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- 3 peaks! 2334 metres of ascent! 17 miles trekked! 1 day! Tick!
- Take on a classic trekking challenge in Wales and summit the nation’s three highest peaks
- Stand on the summit of Snowdon, Cader Idris and Pen-y-Fan
- Experience the epic landscape of Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons
- Trek with pride knowing you are helping support the work of the Snowdonia Society and Cool Earth
- Accompanied by local Adventurous Ewe Mountain Leaders
- Private group trips available for groups over 10 people
- We look forward to welcoming you to our homeland of Wales.
Are you ready for an epic mountain adventure embracing the rugged mountains of Wales? Conquering the three highest peaks in Wales, this journey will take you through spectacular landscapes and test your mettle on a tough 1-day adventure.
The Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge is made up of three of the highest and most iconic mountains in Wales: Snowdon, Wales’ tallest peak and the highest point in Britain outside the Scottish highlands; Cader Idris, a spectacular peak at the southerly edge of Snowdonia National Park; and Pen y Fan, the highest peak in the Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales.
There’s plenty of mythical legends surrounding these mountains and your local leaders will keep you entertained (or pre-occupied) with stories of giants, villians and poets or explain some of the spectacular geology before you’re greeted with 360 views from each mountain summit, weather permitting of course. The Welsh 3 Peaks includes a total walking distance of 17 miles (27.4 kms) and an ascent of 2,334 metres (7,657 feet). Transferred by private minibus covering approximately 135 miles in between.
Take on the length of our nation via a Welsh road trip you’ll never forget!
Whether you’re on a personal mission or part of a group looking to make a team effort, we’re really excited to welcome you to Wales and showcase the very best of this amazing environment. If you have a group of over 10 people whether it’s a corporate group, family & friends or a charity, please get in touch as we’d be happy to host a trip for you between April – October. Simply email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01492 588 069.
There’s a warm Welsh welcome waiting for you in our homeland of Snowdonia.
Arrival, trek prep and accommodation
- We highly recommend you arrive in Snowdonia the night prior to the start of your Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge due to the early start the following morning
- Accommodation bookings can be made on your behalf at Lodge Dinorwig, The Royal Victoria Hotel or Pen y Pass YHA or you are welcome to make your own arrangements
- Dinner is at your own expense and please make your own breakfast arrangements.
Snowdon (1,085m) – 14km
Your challenge begins on the highest mountain in Wales, Snowdon or Yr Wyddfa in Welsh, standing at 1085m. Snowdonia is unique for its bio-diversity of plants and wildlife and with breath taking views from the summit is a perfect way to start your Welsh 3 peaks challenge. Your ascent route will be via the Pyg Track or Llanberis Path (dependant on where the team are staying the night before). Both routes will reward you with those classic Snowdon views in the early morning glow. The ascent should take approximately 2 hours.
Once on the summit you will have time for a photo and enjoy the views before starting your decent down either the Llanberis Path or Miners Track. The descent should take approximately 2 hours.
Trekking time: approx 4 – 5 hours
Cader Idris (893m)
Cader Idris (the chair of Idris) is in reference to a giant of Welsh mythology who was said to have used Llyn Cau as an enormous armchair. Legend has it that anyone who sleeps on the Summit will awaken a madman or poet.
Your route to the summit of Cadir Idris will be via the Minffordd Path. The route starts on the southern side of the mountain, passing Llyn Cau and along the rim of Craig Cau to the summit Penygadair (Top of the Chair). Once on the summit you are rewarded with stunning views over Snowdonia and the hills of Shropshire. Time permitting, you will complete the horseshoe route a total of 8 miles.
Trekking time: approx 4 – 5 hours
Pen y Fan (886m)
Your final summit of the Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge is Pen Y Fan, the highest mountain in South Wales and the Brecon Beacons. With being the lowest mountain on the challenge, Pen Y Fan still deserves respect as it can be a very challenging mountain in poor conditions. On a good day there are great views over the Brecon Beacons.
