Three Peaks Trial
The Three Peaks Trial is one of the oldest events in the UK of this particular type. It was first held in the 1960’s, as an event designed for walkers who wanted a little bit of a challenge, where they could test their endurance and map-reading skills. Now, the event attracts up to five hundred walkers and runners every year. This event is provided by Cardiff Outdoor Group is located at Abergavenny, Monmouthshire.
Walking Challenges UK
What is a Walking challenge?
A great relaxing way to raise funds for your favorite charity is by participating in walking challenges in the UK. Walking challenges are fun, fulfilling and enable you to fully enjoy and engage with the route you take. You can find walking events that take you through parks, cities, countryside or even to the top of mountains. Varying in length and difficulty they are a great way to keep fit and healthy whilst raising money for a great cause
Anyone can take part in charity treks or a sponsored walk or charity trek whatever their level of fitness, this makes them ideal for anyone wanting to take part as a way to raise money for a great cause. There is less rigorous training or preparation needed compared to a run, but you’ll still want to get yourself ready as you need endurance more than anything. Any walks for charity can provide great motivation to keep up your training regime and propel you to the finish line.
Training and Preparation
Walking challenges can vary from a 5k walk or 10k walk up to larger challenges such as walking marathons or even sponsored walks for charity that may span a few days. You will need a good amount of endurance as many challenges incorporate uphill and downhill sections that will tire you out quickly if you are not used to long distance walking. It is critical for you to exercise regularly in order to improve your endurance and begin to build up stronger leg muscles that can withstand hours and hours of use.
Ideally, you should begin training by walking three times a week – use a mix of leg exercises combined with core strengthening techniques to build and improve muscle. And walk, a lot. You can easily incorporate walking in to your lifestyle – a trip to the shop, visiting family or friends etc can all be done of foot rather than taking the car.
You’ll want to try and give yourself some routes that you can practice on and try to extend the length of these walks. Start off with just a few miles and slowly try to build up to longer distances.
Mix it up
Once you’ve got accustomed to walking longer distances, you can then start to take your activity on to different types of surfaces. These should ideally include grass, hill and pavement, and in different weather conditions.
Your training program should never be all work and no play – you can reward yourself with treats or goals at the end of walks. Instead of taking the car to the movies, walk instead and use that as your motivation.
Food for thought
People mostly worry about what to eat or drink during training and at the walking event. There are no hard and fast rules to this – jut make sure to drink lots of water or sports drinks to keep yourself hydrated and energised. You need to have a healthy daily intake of proteins and carbs to maintain your energy levels and ensure you don’t burn out. During the walk you can eat carbs and energy containing foods to keep you going to fight the fatigue.
Get the right Gear
Apart from nutrition, invest in some good clothing and walking shoes or boots. Although walking boots or shoes can be a bit costly, they are durable and won’t give you blisters. Similarly, you want to buy high-quality socks that won’t rub your feet too much and allow your feet to breath. Also it’s worth having a second pair spare just in case they get wet during the walk.
A majority of walkers prefer to wear lightweight trousers and a sports top for the main event. Whilst not essential, like socks, they will allow your skin to breath and keep sweat away whilst keeping you warm. Furthermore, carry a pair of gloves to keep if you will be walking in cold areas.
You may also consider carrying a small emergency kit with things such as plasters or creams should you get stung by the wildlife. There are also a variety of gadgets you can take with you too. If you are walking an unfamiliar route then a mapping or GPS system will come in very handy in case you get lost. If the route will be over a few days, then a battery pack for your mobile phone will help in case of emergencies.
Taking part in a challenging walk can be exhilarating and rewarding, but don’t forget to take adequate rest during the training period. Do not push yourself beyond your limit and most of all, enjoy the experience!
Top Walking Challenges in the UK
We have picked out the best walking challenges taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Walking Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.
Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge
Spend a weekend out in the Yorkshire countryside in September. Scaling 3 peaks in two days this is a difficult but very rewarding event. With some fantastic scenery including the limestone outcrops and unusual rock formations.
About the Three Peaks Challenge Trial
The event is supported by and raises funds for the Longtown Mountain Rescue Team and other charities. It takes place each year, in March, arranged by the Cardiff Outdoor Group. The event was originally for inexperienced walkers looking to test their skills. Due to the circular nature of the trail, dropping out wasn’t an issue if one grew too tired. The route was also very safe, but it did require advanced map-reading, being perfect for those looking for a bit of a challenge while still unsure of their expertise. The very first Three Peaks Trial was organised and run by Chris Barber, with a small pool of twenty entrants. Back then, the event began at Crickhowell Youth Hostel, which no longer exists. The first person to ever complete the Three Peaks Trial was Alistair Mackinnon, who made it around the twenty-two mile circle in eight hours. The youngest person to ever complete the traditional Gold Route walk was the seven-year-old son of Neville Tandy, who brought his son along one year.
This event covers between ten to twenty miles depending on which route you choose. There are four routes to choose from: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.
Bronze Route: An ascent of approximately 2000 feet, covers 10 miles. Incorporated in 2008 for those finding the Gold Route too demanding, good for beginners.
Silver Route: An ascent of approximately 4000 feet, covers 15 miles.
Gold Route: An ascent of approximately 5000 feet, covers 20 miles. The traditional Three Peaks Route.
Platinum Route: An ascent of approximately 5000 feet, covers 17 miles. Please be aware that although the Platinum Route covers less ground than the Gold Route, the paths taken on the Platinum Route are steeper and more challenging. The area is also more remote.
Charity Walk Course Information
Bronze Route: Abergavenny to Sugar Loaf Summit
Silver Route: Abergavenny to Blorenge and Sugar Loaf
Gold Route: Abergavenny to Blorenge, Sugar, Loaf, and Skirrid. This route is the original walk, never very far from civilization. However, it requires careful map-reading to find the most efficient route.
Platinum Route: Llanthony Abbey to Abergavenny, over Bal Mawr, Pen Cerrig Calch, and Sugar Loaf. A bus will leave from Guide Hall in Abergavenny promptly at 8:00 a.m. in order for the walk to begin at 8:30 a.m. from Llanthony Priory.
Upon completion of the event, you will receive a certificate celebrating your achievement, whether you completed the Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum Route. Refreshments will also be available between 2:30p.m. and 7:30 p.m.