Events - Frequently Asked Questions
A. LDWA-organised events are usually at least 20 miles in length but some offer shorter distances too. The flagship LDWA Hundred is held every year on the second bank holiday in May. (Yes, that’s right; people do walk 100 miles in one go, without sleep. You may end up being one of them!)
A. You don’t have to be an LDWA member to take part in a Challenge Event, although it usually saves you some money so it’s worth joining if you plan to do several events.
You may want to try a few Social Walks before you join. It’s usually worth contacting the walk leader in advance to let them know you are coming. You will be welcome and there is no fee. They are listed online here.
A. Our challenge event and group walk pages list all events that have been notified to us and meet our criteria. If you need more information about a particular event, have a look at the event website or contact the event organiser.
A. Where an event states ‘SEF acceptable’ you may use a Standard Entry Form, available to download here. Some events have their own entry form which will either be available from the event website or from the event organiser.
A. Please enter in advance if you can! Some events do not allow ‘on the day’ entries. If an event states a deadline for entering then this is strictly adhered to and no late entries will be allowed. This is normally the case in longer distance events, such as the Hundred, which cannot cater for last-minute entries.
If an event does allow ‘on the day’ entries, expect to pay more than early entrants. You also run the risk of the event being full so it’s worth entering in advance if you can. Conversely, you also run the risk of the event not happening at all if you don’t enter in advance, as organisers need a minimum number of entrants for their events to go ahead.
A. Not if you can’t see ‘SEF acceptable’ in the detail about the event. Some events have their own entry forms for good reasons, eg, because they have particular kit you need to carry or because you need to give team information. Please stick to what the organiser has asked for!
A. Yes, if your event meets our requirements for a long distance walking event. Click on the following link for further details. It’s a free service.
A. Great. Have a look at our event organisers’ bible, our ‘Guidelines for Organising a Long Distance Walking Event’.
A. A Challenge Walk is an organised walking event with a set route and checkpoints on the way round. These are usually at least 25 miles but some offer shorter versions too. Most Challenge Walks have route descriptions to help you find your way. You will find regular checkpoints normally every 5 miles or so where you will be given refreshments and a chance to rest if you need it. Events differ so check what is on offer.
LDWA Groups organise events and so do other organisations like scouts and charities. We list both. LDWA Challenge Walks are open to non-members but usually cost more than for members. If you plan to do several Challenge Walks then why not join us – you will soon save your subscription?
A. The “challenge” is a personal one; it is not a race. You walk at your own pace and can stop for rests at checkpoints. If you think you can manage the distance then why not give it a go?
A. An LDWA Group social walk is a day walk led by a member of one of our local groups. Everyone walks together and follows the leader so there is no need to navigate. These are usually about 20 miles and walked at a fairly moderate pace, though you will find it brisker than you may be used to while your stamina improves. You may need to take a packed lunch or at least some snacks and plenty of water with you. The leader will decide where to stop on the day, usually at elevenses, lunch and mid-afternoon.
Some local groups also offer shorter evening walks in the summer. Why not contact them and find out.
Some groups organise overnight walks and longer walks, useful for training for night and endurance events.
A. Wear what you would normally wear for a day’s walk. Some Challenge Events have kit lists, in which case you should make certain you have everything on that list with you on the day.
A. Each section of this website contains separate Frequently Asked Questions pages, so if you haven't found what you want here please try one of the following:
- LDWA Frequently Asked Questions
- Membership Frequently Asked Questions
- Events Frequently Asked Questions
- Local Groups Frequently Asked Questions
- Long Distance Paths Frequently Asked Questions
- Hillwalkers Register Frequently Asked Questions
- National Trails Register Frequently Asked Questions
- Other Frequently Asked Questions
If still cannot find the answer to your question then please contact the relevant member of the National Committee.