Event Information

A competitive walk for teams of four to seven, starting and finishing at the Beaudesert Scout Campsite, and taking in some of the beautiful Cannock Chase. The event is open to members of the Scout Association and of other organisations with suitable insurance cover. The route is approximately 40 miles, mainly off the roads along paths and tracks. The walk will start from 06:00 and teams must complete the course by 01:00 the following morning. The minimum age for entry is 14 years on the day of the walk. This is a team event and although members of the team may retire, the remaining walkers must keep together as a team.

The entry fee of £14.50 per walker provides all campsite fees, snacks and drinks around the course and transport back to Beaudesert should you retire. For your safety we monitor your progress around the course using GPS tracking and reports from checkpoints. After the walk you will receive a badge and certificate, results are published on this website.

Meals at Beaudesert are available at extra cost as follows, and must be ordered when booking (2017 update):

Saturday Breakfast £3.00:
Cooked Breakfast, Cereals, Tea, Coffee etc, vegetarian option available

Saturday Evening Meal :
Shepherd's Pie - meat (Option A) or vegetarian (Option B) £3.00
Jacket Potato and filling (Cheese / Beans / Coleslaw / Tuna available) (Option C) £2.50

Sunday Breakfast £3.00:
Meat or Veg Sausage Sandwich, Juice, Cereal bar, Tea and Coffee - eat in or take away!

Trophies are provided for the fastest times in the following classes:-

  • THE ROCK (all members of the team aged under 18 years; ie Explorers)
  • THE BOOT (all members of team aged under 25 years, but not all under 18; ie Network)
  • THE CRUTCH (any team member is aged 25 years or above)
  • THE KNOT (no members have taken part in the event before)
  • THE COMPASS (team to finish with both male and female members)
  • THE VETERAN'S TROPHY (team to finish with an average age of 45 years or over)
  • THE BEAUDESERT TROPHY (all 7 members that started must finish)
  • THE ROLLING PIN (all team members are female)

The 2017 event will be the 34th, and will be held on 18th March.

See here for a suggested route.

Scout Walk

A walk for teams of four to eight taking place on the beautiful Cannock Chase. The route is approximately 13 miles off the roads along paths and tracks. The walk will start from 09.00. The minimum age for entry is 10½ years on the day of the walk and the maximum age is 14. This is a team event and although members of the team may retire, the remaining walkers must keep together as a team. Should a team fall below four walkers then they will be required to walk with another team. This will be the decision of the checkpoint staff. Teams should not be accompanied by adults.

For operational reasons, and to allow us to increase the number of teams that can take part, it has been decided to move the start of the Scout walk from the site of Checkpoint 1 at Forest Centre to the site of Checkpoint 13 at the Firing Range (OS Grid SJ 999 172); the same place as the finish, making it a circular walk.
This reduces the distance from 13.8 to about 13 miles, but we will be able to start teams earlier, and be sure they are finished well before dark.

The entry fee of £7.50 per walker provides snacks and drinks around the course and transport to the Scout finish should you retire. For your safety we monitor your progress around the course using GPS tracking and reports from checkpoints. Every starter will receive a badge and certificate.

This is a non-competitive walk, so there is no prize for the first team home or times published for the team. Each checkpoint has a cutoff time to ensure Scouts are not still walking during hours of darkness.

See here for a suggested route.