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 2021: Saturday May 1st

Results of 2019 Challenge - here

Arabella*STAR STORY: Arabella is aged 12, and having taken part in the EXMOOR YOUTH CHALLENGE last year when at Kentisbeare School she was keen to take part this year, now that she is at Uffculme School. Sadly, or course, this year's Challenge has had to be cancelled, and she was extremely disappointed. Her mother has told us -

Nevertheless, Arabella was determined she wanted to walk the equivalent of the 16 mile challenge but around the perimeter of her parents' farm, which worked out as 27 laps!

So on the Sunday rather than Saturday due to Farm Yard Health and Safety she set off. I really don’t think she knew how hard walking around in a circle would be.

She started at 9.42 and finished at 15.50! I am so proud of her and feel the Rotary Club should know. It was all last minute and she didn’t raise any money but as a family we would like to send the Rotary Club a small donation. If you let me know who and where to send it.

I’m a walker and I love the event and sad Arabella won’t be able to do it next year due to age.


ArabellaTarr Steps is her favourite spot and that was lunch and the puppy is called Tarr after Tarr Steps and the Exmoor Challenge.


Arabella 3As you will see it got too much at one point. That was with half a mile to go and the Fitbit (old and second hand) I’m not sure was working correctly. She checked her distance and it wasn’t but determined to walk 16 miles on the Fitbit she actually walked a bit further.


WELL DONE ARABELLA! We at the Exmoor Rotary Club are extremely proud of what you have achieved - we will of course be sending you a finisher's medal! We particularly liked your virtual check point 'Tarr Steps'!

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: Plase 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.


2020: Juniors must be over 10 and under 14 years on 1 Sept 2019; Seniors must  be under 17 years on 1 Sept 2019. 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 2020 RYC 02

Entry Form 2020 RYC 03

Principles of Challenge 2020 RYC 25

Sponsorship Form 2020

Notes for Competitors 2020 RYC 06

Electronic Timing 2020 RYC 27

Note to Supporters 2020 RYC 10

Electronic Timing - short video

Equipment List 2020 RYC 35

Child Protection Policy 2020 RYC 13

Advice on Training 2020 RYC 28

Risk Assesment 2020 RYC 12


Tick Bites Leaflet


ROUTE 2020 RYC 08


Letter from the Children's Hospice SW 2020

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.