A Challenge Walk -
Designed To Test Endurance And Map Reading Skills

30th March 2019
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Three Peaks Trial 24th March 2018 - Thank You!


  • LONGTOWN MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM - for marshalling all the mountain top checkpoints.
  • All the 768 Walkers who took part in this year's Three Peaks Trial.
  • The ST DAVIDS HOSPICE FOUNDATION and COUNCILLOR NICK TATUM of Abergavenny Town Council who helped in a number of roles throughout the day.
  • The charities and fundraisers who supported the event:

The first walkers back on each route were:

Platinum Route
David Little, 24 from Bristol returned in 3 hours 30 minutes after the bus dropped them at Llanthony at 8:30.

Gold Route
David Morgan, 23 from Abergavenny got back in 4 hours 5 minutes.

Silver Route
Kevin Wright, 57 from Bristol returned at 11.16am in a time of about 3 hours.

Bronze Route
At 1:06pm A father and son were the first back. Martin LaForges, 42, and Daniel LaForges, 12, from Bridgend took about 3½ hours to complete the route.


If you have any photos to share please either put them on our Facebook Facebook page or email to threepeakstrial@gmail.com.

Three Peaks Trial Bronze Route - Film

Film-maker Paul Manser (see Instergram @pmanserprophoto and www.paulmanser.com) walked the Bronze Route and made an excellent short film which is on Youtube at Click Here

Kate Taylor “We had a brilliant day and managed to raise just over £2000 for Ty Hafan. ”

Vicky Welsh “... thank you.... volunteers and mountain rescue who made the day such a great event and success....Here is a link to a blog I wrote about the event plus photos and links to photos! I hope it shows how much we enjoyed the day and how grateful we are for everyone who enabled so many of our walkers to take part. www.bristolnordicwalking.co.uk/blog/south-wales-three-peaks-challenge

Liz Docherty “A great day. Thanks from all the Dochertys from Deal, Kent.”

Angela Price “We really enjoyed the day. Thank you. Angela, Jeff, Katie, Charlotte and Joni.”

Anne-Marie Doran

Max Wiecko “Many thanks.”

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Lynsey Harris “It was a great day, thoroughly enjoyed!”


Victoria Welsh (Bristol Nordic Walking): Thank you to all the volunteers and mountain rescue who made the day such a great event and success.

Here's a link to a blog I wrote about the event plus photos and links to photos! I hope it shows how much we enjoyed the day and how grateful we are for everyone who enabled so many of our walkers to take part.

For Link Click Here

Jocelyne Gerard
Just an email to thank you and the team behind such a fantastic event!
This is my 4th time and I have enjoyed it as much as the previous years (even if I can feel I am getting older..... :-) :-) :-) The kindness and helpfulness of the guides is amazing! Please thank them all! Being at the top of the peaks for the day is probably lovely when it is sunny and warm, not so lovely when it is grey and windy, still, they have the brightest smile on their face! ........ Thanks again for one of the best weekends of the year!

Jonathon Poyner:
Great fun, thanks very much, all involved. - Jonathon (plus Alex Pay, Mark & Paul). J.

Kate Taylor:
Thanks for organising the event on Saturday. We had a brilliant day and managed to raise just over £2000 for Ty Hafan.

Martin Laforges
Thanks for a great day.

John Hall:
Had a great day on Saturday doing 3 peaks.

Neil Bacon:
It was an awesome experiences. Thank you to the brilliant team of volunteers. See you next year!

David & Jessica Williams:
Thank you - another fabulous day.

Stewart Scott:
I very well organised event, all your team were very helpful and enthusiastic. We did the platinum event and found it tough but enjoyable.

Samantha Wakefield:
Thank you so much for organising a brilliant event and big thanks to the Mountain Rescue volunteers who must have been freezing cold at the top of Sugar Loaf.

Jane and Martin Gibbs:
Well done with the weather :-)
Great walk on Saturday and I would like to pass on my congratulations to everyone involved especially all the cheerful volunteers who made the event possible. I completed the Bronze and my husband the Platinum (he's a nutter) our third time walking with you from the flats of Cambridgeshire and, yes, we are struggling to walk today lol..... See you next year hopefully.

Keith Gibbons:
Certainly was a great day!
Please pass our thanks on to the organisers and the entire team of volunteers.
Professional, knowledgeable, helpful, encouraging and so, so cheeful!!
A day to lift the spirits and enjoy this fabulous corner of our country!

Mal and Nicky John:
As always a fantastic day and superbly organised. Thanks to all of you giving your time up for a good cause.

The Three Peaks Trial is an organised challenge walk arranged each year in March by the Cardiff Outdoor Group. Since 2010 Longtown Mountain Rescue Team provide support with marshalls on all the mountain top checkpoints.

The Walk was first held in March 1963 and was designed for less experienced walkers who wanted to test their powers of endurance and skill at map reading. It is now the oldest challenge walk in the UK.

Over the years the event has been modified so in 2017 there is a choice of four other routes. The current four routes are:

The money raised in the 2016 Three Peaks Trial will be split between the Longtown Mountain Rescue Team, the National Trust, owners of Sugar Loaf and Skirrid Fawr, for footpath maintenance and at least one other charity (charity decided November 2016).

A leaflet for the event is available,Click Here For a webcam (updated every 15 minutes) showing Blorenge Click Here

Please note that we are unable to take any entries on the day.

Raising Money for Other Causes

People are welcome to raise sponsorship for other registered charities. Please confirm with the Organizers beforehand which charity you wish to raise funds for.

Below are links to charities to which people are raising sponsorship for other causes in the 2018 event:

Last year a group of midwives, 'The Delivery Girls' did a charity cake stall and they're kindly returning this year. They serve tea, coffee, hot chocolate and soup, filled rolls and homemade cakes. All proceeds go to the Breast, Cervical and Ovarian Cancer charities.You'll find them on the Gold and Silver Routes just before Checkpoint 2 in Glangrwyney, at Lower Common about halfway along Glangrwyney road between The Corn Exchange and Glangrwyney Bridge.More information on the event Blog :

Cardiff Outdoor Group (COG) organise a wide range of day walks and weekends away throughout the year in South Wales and beyond to suit all abilities: perfect training for the 3 Peaks Trial. Click Here for details. Also as a special offer for Three Peaks Trialers you are welcome to join COG at the reduced annual rate of just £7. Click Here to join COG.

PHOTOS OF THE THREE PEAKS can be found on the website of CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY WALES - Click Here. For participants in the Three Peaks Trial there's a 20 per cent discount on photo purchases!

Weather Forecast for Abergavenny

For the Brecon Beacons Met Office forecast go to www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/mountain-forecasts/brecon-beacons

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