Saturday 28th March 2020

North Leigh 18 Mile Hike

Our proud sponsors include

Fat Squirrel Outdoor Co. Ltd
North Oxford BMW
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EVENT CANCELLED AS OF 16/03/20

Following the announcement today from the UK Government and the announcement from our Chief Commissioner of Scouts, outlining the need to stop all unnecessary social interaction, stop all face to face meetings for scouting of young people and adults for the foreseeable future; and for all groups of over 50 individual people not to meet, we have had no choice but to CANCEL our event for the 2nd year in a row!


Having cancelled our event last year due to adverse weather conditions causing issues of Health & Safety, we moved the date to later in the year to ensure that the weather would be less of a concern. 


All that is left for us to say is thank you to you all that have come back again this year and supported us. We cannot run this event without the participants, the volunteers, the Sponsors and the support of 1st North Leigh Scout Group. We hope to be back again in 2021 and we hope to issue a new date for next year soon. If you have any questions or concerns, then you can still email us at team@nl18.info and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Stay safe everyone, keep promoting the Laws of Scouting during what will be a very difficult time for society and help those around us all. 

About our event

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A Family Friendly Scouting Day Out

Rest assured you will get muddy! That's half the fun of the day is getting muddy, along with some pretty amasing countryside and a group of great people


What makes us different from the rest is our attention to detail and making life as easy as possible for our participants and team organisers. From signing- up through to parking up on the day, through to Check-in or having a top quality bacon sandwich and a hot chocolate at a check-point on the way around our 18 mile route. We want you all to be having fun and making great memories together! It is also really important to use that you want to come back and jpoin in year after year. That is how we have grown in size from the original hike that saw 24 Scouts and Leaders go out on a hike in 2014 to the over 400 people that take part each year. 

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Event History

NL18 was started in 2014 as an alternative option for Scouts in Oxfordshire to experience a supported long distance hike through some of the most beautiful Cotswold countryside and woodland there is to offer. Concentrating on the little details and things that make life easier for our participants, including dedicated event parking, GPS tracked Teams, event support vehicles, figure of 8 route, dedicated routes for Beavers and Cubs and great home-cooked food. On top of all of this, we offer our participants the opportunity to fund-raise for their Scout Group or Section. 



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Event Highlights

In teams of between 4 and 8 participants, NL18 offers something for every Scouting Section from Beavers through to Network. 


  • Beavers have a  fun 5 mile route of their own to get down right messy and muddy in.
  • Cubs and more adventurous Beavers can attempt our challenging 8 mile loop that will offer mud, fun, hills and spills.
  • Hardcore Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Network can take on the might of the full 18 miles to conquer in the best time you can. 


  • GPS Tracked Teams 
  • Check-points every 2 miles
  • Event support vehicles 
  • First Aid
  • Event Parking
  • Home-made food and hot drinks
  • Participant Badge and Certificate
  • Friendly and helpful event staff

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Following Footpaths & Byways

We have specifically designed our hike to avoid roads and busy ares for traffic. We have focused on local footpaths  and routes that use the natural and beautifully outstanding countryside to guide you around West Oxfordshire on what we hope is a sunny and kind winters day. 


There will be areas where we need you to use the roadways and cross roads, but we take the hassle and worry out of this for you. Where our walkers will be using roadways, we are well ahead of you and have signs out to warn traffic well in advance that they are to ecxpect to see walker sand to slow down accordingly. In areas where we think you might need our helpo a little more, we have Hike Helpers there slowing traffic and assisting Teams in crossing roads and keeping safe. 

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Dog Friendly

At NL18 we are proud to be fully inclusive and that includes Mans Best Friend! If you have a well-behaved dog, then they are welcome on our hike. We ask that dog owners on our hike take full responsibility for their pet including being in control of the dog at all times, that you clear up behind your dog and that you ensure that no persons or livestock are threatened at anytime by your dog. Simple really. 

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A chance to Fundraise for your Group or Section

By taking part in this event, you are contributing to Scouting in Oxfordshire. Any monies raised after event costs have been accounted for are then used to support Scouting in Oxfordshire. This includes Jamborees, purchasing of equipment or providing life changing memories and experiences for Scouts in Oxfordshire. So your support is always very much appreciated and never taken for granted.  


