It is a commonly known phrase that an army marches on its stomach. The same rings true for those completing the Army’s Ten Tors event; it is equally as important that Ten Tors challengers get the right nutrition to make the walking as enjoyable as possible and improve their recovery time.

General advice

  • Remember that the food eaten whilst walking needs to be balanced – carbohydrates, fruit and vegetables, protein and then some sugar.
  • Meals shouldn’t all be high energy foods as these can lead to sugar highs followed by lows which are exacerbated by the long distance walked and heavy rucksacks. The best thing is to take food similar to what’s usually eaten, just more of it to account for the energy being used up.
  • Lunch is generally eaten on the move too, so think about things you can stuff in your pockets and easily eat whilst still walking.
  • Food has to survive two/three days out of the fridge in your rucksack, it may get hot or cold and it may get squashed, come Sunday you still need to have advertising food to eat!
  • You must take your rubbish home with you. We will not tolerate you dropping your litter or leaving in the minibuses. So think about leaving whatever packets/containers you can at home.
  • Not all food is as appealing when tired – think about what is enjoyable and easy to eat. Experiment over the hikes to see what works and what doesn’t work.

Examples of meals


  • Porridge with dried fruit or 1 wayfarer style meal – it needs to be hot and filling to give you a great start
  • Hot drink


  • Sandwiches or wraps (wholegrain is best) with lots of appetising filling (don’t forget Sunday’s filling needs to keep out of the fridge until Sunday, avoid meat/fish)
  • Fruit
  • Crisps (helps top up salt levels)Image result for hiking food
  • Chocolate bar (helps top up the sugar levels)
  • Granola bars

Walking snacks (these should not replace proper meals!)

  • Trail mix
  • Sweets and chocolate
  • Dried fruit


  • Wayfarer style meal – must be consumed hot (it needs to be a proper high-calorie meal, pot noodles are not ok!)
  • Snack/ pudding
  • Hot drink