Capital Challenge, Saturday 15th April 2023

The 7th Capital Challenge, Saturday 15th April 2023: 26 miles




Celebrating the best of London's green spaces, this urban walk uses almost completely mud-free paths through public parks, fine town squares, waterways and green spaces. Simple refreshments are offered at the start, finish, and three checkpoints along the way.  The route passes a wide variety of shops and cafes along much of its length and the route description points out items of historical and cultural interest along the way.  Start & finish are close to public transport.  There is a limit of 200 entrants.  This event is for walkers only.
This Capital Challenge route was originally planned as a live challenge event in 2020 but had to be cancelled due to the pandemic regulations at the time. In 2021 it was held as an anytime event and so we are very excited to be holding this event as a live challenge event in 2023.


Crossing the Thames from the South Bank, the 2023 route passes through six Royal Par

ks, starting with Victoria Tower Gardens and ending with Brompton Cemetery, and passing through Holland Park and several historic neighbourhoods along the way.  It then re-crosses the Thames to wend through the parks, wooded areas, and historically or architecturally interesting districts of Battersea, Clapham, Dulwich, and Sydenham, ending with a tour of Crystal Palace Park and a hot drink and cake to finish the day.  As with the original route, this new route strikes a balance between well-known areas of the city and hidden treasures that are seldom visited, with a few surprises thrown in. 

In 2023 the event is being held on Saturday 15th April.


Route Description/GPX file:





Start, Checkpoints and Finish:

Start between 0745 and 0845 from Waterloo. Hot drinks will be provided.  All entrants will receive a scannable identity card to present at each checkpoint and finish to track progress.  The start is close to Waterloo Station (mainline and tubes) and a short walk from Embankment Station (District, Circle, Bakerloo and Northern tube lines). 

Checkpoints at Brompton Cemetery, Clapham Common, and Dulwich Wood.  Checkpoints will provide simple refreshments, all suitable for vegetarians, but NO BOTTLED WATER, to reduce the amount of plastic waste this walk generates; instead, the route description will point out water fountains along the way and we will, where possible, provide pitchers of good old hard London tap water at checkpoints.

Finish by 1900 at St Hugh’s Community Centre. Hot drinks and cake will be provided. From the finish there is easy access to train stations at Crystal Palace, Penge West, and Anerley (overground lines with connections to tube stations). 

Entries Open:  Friday 04th November 2022


Entry fees:

LDWA Members: £15

Non-members: £25

Note to those who are not members of the LDWA: annual membership of the LDWA costs £18 for individuals (£15 with direct debit); to join, visit

Entry process:

Entries are now closed as the event is fully booked. 

Please note there will be no entry on the day.


Young people:

Participants aged between 11 and 18 years (inclusive) will be required to complete and bring with them to the event a completed copy of the parental consent form.
  Participants under 16 will need to be accompanied by an adult.  Please contact the event organiser to request a copy of the consent form.  


Results and timings:

We will use electronic registration and tracking so that results can be published on the LDWA London website with split times immediately after the event. If you prefer your name to be withheld, please tell us. All in-time finishers will receive a certificate.


The Capital Challenge is organised by Marie Heracleous.   

All enquiries regarding this event should be directed to Marie at:


Donations and Refunds:

A proportion of participants’ fees will be donated to local charities.