Saturday, 8 May 2021

Monmouthshire Family are First to Complete the Three Peaks Trial Great Challenge and Iron Challenge

This year's Three Peaks Trial Challenge Walk saw the introduction of a brand new test, the 3PT GREAT CHALLENGE. Participants tackle three of the most stunning mountains in the UK, one each in:

Wales Cader Idris (or Cadair Idris - the Snowdonia National Park prefer  'Cader') which is classified as a 'Hewitt';
England - Helvellyn which is classified as a 'Hewitt' and a 'Wainwright' peak, and 
Scotland  - Ben Lomond, which is classified as a 'Munro'). The attached map shows the locations of the mountains.

Participants are also able to choose when they want to undertake the walks and the first to complete the 3PT Great Challenge 2021 are the Wilton family from Monmouthshire (Jon Wilton (47) and daughters Lowri (10) and Rosie(9)). The family have also completed the 3PT Iron Challenge which is to walk the three main mountains around Abergavenny in a single day together with the 3PT Great Challenge.

Jon Wilton said "One of the silver linings of lockdown has been to walk and cycle more from home and explore our local area. The Three Peaks Trial has pushed our boundaries further and the Iron Challenge 2021 has been a huge motivation to walk further and climb higher whilst always being mindful of mountain safety. We’ve had loads of fun and raised substantial funds for two great causes doing it."

The Wilton family are raising sponsorship for St Davids Hospice and Longtown Mountain Rescue and as part of their fundraising they have a web page at

Chris Lewis, who coordinates the event on behalf of the organisers Cardiff Outdoor Group, said 'This is a fantastic achievement by the Wilton family. Lowri and Rosie have done a great thing.'

For some pictures at the summits CLICK HERE (Note that the photos also show holding a copy of a newspaper from the day they climbed each mountain. This is a requirement of the 'anytime' walk to help the organisers verify and validate  the walker's achievement.)