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The Challenge Hike Returns!!

After a year off, the Basingstoke East, West and Andover District’s city challenge event returns and this year we are heading to the city of Dreaming Spires – Oxford!

This event will see teams of Scouts, Explorers or Leaders following a trail around the city centre answering questions as they go while also looking out for a list of weird and wonderful items for the Scavenger Hunt.

Download Information

Degrees of Difficulty – Initial Information.pdf

Enter a team:

Entry to this year’s event has now closed. Please look out for the 2020 event information soon.

Who Can Take Part?


  • Scout
  • Explorer Scout
  • Adult Member

  • Andover
  • Basingstoke East
  • Basingstoke West
  • Silchester


Teams should be in one of the following formats:

  • Scout Team: 3 to 5 Scouts with 1 Leader / DBS Adult
  • Explorer Team: 3 to 5 Explorers – No DBS Adult required
  • Network / SAS / Adult Team – Maximum 5 members

All over 18’s must be on Compass and their Membership Number must be included on the Booking Form.

Only team members listed on the entry form will be accepted on the hike and additional participants will not be accepted for any reason.

Mixed Teams

If a mixed team of Scouts & Explorers is required, it must still contain a Leader/DBS Adult.

Team changes

Any team changes must be agreed with the organisers in advance and are subject to receiving updated registration information. No changes will be allowed on the day unless in exceptional circumstances.

Cost & Payments

Cost of this event is £10 per team.

This is to cover costs of running the event and includes an event badge for every participant but it does not include transport to/from Oxford or any food.


All entries and payments must be received by Wednesday 30th October 2019.

Our preferred method of payment is Online Bank Transfer, alternatively we can accept Cheques.

Online Bank Transfers

Sort Code: 20-05-00

Account Number: 40805203

Bank: Barclays

Reference: “DOD” + Your Group Name

Please email us when a transfer has been made so we can look out for the payment.


These should be made payable to ‘Hatch Warren Scout Group’ and delivered to:

Chris Bamber
132 Appleton Drive
RG24 9RX

Travel & Transport

Each Group or Teams is responsible for their own travel costs to and from Oxford.

As we will start and finish outside the railway station, we think that trains are likely to be the best method of travel as it also avoids the inevitable traffic you will encounter in Oxford.

If you choose to drive to Oxford, we suggest you park at the Seacourt Park and Ride on Botley Road and use the P&R Bus which stops a few minutes from the station in Frideswide Square.


Start Location

Check in will take place outside Oxford Station between 09:00 and 10:30.

Teams will be set off as quickly as possible after check in. Details of start times will be advised as soon as possible after the closing date. You can state a preferred start time when you sign up.

Finish Location

Route will take teams around Oxford to return to the same location outside Oxford Station. Teams must report back by 16:00.

Once teams have completed the challenge and checked in they are free to leave Oxford. Results will be published as soon as we can after the final team has finished.

Kit List

Individual Kit List

Each participant should carry the following items in a suitable rucksack:

  • Group scarves – To be worn and visible at all times
  • Suitable Clothing for the day
    • Waterproof coat
    • Warm Clothing Hat, Gloves etc.
  • Footwear suitable for an urban hike
  • Packed lunch, snacks & drinks
  • Pen & Pencil

Team Kit List

Each team must have the following between them:

  • 2 x Mobile Phones – Phone Numbers must be submitted in advance
  • 2 x Bags – for Scavenger Hunt items
  • 1 x  Navigation Compass
  • 1 x First Aid Kit

Further Information

The Hike

The challenge takes place through the streets of Oxford and teams should expect to cover between 6 and 8 miles (9.5-13km).


The route is mostly flat and on roadside pavements. Due to the nature of this old city, some sections will include cobbled streets and compacted gravel paths. There are also a few gates and possibly some steps.

Please contact the organiser if any team members use a wheelchair or have any additional needs which will be impacted by the gates/steps.


Signup deadline – 30th October 2019

To enter a team for this event, the leader in charge should complete the following form once per team.
Click here to enter a team


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