The ascent of your final summit starts from the Story arms and slowly climbs to Corn Du with a short 50m scramble to the summit. Once on the summit of our final summit we have time to take a group photo and celebrate your epic mountain achievement, before making your down to your waiting vehicle.
Trekking time: approx 2 – 3 hours
Upon completion of your challenge a transfer to Merthyr Tydfil can be provided.
On booking your Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge, you will receive all the exciting trip info via our mobile travel app, Vamoos. You’ll have access to all your adventure info, training guide, countdowns, live updates, contact info, weather forecasts, kit lists and much more at the touch of a button 24/7 via your mobile phone. No more unnecessary use of reams of paper and the need of carrying around documents with you. The app is free to download and all info is customary to your adventure ahead.
With being a small family business we pride ourselves with providing personal, professional and friendly service for your Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge. We appreciate that everyone has different levels of experience and reasons for wishing to embark on this adventure and therefore require varying levels of support and guidance. We’re here to help you every step of the way from the moment you join the flock all the way through to completing the challenge and beyond. Jim and Sue’s knowledge and expertise stems from dozens of years of travelling and exploring the UK in order to fully support you in the lead up to your Welsh 3 Peaks. There’s a very warm welcome waiting for you in our homeland of Wales.
Adventurous Ewe puts the safety and well-being of you, our leaders & crew and the communities we visit at the centre of all our operations, always. Your safety and well-being is our top priority.
Our Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge requires individual preparation as this trekking adventure is designed to take you out of your every-day comfort zone and achieve something great. Rest assured we have a thorough Safety Management System, indepth risk assessments and risk management systems in place. Your safety and well-being is our top priority at all times.
You will be accompanied by certified local Adventurous Ewe Leaders and Drivers throughout your Welsh 3 Peaks. Our Leaders are first aid qualified and have extensive experience in leading mountain treks throughout the UK. They will be ultimately responsible for the running of the itinerary and the safety of your group.
Leaders will carrying full safety equipment and mountain first aid kits with them at all times. Please note, these kits are for emergencies only so please come prepared with your own personal first aid items. The Leaders and Drivers will also be in constant radio communication throughout your adventure.
The Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge is a team adventure and not designed to be an individual competitive race. You will be taking part in teams of up to 10 people with a dedicated Leader. We encourage team spirit and support of each other to ensure everyone has the best opportunity to complete the challenge and enjoy the journey along the way too.
These adventures are a fantastic way to meet like-minded people and share an incredible adventure whilst being accompanied and supported by friendly and experienced Adventurous Ewe Leaders and Crew.
The Welsh 3 Peaks is graded as ‘Tough’ and preparation is key to help you get the most enjoyment and reward from this trip. A good level of fitness, endurance and some gritty determination is required in order to complete a full day of tackling the three highest mountains in Wales.
A training programme will be provided and it is strongly recommended that you have previous mountain trekking experience.
A bespoke training programme will be provided when join the team for this adventure to help you with your preparations.
We also have exclusive offers with our Training Partners and Communities – Her Spirit and the Bath Kettlebell Society. For more info, please visit our Training and Preparation page.
The more you are prepared, the more you will enjoy the challenge.
Our motto is: Train hard, smile harder and enjoy the journey!
A full kit list will be provided when you join the team for this 3 Peaks Challenge. Good kit can make the difference between a fantastic adventure and an uncomfortable one. Well worn in waterproof hiking boots are essential together with a good quality waterproof jacket AND trousers. An exclusive Adventurous Ewe discount code will be provided for the independent outdoor retailers Joe Brown, The Climbers Shop and ashmei athletic apparel on registering for this trip.
