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The National Three Lakes Challenge involves walking to the three highest bodies of water in Scotland, England and Wales, often within 24 hours, but more realistically done, especially in winter, in 48hrs with an overnight camp near Helvellyn – depending on the weather, either tents or in bunkhouse accommodation.

The total walking distance is 23 miles (37km) and the total ascent is 3064 metres (10,052ft). The total driving distance is 462 miles.

The three water bodies are:

In the UK the highest lake is Loch Coire an Lochain, a remote freshwater loch set deep within the central Cairngorms plateau, in the Cairngorms National Park, located in the eastern Highlands of Scotland. It is the highest water body of its size in the UK, the surface being 997 metres above sea level. This is a round trip of 14km from the nearest road.

The highest lake in England is Red Tarn, a small lake in the eastern region of the English Lake District, in the county of Cumbria. It is high up on the eastern flank of Helvellyn, beneath Striding Edge and Catstye Cam. Red Tarn was formed when the glacier that carved out the eastern side of Helvellyn had melted. This lake is located at 718 metres above sea level. This is a round trip of 6km from the nearest road.

In Wales, Llyn Llyffant is the highest lake in Wales, its name translates into English as “frog lake”. It lies at an elevation of approximately 815m above sea level. It is, even by Welsh standards, tiny. This is a round trip of 8km from the nearest road.

We run this as a summer and a winter challenge, although in winter it will be made tougher due to the cold, the ice and snow which may be present. Both options give you the chance to swim in the lakes.


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