Duration: 3 days
Max Altitude: 1,344m
Endurance Factor: Hard
The challenge is different to the majority of other charities and tour companies Three Peaks Challenges as we complete the mountains in reverse order starting in Wales and finishing in Scotland which makes it much more fun! By doing this you’ll build up to the tallest mountain in the UK – Ben Nevis! After completing the challenge we’ll then stay overnight in our hotel in Fort William for a celebratory meal, drinks and to swap stories of an amazing weekend.
Leading up to the challenge you will be well prepared by our experienced Challenge Events Team with regular updates, support with your training/fundraising and have the opportunity to meet other team members on our organised free Three Peaks Challenge training walks.
If you have any questions about the Three Peaks Challenge please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Steve 01242 548761.
FREE gear including Three Peaks finishers t-shirt, medal and Vitalsox compression walking socks.
Training plans, fundraising tips, advice, merchandise and first class support from the WellChild Events Team.
Unwind and relax at the Spa hotel in Fort William with three course celebratory meal and a few drinks in the bar!
Before the challenge you will have regular contact and updates from the Challenge Events Manager. There may also be an opportunity to test your fitness and meet up in the Brecon Beacons, Cotswolds or other locations with team members. You will receive training and fundraising advice once signed up and can contact the Challenge Events Manager if you have any questions. During the challenge our safety team will lead the walk and guide you throughout the event ensuring your safety. You will receive regular safety and weather updates throughout the challenge and can ask our experienced team if you need specific advice.
We will do everything we can to support you leading up to and during the challenge. It is a real test of mental strength and stamina to complete the challenge and is no easy feat. You will need to train hard beforehand ensuring you complete at least one test weekend of walking eight hours per day for two days.
The team is split up into faster and slower teams and if you need to move between groups this will be accommodated when practical. However if you find you cannot continue or have injured yourself there are set turn around points during the challenge where a member of the safety team can return with any participants to the coach.
Any outdoor activity has a risk however if you are injured the safety team has qualified first aid cover and equipment. The team uses VHF radios and has a support vehicle at the bottom of each mountain that co-ordinates all incidents. The safety team leader is there to ensure your safety and it is your responsibility to listen to their instructions.
The trek is both a mental and physical challenge. You will need to train beforehand and it is unrealistic to think you can complete the event without any training. Once signed up you will receive further training advice and recommendations on equipment e.g. walking boots. Ideally you need to be able to complete an eight hour walk on two consecutive days to be ready for this challenge. It’s not simply about being ready to walk the event but plan your training to be ready over the coming months. If you have a health condition you should consult your doctor before taking part.
Once signed up you will receive a full kit list but the main clothing and equipment is a pair of waterproof trousers, waterproof jacket, 25-35L rucksack and well broken in walking boots. The weather in the mountains is unpredictable and changes rapidly. If you do not have ankle high boots and full waterproofs you will be unable to take part in the challenge for your own safety.
Friday night we are walking through the night on Scafell Pike but most people will sleep as much as possible on the coach.
0600hrs Bristol Pick up
0645hrs Cheltenham pick up
0900hrs Birmingham area pick up
1100hrs Climb Snowdon
1930hrs Dinner (Service station)
2100hrs Climb Scafell Pike
Your packed lunch will have been given to you on the coach prior to climbing Snowdon. The team will be split into two with a faster group and slower group. The pace will be steady and if those in the faster group wish to drop back they can. Snowdon is a relatively simple walk but has steep sections which tests your legs. This is the perfect chance to chat to fellow trekkers and get to know people. All the hard work is worth it as after two hours you’ll summit the mountain and if the weather is clear there will be spectacular views across the Welsh countryside. From here it’s back down the mountain to the waiting coach to transfer us to our second mountain!
On route to Scafell Pike we will stop for a hot meal at Tebay Services which is your chance to re-stock the energy lost and prepare your equipment before your night walk! With one down and two to go, albeit the smallest of the three, it takes a lot of energy as the walk takes you up and down peaks to reach the summit of Scafell Pike. Many people are anxious with this being a night walk but you will have been fully briefed and have the expertise of our safety team to guide you throughout. This mountain has the hardest terrain of all three with a mixture of paths, boulder fields and scree. However seeing the sunrise as you descend from the mountain is as magical as it sounds and everyone has normally built a strong camaraderie during the night ready for the final challenge.
