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Top UK Challenges for 2019

Doing anything next summer? How about trying some of the best UK Challenges like an adventure challenge through the Lake District? What about cycling from coast to coast? Tacking England’s most demanding peaks? Hiking Mt. Snowdon at night?

More than ever, many of us are embracing tough challenges. Perhaps we’re sick of gyms, or the lure of switching off in nature is too much in these hyper connected days? Either way, there’s a number of exciting UK challenges designed to push physical and mental limits in some of the UK’s most incredible national parks. Whatever your cause, here’s the UK’s best challenges for you to embrace next summer.

1. Snowdon triple challenge
This exciting yet grueling multi-activity challenge will pit you against the spectacular landscapes of Snowdonia National Park, Wales.
Physically and mentally demanding, the Snowdon Triple Challenge will see you cycle 10.5 miles along the shores of Llanberis Lake, passing some incredible landscapes as you head towards Llyn Cwellyn.
Swapping bikes for boots, begin the ascent of Wales’ highest summit, Mt. Snowdon. Starting with a gentle climb, the hiking soon turns challenging. The views from the top of Snowdon are absolutely worth it, and weather permitting you’ll be able to take in views across the British Isles. You might be tempted to bail out at this point, but push through the final 2.5 mile kayak across Llyn Padam (Llanderis Lake) before a well-earned celebration.
This is definitely a challenge for those wanting to push their physical limits. Book your place today.

2. Lake District Triple Challenge
Another incredible full day challenge incorporating trekking, biking and kayaking, the Lake District Triple Challenge is definitely not for those afraid of a real physical test.
The challenge kicks off with a hike to the summit of Old Man of Coniston, standing 803m high. Take in the Lake District views before setting off for a 12km mountain bike ride through Grizedale forest. The ascent is a lung buster, but riding the famous forest trails is a heap of fun.
Descending back into Coniston, the final leg starts – the kayak. 1.5kms later you’re finished, exhausted but elated.

3. Lake District 5 peaks challenge
Five peaks in a day? Sounds easy, right?! Maybe not.
Be prepared for an exhausting but energising journey through the rugged Lake District landscapes.
Hike over 14 miles, and tackle five of England’s tallest and most demanding peaks, including England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike. Overall, you’ll climb over 3000 feet on the day, crossing crags and moorland before finishing the day in the Langdale Valley. Don’t miss out for 2019, book your place today.

4. National three peaks challenge
Considered one of Britain’s toughest outdoor challenges, the National Three Peaks takes in the dizzying heights of Scotland’s Ben Nevis, England’s Scafell Pike, and Wales’ Mt. Snowdon in a weekend.
The challenge kicks off with the ascent of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles at 1,344m. It’s a steep climb, and despite only being a 10 mile hike, the challenge is real and the journey takes around six hours. Fortunately, the views from the top are astonishing and make the aches and pains worth it.
Next up is Scafell Pike, England’s largest peak and another steep, tough ascent. You’ll summit and descend in darkness, making this leg of the challenge the toughest.
The final peak, Snowdon, will test your mental and physical limits after and long day and night of hiking. Draw on the final reserves of energy and make a push to the final summit, before taking in the incredible views from the peak – some of the best in the British Isles. It’s a slow walk down, as the legs will ache, but the elation of completing this challenge will make it all worth it.

Push the limits and challenge yourself next summer on one of our exciting UK Challenges.

20% off all open challenge deposits – Hop to it!

The Easter Bunny has been let loose and is giving away 20% off the deposit on all open challenges*! Yes that’s right, book on any of our ‘open challenges’ before 31st March 2016 and quote HOP16 at the time of booking to get your Easter surprise!

There are so many exciting challenges to choose from, but if you’re a little stuck, let us help you!

Amazon Jungle Survivor Challenge

Be up for the ultimate jungle experience in the world’s largest rainforest and be the first Charity Challenge group to conquer the forest extremes in 2017? You will be trekking through the depths of the Amazon jungle in search of wildlife, dolphin and caiman spotting from canoes, developing your fishing skills in order to catch your dinner and sleeping in hammocks encompassed by the night sounds of the wilderness. What more could you want?! Click here for more information.

