Chess Valley Challenge

Chess Valley Challenge

The Chess Valley Challenge is back!

Join us on Sunday 26th September to take on the scenic 10-mile walk. 

Sign up today using our booking form below.

Challenge yourself, friends and family to walk the 10-mile Chess Valley Way and raise funds for the Trust on this sponsored walking event.  This lovely self-guided walk between Rickmansworth to Chesham is an ideal way of exploring the beautiful Chess Valley.  Bring a picnic and plan a day out with family or friends.  The walk is well signposted and it will be easy to maintain social distancing at all times.

Last year over 80 people joined us for the Chess Valley Challenge, and raised over £4000 to help protect wildlife – thank you to everyone that took part!

As a thank you for fundraising for the Trust, participants will receive a branded reusable metal water bottle on completion of the walk. 

We will provide you with a well-marked map and the whole route is clearly marked.  Many of the paths are wide and there are plenty of spaces to pass other walkers to maintain a suitable distance.  

The walk was amazing - beautiful scenery and we were lucky with the weather too. We would definitely be up for it again next year!
Jo
2019 Chess Valley Challenge

About the challenge

Challenge yourself, friends and family to walk the 10-mile Chess Valley Way and raise funds for the Trust on this sponsored walking event. This event is a great way to see the beautiful Chess valley while supporting local wildlife. 

Discover the beautiful River Chess, walk through our stunning Frogmore Meadows Nature Reserve, explore lovely old villages and country pubs. The walk passes through the beautiful scenery of the Chess Valley and several attractive villages and at times gets close to the clear sparkling waters of the River Chess, one of the Chilterns' famed chalk streams. 

As a thank you for fundraising for the Trust, participants will receive a branded reusable water bottle. 

Route

The route is a 10-mile linear walk starting, or finishing at either end between Rickmansworth and Chesham. You can opt for a shorter walk by taking a detour off the main route to either Chorleywood station (approx 4.5 miles from Rickmansworth) or Chalfont & Latimer station (approx 7 miles from Rickmansworth) making this Challenge walk suitable for all the family.  Have a look at our interactive route map here. 

Cost

  • Adult - £15
  • Child - £5
  • Family (2 adults and 2 children) - £35
  • Team (6 adults) - £75

Registration Pack

We will email your registration pack shortly after registering, including details of the walk, where to stop for breaks, alternative shorter routes and how to start your fundraising!

Raising funds for wildlife

There is no minimum sponsorship requirement, but if you would like to raise funds to protect local wildlife we suggest a target of £50, or as much as you much you can! It's easy to get started simply, set up your fundraising page using the link below.

Start fundraising

Useful Information

This is a self-guided walk.  Please follow the signs and keep to the footpaths at all times.  Participants will be responsible for their own well-being and are recommended to bring a first aid kit, plenty of water and refreshments.  There are several nearby pubs en route but additional toilet provisions along the route are not available.

Dogs are very welcome!

Return transport by train is at the participant's cost (approx £1.60 per person).

We have followed the Government guidance to enable this walk to be ‘COVID-19 Secure’ and have undertaken a risk assessment to ensure we have both identified the necessary controls and put them in place, to protect members of the public.

Chess Valley Challenge 2019

Chess Valley Challenge 2019

Chess Valley Challenge 2019

Chess Valley Challenge 2019

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Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust is running the Chess Valley Challenge 2021 in partnership with Affinity Water.

Affinity Water is working in partnership with Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust to conserve and enhance their sites for wildlife and so that they are valued, used and enjoyed by their respective local communities.

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