The history of our challenge walks in words and pictures
Up to date financial details and other information about our fundraising activities
Annual financial details of the totals raised from our Walkers and Corporate Sponsors
Information about The Three Peaks Challenge Walk and the surrounding countryside
Information about The Chatsworth Challenge Walk, and the Chatsworth area.
Preparation, Hints & Tips
Handy tips and sound advice for tackling those demanding challenge walks
Some interesting features associated with our walks
Information about us and why we raise the sponsored funds
All the other bits we couldn’t fit in anywhere else
chatsworthchallenge.com and threepeakschallenge.com are organisers of sponsored challenge walks to raise money for the Dave Owens and Frank Goodall Memorial Fund in support of nominated charities to fund cancer research, prevention, and treatment.
The four charities we currently represent. All of the money raised on our walks go to the four listed cancer charities to fund the research, prev-ention, and treatment of cancer.
More information >>
total funds raised so far
Next Chatsworth Challenge Walk...
Please NOTE: The annual walk is now re-scheduled to MAY
When : Saturday 18th May 2019
Where : Baslow, Derbyshire
Start for 22 Mile Walk: 06.00 hrs
Start for 09 Mile Walk: 11.15 hrs
Notes about all our Challenge Walks
Our walks are well organised and are designed to provide an enjoyable day out for all participants. Whilst we work hard to provide a fun day for everybody, our primary and most important aim of course is to raise funds for donation to the cancer charities we support.
It should be noted that our events are sponsored walks, and participation in the walk is conditional upon the walker being sponsored and raising as much funding as possible.
Minimum Sponsorship Target
We do not set a conditional minimum, but the organisers put a lot of hard work into setting-up and coordinating the event, and the whole event is of course about raising money to donate to cancer charities. In return we ask all walkers to target a minimum of £100.00 individual sponsorship. This is generally achieved with a bit of hard work, perseverance, and gentle persuasion! To date the average amount raised from each participant has been around £200.00. Apart from the small entry fee, that’s about the only request or condition we place on our participants.
Go to Downloads page to get PDF file for Fundraising Tips >>
Checkpoints and retirement
There are checkpoints along the route, and we ask that every walker checks in at each of the stations, and also at the last home registration checkpoint so that we know all walkers have safely completed the course.
Important Note : We always try to ensure that our checkpoints are located at places where there are commercial outlets for food and drink, and also toilet facilities. This may be a village green with a corner shop and public toilets situated nearby, or perhaps a public house.
However, because from year to year we plan our walks over differing routes, it is not always possible to ensure that these facilities are available at the nominated checkpoints. Furthermore, although we make prior checks about the facilities in our planning for the checkpoints, we are not able to guarantee or be responsible for the outlets being open at the stated times. You are therefore advised to be ‘self sufficient’ and ensure that you carry appropriate supplies of food and water with you for your walk. (see ‘food and drink’ below).
Food and drink
Walkers are responsible for their own food and drink, and you should carry plenty of water, especially if the weather is hot. We always provide water at each of the checkpoints so that you can replenish empty bottles.
More information about eating and drinking for the walk >>
Footwear, equipment and maps
Walkers should wear appropriate clothing and suitable footwear. We advise not to wear new socks or boots for the first time on the walk, and remember to bring plasters in case of blisters. Make up a checklist of equipment for yourself, and include waterproof clothing, extra pullovers or a fleece, sun cream, sunglasses, hat, mobile phone etc. And lastly... don’t forget the camera !!
More information about what equipment to take on the walk >>
There are other guidelines which we think will make your day better if you observe them, and we advise reading these to give you a better appreciation of our event. For more information see the following :- About our whole event >> see our Frequently Asked Questions Page
If you need to enquire about anything to do with the walk please contact Gerard Mitchell by any of the following means:-
E-mail E-mail Gerard
Mobile 07775 607 406
We want your support !
If you wish to take part in the walk please get the Application Form. For inclusion onto the Walk Register you must complete and submit the Application Form. Once we have your completed form we’ll provide you with full details from that point on.
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Chatsworth Challenge Walk
Summary Information about the next Challenge Walk
See advertised date above
Baslow, Derbyshire, DE45 1SR
There are two walks available to participants. These are :-
Walk 1 : 22 Miles
Walk 2 : 9 Miles
Expected times for average walkers
22 Mile Walk : Approximately 7.5 to 10.0 hours
09 Mile Walk : Approximately 3.5 to 4.5 hours
The Village Green, Baslow, Derbyshire.
Both walks start and finish at this same point.
