Wye 100 Challenge, May 2019

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After the success of our Highland Challenge, Kidasha’s extreme fundraising adventure is back! This time our supporters will be taking on the Wye 100 challenge – walking or cycling 100km or canoeing 100 miles in the beautiful Wye Valley, all in aid of Kidasha.

This is fundraising with a difference: combining your love of physical outdoor activity and the beauty of nature with the opportunity to raise money for our much-needed work in Nepal.

The end of the Wye 100 Challenge will be marked by a big Kidasha celebration on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May 2019 in Chepstow, celebrating the efforts of all our adventurous fundraisers.The end point is fixed to allow a flexible start time for different groups, so fundraisers can tailor their expedition to individual needs.

How can I join?
We’d love you take on our challenge and put your muscles to the test for others!

To sign up, email enquiries@kidasha.org where you can also find out more about the specific cycling and walking routes which make up this challenge.

We’ll also soon be publishing our Wye 100 fundraising pack with all the materials you’ll need to raise as much money as possible for your efforts. Below is a description of our suggested routes for your intrepid inspiration, but you’re free to plan your own 100km trail.

Our suggested walking route is a 3-day hike in this stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the border between England and Wales. Day One will see you start at Hereford Cathedral and walk to Ross-on-Wye, passing through the beautiful Herefordshire Orchards. Day Two begins with a steep climb to Chase Hill before following the Wye to Monmouth, and the final day will see you hike to Chepstow, passing the iconic Tintern Abbey.

If you’d prefer to cycle, we have two suggested routes for this challenge:

Route 1: Lon Las Cymru from Holyhead to Chepstow
Up for a challenge? Lôn Las Cymru runs for over 250 miles down the whole length of Wales from Holyhead to Chepstow or Cardiff. It is one of the toughest of all the long distance routes on the National Cycle Network – but can also be broken down into shorter sections, including traffic-free routes.

Starting at Holyhead, Anglesey in the north of Wales, cyclists can choose to ride either to Cardiff or Chepstow in the south along the spectacular Lon Las Cymru route. This route encompasses three mountain ranges and runs through the Coed-y-Brenin Forest, Mawddach Estuary and the Wye valley. It’s National Route 8 to 42 on the National Cycle Network and map details can be found here.

Route 2: The Celtic Trail
Our second route is the Celtic Trail, beginning in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire and running to Chepstow castle, passing through Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. You’ll also pass the famous castles at Haverfordwest, Pembroke and Kidwelly as you follow a mix of traffic-free coastal paths, riverside trails and old railway lines. The route is 220 miles and is made up of National Route 4 and Route 47 on the National Cycle Network – find map details here.

Feeling extra adventurous? The Wye 100 canoe challenge is a 100 mile route running from Glasbury to Chepstow, with participants normally taking 4 days – paddling on average 25 miles a day – to complete it. The route encompasses the famous Symonds Yat rapids and ends where the River Wye meets the Severn, passing key landmarks such as Hay-on-Wye, Monnington Falls, Goodrich Castle and Tintern Abbey along the way.