Exmoor Rotary Club

Rotary Exmoor: Youth Challenge

This Challenge has become a very popular event over the last few years - over 100 teams of young people take part, some from over 100 miles away!

Next Challenge: Saturday April 30 2022

Results of 2019 Challenge - here

Exmoor ChallngeWell done to Annabelle, Sophia, and Annabelle for deciding to do thier own 2021 Challenge on Exmoor after the main event had to be cancelled:

"We all had a fun, yet challenging day out, but we found it worth the effort raising money for such a great cause. "

These three girls raised £490 for Children's Hospice SW - what a great example of how to avchieve a great goal, and to fundraise for such a good cause. Great girls!


It is with the greatest regret that we have to announce the Cancellation of this year’s postponed Exmoor Youth Challenge due to take Place on Saturday 26th June 2021.

The reason for the Cancellation is due to the 4 week delay by the Government, following the recent surge in Delta variant cases, of the relaxing of the Covid restrictions scheduled for the 21st of June on which we were depending to run the event safely. The failure to relax restrictions and in particular the continuing of restrictions of numbers gathering means we cannot comply and so, with great  regret, we have no option but to cancel the organised event.

Before taking this unwelcome decision I have today been in touch with Public Health England SW in Totnes who are sympathetic but say the Authority for providing authoritative advice lies with the respective County Councils. I had already made contact with both the Somerset and Devon County Council experts and the advice from Somerset and Devon is that regretfully we cannot continue with the event.

We have tried to do all we could to keep alive the possibility of running the event this year. We appreciate that all those who have been training to take part in the event, together with those who have been training them, and the well over 100 volunteers, who have been preparing to help run the event on the day will be very disappointed by this enforced cancellation but we have had no other choice.

Hopefully we will be able to conduct next year's event along normal lines on Saturday 30th April 2022 (the Saturday of the early May bank holiday weekend). We are dependant on the help of all of you for the safe running of this great event and hope you will be able to support us next year.

Alan Woolley
Exmoor Rotary Club
01398 332195

CHANGES IN ENTRY PROCEDURES FROM 2014: To make the process fairer, particularly to smaller schools and other youth organisations, this will no longer be 'first come, first served'. All entries will need to be in by 25th January and it is only at this stage that we will allocate the places.

ELECTRONIC TIMING: Again this year we have a system of electronic timing for each leg of the walk. Each team will carry a memory chip which will need to be inserted into a small machine at each checkpoint - it is up to the team leader to make sure this happens at the appropriate time! At the end the chip is handed in and the information downloaded to a computer for processing. Details of the system and a short video are given in a download below.

SPONSORSHIP: Please make cheques payable to 'Rotary Club of Exmoor' - this means we can make a formal presentation to Children's Hospice South West which gives good publicity to them and also to our event.

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Exmoor Search & RescueThere are 4 people in a team, and they have to follow a 16 mile route which is not marked - so following instructions, map-reading, and compass skills are essential. There are a series of check-points along the route and each leg has to be done in a pre-determined time - points are deducted if teams arrive too early or too late, and those who get very tired and lag too much are pulled out of the challenge. Only those who successfully complete the event are presented with a medal.

Exmoor Radio ClubSafety is paramount in having over 600 children spread across a desolate area of moorland - check points are kept in radio-contact with the control room by Exmoor Radio Club, many of our club members are supplemented by those from Tiverton and Exe Valley Rotary Clubs as well as non-Rotarians, and we are grateful for the services of the Exmoor Rangers, Exmoor Search & Rescue, and St John Ambulance.


2021: Juniors must be over 10 and under 14 years on 1 Sept 2020; Seniors must  be under 17 years on 1 Sept 2020. You can download information in Acrobat PDF format here: (Note there could be some minor changes at a later date).

Contact Team Entries Organiser: youth-challenge@exmoor-rotary.org.uk

General Information 2021 RYC 02

Entry Form 2021 RYC 03

Principles of Challenge 2021 RYC 25

Sponsorship Form 2021

Notes for Competitors 2021 RYC 06

Electronic Timing 2021 RYC 27

Note to Supporters 2021 RYC 10 EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS - Covid precautions!

Electronic Timing - short video

Equipment List 2021 RYC 35

Child Protection Policy 2021 RYC 13

Advice on Training 2021 RYC 28

Risk Assesment 2021 RYC 12

ROUTE Junior/Senior 2021 RYC 08 NB Changed!

Tick Bites Leaflet

Team Names Sheet 2021 RYC07

Notes for helpers2021 RYC15

Letter from the Children's Hospice SW 2021

A remarkable map is available on line showing Devon paths in amazing detail - try zooming in!

Exmoor - Moorland

Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership have produced a special Moorland Classroom pack for the Challenge.

"We are so grateful for the promotion of the free resource. We have now engaged with over 4000 children and again I think the work of the Exmoor Challenge is amazing."

Natinal Lotery & Exmoor National Park

Archive Pictures from earlier events.