To help you get the very best from your Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge we will provide you with an exclusive Adventurous Ewe discount code to use in independent UK outdoor retailers Joe Brown / The Climbers Shop and ashmei athletic apparel, both online and in store. They offer a large choice of kit that the staff themselves use while climbing, hiking, mountaineering, running, travelling or enjoying expeditions across the globe and they pride themselves on sharing their experience and knowledge of equipment so you can choose the right gear to suit you and your Welsh 3 Peaks.
The weather in the Welsh mountains can change rapidly so it is essential that you are prepared for all conditions including rain, wind and heat. In the week leading up to your trip we recommend checking the Mountain Weather Information Service. You will also receive weather updates via our mobile travel app, Vamoos.
Please note, the Leader/s reserve the right to change the itinerary at any time should the conditions require it as your safety and wellbeing is our top priority at all times. In these circumstances we will make the best alternative arrangements possible that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.
There is no accommodation included with the Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge, however we strongly recommend that you stay the night prior to the challenge in Llanberis, Snowdonia given the very early start the following morning. More info will be provided when you join us for this adventure.
You will need to make your own way to Llanberis, North Wales either by car or train. The closest train station is Bangor and it is an approximate 20 minute taxi journey to Llanberis. A transfer can be provided from the train station to your accommodation if prebooked with us one month in advance of the event. Further info will be provided once you’ve joined us for this adventure.
Water and hot drinks will be provided during your Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge. Please bring your own water bottles or camelbaks/platypus (or similar) and flasks (if you wish to take a hot drink during your challenge) and refill in the hostel to avoid the need of purchasing plastic water bottles.
Please also bring your own food and snacks. During the transfers there will be an opportunity to purchase food at the Services.
As we are travelling on a minibus space is restricted, so please ensure to bring only the kit that is listed. Please note this is a time critical challenge, it is your challenge thus it is essential that you try and bring adequate food and energy drinks/gels etc with you. Stopping off for toilet breaks is obviously allowed however please bear in mind that these can take 15 – 20 minutes off your time per stop.
The impact of single use plastic is having on our landscape, wildlife and oceans, it is now more important than ever that we all make changes in order to help our planet. We may not be a huge global company but we’re passionate about playing our part and trying to make a huge difference collectively. Together we can dramatically reduce our consumption of single use plastics and support our responsible travel ethos of ‘Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but boot-prints, keep nothing but memories.’
You can make a difference too with taking part in the Welsh 3 Peaks and purchasing one of these environmentally friendly reusable alternative bottles compared to single-use plastic water bottles. Grab a Water-to-Go bottle through Adventurous Ewe and receive a 15% discount. Even better, Water-to-Go will donate a further 15% to our charity partner, Cool Earth. For more info please click here or email us at email@example.com to buy your Water-To-Go bottle.
There are public loos available at the base of some of the mountains, though please bring some coins in order to use these facilities. We will also stop at the Services during the transfers between each mountain. During your trek however the facilities will be limited to the great outdoors. If nature calls during this time, please be prepared with biodegradable waste bags (dog poop bags are ideal) and biodegradable loo paper and leave no trace of your paper items.
Remaining balance of £220 per person is due for payment no later than 5 weeks prior to the trip start date.
If you need to change your booking 60 days or more before the start date you can make flexible date change to another UK challenge, subject to availability, without incurring any admin costs. If you need to cancel your booking, you will be issued with a credit note to the value of your payment that you can use for another event of your choice, subject to availability.
If your adventure needs to be cancelled for any reason, like say a global pandemic, you won’t be left stuck and you’ll be offered plenty of alternative options thanks to our financial protection through our insurance. What’s more, in the very unlikely event of Adventurous Ewe going under, you’ll get your money back and be repatriated if you were on a trip at the time.
All bookings can be made online with Mastercard, Visa and debit card or via BACS. You can also opt to pay via monthly instalments. We use WorldPay to handle all our online payments as it is a payment platform which is a global leader in payment processing offering superior security for both you and us as a company. For any further info, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On booking your adventure, you will receive all the exciting event information via our mobile travel app. You’ll have access to all your trip info, training guide, countdowns, live updates, contact info, weather forecasts, kit lists and much more at the touch of a button 24/7 via your mobile phone. No more unnecessary use of reams of paper and the need of carrying around documents with you. The app is free to download and all info is customary to your adventure ahead.
