The Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA)





The Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA)

The LDWA is an Association of people with the common interest of walking long distances in rural, mountainous or moorland areas. By joining the LDWA, you will meet other like-minded long distance walkers and gain access to information on walking events and long distance walking routes all over the UK.

The current cost of joining the LDWA is £13 per annum for which you get a quarterly publication THE STRIDER listing all forthcoming events. However it is not necessary to be a LDWA member to enter their events.

Although the LDWA is essentially for walkers, the Challenge events are normally open to runners with the % split approximately 50 – 50 walkers to runners.

Challenge Events are typically 18miles or 26 miles (normally with both options in each event), off road along footpaths and trails and a few hills thrown in. The cost of entry is low compared to road races (typically in the region of £10). For this you get food and drink at various check points on route and at the end. This would range from water and juice and biscuits, to cake bananas, jelly beans, sweets etc.

The following is a selection of recommended Challenge Events listed on the LDWA website where runners are welcome (note some are non LDWA events):-

It is important to check on the LDWA website whether events are full or not.

Sun 26th Nov 2017 34th Gatliff Marathon 31.3, 21.9 or 12.5ml. (Non LDWA)
Sun 11th Feb 2018 Punchbowl Marathon 30 or 20ml. Surrey
Sun 25th Feb 2018 The New Forest Challenge 26 or 18ml. Wessex
Sun 4th Mar 2018 Pick and Mix loops, of, 12, 8, 6 or 5ml. Beds, Bucks & N'hants
Sun 18th Mar 2018 Doddle West 26ml. Dorset
Sat 24th Mar 2018 Charnwood Marathon 15 or 27ml. (Non LDWA)
Sat 24th Mar 2018 Four Inns Walk 40ml. Peak District
Sat 24th Mar 2018 The Three Shires 29, 27, 22 or 20ml. Staffordshire
Sat 24th Mar 2018 YHA South Wales Three Peaks Trial 20, 18, 15 or 10ml. (Non LDWA)
Sun 25th Mar 2018 Daffodil Dawdle 2018 26 or 18ml. Norfolk & Suffolk
Sun 25th Mar 2018 Devonshire Dumpling 26.2 or 17ml. Cornwall & Devon
Sun 8th Apr 2018 The ’Cyril Bean’ 21st A Coventry Way Challenge 40ml. (Non LDWA)
Sat 14th Apr 2018 40th Calderdale Hike 40 or 25ml. (Non LDWA)
Sat 14th Apr 2018 Wensleydale Wander 23 or 12ml. (Non LDWA)
Sat 14th - Sun 15th Apr 2018 Wye Forest 50 52ml. Bristol & West
Sun 15th Apr 2018 18th Valleys & Views 26, 16, 6 or 3ml. (Non LDWA)
Sat 21st Apr 2018 The Bath Beat 26.7, 21, 17 or 12.5ml. (Non LDWA)
Sun 22nd Apr 2018 Pewsey Downsaround 35, 26.6, 17 or 10ml. Wiltshire
Sat 28th Apr 2018 Derwentwater Dawdle 21 or 18ml. (Non LDWA)
Sun 6th May 2018 Rock Pound The Bounds 26, 18, 13, 9, 6 or 3ml. (Non LDWA)
Sat 12th May 2018 Bala Challenge 20, 14 or 8ml. (Non LDWA)
Sat 12th May 2018 Dorset Coast Circular Walk 22 or 15.5ml. (Non LDWA)
Sat 12th May 2018 Rhondda Rollercoaster 26.5 or 16ml. South Wales
Sat 12th May 2018 Ridgeway 40 Walk 40ml. (Non LDWA)
Sat 12th May 2018 Windmill Way Challenge 26 or 13ml. (Non LDWA)
Sun 13th May 2018 LDWA South Downs Marathon 27ml. Sussex
Sun 13th May 2018 Meridian Meander 26 or 18ml. (Non LDWA)
Sat 19th May 2018 Clun Valley Challenge Walk 26 or 16ml. (Non LDWA)
Sun 20th May 2018 Leaden Boot Challenge 26.2ml. (Non LDWA)



Go to LDWA website HERE