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  • 23 September 2016
    • Black Rhadley Hill, optional revision for 2016
      By kind permission of the landowners for the day of the event only there is an optional alternative route to ascend Black Rhadley commencing at grid ref 335957 and using the public footpath to the west of, and then north of, Pellrhadley hill; then a waymarked path across private land. Please don't trespass on the private part of the new route by using it other than on the weekend of the Hike, we lost easy access to Black Rhadley for five years due to trespass and damage, we don't want to lose it again.
      Checkpoint 11B, which was required between 2010 and 2015 to enforce using the road around the south of the hill, will no longer exist. You may continue to use the road if you prefer.
  • 12 September 2016
    • I am running behind in getting the final instructions sent out. They will start going out later today in small batches, if you haven't received yours by the end of Wednesday 14th please contact the Webmaster (see the Contact Us web page) and I will check what has happened to it. Simon Lumley, Webmaster.
  • September 2016
    • When training between Shelve and Corndon and when on the event:
      From the edge of Shelve wood at grid ref 327986 to the A488 road follow the public footpath diagonally across the fields above Foxhall Farm to meet the road at at grid ref 320981. Do not cut down through the farmyard as [1] there is no public footpath (that starts further north and skirts round the edge of the farmyard); [2] the farmyard is private and full of machinery which could pose a safety hazard to the unauthorised and untrained; [3] the A488 is a fast road and particularly dangerous to cross in the immediate vicinity of the farm.


The Longmynd Hike is a 50 mile competition hike open to anyone aged 18 or over, which takes place over the first weekend of October every year.


The route: The hike follows a set figure-of-eight route over the rugged countryside of South Shropshire and the Welsh Marches, with about 8,000 feet of climbing covering eight summits. The start is at 13:00 hours on the Saturday from Church Stretton and the object is to complete the course in under 24 hours. Church Stretton School is used as the hike HQ for the weekend and is where registration and kit check takes place, car parking is available and all hikers must report here first. The hike starts from a location to the East of the A49. The route is detailed in the "Hike Route" section of this site.


Safety: Suitable footwear must be worn, waterproofs and a specified amount (or more) of safety equipment must be carried, which is fully detailed in the rules. All checkpoints are linked by radio to the hike HQ at the school, first aid and rescue/sweep teams provide backup and transport is provided from retirement points back to the school for competiors who are unable to complete the route.


What is provided: Drinks are provided for competitors at roadside checkpoints and the school. The school also provides breakfast for competitors from early on the Sunday, and has showers and classrooms for sleeping available. Everyone who starts the hike receives a certificate of their achievment showing the distance completed and time taken, the souvenir tally carried en-route is returned with the certificate.


Trophies: 12 individual trophies and two team trophies are awarded.


Results: A list of finishers and winners will be available, the list will also be published on this website as soon as practical after the event ends.


The Hike is organised by 2nd Longmynd Scout Group.



We gratefully acknowledge the sponsorship of:

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Boultons logo Boultons of Shropshire
Caradoc Coaches logo Caradoc Coaches
Wildes Plant Hire logo Wildes Plant Hire
High Sports logo High Sports (15 percent discount for hike competitors, in-store only)
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We gratefully acknowledge the support of:
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