Somerset Wildlife Trust has launched a brand new series of Wilder Challenges for 2024.

It offers activities to suit all abilities, for those keen on running, walking, cycling or swimming.

For the more adventurous, they have introduced a new challenge for this year called 'Caving for Nature', granting the chance to explore the underground world around Cheddar Gorge.

The trust emphasises the many benefits of taking part in a Wilder Challenge.

From getting out into nature and improving fitness, to discovering new nature reserves and training routes, there is something for everyone.

They are also offering several free charity places for participants willing to help raise funds for Somerset's wildlife, a cause they state is now more vital than ever.

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Kate Wilson, community and events fundraising manager at Somerset Wildlife Trust, said: "Nature needs our help more than ever before, and we're hugely grateful to all our supporters who partake in our sponsored challenges.

"No matter how ambitious you are, whether you commit to your first 5K or an ultramarathon, or you want to face your fears of heights or small spaces, we need you to challenge yourself for wildlife this year.

"It is people like you that are vital in helping us put nature on the path to recovery, and we'll support you with training and fundraising tips every step of the way.

"Will you accept our challenge and join our team?"

Somerset County Gazette: It offers activities to suit all abilities, for those keen on running, walking, cycling or swimming

The list of events to participate in this year includes Mud Master 2024, a 5K, 10K or 20K comical obstacle race; Abseil for Wildlife, where participants can conquer their fear of height by a 130ft abseil; The Somerset 100, a cycling event around the Somerset Levels; The Exmoor Perambulation, an adventurous walk; Ultra Marathon, and the Minehead Sprint Triathlon, among others.

With the UK in a climate and nature emergency, Somerset Wildlife Trust is encouraging everyone to challenge themselves for wildlife and protect the natural environment.

Those who accept the Wilder Challenges will receive support and guidance from Kate Wilson, the community fundraising manager.

Interested participants can sign up at