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Best Time of Year: Year Round

Max alt:  100

Dist:  39km

Min age:  18

Duration:  1

Cotswold Mega Challenge

Multi Activity Adventure

Get ready for an action packed day - Paddle, Trek, Cycle and Swing across the beautiful Cotswold Water Park! This itinerary is fully customisable, and you can opt for a different combination - from our selection of orienteering / trail running / cycling / high ropes / raft building / canoeing and paddleboarding.

Located just a stones throw away from Swindon this series of lakes has created an adventurous outdoors playground. Clear lakes, beautiful scenery and a wildlife haven makes this a unique location to test yourself on this multi activity challenge. Our day begins by Canoe on one of the Water Park's 150 plus lakes. Once off the water you will then depart by bike on flat roads through the beautiful Cotswold countryside passing traditional Cotswold villages. Your aerial challenge awaits at the end of your cycle. Take to the skies on Jacobs Ladder, High All Aboard or an Aerial Trapeze - this is not a challenge for the faint hearted! On completion of the 'leap of faith' we start weaving our way back to where it all began, negotiating the maze of lakes the Water Park is made up of. This promises to be great day.



Day One
19:00 - Meet at overnight accommodation. challenge brief and dinner.

Day Two
08:00 - Breakfast
08:40 - Depart Accommodation
09:00 - Canoe Expedition - Approx 7km
11:00 - Come off the Water
11:15 - Depart on Cycle - Approx 30km
12:45 - Lunch - Somerford Keynes, then cycle to Aerial Adventure
14:00 - Aerial Adventure
16:00 - Begin Trek - Approx 7km
17:30 - Arrive Back at Accommodation

Team depart - or stay for optional second night in Cotswold Water Park to celebrate an amazing day of activities.


Please note the map is a rough guide to demonstrate the possibilities


Route Map


You will be staying in good quality accommodation which will serve as our adventure base. An additional night is availible if required - please contact Adventure Café for details. This itinerary usually includes one night of accommodation - either before or after - up to you!


What is a Level 3.5 Multi Activity Challenge Like?

These challenges are either longer, higher, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect around 8-10 hours of full on multi activity. In the case of a multi day challenge, you can expect a lower daily duration - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be used to challenging physical exercise for these events, and to enjoy your training, and to do it regularly. Longer duration challenges are likely to be easier in terms of the physical effort, however, you will need to be more resilient - due to simple living conditions - i.e. using same clothes for several days, simple food, and maybe camping - this forms an integral part of the challenge.


How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.5 ‘Multi Activity Challenge’?

You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing longer days in the outdoors - 7-8 hours. You should be doing regular exercise - with some intense outdoors exercise. You should be used to long rides, long walks, and all round challenging days. You need to have balanced the need for multiple forms of exercise in your training - including some upper body work, and some flexilbility.


Medical Issues

Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.

It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.


Included In Trip

Event Marshalls.

1 night's stay in good quality accommodation, including breakfast.

Climbing equipment (ropes, harnesses, helmets - but not climbing shoes).

Pre-event joining instructions.

Safety radios (if required).

Event maps.

Canoe helmets/ buoyancy aids - you will be required to bring shoes that you don't mind getting wet.

Support Vehicle & Driver (subject to participating numbers).

Meals You will have 1 breakfast included.


Excluded From Trip

Personal Equipment (Specialist outdoors  equipment is included).

Lunches, dinners and snacks.

Transport to and from the event.

NB - Hire Bikes are available for this challenge at a rate of £20 for the day.


Equipment Required

Personal Medikit
Suncream, Blister Repair Kit, Plasters
Painkillers, Sunbloc

Hill Walking Items
Day Sack (25-35 litre)
Rucksack liner(s) / Plastic Liner(s) for Rucksack
Bladder System (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking Poles (highly recommended)
Sun Hat (wide brimmed), Neck Scarf
Lunches - you may wish to pre-pack lunched but please check with us
Snack Foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.

Lightweight Fleece, Lightweight Gloves, Fleece Hat
Long Cotton Trekking Trousers
Comfortable Trekking Shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking Boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Gaiters (appropriate to moor wilderness / moorland treks - please ask!)
Walking Socks
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent)
1 Pair Outer Waterproof Bottoms

Small Towel, Pack of Travel Tissues
Camera, Film / Memory Card / Spare Battery
Wallet, Credit Cards, Cash
Sunglasses, Spare Comfortable Shoes
Mobile Phone

Bike Items
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike / Mountain Bike (with Touring Tyres) - please call us for guidance on a trip by trip basis
Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Under Saddle Pouch (recommended - can be used to carry asterik* items)
Puncture Repair Kit*
2 x Inner Tubes*
Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Pump (suitable for your valve type)
Helmet (compulsory)


Safety Information

By nature all activities contain an element of risk. Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions. Your instructors will be qualified either as a Climbing Instructor, British Mountain Leader, or Canoeing Instructor - all under the appropriate National Governing Body.



This event is a spring / summer adventure challenge - and typically runs in May to September - weather should be warm (ish) - but at all times you should expect a mixture- be prepared!



Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions

By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.

Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions - For all types of event

To Reserve Your Space on this Challenge

You should fill in the Google Form - linked here below, and then please call us on 01823 444 246 to advise of your payment method. We can accept card payments over the phone, or Bank Transfer. Please note that your space is not confirmed until you have received your booking receipt.

CLICK HERE: Adventure Cafe Challenge Booking Form - For Challenge Events



Guide price

Price on Application



This Challenge is for exclusive group departures – please call us for more information

Event Location

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Our Challengers Said...
Everyone had a great day and are really grateful to you for delivering a fantastic event
Heather, Whizz Kidz   07-Oct-2017