21 June 2024

National 3 Peaks Challenge

Category: Charity event

Time: 6:30am -

Venue: National 3 Peaks

Join us for an incredible adventure to the top of the UK’s three tallest mountains, Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis and witness breathtaking views in three different countries. By participating in this event, you’ll experience the three area’s natural beauty and contribute to a great cause by raising funds for Gateshead Health Charity.

Important advice:

Event Details

  • Date: Saturday 22 June 2024
  • Arrival time: Pick up at 1pm on Friday 21 June
  • Meeting point: Glasgow Central Train Station
  • Registration fee: £430 and pledging to fundraise for Gateshead Health Charity
Book your place

A challenging hike

This event is open to all individuals but participants will need a good level of fitness to take on this challenge. This event is no easy walk as there will be around 13 hours of hiking up three mountains with heights of 978-metres, 1,085-metres and 1,345-metres. You will be provided training tips and support in preparation for this challenge.

ben nevis with clouds
Ben Nevis

About the event

You’ll be in safe hands as you journey to the peaks, led by a fully qualified and experienced mountain guide. By supporting Gateshead Health Charity, you can help us continue to create a brighter and more comfortable environment for patients, staff and visitors, ultimately improving the overall health and wellbeing of the Gateshead community.

picture of a view from scafell pike at sunrise
View from Scafell Pike
a photograph of Snowdon at sunrise
Snowdon at sunrise

Sign up now and book your place today!

Book your place today for the 3 Peaks Challenge

Participant terms and conditions

Itinerary

Day 1: Friday, 21 June 2024

  • The adventure starts at 1pm when you board your coach at Glasgow Central Train Station.
  • Enjoy a scenic ride to Fort William, with our guides pointing out interesting landmarks along the way.
  • Between 5pm and – 6pm you’ll arrive at your accommodation in Fort William (shared rooms, sole occupancy can be arranged at an extra cost). Relax and settle in for the evening. There’s a supermarket nearby if you need to stock up on last-minute supplies for the challenge. Depending on your hotel, breakfast may be included.

Day 2: Saturday, 22 June 2024

  • 6:30am early start for transportation to Ben Nevis.
  • Hike Ben Nevis via the Pony Track route (approximately five hours).
  • Transportation to Scafell Pike, with a stop for a driver’s break, food, showers, and prep for the next climb (estimated four hours).
  • Scafell Pike hike (approximately four hours)
  • Transport to Llanberis Yr Wydffa (previously known as Snowdon)
  • Hike Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) via the Llanberis path (approximately four hours hiking)
  • After conquering Snowdon, depart for Chester or Warrington Quay Train Station for your journey home. If a large number of participants are coming from the North East it may be possible to arrange coach pick up/drop off at central location in the North East.
  • This itinerary is a guide and may vary depending on weather conditions and group pace. Final times will be confirmed by your guide closer to the time.

Participants need a good level of fitness to take on this challenge.

Your guide will help give you training tips and support in preparation for this challenge.

  • Transport from Glasgow Central
  • Over night accommodation in Fort William
  • Transport with a professional driver between peaks
  • Experienced and qualified mountain guide to lead you on your National 3 Peaks Challenge
  • Satellite phones
  • Safety equipment
  • Transport to Chester or Warrington Quay Train Stations. 
  • Pre-event support from the team, from advice on kit lists to training guidance to ensure you’re fit for this challenge event. Your guide will be in touch with you to confirm all arrangements and you can always reach us via [email protected]  
  • Travel to and from the meeting location – please allow enough time to arrive, the group will depart at the allocated time.
  • Any food, drinks or goods you choose to purchase at any shops, restaurant, pubs or cafés visited.
  • Travel/activity insurance – we recommend having insurance to cover, at a minimum: cancellation and curtailment; medical and emergency expenses, personal accident; injury and death.

Waterproof Jacket & Trousers – make sure you buy items that are ‘waterproof’ rather than ‘water-resistant’ – there’s a big difference in a downpour!

Walking Trousers – please do not walk in jeans as these soak up a lot of water and are stifling on a hot day.

Walking Boots & Socks – A good pair of walking boots which you’ve tested out in advance – ensure they fit you well and are comfortable. Proper walking socks have more padding or re-enforcement where needed and are designed to wick away.

Rucksack / Backpack – To carry your spare clothing, food, water and other items. 30 litres capacity is a good bet for most people, but the size of your bag will be determined by the amount you personally need and wish to carry.

Dry Bags – we recommend a waterproof backpack cover, or use of dry bags to keep your kit dry – these come in different sizes and can be used for everything from cameras to jumpers.

Warm Clothes (layers advised) – A t-shirt or technical baselayer to wear next to your skin, under your other layers (see below). We advise against cotton as it soaks up water, often rubs, and doesn’t dry easily. A synthetic option is a good idea, or if you get cold easily you may want to try wool.

Fleece/Jumper – a couple more layers to keep you warm. You may want both thick and thin options if it’s a cold day, or you’re doing a high-level walk.

Hat & Gloves (waterproof advised) – You need to keep your head, hands and neck warm – a hat paired with a buff and some waterproof gloves is ideal. These items are still essential in the summer months

Food & Lots of Fluid – Don’t forget to pack your lunch* and whatever snacks will help keep you fuelled up. In terms of water, most participants find 2 litres of water is suitable for a normal day walk,

Survival Bag & Whistle – We hope you’ll never need these – but they are essential for your safety.

Personal First Aid Kit – Whatever personal medication you need, as well as some blister plasters/lip salve/painkillers (hopefully not needed!). All of our walk leaders/guides are first-aid trained.

Head Torch – An essential piece of kit throughout the year, please also bring spare batteries. This must be a head torch, not the torch on your mobile phone! Your head torch will be checked by your guide at the start of the walk – if you do not have a working head torch you will not be allowed to start the walk.

Mobile Phone – it’s always good practice to have your mobile phone with you when exploring the outdoors, in case of emergency.