The Chawton Challenge 2022

"The Chawton Challenge" will be based from the Barn at Chawton House, Chawton, Alton, GU34 1SJ, the estate that was once owned by Jane Austen's brother.

Date of Event: Saturday 21st May 2022

Entries Open: 1st January 2022

Entries Close: Sunday 15th May 2022 unless full beforehand. NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT

Courses: 20 Miles or 30 Miles

Entry Limit: 200

Entry Fee: LDWA Members £16; Non-members £22

Online Entry:

Contact: Patrick Fleming


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EVENT: A challenge event for walkers and runners in the heart of Hampshire with a choice of routes, 30 miles in 10 hours and 20 miles in 8 hours starting from Chawton House Barn.

  • The 30-mile route goes to East Worldham before it turns south to Selborne, Shoulder of Mutton Hill and Steep before turning north via Colemore and East Tisted back to Chawton.
  • The 20-mile route follows the same route as far as Empshott Green where it turns west to re-join the 30-mile route at Lodge Farm and north back to Chawton.
  • Refreshments will be available at selected checkpoints. Hot food at the finish for all entrants. (Bring your own mug for use at the designated refreshment stops)
  • Full route information will be available on this page five days prior to the event, in both pdf map and gpx file formats.

START & FINISH: The Barn, Chawton House, GU34 1SJ (Grid Ref: SU 70662 36891)

PARKING: 200 spaces at Chawton House Barn exclusive to entrants. 

START & REGISTRATION TIMES: please do not register ahead of these times if registration is busy, thank-you.

  • Start for the 30-mile walkers at 7:30am, with the registration open from 6:15am
  • Start for the 20-mile walkers at 8:00am, with the registration open from 7:00am
  • Start for both the 30 & 20-Mile runners at 9:00am, with the registration open from 8:00am

SAFETY: All entrants must follow the route provided, checking in at all checkpoints. All retirees must inform an event official.
Event Marshals are authorised to retire anyone failing to comply with the event rules or who in their opinion is unfit to continue or unable to complete within the set time limits. 

EQUIPMENT: All entrants should wear or carry waterproof clothing and be appropriately dressed for walking or running. They must carry with them a suitable map, (electronic versions are acceptable), or a GPS device with the route uploaded.

ENTRIES: Under 18’s restricted to the 20-mile route and must be accompanied at all times by a Parent or Guardian.

GENERAL INFORMATION: No dogs allowed, except assistance dogs