Event information

Event date:22nd June 2024
Booking closing date:9th June 2024
Distance:13 miles
Registration fee:£20
Fundraising target:£150
Start/finish location:North Wraxall Community Hall, Chippenham, SN14 7AF
Castle Combe

Lace up your hiking boots and join us for an unforgettable half-marathon hike in beautiful Castle Combe, in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Get your team out of the office, into the outdoors and go on an adventure together. Our qualified leaders will guide you around this scenic, circular, 13-mile route, with a celebratory bite to eat and glass of fizz as your reward at the finish line.

Route Highlights

✔️ Tick a half-marathon hike off your bucket list
🏰 Explore picturesque Castle Combe
🍃 Immerse yourself in the countryside
🚶‍♂️ Guided by qualified hiking leaders
📸 Take in stunning landscapes
🎉 Celebrate at the finish line with a bite to eat and a glass of fizz!

This is a special opportunity to challenge yourself with friends, family, or colleagues—or forge new friendships while exploring the beautiful Cotswolds countryside.

Event Information
The details

Start/Finish Venue: North Wraxall Community Hall, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN14 7AF

Parking: Free parking is available at North Wraxall Community Hall for all participants. We encourage car-sharing whenever possible.

Accessibility: The start/finish venue at North Wraxall Community Hall is wheelchair-friendly. However, please note that the course itself is not wheelchair accessible due to terrain challenges, including steep climbs, stiles, and uneven pathways that may be affected by weather conditions.

Arrival Time: Registration opens at 7 am. Please arrive promptly to register, with the hike beginning at 8 am.

About the route

Starting our adventure in the quaint village of North Wraxall, we venture southward, tracing the winding river through the enchanting woodlands of Colerne Park and Monks Wood towards Slaughterford. Despite its ominous name, Slaughterford surprises with its serene green fields and Cotswold stone cottages, offering a pit stop for refreshments.

Continuing along the river's course, we reach the famed village of Castle Combe, renowned as "the prettiest village in England," where we can pause once more to take in the beauty of this chocolate-box village. 

Our journey then takes us along the scenic footpath by Manor House Golf Club, before we loop back to North Wraxall via the charming village of West Kington. 

Finally, we celebrate our achievements with new friends made along the way. They'll be a bite to eat and a glass of fizz waiting for you at the finish line!

How challenging will the hike be?

This guided 13 mile hike will take approximately four to six hours to complete. The route offers a diverse terrain including grassy paths, stony trails, paved walkways, and occasional stretches near roads as we approach villages. With determination and a good level of fitness, anyone can conquer this half marathon challenge.

To cater to varying paces, we may split into three groups: slow, medium, and fast. At designated refreshment stops, participants can switch groups if needed, ensuring everyone can comfortably enjoy the pace.

For added convenience, participants will receive a downloadable GPX version of the route, compatible with free apps such as OS Maps or Back Country Navigator. If the number of entrants exceeds 60, the route will be also be sign-posted.

What's included?
  • Fully Qualified First-Aid Trained Hiking Leaders
  • Fully guided route and downloadable GPX 
  • Free car parking 
  • Refreshment stops 
  • A moisture wicking technical t-shirt
  • A bite to eat and glass of fizz to celebrate your achievements at the finish line
  • An invitation to the hospice where you can meet fellow trekkers and see how the money you raise will make a difference to our families
  • Fundraising support, ideas and tips    
  • Regular communications to keep you up to date       
  • Huge cheers and support throughout the trek!    
Fundraising commitment

We would love our hikers to try and raise a minimum of £150 – enough to provide an hour of vital respite care. 

This hour, facilitated by dedicated nurses and carers, offers exhausted parents a much-needed break from the demands of round-the-clock care, and a chance for a child with complex medical conditions to have fun in a safe and loving environment.

We’ll send you a complimentary Julia’s House moisture-wicking t-shirt as a thank you for your fundraising efforts and you'll have unwavering support from a dedicated contact at Julia's House,who can share a wealth of fundraising ideas and tips to help you reach your goal.

Remember: While your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event, it's the additional funds you raise that truly make a difference to Julia's House and the children and families we support. 

Ready to make memories and conquer a half-marathon hiking adventure?

Register here

If you have any questions, please email events@juliashouse.org and we can arrange a call to discuss the hike further with you.

Julia's House Trekkers 1
Julia's House Trekkers 2
Castle Combe
Hiking the Cotswolds

Have the experience of a lifetime and give families like James' a lifeline...

“Julia’s House is a happy place. It’s a home. You don’t really think of it as a hospice. Sometimes you become aware that they are supporting another family with their child’s end-of-life at the hospice, and that really brings it home to you that one day that could be you. But it’s a place that helps you make the most of life, and helps you appreciate everything you have.”

Sandra, mum to James


James playing drums