Monday, 14 July 2014

The Wealden Waters 2014

This one has come up a little quicker than I would have wanted but it will be a challenge of my resolve and a desperate need to accomplish something again this year.

The Wealden Waters is a Long Distance Walker's Association (LDWA) challenge in which runners are invited to join in but starting after the walkers, the challenge is thus:

OBJECT: To complete a distance of either 100 or 40km on foot, within a time limit of 26 or 10 hours respectively, in the High Weald area of Kent and Sussex, using only a route description and OS maps. 

 I will of course be taking on the 100km challenge (actually 100.8 km!)

I received a message from my newly found trail buddy Alzbeta whom I met on the Pony Express ultra in May 2014 who lives in Kent and from the sound of it a very experienced long distance eventer and one tough cookie. In the message she announced the route description for The Wealden Waters were up and I was excited to see the following famous Kent and Sussex footpaths:
  • High Weald Landscape Trail
  • Sussex Border Path
  • Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk
  • Vanguard Way
  • Wealdway
Each of these trails, paths or walks are monsters with many downland "undulations" add to this stiles, kissing gates, bridleways and the Ashdown Forest and we have an absolute monster of an event to test ourselves.

I am actually beginning to look forward to this as there is a minimum kit list which requires a full backpack which I always enjoy.


  1. Looks like a great event. Definitely something to get excited about.

  2. I'm "running" this with a couple of local running mates. At least one of us will have a maidstone harrier running top on. Looking forward to this. Done a few others before - 30 odd mile LDWA, but also a 62 mile lapped trail route before. Should be interesting!!