24th March 2018


This year's Three Peaks Trial took place on 25th March 2017:


  • LONGTOWN MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM - for marshalling all the mountain top checkpoints.
  • All the 797 Walkers who took part in this year's Three Peaks Trial.
  •  Councillor Nick Tatam of Abergavenny Town Council who helped in a number of roles throughout the day.
  • The fundraising team of midwives, 'The Delivery Girls', for Breast Cancer Care, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action who had a charity cake stall for walkers just before Checkpoint 2 in Glangrwyney.
  • The charities and fundraisers who supported the event:

The first walkers back on each route were:

Platinum Route
Richard O'Shea, 59, from Abergavenny returned in 3 hours 34 minutes

Gold Route
William Fox, 55, from Chepstow got back in 4 hours 7 minutes

Silver Route
David Brunsdon from Cwmbran returned at 11:26

Bronze Route
Philip George, 58 from Gloucester returned in 2 hours 2 minutes


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Lost Property

Do you recognize any of the items on the left? They are all things left behind at the event. If you do recognize any of them email threepeakstrial@gmail.com and we'll send the item back to you.

Walkers Photos

The following walkers have kindly sent in the photos below:

Alison Rawlings “Photo of the lovely view from top of Blorenge”

 Simon Foster “A couple of images from our walk on the Platinum route.”

Steve Tranter “Colin Gifford and Steve on Skirrid with Sugar Loaf in the background on the Gold Route.”

Lynne Price “We had a lovely day on Saturday It was brilliant...........hope to do it again next year.”

Angela Price

Nick Williams “It was a great day and great weather!”


Emma-Lee Norman “I’d just like to say what a wonderfully organised event, and a brilliant day! Myself and 9 of my colleagues (from OCG) took part in the Silver Route, please see attached pic of us at the top of the Blorenge. Looking forward to signing up again next year – and maybe even taking on the Gold Route!”

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 2017 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.

For the Brecon Beacons Met Office forecast Click Here

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