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Get Outside with The Kids describe their own version of the Three Peaks Challenge, and how you can discover your own local challenge
We would love to do the National Three Peak Challenge, climbing the highest peaks in Wales, England and Scotland all within 24 hours. But, it is a huge challenge. Not just the climbs, but the sheer logistics puts it out of reach for a lot of people, and particularly families.
We love to adventure and achieve as a family, so we came up with our own "local" three peak challenge, which is a more achievable challenge for families.
We took on the challenge ourselves and climbed the three highest peaks in our home county of Shropshire.
The weather provided an extra element to the challenge: snow and blizzard conditions made the hill climbs tough (character building!).
The achievement of completing the challenge was incredible, creating life long memories for us all.
So, what do you need to do to complete the challenge? Well, as the name implies you have 24 hours to climb the three highest peaks that are local to you.
We've created a list of local summits on our website.
Remember to track how many miles you walk. Keeping track of how many miles you walk adds and bit of interest and motivation to the walk too. Don't forget to follow mountain safety guidelines and choose a route suitable for your family.
Some of the routes are more challenging than others, depending on where you are in the country. If your county is quite flat, you may not be climbing high, but the route could be long.
And, if you live somewhere flat and think that there aren't any peaks near you, then think again! We have added many flat places to our list. We even have a local three peaks challenge in London!
You could take the challenge further and complete a challenge in another area. It's really up to you how you use the idea, as long you have fun outside as a family.
A challenge is a good incentive to get the family outside, and this challenge is achievable, you may discover some new walks in your local area. So, it's over to you now to try your local three peak challenge.
Grab the walking boots and GetOutside!