National 3 Peaks Challenge
26 - 28 July 2019
Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon
Brace yourself for a fast-paced and physically challenging adventure, as you take on the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales. Considered one of Britain’s toughest outdoor challenges, the National 3 Peaks Challenge takes in the dizzy heights of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.
Over the course of two days, you will trek around 26 miles and ascend to a total height of almost 3,000m. This is a serious and tough challenge which requires a good level of fitness, as well as plenty of grit and determination. Your hard work will be rewarded with spectacular views and a huge sense of achievement.
Join the Best Trekking Team For Ages and support us on our mission to end loneliness and isolation for older people living across the UK.
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Book your place on this memorable adventure by visiting the Charity Challenge website and selecting MHA as your chosen charity.
The National 3 Peaks Challenge takes in the dizzy heights of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.
We will meet at Manchester Piccadilly Station before boarding the minibus to Ben Nevis, the beginning of your challenge!
Self funder option:
Pay a registration fee of £75 when you book, then a balance of £380 (5 weeks before your challenge).
Raise as much as you can for MHA.
Minimum sponsorship option:
Registration fee of £75 when you book.
Raise a minimum of £775 for MHA.
Register today by visiting the Charity Challenge website and selecting MHA as your chosen charity.
For more information about this challenge email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01332 221641
Day 1: Friday 13 July 2018
The day begins at 11am as the group finally meets at Manchester Piccadilly Station. Following a warm welcome, we head off by road to Fort William in Scotland. We will stop off in a local Scottish Highland town where you will have the opportunity to buy dinner, before we check-in to our hotel in Fort William and turn in for the night ahead of tomorrow’s early start for our big adventure.
Day 2: Saturday 14 July 2018
Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike
It’s a super early start (5am), as we 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 we will follow a steep path up to the saddle of Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe (570m). From here we'll 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 complete. 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 we transfer to Wasdale Head for our 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.
Day 3: Sunday 15 July 2018
Hopefully you will have had time to recharge for another early start. Time is at a premium, however, as the final peak still awaits us. Driving on to Pen-y-Pass at the high end of the Llanberis Pass, we follow a rocky trail along the Pyg Track to the top of Snowdonia National Park in Wales.
Teamwork and determination are all important as we forge our 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 our 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, we head back to our vehicle for the drive back to Manchester.
There is no accommodation arranged for the final evening, so you may wish to consider booking an extra night’s accommodation to rest after the challenge. If you are returning home by train please make sure you have booked an open ticket, as timings will depend very much on the group’s speed and ability.
By fundraising for Best For Ages, you are helping to connect older people in communities that care. Every penny of your donation will go further to reduce loneliness and isolation across the UK as well as funding award-winning music therapy in our dementia care homes. To learn more about our life-enhancing work, please visit the Your Impact page.
£6 could help us deliver a week's Telebuddies service, providing a regular phone call to check on five isolated older people living alone.
£50 could train a volunteer befriender for an isolated older person, helping to reduce loneliness and isolation in their own home.
£180 could fund a Music Therapist for a day, working to reduce anxiety in four 1:1 sessions and one group session.
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