Ten Tors

What is it?

There may be many challenging outdoor events in Britain today, but Ten Tors stands alone in its scale, its ambition and the fact that it is aimed solely at young people. The Event takes place every year on Dartmoor during the weekend following the May public holiday and is now firmly established in the collective consciousness of the South West. All those who attempt Ten Tors will undoubtedly remember it for the rest of their lives and for many it will be a life-changing experience.

The Event starts and finishes at Okehampton Camp and is organised by the Army’s Headquarters South West with support from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force as well as civilian emergency services and volunteers. It consists of two challenges, the Ten Tors Challenge and the Jubilee Challenge.

The Ten Tors Challenge is attempted by 2,400 teenagers in 400 teams of six. The teams navigate routes of 35, 45 or 55 miles (depending on age) over the Northern half of Dartmoor, visiting ten nominated tors / check points in under two days. Teams must be self-sufficient, carrying all that they need to complete their route and stay out overnight safely.


Ten Tors in Scouting

Ten Tors is an additional element of the Explorer and Network programme in East Somerset. The exciting and popular event brings over 400 teams of  people from all over the country and world together to take part in the extreme challenge. As a District we enter teams each year into 35m, 45m and 55 mile competitions.

The selection and training for this event start each year in September and carries on throughout the year culminating in the event in May. If you would like to take part in the challenge and would like to find out more then please contact our 14-25 commissioner:

Pete Ward: 14-25@eastsomersetscouts.org.uk



Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls