Snowdonia Challenge

28 – 30 June 2019

26 – 28 June 2020 (Provisional dates)

 

100 km – 3 Days

Are You Ready for the Journey?

Snowdonia’s Unique Walking Challenge

 

Now in it’s third year this 3 day walking challenge is the only event of its kind in the UK! Not for the faint hearted, to take on the full challenge you will need commitment and determination to prepare for and complete this event.

Snowdonia Challenge is a test of mental and physical resilience and team work and will take you on a journey of self discovery. It is inspired by multi-day challenges used as military training events in Europe.

The first Snowdonia Challenge was held in Betws-y-Coed, North Wales in 2017. The perfect base to explore some of the less visited parts of Snowdonia with some of the best views the national park has to offer.

This is not just about challenge and adventure though.

Come on your own or come as a team; taking part in the Snowdonia Challenge you will be part of an amazing 3 days where you will make new friends and explore parts of Snowdonia you’ve never been before.

Full event – 3 day walking event – 100km over 3 days

Or if you’d like to be a part of it but can’t commit to the full 3 days then join us for 1 or 2 days.

the story

Snowdonia Challenge is inspired by an event held in Holland which started in 1909 as a  military training event and now attracts 46,000 military and civilian participants each year.

 

“I took part in Nijmegen Marches in 2009 and it was life changing. It took me on an incredible journey self discovery and proved to me what commitment and determination could achieve. I’m positive by taking part in Snowdonia Challenge you will experience the same range of emotions and feelings of personal achievement that I gained in 2009. I very much look forward to seeing you there and sharing this adventure with you.”

 

Tracey – Breese Adventures co founder and creator of Snowdonia Challenge

Useful Information

This challenge is suitable for anyone who is confident of their fitness levels or ready to commit to training over the next few weeks and months.

TRAINING

Our Training Plans are specifically designed for this type of event. We recommend you are at ‘Tough’ or ‘Challenging’ level for this event, but even if you don’t feel fit enough yet you can start with the ‘Beginners’ plan and work your way up.

Individuals or TEAMS

Snowdonia Challenge is a great event for both individuals and teams.

Lots of people arrive on their own but soon become part of the big Snowdonia Challenge family.

Some of the teams that have entered so far:

  • groups of friends
  • groups of colleagues
  • cadets
  • sports and social clubs
  • military and veterans teams
  • charity supporter

Find out more about Team Entry

KIT

Have a look our Snowdonia Challenge Kit List for an idea on what to wear/bring for the event.

 

Once you have registered you can join the Snowdonia Challenge Participants facebook group where you can get advice from past participants on kit and footwear.

Each morning we start nice and early (7am) from the beautiful village of Betws-y-Coed. On each day we follow a different route through the stunning Snowdonia mountains and forests starting from and returning to the same place each day.

 

We are just in the process of making some minor changes to routes for 2019!

Maps will be available once these are finalised.

The whole event takes part over 3 days and 3 different routes totalling 100km.

 

Terrain

Terrain is a combination of paths and fields, forest tracks and tarmac. A combination of footwear is recommended depending on preference and weather.

 

Day 1 – Gwydyr Forest Day

Distance: 36km       Total Ascent: 1761.5m

Following the forest tracks up to Llan Elsi and towards the foot of the Moelwyns and Capel Curig.

 

Day 2 – Ogwen Valley Day

Distance: 35km      Total Ascent: 1338.2m

Following the course of the Afon Llugwy along the Ogwen Valley with some of the best views Snowdonia has to offer.

 

Day 3 – Day of the Lakes

Distance: 29km     Total Ascent: 2000.5m

Heading off to the north of the village and into the Gwydyr Forest to enjoy the stunning views around Llyn Gierionydd, Llyn Crafnant and Llyn y Parc.

 

Route Support

Routes will be well marked and marshalled the whole way by qualified Mountain Leaders and first aiders. There’s no needs to navigate, just enjoy walking, chatting and the stunning views!

Fundraising is entirely optional!

Open entry

Lots of individuals and teams  take part in Snowdonia Challenge just to enjoy the 3 days. If this is you then you should visit the Open & Team Entry page.

 

Fundraising Entry

For those that want to fundraise for a charity or cause Snowdonia Challenge is the perfect opportunity. For more inforuairton on fundraising for either your own chosen charity or one of our Partner Charities please visit the Fundraising Entry page.

If you chose to fundraise for one of our partner charities you can register for 3 days for just £45!

