Rotary Club of Exmoor

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!

2016: Saturday April 30. Results of 2016 Challenge - here

  • ROTARY EXMOOR YOUTH CHALLENGE: The video made during the 2012 event is available on-line. You can view it here. Enjoy.
    It is filmed in HD so should look OK full-screen size.

CHANGES IN ENTRY PROCEDURES FROM 2014: To make the process fairer, particularly to smaller schools and other youth orgnaisations, this will no longer be 'first come, first served'. All entries will need to be in by 23rd January and it is only at this stage that we will allocate the places.

ELECTRONIC TIMING: New this year is 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 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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There 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.

Safety 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 RAYNET, 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.

Exmoor Search & Rescue



2016: Juniors must be over 10 and under 14 years on 1 Sept 2015; Seniors must  be under 17 years on 1 Sept 2015. You can download information in Acrobat PDF format here: (Note there could be some minor changes at a later date).

Contact Team Entries Organiser Barney Hopkinson:

General Information 2016

Entry Form 2016

Principles of Challenge 2016

Junior/Senior Route 2016

Equipment List 2016

Sponsorship Form 2016

Note to Supporters 2016

Electronic Timing 2016

Note for Helpers 2016

Tick Bites Leaflet

Team Names Registration 2016

Child Protection Policy

Notes for Competitors 2016


Those on our Youth Challenge may be interested in the 'LETTERBOX TRAIL ON DARTMOOR' organised by the Tiverton Rotary Club. This is a treasure-hunt suitable for children and adults, and costs just £2.50. See a poster here - and get clues at the end of the Youth Challenge at Dulverton School.


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.

Child Protection Policy: for events such as the Rotary Exmoor Youth Challenge and other work with young people, the club has a Child and Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy. You can download a copy here.