Capital Challenge, Saturday 6th April 2024

The 8th Capital Challenge, Saturday 6th April 2024: 28 miles


Launched in 2017, the Original Route for the Capital Challenge is a 28-mile urban challenge walk organised by the London Group to celebrate the capital. It passes through some of London's best open spaces including Royal Parks, Hampstead & Highgate, the Woodberry Wetlands, the River Lea, and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and it includes some surprises along the way. The route is almost completely mud-free and passes a wide variety of shops and cafés along much of its length. There are 4 checkpoints, 2 with simple refreshments; the finish is at a café close to public transport. 28 miles; 200 walkers only.

The event is being held on Saturday 6th April 2024


Route Description/GPX file:







Entry fees:

Members: £16 

Non members: £27

Note to those who are not members of the LDWA: annual membership of the LDWA costs £18 for individuals to join, visit

Refunds will only be given if cancellation is received before the 15th February 2024.

A portion of the fees will be donated to local charities.


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 16 years (inclusive) will be required to complete and bring with them to the event a completed copy of the parental consent form. You can download a copy of this form by clicking here


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. All finishers receive a certificate of completion.


The Capital Challenge is organised by Marie Heracleous.   

You can contact her at this email:



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 will provide simple refreshments, some will be suitable for vegetarians / vegans, 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 1830. Hot drinks and cake will be provided.


To keep you on your toes: 

Can you spot the following blue plaques and other memorials en-route?   Click here for the list: Capital_Challenge_2024_Blue_Plaque_Spotting.docx