DWAD Challenge 2017

The Three Peaks

3 Nations · 3 Mountains · 24 Hours or Less

Ben Nevis
Scotland Ben Nevis 4,411ft / 1,345m above sea level
Highest point in Scotland and the UK

Blisco / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Scafell Pike
England Scafell Pike 3,209ft / 978m above sea level
Highest point in England

John Johnston / CC-BY-2.0

Wales Snowdon 3,560ft / 1,085m above sea level
Highest point in Wales

Chris Dixon / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Join us from the 7th to 10th July 2017 for the first DWAD Challenge. Our team will attempt to ascend and descend the tallest mountain in each of England, Scotland and Wales within 24 hours, including all travel between each peak. The challenge encompasses over 25 miles of walking, more than 10,000 vertical feet of ascent, and 456 miles by road.

Get Involved

Do you want to achieve something monumental in 2017 and raise money for good causes in the process?

At this stage we are planning for our team to consist of ten people in two vehicles, with three walkers plus two drivers/support personnel in each. If you want to be on the team, as a walker or a driver, or just want to find out more, e-mail dan@dwad.org. Walkers must be aged 18 or over and physically fit. Drivers must be aged 25 or over and have a full UK driving licence. See full requirements below.

This will be a sponsored event to raise money for the DWAD Grant Fund. Participants must pay £100 towards the costs of the event and also commit to raising at least £200 in sponsorship. The £100 will cover accommodation, transport and food during the 24 hours of the challenge. It does not include any other meals.

Provisional Itinerary

Friday 7th July 2017
  • 8am - Depart from East Kent and drive to the Highlands, arriving ~10 hours later
  • 7pm - Dinner in Glencoe followed by an overnight stay in a local hostel
Saturday 8th July 2017
  • 9am - Breakfast in Glencoe
  • 10am - Drive to Fort William
  • 12pm - Commence ascent of Ben Nevis
  • 5pm - Complete descent of Ben Nevis and depart for the Lake District
  • 11pm - Arrive at Wasdale Head and commence the ascent of Scafell Pike
Sunday 9th July 2017
  • 3am - Complete descent of Scafell Pike and depart for Snowdon
  • 8am - Arrive at Snowdon and commence the final ascent
  • 12pm - Complete descent of Snowdon
  • 1pm - Lunch and possibly a beer or two
  • 5pm onward - Overnight stay at a local hostel
Monday 10th July 2017
  • 8:30am - Breakfast
  • 9:30am - Depart Snowdonia
  • 4pm - Arrive East Kent

Timings are indicative only and are subject to change. While every effort will be made to complete the challenge within 24 hours, this is dependent on weather and traffic conditions. Safety will be our primary concern. Completing the route outside of the time target is still a significant achievement.

Equipment Requirements

Challenge participants will be expected to be in possession of the following clothing/equipment, acquired at their own expense:

  • Walking boots/shoes (trainers are not suitable, we will be walking on uneven and potentially slippery ground)
  • Backpack (approx. 25-30 litres in capacity)
  • Hat and gloves (yes, even though it's summer - it can get very cold on Ben Nevis)
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen (it's still summer)
  • Waterproofs (it's still "summer")
  • Windproof jacket
  • Lightweight walking trousers (jeans are not suitable, they will chafe after 25 miles of walking and take a long time to dry if they get wet)
  • Sports top (a cotton t-shirt is not suitable - if it gets wet, whether through rain or sweat, it will make you cold and miserable)
  • Hiking socks, plus spares
  • Head torch and spare batteries
  • Water bottle or hydration pack (ideally at least 1.5 litre capacity)

In addition the following will be provided:

  • Ordnance Survey maps, map cases and compasses (1 of each per group)
  • Emergency whistles (1 per person)
  • Survival bags (1 per person)
  • High calorie self-heating ration meals (3 per person)
  • High calorie snack bars and as much water as you can drink
  • Basic first aid kit (1 per group)



All walkers must be physically fit to the extent that they can maintain a steady pace uphill without stopping. If you're fit already, great. If not, you need to commit to getting fit in good time for the challenge. You will need to demonstrate your fitness in advance on one of our practice walks.

Practice Walk(s)

We will be organising two practice walks in Kent of significant lengths. These are likely to be on Saturdays in May and early June (dates TBC). These will be opportunities to test out the clothing and equipment you will use on the challenge, to guage your fitness, and to practice navigation skills. They may also involve a civilised pub lunch somewhere in the Kent countryside.