Muddy black spaniel and owner on a muddy inflatable for Battersea's Muddy Dog Challenge

Christmas has come and gone and with a new year comes New Year’s Resolutions. If you’re thinking about challenging yourself in 2023, or perhaps you want a reason to get out of the house despite the gloomy weather, escape your comfort zone and take on Battersea’s Muddy Dog Challenge, an outdoor obstacle course you can tackle with your dog by your side while raising money for Battersea.

Now in its eighth year, Battersea’s Muddy Dog Challenge is taking place in six locations across the country from April to October. Why not join in the fun and duck, dive and weave through the dizzy dangles in Leeds, Derby and Stanstead, or scramble over the log jumps in Tunbridge Wells, New Forest and Windsor.

Participants can choose from a distance of 2.5km and 5km – both courses are equally fun (and muddy). Pet lovers will be faced with a variety of wacky obstacles to jump under, over or through, including wading through the mud in the Canine Crawl, weaving through the Mutt Mazes, and not to forget the opportunity to unleash your inner child crawling through the Ball Pit Tunnels.

Rottweiler and owner crawl in mud for Battersea's muddy dog challenge

People of all ages and abilities are welcome to take part – they can run or walk the course with or without a dog, bring the whole family along, join up with your friends and their canine companions as part of a team, or take on the challenge solo. The best part? Participants can train as much or as little as they’d like, it’s all about having fun!

Each participant is encouraged to raise a target of £100 for Battersea so the charity can continue to be there for dogs and cats everywhere. For ideas and inspiration, the Battersea website has plenty of fundraising tips.

Once registered, participants will receive their very own Muddy Dog Challenge t-shirt and dog bandana to take part in on the day, as well as a well-earned medal and rosette for making it across the finish line.

German Shepherd Dog and owner splashing in water for Battersea's Muddy Dog Challenge
Not all of the Muddy Dog Challenge involves mud – there’s water too!

Jasmine Monk, senior challenge events officer at Battersea, said, “We are so excited to be back again for Battersea’s Muddy Dog Challenge 2023 and we can’t wait to see animal lovers across the UK to get muddy and tackle our obstacle course with their canine companions by their side.

“Battersea continues to go above and beyond for every dog and cat – caring for animals in our centres and supporting other rescue and rehoming organisations across the UK and beyond to help more animals. Every penny raised by our wonderful supporters will help us continue our mission to be here for dogs and cats everywhere.

“Registrations are now open and we are currently running an early bird offer for £10 off adult tickets so please sign up as soon as possible, as the offer won’t be around for long. We look forward to seeing everyone having fun in the mud again!”

If taking part isn’t your thing, Battersea is always looking for volunteers for the event and would welcome any support you can offer.

For more details and to register for the Muddy Dog Challenge as a participant or volunteer, please visit

The Muddy Dog Challenge events will take place across the UK in 2023 in the following locations:
– Breamore House, New Forest – 22 April
– Locko Park, Derby – 13 May
– Elms Farm, Stansted – 10 June
– Eridge Park, Tunbridge Wells – 9 September
– Windsor Great Park, Windsor – 16-17 September
– Harewood House, Leeds – 14 October

Read about last year’s challenge here


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