But this is an opportunity for your Sections and Groups to fundraise too. Make this part of your Yearly fundraising effort in getting your Beavers, Cubs Scouts, Explorers and Network to get sponsorship for the distance they walk from family, friends and colleagues. We have provided a sponsorship form below to help you get started. Cover your cost of event entry and raise more for your Section or Group this year. Its a fun and adventurous hike that allows you to judge how hard you want to push yourself on the day, through choosing a route for you. And dont forget, if it gets too much, our hike is fully supported with event vehicles that can take you off the course at any check-point should you change your mind or circumstances change for you.  

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GPS Tracked

We like to know that you are on track and safe at all times. That is why at NL18 each team gets allocated a GPS Tracker that allows our event team to make sure we know exactly where you are and how things are going for you. Using our radio system that all checkpoints and support vehicles have access too, we can quickly and effectively support all our participants over the course . Something we are very proud of and we feel is essential if you are not walking in a straight line for the full 18 miles!

Putting together a Team & being a Helper!

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Beaver & Cub Teams

Scouts, Explorer & Network Teams

Scouts, Explorer & Network Teams

  • Minimum 4 and maximum 8 participants 
  • Must include a minimum of TWO DBS Approved Leaders / Adults
  • Only applies to Beaver & Cub Teams

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Scouts, Explorer & Network Teams

Scouts, Explorer & Network Teams

Scouts, Explorer & Network Teams

  • Minimum 4 & Maximum 8 participants
  • All participants must be over 10.5 years old
  • NO Adult required in Team but adults are welcome to make up the team and must be DBS Checked before the event by their respective Groups and provide a membership number. 
  • All participants must be registered and active in Scouting

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Family & Mixed Teams

Scouts, Explorer & Network Teams

Price per participant

  • Minimum 4 & Maximum 8 participants
  • Mix from Beavers & Siblings to Adults
  • Family Teams do not require DBS for adults

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Price per participant

Event Helper needed from Each Group

Price per participant

£7.50 pp which includes the following:


  • GPS Tracking per team
  • Online registration and payment
  • Route Map
  • 'Finishers' Badge and Certificate
  • Event Support vehicles
  • First Aid

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Routes & Loops

Event Helper needed from Each Group

Event Helper needed from Each Group

  • Beaver only 5 Mile Loop
  • Cub &  Beaver 8 mile Loop
  • Scout, Explorer & Network 18 Mile Route 


  • Figure of 8 Route consisting of an 8 mile and 10 mile Loop
  • Check-points every 2 miles maximum
  • GPS Tracked teams
  • Support vehicles to assist 

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Event Helper needed from Each Group

Event Helper needed from Each Group

Event Helper needed from Each Group

We have one criteria for any Group joining us on the day. To run this event like we do, we ask that each Group provides us with one Adult helper for the whole day. These duties may include helping with various elements of the event including Checkpoints or Administration. 


If you cannot provide Adult help for the whole day for your Group, then the Event Management Team reserve the right to refuse Group participation. 

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Helper Registration

Helper Registration

Helper Registration

Are you kindly agreeing to help with our event by being the 'nominated person' for your Group? Are you just being a totally wonderful person and offering us your time and skills for the day in delivering this great event for Scouting in Oxfordshire? Well, click the button below and this will take you through to our Scout EMS page where you can register as a 'Staff Member' for our event. By the way, we really do appreciate it! Without your help as volunteers, we really could not deliver this event, so once again, we think you are a star!

Event Forms to Download

We have some important downloads here that we think will help you with your fundraising and also to be prepared

Event timetable

10/01/2020

Booking Opens

12:01am

Scout EMS

Event Details

10/01/2020

Booking Opens

Booking is now OPEN  and we are proud to be supported by Scout EMS. We hope that this years booking in for our event will make things easier...

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12:01am

Scout EMS

14/03/2020

Registration Closes

11:59pm

Scout EMS

Event Details

14/03/2020

Registration Closes

If we haven't SOLD OUT already, registration for our Event will close today at 11:59pm. Don't leave things until the last minute, secure you...

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11:59pm

Scout EMS

28/03/2020

North Leigh 18 Mile Hike

6:30am - 6:00pm

Perrotts Hill Farm, North Leigh

Event Details

28/03/2020

North Leigh 18 Mile Hike

This is the Big Day! We hope your hiking boots are clean, you've got your water-proofs (but hopefully won't need them), your sponsorship for...

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6:30am - 6:00pm

Perrotts Hill Farm, North Leigh

16/03/2020

EVENT CANCELLED

8pm

CANCELLED EVENT

Event Details

16/03/2020

EVENT CANCELLED

Following the advice of UK Government and our Scouting UK Chief Commissioner, we have taken the decision to cancell our event for the 2nd ye...

Event Details

8pm

CANCELLED EVENT

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