Hill Walking


This is an ideal activity for older Scouts and Explorers. North Wales has become a popular destination for long weekends and summer camps. Parties are typically 20-30 strong - girls and boys and often including rock climbing.

Scouts have a range of affordable accommodation options based on other Scout Districts' mountain lodges. Winchester is also fortunate in having a number of affordable local mini-bus options to get there and back. On the kit front we maintain a limited range of District kit - safety ropes etc.

The number of qualified leaders (mainly Terrain 2, Summer, Leadership) has grown in recent years based on individual Scout Troops. This is the result of leaders and parents developing hill walking for what is proving a popular activity for their Scouts. This has developed into joint Troop and joint Scout-Explorer expeditions.

As a District we hold a number of annual hill walking events. The next is in Snowdonia from 10-14 April 2015 for Scouts and for Explorers. To avoid disappointment click now on the icon opposite to make your booking.

Winchester is well placed to get leaders, assistants, supporters and parents qualified for hill walking Activity Permits. Hampshire County Scouts have a strong Mountaineering Club and an annual programme of training and assessment weekends for us in North Wales. We also have a good relationship with Greater London South West and their Hill Walking Club.

For 2015 the two GLSW training and evaluation weekends for Terrain 1 & 2 are:

6-8 February Bethesda, Snowdonia (Pre-meet, 1 February)
15-17 May Bethesda, Snowdonia (Pre-meet, 10 May)

Best click now on the icon opposite to secure your 2015 booking.

Whatever your level of experience, do get in touch to find out more.

Meet your permit holders

Rob JamesTemporary Network Leader since 2012 to encourage more Queen's Scout Awards. Rob grew up in a scouting family in Manchester. His Mum and Dad were at various times Beaver, Cub, Scout and Venture Scout leaders. He progressed through the movement to gain his Queen's Scout Award. Rob has been a scout leader at the 5th Winchester since he and Terenia moved to Winchester in 2004. A keen mountaineer, Rob loves taking scouts into the great outdoors at every opportunity. In his spare time Rob is Regional Director EMEA for a company that cleans up oil spills all around the world.
Rob James
Richard Hurrell
Richard Hurrell
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Christine CookTerrain 2 Leader since 2012. Christine grew up in a Scouting family and learned to walk at Scout camp. She progressed through the Guide movement to Queens Guide, before joining the Scout and Guide Club at University. She has been involved in local Scouting since 1989 and is the Scout Leader at the 3rd Winchester (The Worthies). Christine enjoys being outside, and adventurous activities, particularly those involving mountains or water. She has activity permits for camping, hillwalking and kayaking. Christine enjoys seeing young people mature and develop through the challenges and experiences they get in Scouting.
Christine Cook
Robin CookGroup Scout Leader since 2008. Robin has been a Cub, Scout, Venture Scout, and a University Scout & Guide Club member. He became a Scout Leader on moving to Winchester in 1988 and the Group Scout Leader in 2008. He is keen on adventurous activities, and holds Activity Permits for canoeing, kayaking, rafting and hill walking. Robin is a member of the District Activities Team; is the DC's Water Activities Advisor; and also a Training Adviser. His GSL challenges include growing the 3rd to meet the demand for Scouting in the Worthies and encouraging more Scout Canoe / Kayak Activity badges.
Robin Cook
 
Paul YoungTerrain 1 Leader since 2013 and Assistant Scout Leader at the 3rd Winchester (The Worthies). Paul's Scouting started with the 12th Winchester in the late 1960s where he was a Cub and a Scout. After a long period away he re-joined the movement as an Occasional Helper in 2000. He put on a uniform again in 2004 as an Assistant Scout Leader with the 3rd Reading Scout Group and gained his Wood Badge in 2006. He is a keen cyclist (MTB & road), enjoys snorkelling, table tennis and volleyball (playing at national league level) and has held various club committee posts along the way. In addition to his Hill Walking Activity Permit, Paul holds a B1 Kayaking Permit. Enthusiastic about the great outdoors, his passion is to help young people explore at every opportunity.
Paul Young
Steve Cox
Steve Cox
Dave HendersonTerrain 2 Leader since 2011. Dave started his Scouting as a parent and is an Assistant Scout Leader at the 5th Winchester (Compton & Shawford) since 2008. He grew up in central Africa and always loved the "Great outdoors". Scouting and helping young people has given him the opportunity to get back to the great outdoors - to do what he loves, walking in the mountains and seeing more of the wilder parts of the UK, North Wales, Brecon Beacons and the South Downs on our doorstep. As well as mountain walking Dave is a keen cyclist. He works as a physiotherapist both in private practice and the NHS.
Dave Henderson
Julian PearceTerrain 2 Leader since 2011. Julian was invited on the 5th Winchester (Compton & Shawford) annual Snowdonia trip as a parent helper in 2010. The rest is history. Because of his long-standing love for being outdoors - especially in mountains - he could not resist the opportunity to become an Assistant Scout Leader. His big passion is helping Scouts to do outdoor things like cycling, canoeing and hill walking. The big reward for Julian is seeing Scouts grow in competence and confidence through doing exciting adventurous activities - and having lots of fun along the way.
Julian Pearce
Stephen Parker
Stephen Parker
 
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