Info: New entries for this event closed on Saturday 19th August 2023 at 18:00.
Is it possible to cross Wales in one day by foot?
Yes, and for the last fifty-nine years West Birmingham Hostelling Group, and its successor The Across Wales Walk Association, have organised the Across Wales Walk: an event now recognised as one of the regular classics of the challenge walking calendar.
What's included in my entry fee?
Unlike many other events The Across Wales Walk follows a linear route, i.e. starting and finishing at either end of some of the roughest, remotest yet loveliest countryside Wales has to offer. Accordingly, this event offers a full weekend package comprising:
**New for 2023: en suite accommodation in Rosser Halls at Aberystwyth University**
Please note that the price of accommodation at Clun and transport to the start, from the finish to Halls of residence, and from Aberystwyth back to Clun are included in all entry packages. However it would be appreciated if entrants could advise us during the booking process if any of these services are not required.
How far is it, where does it start and finish, and how long will it take?
Nominally the route is 45 miles long from the English border at Anchor near Clun in Shropshire, to the Welsh coast at Clarach Bay near Aberystwyth. How long it takes is up to you: the record times are 7 hours 22 minutes for the pre-1996 route by Carolyn Hunter-Rowe and 7 hours 51 minutes for the post-1996 route by Denis Jolly. Both of these times were achieved through running of course! However, the average completion is usually around 14 hours in which time one finishes the event in daylight. Note that the event has an 18 hour time limit.
Who can take part, and what is the route like ?
The Across Wales Walk is open to both walkers and runners. Whilst we welcome those attempting completion in fast times, the event is not a race. To comply with The Adventure Activities Licensing Regulations 1996, entrants under 18 will be required to provide a declaration from a parent or guardian to enter and must be accompanied throughout the event by an adult nominated at the time of application (two under-18s per adult maximum). Should the nominated adult retire, the accompanied under-18 entrant must also retire unless another participant will accept responsibility for them in writing.
The recommended route traverses paths, tracks, unclassified roads and open country, including Plynlimon at 2467 ft. Almost every type of terrain is encountered: tarmac, rough track, forest, farmland, open moorland and bog. This is frequently negotiated under the extremes of British weather in September: in addition to ideal conditions for walking, snow, strong winds, low cloud, sweltering heat and heavy rain have all featured over the years. Not surprisingly therefore, the event requires strength, stamina and endurance. Accordingly, is strongly recommended that participants will have recently completed a one-day challenge walk of at least 30 miles over similar terrain before attempting this event. Also note that the ability to navigate over a variety of terrain using a map and compass, in both inclement weather and the hours of darkness, is an essential requirement.
Whilst there are other tougher events, The Across Wales Walk is not recommended as an introduction to challenge walking!
Please visit www.acrosswaleswalk.co.uk for more information, hints and tips. Those new to challenge walking and, in particular, The Across Wales Walk should acquaint themselves with all the information contained within prior to registration.
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