Brace yourself for a fast-paced and physically challenging adventure, as you take on the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales with Charity Challenge in support of Strathcarron Hospice. Considered one of Britain’s toughest outdoor challenges, the National 3 Peaks Challenge takes in the dizzy heights of Ben Nevis (1,344m), Scafell Pike (978m) and Snowdon (1,085m).

Ben Nevis & Scafell Pike

It’s a super early start (5am), as you head off to tackle the first of the three peaks.

Standing at the western end of the Grampian Mountains, Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles and is formed from the collapsed dome of an ancient volcano. The trail up to the summit begins on the eastern side of Glen Nevis, from where you will follow a steep path up to the saddle of Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe (570m). From here you'll then begin a zigzag ascent up the western flank of Ben Nevis to the summit. There are only ten miles to cover, but they will be challenging and will take some six hours to do. Be sure to stay mindful and aware at all times as the path is uneven and slippery in parts.

The pay-off at the top is immense. On a clear day, the views can stretch for 120 miles across the Torridon Hills, Ben Lomond and out towards County Antrim in Northern Ireland. The group will transfer by vehicle southwards towards Wasdale in the Lake District. Dinner will be served before transfer to Wasdale Head for your ascent of Scafell Pike (978m). Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England and consists of a steep ascent involving some easy scrambling in places. We will descend in darkness before trying to catch some sleep on the drive to Snowdonia.

Snowdon

Hopefully you will have had time to recharge for another early start. Time is at a premium, however, as the final peak still awaits you. Driving on to Pen y Pass at the high end of the Lanberis Pass, you'll follow a rocky trail along the Pyg Track to the top of Snowdonia National Park in Wales.

Teamwork and determination are all important as you forge your way onwards and upwards to conquer this final challenge. Snowdon and its surrounding peaks have been described as true examples of alpine typography and from your elevated viewpoint you can take in the surrounding lakes and cwms and, weather permitting, some of the most extensive views in the British Isles. On a clear day you can see four kingdoms, 24 counties, 29 lakes and 17 islands!

Resting at the top for some group photos and impromptu celebrations, you head back to your vehicle for the drive back.

Participants in this event will pay a registration fee of £75 and then raise a minimum sponsorship of £775 for Strathcarron Hospice which could pay for more than 32 hours of nursing care for a patient in the Hospice. Don't be put off by this target, our Fundraising Team are here to support your throughout your fundraising journey to help you reach your target with help and advice throughout.

There are a four different groups setting off on this challenge between June - September 2020. With a limited number of spaces available don’t miss out – register today!