Hill Walking POR Rules


Rule 9.26 Hill Walking and Off Road Cycling - Permits

  1. All activities in Terrain 1 or Terrain 2 must be under the direct control of, or supervised by, a person holding the appropriate permit (see Rule 9.7).

  2. All activities in Terrain Zero must be approved by the relevant Commissioner (see Rule 9.1(b)).

Rule 9.27 Hill Walking and Off Road Cycling - Safety

For activities in Terrain One and Two as defined in Rules 9.29 & 9.30:
  1. A detailed route plan must always be left with a responsible person not taking part in the activity.

  2. Any route planning forms produced locally must contain at least the same information as sought in the Headquarters form.

  3. The route plan should be cancelled or collected when the activity is completed.

  4. Emergency cards must be carried by the party.

  5. Any emergency cards produced locally must contain the same information as sought in the Headquarters form.

  6. When Members take part in non-Scout events, the above rules may be varied at the discretion of their County Commissioner.

Rule 9.28 Terrain Zero Definition

Terrain Zero describes terrain which meets one of the following criteria:
  1. Meets all the following criteria:
  2. or:
  3. Is a road, or path adjacent to a road, on which you would expect to see traffic.

Rule 9.29 Terrain One Definition

Terrain One describes terrain which meets all of the following criteria:
  1. Meets any the following criteria:
  2. and
  3. Is a road, or path adjacent to a road, on which you would expect to see traffic.
  4. and
  5. Is not Terrain Two as defined by Rule 9.30.

Rule 9.30 Terrain Two Definition

Terrain Two describes terrain which meets all of the following criteria
  1. Meets any of the following criteria:
  2. and
  3. Is a road, or path adjacent to a road, on which you would expect to see traffic.

Rule 9.32 Party Size

For activities in Terrain One and Two as defined in Rules 9.29 & 9.30:
  1. Parties must consist of no more than eight, but no less than four people, except as provided for in Rule 9.32 (d) below.

  2. Each party must have a leader holding a permit or a designated party leader.

  3. If more than one group is formed the parties must use different routes or, if using the same route, leave a clear time and distance interval between them – so that they do not become mixed.

  4. When walking directly to, and off the hills after, a multi pitch climb the party size may be less than four.

  5. No leader with a permit to supervise the activity may do so with more than three parties, including their own.

  6. When leaders holding permits are checking on the safety of Scout parties or their routes, the party size may be less than four. All the members of such a reduced party must each have the skills and experience required to travel safely in the hills in such circumstances, must follow rules regarding route plans and should plan to spend the minimum of time on their own.

(As stated in POR chapter 9.)