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Events - The Three Peaks Trial



The Three Peaks Trial is an organised walk arranged each year in March by the Cardiff Outdoor Group Designed to test the walker’s map reading skills and endurance, the event has been held since March 1963.  The event has proved hugely popular, attracting walkers of all abilities from all over the UK (and beyond!) and in 2011 attracted a record number of 860 participants. If you are thinking of taking part and are unfamiliar with the area, this page gives you a glimpse of some of the great locations on offer on each of the walks.

The walk has also evolved to cater for the wide variety of abilities and preferences of such a large number of participants and now offers a choice of 4 routes.

For detailed information about the event go to the Three Peaks Trial website

The four routes for 2012 are:


Stanton, Llanthony Abbey to Abergavenny via Crug Mawr, Pen Cerrig Calch and Sugar Loaf

Llanthony Priory: a historic monument near the start of the Platinum Route The Llanthony Valley: A fantastic view down the Llanthony Valley and across to Crug Mawr Nearing the end: Looking from below Pen Cerrig Calch across to Sugar Loaf

Platinum Route: This is a linear walk of about 17 miles and 5000 ft of ascent from Stanton (Nr. Llanthony Abbey) to Abergavenny over Crugl Mawr, Pen Cerrig Calch and Sugar Loaf. Entry to the Platinum Route is limited to 200. Although shorter than the Gold Route, the Platinum Route is more demanding both physically and in map reading skills as the area is more remote.


These routes offer a range of walks based around the classic 'Three Peaks' of Blorenge, Sugar Loaf and Skirrid (all 3 offered as the 'Gold Route'; with the Silver and Bronze Routes offered as shorter variations on the classic route.


         The Blorenge: The first peak you wil climb on the Gold and Silver Routes; it's a steep climb from Abergavenny but well worth the effort for the great views over the Black Mountains before dropping down to start the walk to Sugar Loaf. Expect all weathers at the top!



Gold Route: This is the original challenge, a circular walk of about 20 miles and 5000 ft of ascent, which crosses over three prominent peaks around Abergavenny in Monmouthshire; Blorenge, Sugar Loaf and Skirrid Fawr. 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 Route: This is a circular walk of about 15 miles and 4000 ft of ascent. The route follows the Gold Route from Abergavenny over Blorenge and Sugar Loaf then descends back to Abergavenny.

Bronze route: This is a circular walk of about 10 miles and 2000 ft of ascent. The route goes from the start point for all the walks in Abergavenny to the summit of Sugarloaf, descending by a different path back to the town.


Govilon Wharf:: A popular spot on the Monmouth to Brecon Canal and near to a crossing point for the Gold and Silver walks between Blorenge and Sugar Loaf.

The approach to Sugar Loaf: A view to the peak of Sugar Loaf from the route of the Gold and Silver Routes. Hopefully it won't be this snowy on your walk!!
The view from Sugar Loaf: Looking across to the Blorenge from near to the top of the Sugar Loaf. You'll experience this great spot whichever route you choose!!

Scenery around all of the routes: the area around Sugar Loaf. You see a mix of upland scenery, canal walking and walking along minor roads


Skirrid Fawr: The steep climb from its north face is your last climb on the Gold Route Looking back towards Sugar Loaf: The familiar peak of Sugar Loaf can be seen from the base of the Skirrid Skirrid Trig Point: Get to the top of the Gold Routes last peak and admire the view of Sugar Loaf and the Brecon Beacons beyond

Skirrid Fawr: Go for the Gold Route and take in the area around Skirrid Fawr east fromn Abergavenny. You'll be able to look back over the Blorenge, Sugar Loaf and see how far you've walked!.



If you join the Three Peaks Trial you'll not only have a great day out but you'll also be contributing to some really worthwhile causes. This year proceeds from the event will be donated to:

 1. Longtown Mountain Rescue Team

 2. To the National Trust for footpath maintenance.within the Brecon Beacons National Park

 3. To support Elenydd Wilderness Trust to maintain Ty’n Cornel & Dolgoch Youth Hostels


We have a large collection of images from the Brecon Beacons.

These are available Framed, Mounted or simply as a print. As a 3 Peaks Trial participant you'll get a 20% discount on the price of any print you can see on this site. Use voucher code..........on the Checkout page to qualify for this discount: Contact Us to find out more or go to The Brecon Beacons Collection