Three Peaks Challenge

Join the Plunkett team on this incredible walking challenge in support of community businesses across the UK

Join Plunkett for the Three Peaks Challenge, as we climb the three highest peaks in the UK to raise money for Plunkett’s work in supporting community-owned businesses.

Every penny you raise as part of your fundraising will help to ensure that Plunkett can continue being on hand to support more than 750 community-owned businesses. Businesses that are offering a wealth of benefit to the local area and people they serve. It costs Plunkett around £2,500 to help support a community group to set up their local community business from initial planning stages to opening date.

All donations that are raised help to support the work Plunkett does in inspiring and empowering communities across the UK, in creating inclusive, innovative and impactful community-owned spaces.

By signing up to our Three Peaks Challenge you will be helping to ensure that Plunkett can remain on hand to continue offering free business advice and support to help see community businesses through these difficult months, so they can continue being vital lifelines for their own communities.

How it works

  • 1. Firstly sign up to join our Three Peaks Challenge here

  • 2. Kick-start your fundraising by setting up your own JustGiving here   

  • 3. Start letting family and friends know about your Three Peaks Challenge, inviting them to sponsor you or even joining you on your adventure.

  • 4. Get a training plan in place. This sample guide from will offer an initial template training guide

  • 5. Make sure you’ve got the right kit. This list from offers an insight into the type of equipment you’ll need to support your challenge

  • 6. Time to head on up to Scotland ready to start your Three Peaks Challenge

Don’t forget, we’ll be with you every step of the way offering support as you need it with fundraising top tips and ideas, as well as help planning your route.               

If you’d like to find out more information about our Three Peaks Challenge or you’d like to sign up to join the Plunkett team, please click here or contact

Frequently asked questions

The cost to take part in the Three Peaks Challenge is £499. There are two payment options available:

  • Self-funded – this means that you cover the cost of your trip yourself. Upon booking your place you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £99. The remaining £400 will be payable 10 weeks prior to departure.
  • Fundraising pledge – this option allows you to cover the cost of your trip through fundraising activities. By choosing this option you are pledging to raising £800, in addition to paying the non-refundable deposit of £99 when you book. You must then raise a minimum of £800 – £400 of which will cover the cost of your trip and the remaining £400 will go to Plunkett. At least 80% of your fundraising target must be paid to Plunkett, 10 weeks prior to your departure date.

Take on the Three Peak Challenge where keen adventurers will be able to take on the three highest peaks in the UK – Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales.

Plunkett will be hosting the challenge alongside expert adventurers, Maximum Adventure who will coordinate all the logistics and provide expert guides to guide you along the mountain routes.

The itinerary for the trip will be

  • From Glasgow Maximum Adventure will have arranged transport to take you to Fort William where you’ll have a challenge briefing before settling down for an early night ready for your challenge
  • Early start to begin your ascent of Ben Nevis. Once you’ve completed your first peak, you’ll hop on a bus which will take you to Scafell Pike in the Lake District for an evening ascent
  • To complete your challenge you’ll be climbing Snowdon. Once you’ve reached the top and descended back down there will be a transfer minibus with designated drop-off points en-route to Manchester

This is a sample itinerary – it could be subject to change depending on weather conditions and the groups fitness. 

If you’d like to find out more information about our Three Peaks Challenge or you’d like to sign up to join the Plunkett team, please click here or contact

If you are opting to self-fund your Three Peaks Challenge there is no minimum sponsorship, although we would encourage you to raise as much as you can for Plunkett.

If you choose the fundraising pledge option you are required to raise a minimum of £800, with at least £400of that going directly to supporting Plunkett’s work.

But fear not, we will be on hand to support your fundraising endeavours. We can offer plenty of ideas and tips to get the most out of your fundraising. Our handy Fundraising Guide can help you kick-start your fundraising or we’re only at the other end of the phone or email, so please do get in touch with us at or on 01993 630246, and we can help you get your fundraising off the ground.

We recommend that you create a JustGiving fundraising page to collect your sponsorship, which you can do here.

As a charity, Plunkett relies on the generosity of individuals, corporates and funders to ensure we can continue being a source of support for communities up and down the UK. Every penny that you raise will mean we can be there for the communities who need us the most.

As a result of current rising costs, it’s estimated that 1 in five businesses are vulnerable due to the financial pressures they face.

Your fundraising efforts will therefore help fund a range of support available to community groups as they face difficult months ahead as a result of the cost of living crisis including:

  • A support helpline
  • One-to-one support from Plunkett Advisers
  • Advice and guidance relating to legal structures including assistance with establishing a Community Benefit Society with Plunkett Foundation Model Rules
  • Learning & information events, as well as training opportunities
  • Online networking opportunities
  • Bespoke resources and templates

However much you raise or choose to donate, the very biggest of thank yous.

Yes of course, we’re here to support your Three Peaks Challenge adventures – if you need help with getting your fundraising off the ground, finding suitable training schedules, tips on which equipment to take or you simply want a friendly ear to discuss if the Three Peaks Challenge is right for you, just get in touch on and we’ll gladly help.

Thank you for choosing to support community businesses. Your help will mean Plunkett can continue to be there for rural communities who are coming together to save their local pub, shop, farm or woodland.