The Three Towers Hike

FIVE EVENTS

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The Three Towers Hike™ is a down-land footpath team-based competition hiking event organised by a team of adults involved in Scouting within Berkshire (mainly from Reading Central District, Taceham Hundred District, Loddon District and Pang Valley District). The event usually takes place in the first half of April, just after the change of clocks, but avoiding Easter weekend.

The hike gets its name from its early days when the route passed three large water towers including Emmer Green in northern Reading. Today, Tilehurst Water Tower is the most noticeable and is the only remaining tower visible on the route! Read more on our History

The first Three Towers Hike took place during the 1970's, long before many of today's competitors were even born. Only a few years have missed an event; most recently in 2001 when Foot and Mouth plagued the countryside and again in 2006 due to non-availability of resources.

The Three Towers Hike operates a series of concurrent events catering for different age groups. These are progressively the Scout event (targetting 11-13 year olds), the ScoutPlus event (for 13/14 year olds), the Explorer event (primarily for 14-18 year olds) and the serious long distance Classic event aimed at adults.

Additionally, on top of these four events, the Three Towers Hike runs a shorter distance circular family route nicknamed Tim's Junket in honour of the late Tim Jenkins who was a long-standing member of the Three Towers, running Blewbury checkpoint for many year. This event was previously known as the JubileePlus in 2012.

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The Classic event covers, depending on the exact route taken, a distance of 43-45 miles (round it to 70km) around the Berkshire countryside to the west of Reading in sections on the downs.

The Classic Event is the 'main' event for the serious walker and starts at breakfast time on the Saturday. Hikers have to walk passing 15 checkpoints.

The event is open to anyone over 16 including older Explorer Scouts, members of the Scout Network, Leaders and Scout Active Support.

The event is also open to walkers who are not members of the Scout Association, for example, members of the Long Distance Walking Association, participants on the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, Army and Air Cadet units, and groups of individuals who are just interested in hiking.

The Explorer event covers a distance of some 26 miles / 42 km . This was introduced in 2003 and has proved to be popular.

The Explorer Event is the 'intermediate' event and starts mid-morning. Hikers have to walk 42km covering the latter two-thirds of the Classic event route. Although this event is primarily aimed at Explorer Scouts over 13½, participants over 18 may also enter. Teams containing adults are not eligible to win any prizes or trophies but may gain a team place.

Tim's Junket covers an easy circular distance of approximately 12½ miles / 20km. The route starts and finishes at Compton taking in the Fairmile, Blewbury and East Ilsley.

This lightweight challenge is designed to encourage participation from a wider audience, including families with younger children (cub age and over).

The walk starts late mornign on the Saturday. Hikers have to walk 20km passing 5 checkpoints taking in sime fantastic vistas.

The event is open to anyone over 8 years, however persons under 11 must walk with a parent or responisble adult. We recommend a family group size of 2 adults and 2 children.

The event is also open to walkers who are not members of the Scout Association, for example, members of the Long Distance Walking Association, participants on the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, Army and Air Cadet units, and groups of individuals who are just interested in hiking.

The ScoutPlus event covers a distance of about 22 miles / 36km covering the same route as the first part of the Scout event, but extending for an additional leg concurrently with the Classic/Explorer events.

It is intended exclusively for older Scouts (aged 12½ and over).

The Scout section event is one of the major parts of the weekend and introduces hundreds of young people to competition hiking. It covers a distance of about 16½ miles / 26½km.

The Scout Event starts kicks off around breakfast time and hikers have to walk 25km covering the first one-third of the Classic event route. The event is exclusively for Scout section members who are actively Scouting in Berkshire.

Coupled with a troop-based training programme before the event, this event is a great way to introduce scouts to the Fitness challenge, navigator badge and hikes away awards.

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