22 Mile Walk : 06:00 hrs prompt
9 Mile Walk : 11:15 hrs prompt
£ 5.00 (does not apply to anyone under the age of 16 on the day of the walk).
1) There is a mandatory check-in procedure for all entrants. Walkers are kindly asked to arrive no later than 20 minutes prior to the advertised start time of the walk.
2) Please note that this is a SPONSORED WALK, and you will be invited to raise sponsorship and submit the sponsored funds direct to our Charities Operating Account.
A note about the start times: The start times for each walk are staggered so that 22 mile walkers and 9 mile walkers complete their walks at approximately the same time. This means families and friends can do different walks, but meet back at Baslow together. Because of this the start times shown above are prompt starts.
The Devonshire Arms is a family run hotel and inn, very close to Chatsworth park, in the village of Baslow. Situated next to the Village Green, and only a few yards from our start and finish point.
The Devonshire is actually our final checking off point, and as well as serving excellent food, it provides a perfect last stop at the end off a tiring day for our thirsty walkers.
2007 Chatsworth Challenge
2007 Chatsworth Challenge
Photos taken on some of our earlier Chatsworth walks
3 Peaks : Crown Pub in Horton
3 Peaks : Farm shop near Whernside
Photos taken on one of our previous walks - The
Three Peaks Challenge which we no longer do.
‘‘ Your challenge is to turn up and have a great day out walking with family and friends (some new!), and raise valuable funds in support of our four supported cancer charities’’ ... Can you take the challenge ?
For NEW applicants and for full details about the walk...
For returning walkers who require the single sheet Application Form only...
Check the Walk rating Guide to see how you measure up to our different challenge walks
A steady walk : You don’t need to be an experienced walker, but you should be healthy and fit enough to be able to walk the distance.
A long walk :
You should have basic experience of hiking long distances. Use of a map and compass is an advantage but not essential. Walkers should have a good level of fitness.
A challenging walk :
For experienced and regular walkers. Training is strongly advised before the walk and you should have a good level of health and fitness
Our Challenge Walks
Boot Rating Guide
Notes about The Chatsworth Challenge Walk
The Chatsworth Challenge is our ever popular 2 distance walk around the stunning peaks and countryside of the Chatsworth area of Derbyshire.
Walkers of all ages and abilities are able to take part in this twin distance event which is based upon long and short circular walks over approximately twenty two miles and eight to nine miles respectively.
There are two circular walks in the one event … a longer walk for the fit and adventurous, and a less strenuous shorter walk. Both walks start and finish at the Village Green in Baslow which has hotels, B&B’s and campsites close, and we very often have parties who travel and stay over.
The walk start times are staggered so that both walks finish at around the same time. This allows groups of families and friends who wish to take part in different walks to do so, and meet up at the finishing line within an hour or so of each other. (The finish line and final checkpoint (unless otherwise noted) is the ‘Devonshire Arms’ pub just off the Village Green in Baslow, which serves excellent food).
It is not a race, and there are no winners or losers. The two walks are designed to provide a walking day out for everybody, with participants free to choose either of the walks which they feel is most personally suitable. Your ‘Challenge’ is to turn up, have a good day out walking with friends and family, and raise funds for less fortunate cancer sufferers!
How to Enter
It’s so simple. Just download the application form, complete the details, and send it in to us with your cheque to cover the entry fee.
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How to get there
To find Baslow on the map just look to the left of Chesterfield which is off junction 29 of the M1. Set your Sat-Nav guidance to DE45 1SR.
Go to Downloads page to get Directions to Baslow Car Park >
Chatsworth Challenge Advertising Poster
Download the above Poster advertising our next walk, to put up in your local pub, club, or place of work etc.
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> Get Walk Application here
“It is almost difficult to find the words to adequately express our appreciation of what you have done in raising £2,330 for the OPA.”
Oesophageal Patients Ass.
chatsworthchallenge.com are organisers of fund raising challenge walks in support of the Dave Owens and Frank Goodall Memorial Fund to raise monies for nominated charities in support of cancer research, prevention, and treatment.
Text : Philip Lynskey : Gerard Mitchell
Images : Philip Lynskey; Calendar by http://www.calendarpedia.com
Both the 22 mile and the 09 mile walks start at the Village Green Car Park, adjacent to the Village Hall on Church Lane, at Nether End in Baslow.
The walks finish at the Devonshire Arms Hotel on the village green just a few yards away from the starting point at the Car Park, where walkers usually assemble for a drink.
Google Earth view of the start and finish points for the Chatsworth Challenge Walks. (click to enlarge)