30th March 2019

Message From 24th March 2018 Event Organizers-
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.

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


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

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.”

Sarah Yarrow

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


About The Event

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 Mawr, Pen Cerrig Calch and Sugar Loaf. Entry to the Platinum Route is limited to 200. Although the Platinum Route is shorter than the Gold, the ascents are steeper and navigation more challenging, hence the higher grading.

  •  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: Blorenge, Sugar 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. It follows the Gold Route from Abergavenny over Blorenge and Sugar Loaf, then descends back to Abergavenny.

  • Bronze Route:

    This is a circular walk of about 10 miles and 2000' of ascent. The route goes from Abergavenny to the summit of Sugar Loaf, descending by a different path.

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.

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

For the Brecon Beacons Met Office forecast Click Here

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