The Three Peaks Challenge sounds simple: climb the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales, all in one very long day. The reality is a gruelling expedition involving both day and night climbs of serious mountains including an ascent of 3407m and almost 300 miles of driving, much of it in the dark.
So why do it? Like all good outdoor challenges, simply taking part gives a huge sense of achievement. Plenty of climbers raise money for charity along the way.
At the heart of the Three Peaks Challenge is an appreciation for some of Britain’s wonderful wild areas, from the Grampian Highlands to the Lake District and Snowdonia.
What you need to know about the Three Peaks Challenge
July is a good time to attempt the trek due to the long days and at least statistical likelihood of good weather. Fitness, a driver and sturdy outdoor gear is all you need. With a car full of people and plenty of refreshments it can also be a great-value way to have an amazing time.
Planning your trip
Three Peaks, Ten Tors is an excellent guide to the challenge (as well as other tough British treks). Ordnance Survey maps OL6, OL17 and Explorer 392 are required: don’t go without them. For an online guide try The Three Peaks Challenge.
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