This is Cheshire Hike

Cheshire Hike is a challenging yet rewarding two day expedition completed in teams of 2-5 people, open to Scouts and Guides.


Cheshire Hike is a challenging yet rewarding, two day expedition completed in teams of 2-5 people, open to Scouts, Explorers, Guides and Rangers between the ages of 10½ and 17.

We have three age categories, based on how old you are on Saturday 5th October 2024. Please note there are a few changes to the criteria for the 2024 event – detailed below.

Age Category Hiker Age Kit Weight Limit
At least 10½ years of age, but not 12½ yet. Day pack: 6kg
+ a transported rucksack: 10kg
Pathfinder Plus
At least 12½ years of age, but still in Scouts or Guides. Rucksack: 8kg
At least 13½ years of age, and an Explorer or Ranger. Rucksack: 10kg

“Cheshire Hike is one of the most historic and renowned events in our calendar.

“It sees Scouts, Explorers, Guides and Rangers hiking through the Cheshire countryside, navigating their way. It requires preparation, organisation, teamwork, resilience and personal determination to get to the end.

“This is an event that truly delivers #SkillsForLife and every participant should be very proud to say they have taken part. For some it’s the pride in saying they have taken part in multiple Cheshire Hikes!

“To the Leaders who support their young people with training and encouragement, thank you, because without you, it would be impossible to give this many young people a challenge or adventure of this magnitude.

“To the volunteers who help us organise and run the hike, you are all amazing, because without you, Cheshire Hike simply would not happen.

“To all participants, good luck, enjoy the weekend and be proud because you are doing something very special.”

– Dave Hopley, County Lead Volunteer

Nature and the outdoors are languages that can be learned. Once you identify a beech tree, tie a clove hitch or cook a simple meal over a fire that you’ve built yourself, you’ll never forget it.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls