What is Shirehike?

Shirehike is a walking festival hosted by Hereford & Worcester Scouts, running from 1st October 2021 to March 27th 2022. Neighbouring counties have been invited to take part and we are pleased to welcome Birmingham Scouts, Gloucestershire Scouts, Shropshire Scouts and Coventry Scouts to join in the Shirehike fun with us!

This event will be open to all members in the participating counties and entry is free of charge.

Registrations will need to be completed by each young person or their parent/carer. Walks will all be within the participating counties and range in length from 3 to 10 miles miles. Once you have registered you will be able to view and download maps for all the routes.

A walk can be done on a section night as an activity (as long as risk assessment is in place and we are not operating under Red Covid-19 restrictions) or as a family ensuring that government Covid-19 restrictions are followed.

Evidence of completion should be uploaded to the website and special Shirehike badges will be sent in the post direct to the young person once evidence has been approved.

All walks will be ranked one to three stars based and we’d love youth members or leaders to propose additional routes between 3 and 10 miles in length.

NEW FOR 2021

We have added two new Shirehike levels (Platinum & Diamond) along with 4 challenge badges to complete as part of Shirehike 2021. We will hopefully be adding new routes as well as all the previous routes along with the option to complete some cycling and paddling routes.

Got an idea for a route?!

Please submit your suggested routes including a map and description of a few things participants will see along the way:

Hereford and Worcester Scouts: Mark Graham – hillwalking@scoutshw.org.uk 

Birmingham Scouts: info@birminghamscouts.org.uk

Gloucestershire Scouts: Liz Orchard acc.topawards@gloucestershire-scouts.org.uk

Shropshire Scouts: countycommissioner@shropshirescouts.org.uk

Coventry: Andy Morris – andy.morris@coventryscouts.org.uk

New route submissions will be processed once a month so it may take a while for your route to appear and we cannot guarentee that all routes submitted will be approved. We therefore strongly recommend that you submit your route and wait for it to be approved before completing your walk. All routes suggested should start from a public location with suitable parking nearby. We will not approve routes for example that start from your front door and does a few laps of a local park. For routes like this please use the “Anywhere from Home” hikes.

If you have any general questions about Shirehike please email info@shirehike.shirejam.org.uk

Happy Hiking