Kinder Walk
Derbyshire Scouts

Welcome to the Kinder Walk website


We are sorry to announce that, in view of the current COVID-19 pandemic, and the uncertainty surrounding when face to face Scouting can recommence, we have no alternative but to cancel the 2020 event.

This decision was not taken lightly - as you would imagine, we would like to have offered the opportunity for our young people to get outdoors on an event such as this. But, realistically, even if we could have used the headquarters by then (which is probably doubtful) they would not have had the opportunity to do any training or even meet together much before the event on 11th October.

Safety must be our number one priority.

We thus consider it only right to cancel at this point rather than delay the decision for another month with the possibility, and probability, of still having to cancel - causing more disappointment for groups hoping to enter.

Do please reserve the date - 10th October 2021 for the next Kinder Walk.

Dave MacAlisterChairman

The Kinder Walk, consisting of two walking/running events, is organised on behalf of the Derbyshire County Scout Council and is open to all members of the Scout and Guide Associations, subject to the various trophy categories.

The Kinder Extreme is approximately 30km and the Kinder Challenge is around 16km. The Extreme is aimed at older Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Guides and members of Scout Network. It is a challenge of map reading and stamina in this exciting and rugged area of the Peak District.

The Kinder is a team event for teams of between 4 and 6 (see Trophies and eligibility for details). Times vary between 3 and 8 hrs


Leaders should be aware, and are reminded, of the need for all members of the team to be able to read a map and navigate - it is not a signposted route!

2019 Event

We had a full complement of 40 teams in the Challenge, but just 20 in the Extreme - maybe we need to relook at the categories for the next event, encouraging some of the faster Challenge teams into the Extreme.

Once again the weather was unkind to us, although there were a few periods without rain. Despite the weather conditions, we had very few drop outs - well done! The fastest time in the Challenge was 2 hours 29 achieved by 12th Halifax Sea Scouts and fastest time in the Extreme was 3 hours 26 by Endurance ESU - an event record.

See the full list of results for the winners in each category.

Route map

Kinder Goes Green

In an attempt to reduce the use of plastic disposables, we purchased plastic reusable bowls and asked competitors to use their own mugs. This was met with approval and significantly reduced both the wastage and rubbish we had to clear up.

My thanks are extended to all the many helpers on the day; The Kinder Committee, Derby Mountain Rescue Team and fellow Scouters without whom we could not run the event. We do of course hope to welcome them all back for the 2020 event!

Kinder Walk Origins

The first competition was held in October 1967 for the newly formed section of Venture Scouting. It was organised by the then Blagreaves Venture Scout Unit for Venture Unit teams from the Derby Area. There were a total of seven teams took part, with the winning team being Derwent VSU in a time of 7 hours 56 minutes.

The route was a circular one of 26 miles starting and finishing at Chapel en le Frith by way of Edale, Kinder, Hayfield, Buxworth and Combs. The weather for this first event was rain, rain and more rain!! The entry increased in 1968 to eleven teams with entries invited from beyond Derby, even one team from Huddersfield. Winners that year were Derwent 'B' team in a time of 9 hours 31.

In the early years the route was not disclosed until the day of the walk, a different route being used each year. After a lapse of two years the event was resurrected in 1993 using basically the same route we have today. Over the years the trophy categories and their eligibilities have changed, the current categories reflecting the changes in age ranges in the Scout Association.

In 2008 we introduced the Kinder Challenge in an effort to encourage the younger members both into walking in the Peak and to participate in competitive walking events.

In 2016 and 2017 we made a major change to the Extreme route, starting and finishing at Chapel, heading up to Sheffield Road. The route then goes via Brown Knoll and on to Jacob's Ladder picking up the original route to Hayfield. It then takes the Challenge route via Throstle Bank back to the Finish at Chapel.

Dave MacAlisterChairman