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Best Time of Year: Year Round

Max alt:  100

Dist:  35km

Min age:  18

Duration:  1

Cotswold Mega Challenge

Multi Activity Adventure

Get ready for an action packed day - Paddle, Trek and Cycle across the beautiful Cotswold Water Park.

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. On completion of your cycle loop we start trekking our way throught the maze of lakes in Water Park for the final challenge of the day. This promises to be great day.



10:00 - Registration and welcome over tea/coffee/pastry. 

10:30 - Get changed into T-shirt/shorts and old trainers or wet shoes. Safety brief.

11.00 - 5km canoe round the lake with challenges thrown in along the way!

12:30 - Come off the Water and if wet then get changed into spare trainers. 

13.00 - Lunch

13:30 - Adjust seat heights on bikes. Cycle safety brief.

14.00 - Depart on 20km cycle loop

15:30 - Begin 10km trek

17.00-17:30 - Arrive Back for celebrations. Event close.


Route Map

What is a Level 3.0 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 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 3.0 ‘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

  • Qualified and experienced trekking, cycling and paddling leaders
  • Pre-event joining instructions
  • Event maps
  • 8 week training plan
  • Canoes, paddles and buoyancy aids - you will be required to bring shoes that you don't mind getting wet
  • Support Vehicle & Driver plus waymarking
  • Morning hot drinks & pastry
  • Lunch and snacks for the day
  • NB - Hire Bikes are available for this challenge at a rate of £20pp for the day. If opting to bring your own bike then please ensure it has been checked prior to the event.



Excluded From Trip

Personal Equipment (Specialist outdoors  equipment is included).

Transport to and from the event.

Evening meals


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

Multi Activity Items
Day Sack (25-35 litre)
Bladder System - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle
Walking Poles (for additional knee support if required)
Sun Hat (wide brimmed)
Additional preferred top up snack items - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.

Multi Activity Clothing
Lightweight Fleece
Trekking shorts or trousers
Comfortable Trekking Shirts (long/short sleeved)
2 x Trainers (bring an old pair to get wet or wet shoes)
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent)
1 Pair Outer Waterproof Bottoms

Camera, Film / Memory Card / Spare Battery
Mobile Phone

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 British Mountain Leader, Cycle Leader or Canoeing Instructor - all under the appropriate National Governing Body and experience level.



This event is a spring / summer adventure challenge - 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 enquiry



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