Rules and Equipment


All teams and individuals competing in the event are required to complete a kit check before they set off.

Each team is required to ensure that the following equipment is distributed among its members:

  1. Two sets of the relevant Ordnance Survey maps [refer to note 1].
  2. Compass
  3. Adequate waterproof covering for map(s) if not laminated.
  4. At least one mobile phone with the number provided at check-in (stored securely in a bag for emergencies).
  5. Survival Bag.

Each individual must carry the following:

  1. Appropriate Walking Boots or Trail Shoes with substantial tread, along with hiking socks [refer to note 2].
  2. Long trousers [refer to note 3].
  3. Jumper [refer to note 4].
  4. Spare Jumper or alternative.
  5. Waterproof over-garment with hood.
  6. Waterproof over trousers.
  7. Warm hat.
  8. Gloves.
  9. Reflectors or safety tapes (visible from both front and rear).
  10. Torch (Fully Charged)
  11. Non-breakable travel mug.
  12. Water bottle/bladder (minimum 1 litre).
  13. Whistle.
  14. Personal first aid kit.
  15. Food and snacks appropriate to the hike (plus additional for emergencies).
  16. Pencil and notebook.

All the above clothing must be; of the correct size, in good repair, of suitable material, and (in the view of the organisers)
capable of providing adequate thermal insulation and protection from conditions to be expected on down land in winter.

[1] Either 1:50000 (Landranger sheets 174 & 175) or 1:25000 (Explorer sheets 158, 159 & 170) - Maps must not be more than 20 years old.ONE
set must be proper O/S maps, the other set may be laminated colour copies or extracts of the appropriate maps (provided that all of the footpaths
and checkpoints on the route are shown. Additionally, the map symbols must be in same colour as the original map and it must always be possible
to work out the National Grid Reference of any point on the map)
[2] Substantial footwear/boots (not trainers) suitable for walking or scrambling that support the ankle; Experienced hill-walkers may wear
fell-running footwear.
[3] Long trousers (not jeans). Lighter type trousers (with additional thermal wear) or shorts can be worn if the weather conditions permit.
[4] Jumper with long sleeves or other warm body garment with high thermal properties.


  1. Walking teams must stick together. If a team splits up between checkpoints they may be excluded from the hike.
  2. Leave no litter along the route and be respectful of the residence in the area.
  3. Adhere to the countryside code
  4. GPS devices and mobile phones should not be used during the event unless in emergency situations.
  5. Parents and Leaders must not walk with teams nor arrange to meet teams between checkpoints [does not apply to Tims Junket which is run as a family hike]
    We welcome Parents and Leaders to support hikers at the checkpoints but must not aid the hikers during the event

  6. Teams may consist of up to 5 participants but must contain a minimum of 3
  7. Teams may be automatically withdrawn if team arrived at checkpoint after closing
  8. Teams are permitted a maximum rest period of 15 minutes at a single checkpoint. The discretion to extend this time will be granted by the Checkpoint Marshall or the First Aider.