May 1, 2020 – May 2, 2020 all-day
Ten Tors Jubilee Challenge 2020

Ten Tors Jubilee Challenge 2020


WHEN: 1st-2nd May 2020 (Overnight camp on the 1st May 2020)


This amazing opportunity is open to all young people with Down Syndrome aged 14-21.


Closing Date for Applications: 31st October 2019.

Following the success of our previous entrants, Ups and Downs Southwest are once again able to offer places for the Ten Tors Jubilee Challenge 2020 and are looking to put forward a team of 6 young people with Down Syndrome who are up for a challenge.

The Ten Tors Jubilee Challenge is a trekking expedition on northern Dartmoor designed specifically for young people with special needs, both physical and educational. Incorporated within the Ten Tors Event in 1977 as the Special Event, it was renamed the Jubilee Challenge in 1996. The Jubilee Challenge has developed into a popular event, with teams from learning disability establishments based in the seven Counties of the West Country participating. It is organised and run by the members of Exeter University Officer Training Corps (volunteer undergraduate officer cadets who are members of either Exeter or Plymouth Universities) on behalf of HQ SW, the sponsors of the Ten Tors Event. Together with the Ten Tors Challenge, it attracts considerable media and public attention. Numerous VIPs also attend and are willing volunteers to hand out medals after the Challenge is completed.

Ten Tors Jubilee Challenge 2020 - Ups and Downs Southwest

Just like the Ten Tors Challenge, our youngsters will be required to trek and navigate across northern Dartmoor to specified checkpoints.

Ten Tors Jubilee Challenge 2020 - Ups and Downs Southwest The 2019 Team

How will this challenge benefit our young people?

The aim of this challenge is to enhance the self-confidence of our young people. To allow them to develop leadership skills, problem-solving, teamwork and hillwalking/camping skills in a wild country context. All the skills acquired will help our youngsters to work towards an independent future.

Working in partnership with JC Adventures Ltd, we will be holding a parent/child information session where all those interested will be fully briefed about the event and itinerary.  Those young people who proceed will have up to four training sessions in the months running up to the main event.  The main event involves an overnight camp at the venue on the Friday night followed by the trek on Saturday (7.8 miles or 8.7 miles dependant on which team).

The young people taking part will be under the guidance of trained members of JC Adventures and fully supported by two staff members of Ups and Downs plus volunteers.

Any parent of a young person taking part would be welcome as a support volunteer but will need to complete all the training sessions plus the main event.


Ten Tors Jubilee Challenge 2020 - Ups and Downs Southwest success for the 2019 group
Ten Tors Jubilee Challenge 2020 - Ups and Downs Southwest the 2019 group

The overall cost of each place for this rewarding opportunity is £625. Ups and Downs Southwest, through various donations, is able to cover £600 per person of the total cost leaving just a non-refundable fee of £25 per young person. A commitment to fundraise at least £100, per participant, would be welcomed.


The parent/child/volunteer information session will take place on 9th November 2019 at 10:30 am at our base The old School, School Road, Westonzoyland, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA7 0LN.

Training Walks

10:00 – 3:00 pm on the Quantocks and surrounding areas.

Sunday 1st December 2019

Sunday 19th January 2020

Sunday 22nd February 2020

Sunday 15th March 2020

Sunday 19th April 2020

The Challenge

Friday 1st May 2020 – overnight camping

Saturday 2nd May 2020 – The Challenge

Ten Tors Challenge 2020 - Ups and Downs 2019 Group

  • Would you like to take the Challenge?
    Closing Date 31st October 2019

    To take part in this fabulous event, please complete the expression of interest form below. If we find we are oversubscribed following the information session, we will allocate places in accordance to when the system received the expression of interest form.

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