03 August 2022

Chilterns challenge returns

Local people are being encouraged to lace up their walking boots and put their best foot forward as Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s much-loved annual walking event, the Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge, makes a welcome return this September.

Taking place on Sunday 11 September, the dog-friendly challenge offers walkers a choice of routes through the stunning Chilterns countryside. Walkers are encouraged to choose one of four available routes – between 6.5 and 18 miles long - and seek sponsorship to raise vital funds for Rennie Grove’s specialist nursing care.

Starting from Princes Risborough School, the route options for the challenge are:

  • 6.5 mile linear route which tackles Whiteleaf Cross and Coombe Hill (followed by a bus route back to the start at Princes Risborough School).
  • 8 mile self-guided circular route taking in Whiteleaf Cross. This option includes mapped directions so walkers can make their own way around the route at their own pace.
  • 10 mile linear route which gives walkers the opportunity to complete all three peaks (Whiteleaf Cross, Coombe Hill and Ivinghoe Beacon) with a bus journey between Wendover and Tring station taking out some of the miles.
  • 18-mile linear route is the complete route from Princes Risborough School to the top of Ivinghoe Beacon walking all three local landmarks.

All routes include a bus ride back to the start at Princes Risborough School, thanks to Arriva buses which has once again kindly donated the use of its vehicles and volunteer drivers for the day.

Tracey Hancock, Director of Fundraising at Rennie Grove, says:

“Last year almost 1,000 people hiked through the stunning Chiltern Hills for our thirteenth annual Chilterns 3 Peaks challenge. It’s a fantastic event each year and people who take part always tell us how much they enjoy the stunning scenery, the chance to meet new people and the sense of accomplishment when they complete the walk.

“The funds raised by this event are invaluable in allowing Rennie Grove to continue offering specialist care and support for adults and children with life-limiting illnesses across Buckinghamshire and west Hertfordshire. Every penny raised in sponsorship makes a difference. For example, £30 could fund an hour of specialist care from a hospice at home nurse, helping patients to stay at home with their families and make every moment matter.”

Tickets for this family-friendly event cost £15 per adult (16+) and £7.50 for children (5-16) with under 5s free on all routes. Family tickets are available (two adults and up to four children) for £40. Everybody who completes the challenge receives a medal on the day.

This year’s event is kindly sponsored by headline sponsor, Origin Doors and Windows, which has supported the event for five years, as well as new sponsor for 2022, R. Benson.

To find out more or sign up to take part, visit www.renniegrove.org/C3peaks