The South Wales Three Peaks Trial

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Mar 30

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A long distance walk over tough terrain and off paths

OutdoorLads from the South West and South Wales are putting together a team to complete The South Wales Three Peaks Trial and we're inviting the wider membership to join this challenge with us. 

We will be taking on the Gold route (entry fee of £15).

Each person will have to make their own entry and is responsible for paying their entry fee directly to the organisers (Cardiff Outdoor Group).

There are only a total of 450 places available for the Gold route, so we suggest getting a booking in earlier rather than later. The organisers are not accepting "on the day" entries. 

OutdoorLads involvement in this event is just to provide a platform through which we can organise ourselves.  All route and event considerations are to be arranged by the organising group.

I've put a Go Fund Me page together if people are keen to raise funds for the OutdoorLads Foundation, here.

Here's some description of the challenge from their website (

The Three Peaks Trial is an organised challenge walk arranged each year in March by the Cardiff Outdoor Group. 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 the third oldest event of its type in the UK. Over the years the event has been modified so in 2018 there is a choice of four routes:

  • Platinum Route:

    This is a linear walk of about 17 miles and 5000' of ascent from Llanthony Abbey to Abergavenny over Bal MawrPen Cerrig Calch and Sugar Loaf

  •  Gold Route:

    This is the original challenge, a circular walk of about 20 miles and 5000' of ascent, which crosses over three prominent peaks around Abergavenny in Monmouthshire: BlorengeSugar Loaf and Skirrid. This route is never far from civilisation yet there is no obvious route so that concentration on map reading is essential to keep to the best route.

  • Silver Route:

    This is a circular walk of about 15 miles and 4000' of ascent. 

  • Bronze Route:

    This is a circular walk of about 10 miles and 2000' of ascent. 

The money raised in the 2018 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 2017).

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

 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.


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