THE CHALLENGE

The Southern 50 Challenge is a tough walk in The Chiltern Hills through the counties of Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, organised by Greater London North Scout County.

There are THREE routes to choose from, 50 miles and 50km open to all, and a 30km route for Explorer Scouts only.

The event is a test of good orienteering skills as well as physical ability and teamwork and unlike other well-known hikes the routes are different each year and so local knowledge will not be of help as the route will not be disclosed until the day of the event. All teams therefore start with exactly the same chance of winning a trophy.

Like any other long distance challenge, the effort required to last the full course and receive a finishing certificate is an achievement.

Many like to return to have another crack at the trophy or just to improve on their time. 

Whatever the reason, you will enjoy our challenge and, we are sure, find the event very rewarding.

ELIGIBILTY

Each team must comprise of between 3 - 5 participants, all of whom must be members of The Scout Association or GirlGuiding UK . Each participant must be at least fourteen years old on the day of the event for the 50mile and 50km events. Participants for the 30km event must be thirteen and a half years or over but have not reached their eighteenth birthday on the day of the event.


It is this difference that has made the Southern 50 Challenge a successful and rewarding event in the past and will continue to for many years.

GETTING STARTED

How to Enter, for details of how to enter your team(s). Here you will also find the cost and what you get for your money.

The Event, for details of the Start and Finish location, registration, accommodation, meals and presentation.

Rules of the event.

Kit List, for details of personal and team kit required for the event both compulsory and suggested items. And the maps needed for this year’s event. Although it may look tame on the map, in February the conditions can be very severe this is why we expect all walkers to be prepared for the worst.

This Chiltern 20 & Southern 50 weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget