Cerne Giant 2023

Sunday 19 March 2023

Results are on LDWA website here


Event Information

This challenge event offers the choice of a 30 or a 20 mile route in 11 hours. Starting from the village of Cerne Abbas, site of the famous Cerne Giant, the route will take in some of the best downland and river valleys of Dorset, passing through Alton Pancras, Lyscombe Chapel, Bingham's Melcombe (30 route only), the Dorsetshire Gap, Buckland Newton and Sydling St Nicholas (also 30 route only).

For enquiries please e-mail Richard Lang at:


Route Descriptions which include instructions and parking directions are now available for download. Please print a copy for your use on the event as they will not be available at registration.
GPX files are provided in support of the route description, the definitive descriptor of the route remains the written Route Description.

20 Mile Route       Word        PDF        GPX

30 Mile Route       Word        PDF        GPX

Start / Finish

The event will start and finish at Cerne Abbas Village Hall (GR ST663014 Link to map). Event parking is about 600m from the start, details with route description. Please park considerately and follow the advice of the marshals. Parking is limited, please car share if possible.

Rolling Start - You must get your tally card scanned prior to starting. You may start between 08:00 and 09:00 but you should time your start to not arrive at CP1 (7.3 miles) before it opens at 09:30. The CP will not open or offer any services before this time.

All participants must finish by 7:00pm - a cut off will be applied.


There will be three checkpoints on the 30 mile route, two on the 20 mile route.

Checkpoints will offer drinks and light snacks and a meal (vegetarian) will be provided at the finish. If you have special dietary requirements, other than vegetarian, you should plan to carry your own food/drink as necessary.

Entrants should bring their own mug for drinks. (no disposable cups at checkpoints.) 


Entry is on-line only and will open at SiEntries on Tuesday 29 November. The closing date for entries is Sunday 5 March 2023 (or sooner if full). Entries are limited to 180 with a waiting list once full. No entries on the day. Entries are not transferable. A certificate will be provided for all finishers.

Entry: LDWA £13 - Non LDWA £23.

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Event Disclaimer

1  You agree that you participate in the event at your own risk.

2  You understand that you are responsible for ensuring that you have undertaken the necessary preparation and training to participate in the event, that you are sufficiently fit and healthy to participate and that you will comply with all COVID laws and guidelines.

3  You understand that if you have a medical condition that would cause you to doubt whether you can participate in the event, then you will not do so unless you have sought medical advice to confirm your fitness to participate.

4  You will abide by the Countryside Code and understand that the Long Distance Walkers Association will not be held responsible or liable for any loss, damage, action, cost, expense, claim, injury, illness and in worst case scenario, death suffered as a result of your participation.

5  On entering the event, you assume full and complete responsibility for any injury, accident, costs, expenses, damages, losses and any other liabilities which may occur while you are travelling to and from the event and during the event.

Event Rules
1   Entrants agree to be bound by the rules; in all circumstances event officials’ decisions are final.

2   Minimum age for entrants is 16. Entrants below 18 must obtain parent’s consent and be accompanied by a named adult, and other conditions may apply.

3   The maximum time limit of 12 hours and checkpoint closing times will be enforced.

4   Entrants must follow the prescribed route (without mechanical assistance) and ensure their arrival at checkpoints is noted by marshals.

5   No entries on the day. Entries are not transferable.

6   Dogs are not allowed

7   Entrants should carry waterproofs, spare food and drink, and personal first aid items.

Cancellation Policy
Our cancellation policy tries to be fair to both organisers and entrants. We incur costs from the moment of entry. However, we appreciate that entrants plan their events in advance and the unexpected does happen. Therefore, we will offer refunds less a £3 administration charge up to two weeks prior to the event. After that time, no refunds can be given.

Data Protection
Personal information submitted as part of this entry form will be held by the event organisers for a period of up to three years after the event is held for the purposes of managing this event only. I further understand that photographs are likely to be taken at the event, which may be featured in Strider magazine or on LDWA websites. In addition, Summary Information* may be published immediately and may be held in perpetuity for the purposes of providing a record of the event. You will have the right to request that all your personal summary information be anonymised.

*  Summary information is limited to the participant’s name, age, gender, postal town, email address, LDWA membership number, event name and date, distance covered, time recorded.