For teams wishing to fundraise please click here for more information.

Snowdonia Challenge is a professional, well organised event created by a team of professionals who have your enjoyment and safety at the core of what they do.

Some of the things you can expect:

Before your challenge:
  • Advice and support
  • Access to resources such as Kit Lists, Training Plans and Fundraising Packs
  • Full Information Pack 3-4 weeks before your challenge
During your challenge
  • A fully marked and marshalled route with experienced and qualified support the whole way
  • Water and snack stations each day
  • Full support team for the duration of your challenge
  • First Aid and medical support
Other
  • An exclusive Snowdonia Challenge tshirt with all 3 day entries
  • Other items sponsored by local businesses
  • Souvenir Guide

Entry Fees:

Early Bird prices available until 31st December 2018.

1 day

Full Price – £50

Early Bird – £45

 

2 day

Full Price – £95

Early Bird – £88

 

3 day

Full Price – £132

Early Bird – £125

 

Charity Entry

3 Days (your own charity) – £120

3 Days (partner charity) – £45

 

Team Entry (Minimum 4 participants)

1 day – £50 (Early Bird – £45)

2 Day – £95 (Early Bird – £88)

3 Days – £115pp

Staying in the village

There are 60+ accommodation providers to suit all budgets in and around Betws-y-Coed.

Below you will find a map of the village and some of the accommodation providers within walking distance of the start (Cae Llan) each day.

You can find information on places to stay on the following tourist information websites:

Visit Betws 

Go North Wales

We recommend you book your accommodation as soon as possible!

 

If you book your place through certain Partner Charities your accommodation and meals may be included.

 

Water

You should be prepared to carry a minimum of 2 litres of water (in a reusable water bottle)

There will be 2 water stations along the routes where you can refill water bottles.

Food and snacks

There will be snacks provided on each of the water stations. You should be prepared to carry all the food you need during the day, however on each day there will be at least one shop or cafe where you can buy sandwiches and other food and snacks.

Packed lunches will be available from stores in the village.

In the evenings Betws-y-Coed has plenty of places where you can buy food and drink, from a nice bowl of pasta to replenish energy to a delicious pizza.

How do I pay?

Once you have completed your online booking form you can pay your deposit or the total cost of your event in the following ways:

 

Payment methods…

Debit card

On completing your form you can select the option to pay by debit card through our payment processor Stripe. This is the only way we can take card payments.

Bank transfer

Breese Adventures – Nat West account 53 70 33 76692590

Please use your surname and date of the event as reference.

Cheque

Cheques should be made payable to Breese Adventures. You will need to contact t us for the postal address.

Please put the name and date of your event on the back of your cheque.

 

What happens next…

Once we have received your booking you will get an automated ‘Booking Pending’ email. if you have not paid through Stripe we will hold your place for 7 days until we receive your deposit.

Please read our terms and conditions before making a payment.

Unless it states otherwise on your event page deposits to secure your booking are as follows:

 

One day event – £25 per person (if your event is less than 4 weeks away please send us the total event fee as shown on the event page).

 

Weekend / multi day event – £50 per person (if your event is less than 8 weeks away please send us the total event fee as shown on the event page).

Are dogs allowed on the event?

We currently have a no dogs policy on all of our events.

We are reviewing this for some of our larger day time events and will update asap.

Is the event suitable for under 18’s

Most of our events are over 18’s only, however for some events children age 14 and over can attend providing they are accompanied by a responsible adult.  One child per adult.

  • "If Carlsberg did events they'd be coming to Breese Adventures for advice!"

  • "The best 100k we've ever done" - Snowdonia Challenge 2017

  • All members of the team we met were very helpful and encouraging. This has been one of the most organised events I have taken part in, you seem to have got it almost right 1st time, well done.

  • This was such a fantastic event, tough enough to be a challenge for mere mortals, yet achievable to anyone with the determination to train and push themselves. It was also an emotional journey that will stay with me for a long time.

  • The challenge was so phenomenally well organised and you, Tracey and your whole team were absolutely brilliant. See you all next year!

  • Well done guys on a very successful Snowdonia Challenge 2017. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole weekend and cannot begin to thank you enough for such a well organised event. Every last detail was thought of and every person who formed part of the organisation for the weekend was knowledgeable, approachable and motivating! We met some fantastic people and made amazing memories. Thank you Tracey, Stiwart and team very very much. We wish you every success!!

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