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Start and Finish at the Queens Head
( Camping available.  Phone 01676 522256 ) 

The Cyril Bean 23rd Annual 
Coventry Way Challenge"

Sunday 5th April 2020


The 2020 Challenge is now full and entries are closed.

Enter online via SiEntries - waiting list entries only are available

Postal applications no longer accepted



Walk or run, either solo or in a relay around the 40 mile countryside route on Sunday 5th April 2020

Starting at the Upstairs Restaurant and finishing in the Marquee behind the Queens Head (GR: SP 251 820 : see Postcode & link below to Google map showing Queens Head and ACWA Challenge facilities: 
               CV7 7JP ).

  • Food and drinks at 7 checkpoints.
  • Meal at Finish for all participants and Helpers.

The start

Challenge Rules

Notes & Checklist


Recreational walkers

Walk for fun or charity and enjoy the atmosphere of "A Coventry Way Challenge".

Shorter walks, all starting and finishing at The Queens Head, Meriden are available.  These are self guided using the local 21 Circular Walks routes (copies on sale) - we can give advice on the day.

  • It is recommended that all participants carry OS map 140 (1:50,000 Landranger) or OS maps 221 and 222 (1:25,000 Explorer), compass, food/drink, simple first aid, mug and some money.  NB - The booklet provided will probably be adequate to find the route, but OS Maps could be vital if you take a wrong turn and stray from the booklet maps.
  • Entrants are advised to listen to the weather forecast, wear sensible footwear and carry waterproof/windproof clothing.
  • There will be several checkpoints on the route; all checkpoints supply cold drinks and a selection of sweet/savoury food. Hot drinks are available at Wolston and there may be extra water points as dictated by the weather.  Hot drinks and a meal are also provided at the finish.  All entrants should supply and carry a plastic MUG for drinks.
  • All entrants should carry food/drink of their own to supplement these provisions.
  • Baggage may be left, at the owner's risk, with the organisers at the start.
  • Facilities available at the start or Queens Head also include Changing, Toilets, onsite Parking, Refreshments.
  • Toilets will be open at the Queens Head from the start time.
  • "A Coventry Way" is designated on the latest OS Explorer series (1:25000) Maps 221 & 222. Note however that the OS Maps are in some places out of date.
  • Accommodation overnight is the responsibility of the entrant - see Accommodation page for some options. Camping is available at The Queens Head, Meriden - phone 01676 522256 for details or to book.
  • Public Transport.  At the time of publication the bus service from Coventry, Birmingham and Birmingham International (Rail/Air) to Meriden (200m from Queens Head) is every 30-60 mins on a Sunday - Route X1.  Please check with Centro Hotline 0121 200 2700 or 024 7655 9559 or visit Travel West Midlands website.

Final details will be sent out by mid-March, or soon after receiving application for any who register later (please do not phone about them any earlier).

For up to date information check the web site www.acoventryway.org.uk

Charity Sponsorship forms available on request. ( from Ken Nicholas )

Queries and information available from:

Ken Nicholas,  kjn6147@gmail.com or phone 024 7631 3681..


Don't forget to turn up on Sunday 5th April 2020.

The Country Code

Enjoy the countryside and respect its life and work, guard against all risks of fire, fasten gates, keep dogs on a leash and under close control, keep to public paths across farmland, use gates & stiles to cross fences, hedges and walls: leave livestock, crops & machinery alone, take your litter home, help keep all water clean, protect wild life, plants & trees, take care on roads, make no unnecessary noise.


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