Welcome


Welcome to the website of the Cornwall and Devon LDWA.

We are one of over 40  groups throughout the country that represent the Long Distance Walkers Association at local level.

The LDWA's stated aim is 'to further the interests of those who enjoy long distance walking' something which the Cornwall and Devon group does through its calendar of  group social walks, organisation of challenge walks and help at checkpoints.

Our first group walk was held on 23rd March 1980, since then we must have collectively walked many thousands of miles and are still going strong!

 Group Walks

You will find our walks programme on this website. It is also published in the LDWA national magazine Strider and on the national LDWA website.

Group walks usually take place on a Sunday, they are open to all LDWA members irrespective of where they reside. New walkers considering joining the LDWA may try two group walks before taking out membership.

In Cornwall & Devon, we will usually be walking on the 3rd Sunday of the month, for approximately 20 miles (30 – 35 Km). The leader is in charge of the details of the walk, but, in general, the walk will usually start at 9:00 am, with a tea break at about 11:00 am, lunch by 13:15pm, and an afternoon tea break between 15:00/15:30 pm. Depending on pace, terrain and weather conditions, the walk will normally be finished by 17:00pm. Sometimes on the same day, a shorter, slightly slower walk is available, from the same starting point. We also have Walking At Slower Pace (WASP) walks; the leader is in charge of details of the walk, but, in general, the walk will usually start at 9:00 am, with a tea break at about 11:00 am, lunch by 13:15pm, and an afternoon tea break between 15:00/15:30 pm. Depending on pace, terrain and weather conditions, the walk will normally be finished about 18:30pm. 

 Challenge Walks

We usually organise three challenge walks throughout the year, where entrants can test themselves mentally and physically, on routes via defined checkpoints within a specific maximum time limit.              

LDWA challenge walks are open to all, although there may be restrictions on persons under 18 years of age. These walks represent extremely good value for money as the entry fee includes refreshments (often homemade cake etc), a certificate and great memories between old and new friends. Book early to avoid disappointment.

 

Our 2021 challenge walks are:

September: Chagford Challenge: 30, 20 and 17 miles on the eastern section and fringes of Dartmoor.

Details of these events can be seen either by clicking on their name or click on future events on the menu above.

In addition every three years we organise the Wellington Boot, a 100km (62miles) walk in Somerset based at Wellington. .

This walk is part of the South West Triple Challenge. To complete the challenge walkers must also complete the Wye Forest 50 (organised by Bristol and West LDWA) and for 2019 the Dorset Giant  in consecutive years.

 The next Wellington Boot will be held in 2021, due to Covid 19 restrictions we will be making this an anytime, self supported challenge walk that can be completed between mid July and the end of September. See the event page on this site for details.

  The Cornwall and Devon group has a long tradition of willingness to travel any distance every year to manage a checkpoint on the Hundred, dispensing great hospitality and good cheer in equal measure.

  So  if you're interested in walking, why not give us a try ?

  If you are a member and have helped out on any of our challenge events - don't forget you can make a claim to help to cover the costs of items such as cake ingredients or mileage. go to the Expense Claim Form page under the miscellaneous menu.