0600hrs Leave Seatoller
1130hrs Lunch on coach
1300hrs Climb Ben Nevis
2100hrs Check into hotel
After completing the second of our mountains we head for the closest service station for a full English breakfast and to freshen up. As it will be a long journey to Scotland this is great time to replenish cereal bars, water and re-pack your bag ready for the final mountain. After leaving the services everyone switches their phones to silent and gets as much sleep as possible.
Just before lunch you will receive your sandwiches and goodie bags to build up your energy ready for the final mountain. Following a full brief from the head of our safety team we will have had a full update on weather conditions and recommendations for clothing.
We arrive at Ben Nevis and begin long steady climb which remains roughly at the same gradient throughout. Trekking up past the waterfall which is the half way point and then on to the famous zigzags before reaching the summit. Depending on the time of year and previous weather condition there may be a small amount of snow at the top! The views can be spectacular and as we reach the summit there’s the opportunity for a team photo and snack before heading back down the mountain getting closer to the bar and comfy bed!
The walk back gets quicker and as we reach the bottom there is lots of congratulations, bottle of celebratory beer (or soft drink), handshakes and hugs.
We are then transported to our hotel for the night where a quick shower and change of clothes makes a huge difference and everyone meets in the bar to celebrate, share stories, show off blisters and enjoy the three course celebratory meal!
0900hrs Presentation with Three Peaks Challenge certificates
1000hrs Pictures and coach home
1500hrs Lunch stop at service station
1900hrs Drop off near Birmingham*
2000hrs Drop off Cheltenham*
2100hrs Drop off Bristol*
*The coach is able to facilitate a drop off at any service stations on the return journey route (M6/M5).
After a long nights sleep everyone meets for a full English Breakfast before a presentation to each individual of their challenge certificate. After a team photo it’s back to our coach to travel back to Cheltenham and Bristol with an optional drop off at Glasgow airport. During the trip back some of the team will sleep and for those that cant conversations flow and films will be played over the entertainment system.
Please read the following Terms & Conditions of Entry carefully
1. In return for a secured place on the Event you will need to pay a holding donation of £20 which will go towards the cost of your travel, accommodation, guides and food.
3. You will pledge to attempt to raise an additional minimum of £364 in sponsorship to reach WellChild’s guide target of £550.
4. If you have not paid the above or informed us in writing that you have withdrawn from the event by the above date you will be held liable for the event cost of £186 to ensure the charity is not financially affected.
5. We ask that you try to raise and pay to WellChild 80% of the your sponsorship target four weeks before the Event takes place, and pledge to try to raise and pay the remaining 20% within four weeks of completing the Event.
5. All funds raised in the name of WellChild must be paid to WellChild. You have a legal responsibility to ensure that all sponsorship monies/donations received by you for the Event are paid to WellChild promptly.
6. The cost of your participation in this Event is approximately £186. This includes costs for your accommodation, food, transport and guides. Your holding donation and part of your sponsorship will be used to pay these costs.
7. Should you have to withdraw, for whatever reason, please let us know as soon as possible in writing, as this may help to mitigate any costs incurred by the charity. Payments or donations made by you will be returned should you wish. All sponsorship forms must be returned to WellChild, and we suggest that you ask any sponsors whose donations have already been collected whether they are happy for their donation to remain with the charity. Should any of your sponsors not wish their donation to remain with the charity, you must return that donation to them.
8. You must be 18 years of age or above on the day that the Event commences.
9. All participants enter the Event entirely at their own risk and WellChild shall not be liable for any injury or loss that participants suffer as a result of taking part in the event, except where an injury or loss results from the negligence or omissions of WellChild. WellChild is covered by appropriate public liability insurance.
