Organising Your Own National Three Peaks Challenge

Walking team

We recommend organising a group of between four and thirty walkers.

If you don't have a group of four or more, we recommend taking part in an organised event, such as the Open Bus Three Peaks Challenge, which you can sign up to as an individual or a group.

Optional registration

Registration provides guidance on organising a safe and responsible challenge, as well as recording your challenge online, and promoting any fundraising. Certificates of completion are included.

Registration costs £6 per person, and is available online at


Depending on your location, you may choose to start at either at Ben Nevis or Snowdon - Ben Nevis is the most popular start point, but you can choose either.

You may choose to travel to the start either by train or road. Local self-drive hire firms are available at both ends.

If hiring a vehicle, the largest vehicle suitable for the Three Peaks Challenge is a 16-seater minibus, due to the small roads encountered en route.

Public transport

Ben Nevis can be accessed by train to Fort William station, including a sleeper train which arrives at 10am each day.

Snowdon can be accessed by train to Llandudno Junction or Bangor. From Llandudno, the Conwy Valley Line has a stop at Betws-Y-Coed, where buses are available to Snowdon.


Two dedicated drivers, who won't be walking with you, are really important to ensure your safety when travelling between the mountains.

If you're unable to recruit dedicated drivers, you could consider an organised challenge.


Make sure that each group member has all appropriate kit for taking part in the Challenge.

Training plan

Write out a sensible training plan for your group, to ensure that everyone is at a suitable level of fitness when taking part.

This can also be used as an opportunity to try out new kit.


To help you choose where you stay, please see our Three Peaks Challenge accommodation recommendations.

Food and drink


Food is worth planning well. Ideally you don't want to eat junk food from service stations - it'll cost loads more, and it's not going to give you as much long lasting energy as some healthy snacks. Go for wholegrain and wholemeal foods, as these carbohydrates provide energy for longer.

Let Others Know

Once you know your driving route and the paths you'll be walking, you'll be able to figure out an approximate time scale - once you know your arrival and departure times for each mountain, make a couple of copies to give to a family member of friend who won't be coming.

National Three Peaks Maps

OS Explorer Three Peaks Challenge Ben Nevis Cover

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