Cheshire Three Peaks Challenge

12 Jun

Tegg's Nose Country Park, SK11 0AP

Sunday 12 Jun 22 8:00 am

Join us for our popular walking challenge in the picturesque Macclesfield countryside.

The Cheshire Three Peaks Challenge is a brilliant opportunity to support Francis House whilst testing your fitness and enjoying the great outdoors.

With two distances to choose from, we have a route to suit everyone – regardless of walking prowess!

Long Route (13.6 miles) = £20pp / FREE for under 16s

Short Route (6.5 miles) = £15pp / FREE for under 16s

Longer Route - 13.6 miles

Take on three of Cheshire’s highest peaks in the 13.6 mile route, tackling Tegg’s Nose, Shutlingsloe and Shining Tor. Winding through the scenic Macclesfield landscape, the walk encompasses Trentabank and Lamaload Reservoir, offering spectacular views from all three summits. Be warned; this route covers some very steep terrain and requires a good level of fitness! Freshly prepared lunch packs will be provided mid-route.

Average walk time: 6.5 hours. 

Cost: £20 (free for under 16s) 

Shorter Route - 6.5 miles

Enjoy a 6.5 mile ramble through beautiful moorland, heathland and woodland. Whilst well-suited to families and less experienced hikers, this too is more than just a walk in the park and its difficulty should not be underestimated – you’ll encounter one or two steep climbs along the way! There is also the option to challenge yourself further with our Scavenger Trail along this route. Can you find all the items, spot all the sights and solve all the clues en route? The winning team will receive a prize!

Average walk time: 3.5 hours 

Cost: £15 (free for under 16s) 


Will there be Covid-19 measures in place?

As our challenge takes place in the open air with staggered start times, it can easily and safely be adapted to follow any social distancing guidelines in place, and extra measures will be taken to ensure the event is Covid-secure.

We will make every effort to go ahead with the event with safety our first priority, but if for any reason we are forced to cancel or postpone, you will be able to transfer your place to a future date or receive a full refund if preferred.

What is included in my registration fee?

Your registration fee includes: full support on the day, rest-stop checkpoints providing drinks and refreshments, a fully-flagged route, detailed route guides and maps, medical cover, a Francis House t-shirt, a certificate for finishers – and for long route walkers, a delicious, freshly-prepared lunch pack at checkpoint 2!

How fit do I need to be?

Whilst both routes promise a very enjoyable walk with spectacular views, you should be aware that  both are designed to be challenging, taking in some rocky terrain with several steep climbs. The shorter route doesn’t cover the three peaks themselves, but it does include extended periods of steeply inclined paths. You should ensure that you have confidence in your fitness for both routes.

Do I need to be good at reading maps?

No – your group will be given detailed route guides and a map before setting off, but the map is only designed to help you visualise the route. The route guide will give clear instructions about which paths to take. In addition to your route guides and maps, you’ll be following coloured marker flags that guide your way. It should be difficult to go wrong! But don’t worry if you do; the marshals are only a phone call away and will help you get back on track. The en route checkpoints (three for the longer route, one for the shorter route) allow us to keep track of participants passing through and ensure no one has gone astray.

Do I need to raise sponsorship?

As most of the registration fee is used to cover the costs of the event, we do encourage all participants to raise some sponsorship or make a donation to the hospice wherever possible. A fundraising ‘tips and tricks’ sheet will be provided in your registration pack.

What time should I arrive?

For both walks, participants must arrive between 8:00am – 9:30am and register with the marshals in the Francis House gazebo. Once registered, participants will receive their maps and route guides and can set off right away.

Can I bring my dog?

Absolutely! Dogs are very welcome to join you on the walk, but we do ask that you keep them on leads whilst on any main roads or footpaths and that any dog fouling is picked up, cleared and disposed of accordingly by the owner. There will be water bowls for dogs at all our checkpoints. Bear in mind that there are stiles along the way that you may need to lift your dog over.

Can I bring a pram?

Neither route is suitable for prams.

What should I wear?

We strongly recommend that you wear walking boots/shoes, for your own comfort! As the weather can be very changeable, bringing suitable clothing for both sun and rain is also advised. You will be walking through exposed areas for long periods of time, so it’s a good idea to bring sun protection. You might wish to consider bringing walking poles if slippery conditions are expected. Francis House t-shirts are provided in your registration packs – we love to see participants wear these on the day, as they make walkers easily identifiable along the course and add to the camaraderie of the event!

If you have any further questions, you can email Rachel or call 0161 443 2200.

Could you be our corporate sponsor?

We are currently seeking a sponsor to help us continue running and improving this fantastic event. There are many benefits to being a part of our challenge; email to find out what we can offer you and how your support can make a big difference to the event experience and the funds raised.

Online registrations have now closed, but you can still register on the day between 8am and 9:30am in the Tegg’s Nose Visitor Centre Car Park.

Email for information.

Conditions of Entry

  1. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult and have signed consent from a parent/guardian to take part.
  2. In registering to take part in the Cheshire Three Peaks Challenge, participants agree that they are aware of the level of fitness required and confirm they are medically fit to participate safely in the challenge.
  3. No liability for participants’ safety can be accepted by Francis House Children’s Hospice or walk leaders.
  4. Entrants accept that they will not be permitted to participate if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  5. Participants accept full responsibility for their own clothing and walking equipment.
  6. Participants are expected to conduct themselves in a sensible and courteous manner whilst participating in this event and representing Francis House.
  7. Participants agree to be mindful of The Countryside Code.

Useful Links

Tegg’s Nose Tea Room (Facebook Page). The tea rooms provide lunch packs for the longer route, and will be open for business on the day serving fabulous cakes, bites to eat and hot drinks. We recommend calling in for some well-deserved refreshments at the end of the walk! Its opening hours are from 9am to 5pm.

Tegg’s Nose Country Park

The Countryside Code



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Tegg's Nose Country Park

Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield SK11 0AP, UK

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