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Three Peaks in Three Days
This is without doubt one of our most popular challenges. Climbing the three Highest Peaks in the home nations: Scotland, England and Wales. Starting with Ben Nevis, we then head south for Scafell Pike and then finishing at Snowdon. Whilst it is spaced out over 3 days, don't be fooled! This is still a tough challenge!
A total of 480 miles of driving, and climbing a total of almost 3000 vertical metres, makes this a special kind of challenge, and not one that everyone is going to manage. You do at least have slightly longer on each mountain, and, thankfully, a bed to sleep in each evening! Why not give yourself a goal this year to train for? Why not say that you’re going to put yourself to the test, and join the Classic 3 Peaks Challenge? Join a group of like-minded adventurous individuals who will be taking part in this event, looking for a tough weekend, with a few laughs along the way to look back upon. This challenge could change your life - so be prepared!
11:15 (Approx)Early arrival at Glasgow International Airport - then transfer to Fort William. All participants should bring lunches for the day 1 trek with them.
14:00 Start trek up Ben Nevis
20:00 Expected finish (Typical sunset time during June - August - 8pm to 10pm) - return to eat in Fort William and return to accommodation. Get a good night's sleep ready for another big day!
08:00 Approx early set out. Depart for Lake District
14:00 Expected departure on Scafell Pike.
20:00 Expected Return to vehicle depart. Leave the Lake District bound for our overnight accommodation and dinner near to Lancaster.
07:00 Expeceted departure from accommodation. Early start again to reach Snowdon.
10:00 Arrive at Snowdon and start trek.
14:30 Approx expected finish - ready for celebratory late lunch. Transfer to lunch venue. After lunch transfer to Chester Train Station (eta 17:00) or Manchester Airport for return journey home.
Two nights simple hotel accommodation are included in this itinerary.
What is a Level 3.0 Trekking Challenge Like?
These challenges are either longer, higher, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 9 hours trekking. In the case of a multi day trek, you can expect a lower daily duration, but of course the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be keen on physical exercise for these events, and to enjoy taking exercise, and do it regularly. Longer duration long haul treks are likely to be easier in terms of the physical walking, however you will need to be more resilient, due to simple living conditions. UK single day or weekend level 3 treks are suited to walkers and trekkers with some previous history of upland walking or alternatively a good amount of lowland training behind them.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.0 ‘Trek’?
You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing very long walks in the countryside; 7 hours plus . You should be doing regular exercise, possibly with some running. Your running speed will be fairly steady; nothing too fast, and you should be able to run a minimum of 4 miles. If you do not run, you should be concentrating on other types of exercise but for longer periods of time (i.e. sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs). These other forms of exercise should be at a moderate to high level. e.g. spinning, circuits, swimming, or other sports.
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Travel insurance is required for all overseas adventures and can be purchased through Ventureguard using the link on the left hand toolbar of the website.
Travel insurance is not compulsory for UK adventures but it is advised. For further information, please don't hesitate to contact the Café.
For more detailed answers to frequent questions on the 3 Peaks - please click here - FAQs
To find out what previous trekkers have been saying about our events - please click HERE!
Included In Trip
- Challenge Pack – maps, instructions etc - Minibus Transport & driver* - Full pre-event consultation - 2 night's accommodation (inc breakfast) - Guiding for the 3 Peaks - Experienced Qualified Leader + Qualified first aiders - Safety equipment
*All transfers provided by Adventure Cafe's transport provider throughout the challenge from pick up and drop off in Chester/Manchester/Glasgow airport**) on the friday/Sunday. The drivers are regulated by current DVSA drivers hours regulations and enforced driving/rest stops.
**Pick up locations limited to group and driving requests
Excluded From Trip
Please bring lunches for two days. Evening meals . Breakfasts are included in the price of the weekend and will be cooked – vegetarian breakfast is available (please be sure to request it at time of booking.
Compulsory or Very Important Items
Walking Boots (broken in with ankle protection), Day Sack (25 - 35 litres)
Walking Poles, Lightweight Gloves, Fleece Hat
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent)
1 Pair Outer Waterproof Bottoms, Walking Socks
Head Torch with spare batteries
Other Recommended Items
Suncream, Blister Repair Kit, Plasters, Painkillers, Sunbloc
Hill Walking Items
Bladder System (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle), Sun Hat (wide brimmed), Neck Scarf
Lunches - you will have the opportunity en route to the challenge to shop for your event provisions (ie all food once the challenge is underway)
Snack Foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.
Lightweight Fleece, Medium Weight Fleece
Long Cotton Trekking Trousers, Comfortable Trekking Shirts (long/short sleeved)
Pack of Travel Tissues, Travel Pillow (Bean type is best! Inflatable not as good!)
Camera, Film / Memory Card, Wallet, Credit Cards, Cash
Sunglasses, Spare Comfortable Shoes, Mobile Phone, Washkit
Holdall Bag to carry all items not used whilst on the mountain
It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our 3 Peak Challengers.
You will be briefed by your leader, before and during the challenge - but key items to remember are as follows:
1. Wear appropriate clothing - including proper footwear with ankle support.
2. Ensure your waterproofs are in good condition
3. Listen to and follow instructions from your leader.
4. Remain within visual contact of your leader at all times
5. Remain well fed and watered throughout the event.
6. In case of poor weather we normally continue to pursue the challenge - unless we deem it unsafe. This usually would entail high winds or exceptionally high water levels that would render river crossings dangerous.
Expect variable weather conditions. We are after all trekking at dark, during the day, in Scotland, England and in Wales. So be prepared. We may encounter scorching temperatures but equally freezing cold or even snow (Especially in May on Ben Nevis) pack at both ends of the spectrum. Especially expect rain at some time… all three mountains are on the Western Seaboard and hence bear the brunt of prevailing weather systems coming in moisture laden from the Atlantic.
Notes on Trekking Events
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