10. By entering the Event you confirm that you are aware of the risks involved and the degree of fitness required to take part and agree that you are physically capable of competing in the Event. You are advised to consult your doctor if in any doubt prior to undertaking any exercise programme. You undertake and agree to inform WellChild of any change in your medical condition from the date of registration up to and until the start of the Event. Participants aged 65 years or over, or who have a pre-existing medical condition, may be required to provide a doctor’s certificate stating they have a suitable level of fitness to participate in the Event.
11. All training plans, hints and tips information are provided in good faith and it is recommended that all participants consult a doctor before embarking on any program of physical activity.
12. Personal liability, medical, belongings/equipment or personal accident insurance is not provided by WellChild. You are advised to obtain such insurance yourself if required.
13. All participants are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner during their participation in the event.
14. You must not suffer from alcohol or drug dependency.
15. You must provide your own equipment ensuring you have ankle high walking boots (not trainers or mid ankle walking boots) and full waterproofs (jacket and trousers).
16. If at any time it is discovered that any participant should have been ineligible to participate in the Event (or if participation in the Event should have been refused for any reason whatsoever) WellChild reserve the right to disqualify from/refuse entry to such participant to the Event.
17. Itineraries, schedule and other arrangement changes may occur, which are beyond the control of WellChild or the safety team.
18. During the course of the Event you must fully comply with the instructions of the WellChild staff, safety team, emergency services and/or marshals.
19. WellChild may, at its sole discretion, withdraw places on the Event if it is believed to be in its own best interest to do so. WellChild reserves the right to cancel the Event should it be deemed necessary for any reasons outside of its control. In this instance, all donations paid by you will be refunded.
20. By taking part in an event, you confirm that you are happy for your name and any footage or photographs taken during your participation in the Event to be used by WellChild to publicise and organise events, and by WellChild generally in promoting the work of the charity. This may include brochures, posters, leaflets, display boards, website and any other such appropriate materials.
21. If your personal details (address, contact number etc.) change after you have submitted your application you must notify us immediately. All personal information will be held in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
22. By participating in the Event you agree to the terms and conditions above and the following disclaimer ‘I declare I will abide by the age limits set for the event and will abide by all rules and instructions. I declare that I will not compete in the event unless I am medically fit to do so and that, in any event, I will compete at my own risk. I accept that the organisers (WellChild), sponsors, partners, marshals will not be liable for any loss, damage, action, claim, costs or expenses, which may arise in consequence of my participation of the event, unless caused by their negligence or omission.
It is best to join a fully organised Three Peaks Challenge due to the nature of the logistics and ensuring your safety on the mountain. However if you do wish to organise your own challenge please read the details below so that you you stay safe, think about preserving the local environment and organise the challenge in a responsible way.
Charity outdoor events (including the Three Peaks Challenge) have to follow guidance by the Institute of Fundraising if you are doing this for charity. To see this guidance please click here.
1. Plan your challenge carefully and ensure that your travel time is excluded from your walking time e.g. 24 hours walking and 10 hours travel time. This ensures your safety on the road as well as mountains. Read up about the challenge.
2. Ensure you have the correct equipment for the mountains. See the BMC New Hillwalkers Booklet for guidance. Here is a suggested kit list that WellChild organised Three Peaks Challenge participants are issued for our July events.
3. You should hire a qualified mountain guide if you are not a competent hill walker who can navigate by map and compass in the dark. Please do not rely on satnav or mobile phone maps/apps. Buy a full set of maps such as these.
4. Plan all logistics of the challenge and be prepared to cancel the event if the weather conditions are not right – keep track of the weather here. For more information about planning your logistics please click here for a useful book.
5. Register your event here with the Three Peaks Partnership. They help preserve the mountains with litter collections and path maintenance. Click here to read their guidelines regarding the Three Peaks Challenge. Also as we love our mountains please provide a donation to support the path maintenance by clicking here.
Have a safe challenge and let us know if you can fundraise for WellChild by clicking here.
Weather updates – Mountain weather information service
Mountain guides – British Mountain Guides
Suggested Kit list – Kit list
Training – Suggested training guide
Three Peaks Partnership – They maintain the mountain paths