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


HQ Emergency Contact Number: 07340 516351 (For use on the day only)

COVID 19All information provided is provisional and subject to change based on the appropriate government guidelines.  Last-minute alterations may be necessary to comply with changes to Covid regulations. Updates will be available on this webpage. 

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.
  • For the elevational profiles please follow these links: The Chawton Challenge Elevational Profiles (jpg file)   The Chawton Challenge Elevational Profiles (pdf file)
  • 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)

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

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

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

TOILETS: Toilet facilities are available near the main house and near the Barn (HQ).

START & REGISTRATION TIMES: Registration is at the Barn, our Headquarters for the event (HQ).
Confirm your event details and contact number for the day at registration to receive your numbered wristband to be worn during the event.

Registration Times are:

  • 30-mile walkers                      from 06:15              start time 07:30
  • 20-mile walkers                      from 07:00              start time 08:00
  • 20 & 30-mile runners          from 08:00              start time 09:00

If the registration desk is busy, please do not register ahead of your allotted time.

DRINKS: Free hot and cold drinks available to entrants from 06:45 and throughout the day.  BRING A MUG.

ROUTE: The route is unmarked. Download the "gpx" file or "pdf" of the route here: All the files for the Chawton 30   &  All the files for the Chawton 20   or see below for individual files:

Chawton Challenge 30:
pdfs for printing/reading; Chawton 30 Route (1 no A3 Sheet)  Chawton 30 Route (4 no A4 Sheets)  Chawton 30 Route Checkpoints
gpx for use on GPS devices/phones:
 Chawton 30 Route GPX 
  or  Chawton 30 Route GPX without embedded Checkpoint Marks

Chawton Challenge 20:
pdfs for printing/reading; Chawton 20 Route (1 no A3 Sheet)  Chawton 20 Route (3 no A4 Sheets)  Chawton 20 Route Checkpoints
gpx for use on GPS devices/phones:
 Chawton 20 Route GPX
  or Chawton 20 Route GPX without embedded Checkpoint Marks

CHECKPOINTS: Arrive at each checkpoint within the times it is open. Report to the Checkpoint Marshal and have your wristband number checked. You will be asked to show the Marshal your wristband number. If arriving after the closing time you will be retired from the event. Transport will be arranged to return you to HQ.

SAFETY: Any retiree must inform event officials that they have done so, either tell a Checkpoint Marshal or phone HQ. Please DO NOT just leave the event.
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: Map & Compass or GPS / Mobile. We strongly advise all entrants to carry a map (hard copy) of the route.

YOUR OWN MUG will be required for drinks; before, during and after the event.
Carry sufficient food and drink, as checkpoints only offer light snacks and cold drinks.
Carry suitable clothing for the prevailing weather conditions.
We also advise you carry, a whistle, a first aid kit and hand sanitiser.

COMMUNICATION: Carry a mobile phone. NOTE- If the number of this is different to the one you registered with, please inform the official at registration so it may be changed.
Make sure you have the events Emergency Contact Number, which is 07340 516351

CAUTION: Take care when crossing or walking on roads.
Marshals will be located at some road crossings, but it is your responsibility to exercise caution and be aware of traffic when crossing or walking on roads.

FINISH: On arrival at the Finish, register your completion at the registration desk to receive your time and Certificate.

LIGHT MEAL: After completing the event all entrants are offered a free light meal when presenting their numbered wristband at the servery.
Meal Choices:   

  • Bacon Bap
  • Sausage Bap
  • Vegetable Soup & Roll
    Selection of hot and cold drinks. BRING A MUG

GENERAL INFORMATION: No dogs allowed, except assistance dogs.

IMPORTANT EVENT INFORMATION: To download a PDF version of the Important Event Information clink on this link.