The Great Centenary Chase

Eyes UP

Look Up!

Eyes DOWN!

Look Down!

Eyes look ALL around!

Look ALL Around!

Can you find the clues, solve the puzzles and become the GREAT Centenary Chaser?

Great prizes to be won!

Crane & Staples Gift Card £150

Explore five different trails, one around our wonderful town centre, and four others weaving in and out of town and our beautiful green and leafy surrounding countryside.

Each trail is different – some are harder than others – but each one will open your eyes and minds to our beautiful town and country.

Pick your trail and download your Great Centenary Chase clues sheets below.

What are you waiting for? Get Chasing!

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Download the Chase Sheets Below

Trail 1 - Town Centre

Our town centre is packed with history and hopefully this trail will give you a thirst to read more about Welwyn Garden City. Incidentally, if you are actually thirsty, there are plenty of places in the town centre to grab some refreshments.

There are many benches around the town so go at your own speed, wave to your friends (don’t tell them the answers!) and see if you can solve the phrase from the letters you collect along the way. If you cannot manage stairs, please return via Hunters Bridge (also known as Waitrose Bridge if you haven’t yet done the Chase!)

Distance approx: 2.4 miles
Time approx: 1 hour at a leisurely pace
Starting point: Waterstones on Howardsgate
End point: The Howard Centre
Wheelchair and buggy friendly

Trail 2 - Narnia Lamppost & the Viaduct

We hope you enjoy this part of the Chase which will lead you along pathways and bridleways, through woodland and farmland to Nature Reserves, historic structures and some sporting venues.

Good luck!

Distance approx: 7 miles
Time approx: 3.5 hours
Starting point: Narnia Lamppost
End point: The Campus

Trail 3 - Stanborough to The Barn Theatre

This trail leads you through town, village and the best countryside around us. It may be muddy in parts and a little hilly, but there are plenty of places to stop to catch your breath with three pubs and two cafes where you can whet your whistle. Be careful around the animals – you may pass by horses, geese and swans and the odd golfer!

There is only one large roundabout to cross, but please take care. The last section is in the woods so please take a torch if you are chasing towards the end of the day.

Distance approx: 5 miles
Time approx: 2 – 2.5 hours
Starting point: Stanborough South Lake
End point: The Barn Theatre, Handside Lane

Trail 4 - Mill Green

A great leg stretcher. On this Chase you will almost reach Hatfield as you head towards Mill Green Museum. Train spotters, fishermen and twitchers will be delighted with this route, as will those who love looking into back gardens!

There are long stretches here where you can really enjoy the wildlife – you may even see a giraffe!

Distance approx: 7 miles
Time approx: 3.5 hours
Starting point: Coronation Fountain
End point: Railway station footbridge

Trail 5 - Town Centre & Lagoon

This Chase takes you on a lovely walk with the contrasting landscapes of the urban town centre and the rural beauty of the lagoon and many other green spaces. This is one for birdspotters and wildlife lovers as well as anyone wanting to learn more about the history of our garden city.

Something for everyone! 

Distance approx: 3 miles
Time approx: 1.5 hours
Starting point: Louis de Soissons Memorial
Garden on the Campus
End point: Hunters Bridge
Wheelchair and buggy friendly


Top prize of £150 worth of gift cards!
Generously sponsored by Crane & Staples

Crane & Staples Solicitors.

5 x £50 Wonderful Welwyn Garden City gift cards!
Generously supported by the Wonderful WGC BID

Wonderful Welwyn Garden City

Find out where you can spend your prize at your favourite Welwyn Garden City shops and restaurants here:

Crane & Staples Gift Card £150

The prize draw will take place on Centenary Day 29th April 12pm.

Our Great Centenary Chase Creators, Clue Setters and Testers.

Madeleine Clark
Project Leader

Brian Hubbard

Drita Shala

Emma Newson

Emma Luck

Laura Gould

Marie-Brid Norman

Natasha Stannard

Sue Foster

Karen Bloye

Kerry Tanner

Mark Tanner

Dave Harrison

Diana Walsh

Deb Kirby

Neil Kirby

Caroline Payne

Kate Adam

Junior Super Clue Setters

Libby Tanner

Beatrice Tanner

The Great WGC Centenary Chase
Terms & Conditions

To enter, complete a Trail and enter the answer via our website

Maximum of 1 entry per person per Trail.

All entrants must be aged 18 or above at the time of entering the competition.

Each entry will be entered into both the prize draw for that Trail and the top prize draw.

Maximum one £50 trail prize per household.

Anyone completing all five trails will receive an extra ten entries into the top prize draw.

All entries will need to be submitted by 12 midday on Wednesday 28th April.

The winners will be picked at random and will be announced on Facebook at 12 noon on Thursday 29th April.

The winners will be notified using the contact details they provided.

The winners will then have seven days to contact us to arrange collection. Failure to do so will see another winner randomly selected.

No prize can be exchanged for money.

Your competition entry details will only be used for the competition and will be removed from our records as soon as the prizes have been awarded.