The South Wales Three Peaks Trial

Abergavenny and surrounding peaks
Event Type
Challenge walk, testing endurance & map reading skills

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The Three Peaks Trial is an organised challenge walk arranged each year in March by the Cardiff Outdoor Group. First held in March 1963 and 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 This is a linear walk of about 17 miles and 5000′ of ascent from Llanthony Abbey to Abergavenny over Bal MawrPen 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 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: BlorengeSugar 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 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 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.

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