Cycle Burma

Enjoy the remoteness of this challenge! Cycle approximately 330kms of Burma’s rural countryside, from the former royal capital Mandalay to Inle Lake. Pedalling through the itinerary, expect to soak up spectacular sunsets over the ancient city of Bagan and pass remote villages in untouched corners. Click here for more information.

Kilimanjaro Trek: October 2016 a sell out!

Due to overwhelming demand, we have launched a new open Kilimanjaro (Lemosho Route) Trek this year in October 2016.  A magnificent mountain, that takes pride and stands tall in Africa. On many bucket lists, Mt Kilimanjaro is a must and this could be your chance. Click here for more information.

Want something slightly close to home?

Want to do a challenge, but not so far away or not over so many days? Then fear not, as we have a fantastic range of UK challenges which are proving to be very popular.  How about a 2 day trek in the Lake District tackling five of England’s most demanding peaks or a 140 mile bike ride from the Cumbrian coast to the North Sea? Even better, how about a multi activity challenge? Trek, cycle and kayak in Snowdonia National Park over 2 days! Who said the UK doesn’t offer physically and mentally challenging adventures? Let’s embrace the Great British outdoors!

More challenges

We have over 30 different challenges with almost 200 departures, so if any of the above challenges are not quite your cup of tea, click here to find the right challenge for you!

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A new generation of inspiration

We receive lots of enquiries on a daily basis, but this one stood out. It was from Faye Vanstone, a 9 year old who wanted to do something for charity. We don’t ordinarily take under 16s, so the answer was unfortunately (initially at least) “no”.

But having three sons of my own, and knowing how much they go on about when they will be able to do a Charity Challenge, it started me thinking.
Here’s what happened…

SNOWDON CHALLENGE (written by Faye Vanstone, aged 9)

My family and some of my friends have been affected by cancer. So I felt I wanted to do something for a cancer charity to help them find more ways of curing the disease.

In Year 4 at school one of our topics was Mountains and rivers. I decided I wanted to climb a Mountain and thought it would be a good idea to use this as a challenge and a way of trying to raise money for Cancer Research.

GroupI got in-touch with several charity organisations by myself and eventually one responded. That was Charity Challenge. Simon, the director of Charity Challenge, kindly said he would look at the possibility of helping me to achieve what I wanted to do to raise money for Cancer Research. Simon was so inspired by my email he planned and booked the event to climb up Snowdon! He even joined us with his two oldest sons, Benji (aged 10) and Gadi (aged 8) and their friend Jake (aged 10), and they raised money for Wateraid.

Simon also organised a professional guide, Dan, who came with two other “young people” Chloe and Ethan. My mum, step dad and Dad came with me for support while walking, with my Granny and Grandad waiting at the bottom of the mountain to congratulate us all on our return.

The Challenge walking up was the steepest parts as there was so much fog and it was so hard to see anything in front of you! In parts you couldn’t see more than a few meters in front of you. We all had a trip or a fall and wondered how long it would take (and kept askingFaye, “how much further?”) but we persisted and were all so pleased when we got to the top and had a rest and realised what we had achieved. Then the challenge of getting back down again started!!

It was hard work but all of the training paid off and we accomplished our goal. I set out to raise £400 and so far have managed to raise over £660.

Any further donations for Cancer Research can be given through my just giving page. I have been so grateful for all the money raised so far for this exceptional charity. http://www.justgiving.com/Faye-Vanstone1

Thank you so much Charity Challenge!

Faye Vanstone

Benji, Gadi and Jake were raising money for Wateraid. Here’s what they said on their fundraising page:

748 million people – roughly one in ten of the world’s population – have no choice but to get water from wherever they can, whether it’s a dirty pond or an expensive water vendor.

2.5 billion people – one in three of the world’s population – don’t have access to adequate toilet facilities.

Over 500,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. That’s over 1,400 children a day.

We (Jake Lowy, Benji Albert and Gadi Albert) don’t think that’s right and we want to try and help change that. So we are going to climb Mount Snowdon in Wales and are trying to raise as much money as we can to help WaterAid, who help provide clean water solutions for rural communities around the world.  

Please help us to help them. Thank you.  https://www.justgiving.com/snowdonforwateraid

Simon Albert

If Faye, Benji, Gadi and Jake have inspired you to do a challenge and raise money for charity, then please click here.