Your Adventurous Ewe Leader/s and Crew will have a mobile phones and radios communications in case of emergencies. The team are trained to deal with these situations. Please ensure you listen to your Leader during these times and refrain from putting any posts on social media. Should you find yourself unable to continue with the trek, your Leader and crew will make the necessary arrangements. Depending on the situation, you will be met by the support vehicle (depending on access) and you will be transferred back to your accommodation or nearby medical facility as required. Your Emergency Contact at Adventurous Ewe HQ is Jim Young on 07747 346 588.
Locally, we help support the vital work of the Snowdonia Society who since 1967 continues to work tirelessly to ensure that Snowdonia is well-protected, well-managed and enjoyed by all.
We are very excited to have teamed up with leading climate change charity Cool Earth, who share our mission to protect the planet’s precious environment in a sustainable manner. The future of rainforest protection is where everyone makes a difference to climate change! We invest a % of our revenue into supporting critical conservation projects around the world through Cool Earth. You are most welcome to help make a difference too by sparing a few pennies. Please give what you can and help save the world’s rainforests today by clicking here. Just £2.50 will save 10 trees and lock up 10 tonnes of CO2. Together, we can all make a difference in helping preserve this precious and wonderful planet. Thank-ewe
In the lead up to your Welsh 3 Peaks:
- Personalised trek support in the lead up to your challenge
- Exclusive discount code for Joe Brown / The Climbers Shop and ashmei. Exclusive online code provided on booking
- All trip info provided via our mobile travel app, Vamoos
- Welsh 3 Peaks Training Programme
- Public liability insurance
- Risk assessment and emergency management planning.
During your Welsh 3 Peaks:
- W3P briefing prior to the start of your challenge
- Qualified local Mountain Leaders
- Professional group management
- Crew and drivers
- Minibus hire and fuel
- Snacks, water refills and hot drinks during your challenge
- Full back-up support including first-aid qualified staff and first-aid supplies
- Luggage transfer
- All challenge management before, during and post trip
- Any equipment that we supply will be hygienically cleaned and sanitised and was not used 72 hours before you use it and will not be used for the next 72 hours.
- Upon completion of your challenge a transfer to Merthyr Tydfil can be provided.
What's Not Included?
- Clothing and equipment detailed on your Kit List
- Travel to Snowdonia
- Overnight accommodation and dinner in Snowdonia. This can be arranged at an additional cost.
- Breakfast on day one, this can be arranged if hotel accommodation is booked
- Return travel from Pen Y Fan to home. Following the completion of your trek, the minibus can take you to Merthyr Tydfil Railway Station which has good rail links to all parts of UK. We can also arrange a private coach transfer for the group either on the day of completing the challenge or the following day to a set destination.
- Personal spending money.
GIVING BACK LOCALLY
As part of the Snowdonia National Park Authority Partneriaeth Yr Wyddfa Partnership, we are an accredited Snowdon Visit Specialist. We are also a corporate partner of the Snowdonia Society and help support their vital work who since 1967 continue to work tirelessly to ensure that Snowdonia is well-protected, well-managed and enjoyed by all.
ETHICAL EVENT MANAGEMENT
Adventurous Ewe is committed to delivering adventures in a responsible and ethical manner with sustainability at its core. We respect and aim to operate our trips to benefit local people, their economy and the environment!
Some of the ethical event management features embedded in our Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge are:
- Using local crew who are qualified Leaders and who are all extremely knowledgeable and experienced
- Minimising plastic waste wherever possible as we refill water bottles and flasks
- We do not use route markers on the mountain
- Where possible, our Leaders collect any rubbish scene on the mountain
- We operate a ‘leave no trace’ ethos.