnificent views e.g. from Stinchcombe Hill and Horton Fort across overt the Severn Vale.

Finishing at The Dog Inn, Old Sodbury

Day 5

Old Sodbury to Bath (19miles – 30.5kms)

The final stretch takes you through the magnificent Capability Brown parkland of Dodington Park, through open fields, villages and arable land.
You will walk around the perimeter of Dyrham Park, a National Trust property and popular film location. After reaching Lansdown you will start your descent with fabulous views of Bath stretching out before you.

Finishing at Bath Abbey

Other Questions

How fit do I need to be?

Whilst you do not need to be able to walk 100 miles in one go you do need to be able to walk 20 miles without too much difficulty. You will be walking, on average, 20 miles a day for 5 days. Pace and stamina are more important that strength and speed. The route will be very mixed with varying terrain and gradients. You will pass through pretty Cotswold villages but for most part you will be following rural public rights of way.

Don’t worry if you don’t feel you are at this stage yet – we can help you with advice to get you to the necessary level but you will need to prepare yourself by walking at least 12 miles each day for several days.

What kit do I need?

You will need a light day rucksack which we suggest contains the following; water bottle, packed lunch – which we will provide, hat, sun lotion, waterproofs, spare socks, a basic first aid kit (including Compeed) and a mobile phone (optional)
Relevant Maps will be provided (but you are responsible for you own navigation). You will, of course, need at least one decent pair of well broken in walking boots. In case of wet weather you will also need to take plastic bags and old newspapers.

You will also need one overnight bag and things that you might like to take for the evening. We will transport your overnight bag between each night’s accommodation. You will also need to take means of payment for your evening meal and any extras.

Who will I be walking with?

There will be a maximum of 12 walkers taking part in this event. Some of those may be experienced walkers who are taking the opportunity to walk a route not taken before. Others may not be so experienced but want a challenge. All participants will be raising valuable funds for Julian House and their work with homeless men and women. Some walkers might like to walk on their own yet others may prefer the company of other participants.

What will the accommodation be like?

The selected accommodations have been chosen as they are as close to the Cotswold Way as possible (the names are listed in the itinerary so feel free to look them up on the internet etc). The rooms will be a mixture of singles / twins and doubles so it is likely that you will be sharing with someone else of the same sex.

Please fill in the form if you are participating with someone you know and would like to share with. All rooms will be allocated by Julian House prior to your arrival.

How can I learn more about the Cotswold Way

There are several books available including; The Cotswold Way by Kev Reynolds, The Cotswold Way by Mark Richards and The Cotswold Way by Anthony Bruton, The Cotswold Way Companion published by the National Trust.

Participant’s Pledge

  • Thank you for your interest in the Cotswold Way Challenge. By signing the event booking form you are registering to take part in the above challenge and are agreeing to the following conditions of entry
  • To secure a place on the challenge you need to pay the registration fee of £240.00. This fee covers the main event costs including; Transport between Bath to Chipping Camden, 4 night’s bed & breakfast accommodation, 5 packed lunches and luggage transfer between stages
  • All places are given on a first come first served basis
  • You will endeavour to raise a minimum sponsorship of £350.00
  • Any cancellation on your part before the event will be refunded as follows. Cancellations received 6 weeks prior to the event – 100% of price
    Cancellations received between 4 – 6 weeks prior to the event – 50% of the price
    Cancellations received within 4 weeks of the event will not be refunded
  • All participants must be over the age of 16 at the start of the event and any under 18’s must be accompanied by a guardian
  • All sponsorship monies need to be forwarded to Julian House within 6 weeks of the event. Of course any extra money received after this time will be greatly received. Please make cheques payable to Julian House and send to Julian House Admin Office, 55 New King Street, Bath BA1 2BN
  • It is your responsibility to be at the appropriate level of fitness for the event Julian House takes no responsibility for ensuring that you are fit enough to take part but will make advice available to you
  • You confirm that, to the best of your knowledge, you are currently in a good state of health and will not take part in the event unless you are in a good state of health at the time of the event. If you have any health concerns about taking part in the event you should consult your doctor
  • If you will be over 65 at the time of the event you must provide Julian House with a letter or form from your GP stating that you are fit enough to take part
  • You will take reasonable care to ensure the safety of yourself and other participants on the event and will comply with any guidelines given by Julian House
  • Participants in the Cotswold Way Challenge do so entirely at their own risk
  • Any photographs taken by Julian House at the event can be used for their publicity
  • If you need to stop the walk at any point we will arrange for you and your luggage to be transported back to Bath or Chipping Camden depending on start point.