Dorset Giant

Sat 13th - Sun 14th Apr 2019

Route Description and GPX file

 Please download a copy of the route description and bring it on the day as they will not be provided at registration. The GPX file is provided in support of the route description, the definitive descriptor of the route remains the written Route Description.

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      Supporting Information and Mandatory Kit List

Marshals walk results available.

Doddle logoAfter a break in 2016 when the Dorset Group was preoccupied with the Dorset 100, the Dorset Giant is back in 2019. The Dorset Giant is one of the three events comprising the South West Triple Challenge, the other two being the Wye Forest 50 and the Wellington Boot.

This time the event is slightly shorter than previously at 56 miles. It starts and finishes at the Wey Valley School in Broadwey, just north of Weymouth.The route initially goes west though Langton Herring to Abbotsbury. It then goes over Shipton Hill and north to Loders and Mangerton before turning east to Kingcombe and Toller Porcorum and to the evening meal checkpoint at Frampton. The route then continues east to join the Cerne Valley at Godmanstone, then broadly south through Charminster and the eastern edge of Dorchester back to Broadwey.

The duration of the event is 24 hours: from 08:30 on Saturday 13th April to 08:30 on Sunday 14th April.

There will be a rolling start, so you can start any time between 08:30 and 10:00. Fast walkers and runners should start later to avoid being held up at the first checkpoint. Details of checkpoint opening times will be published on this site closer to the event.
Latest finishing time is 08:30 on Sunday.


The event will start and finish at the Wey Valley School, Dorchester Road, Weymouth, DT3 5AN. Participants in previous years' Dorset Giant and in the Dorset 100 will know this venue already. The school is about 2.5 miles north of Weymouth on the old road to Dorchester. The grid reference of the School is SY668827. Click on the Grid Reference for a map.
The school is very accessible by public transport. Upwey station is less than 10 minutes walk away (it is possible to walk through the back way rather than going the long way round on the road), and buses from Weymouth and Dorchester stop outside the school. There is ample parking at the school.
You will not be able to park in the grounds or sleep in the school on the night before the event. There will be a sleeping area available after the event.


Entry costs £18 for LDWA members and £25 for non-members. The entry fee includes a certificate, refreshments at checkpoints, a hot meal in the evening and at the finish. All finishers will get a badge.
No entries on the day. Entries will open on Sunday 28 October 2018. Online entry will be at  SIEntries.

For postal entries (SEF not accepted) please e-mail Chris Pitt at

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 apply to the Event Secretary for conditions of entry.
3.   Time limits 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.   Dogs are not allowed. 
6.   Entrants who are inadequately equipped according to the prevailing conditions will be disqualified. Entrants should carry torch, reflective clothing or reflective marker, waterproofs, warm clothing, spare
food, drink, mug, whistle and personal first aid items.
7.   All entrants must carry OS maps covering the whole route, i.e. Explorer 117 and OL15 or Landranger 194, as well as a compass, and the route description. Maps in electronic format will be allowed provided durability and adequate power supply can be demonstrated if requested by a marshal.
8.   Entry fee less a £3 admin charge will be refunded for cancellations prior to 30th March 2019 only.


Contact Chris Pitt (events secretary) 40 Forest Edge Rd, Wareham, BH20 7BX Tel: 01929 554795 (not after 21.00) E-mail

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. 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.