Snowdon Summit challenge

  • Snowdon Summit Challenge

    If you fancy a challenge this Summer we would love to invite you to join us for our Snowdon Summit Challenge on Saturday August 18th 2018.

    Cost: £10 – This covers your Event T shirt & fundraising pack.

    Walk Details

    Registration: 10am               Start of Walk: 10.30am

    Meeting Point: Llanberis Lake Railway station (SH 58210 59879)

    The walk begins outside the Llanberis Lake Railway station and not at the popular Snowdonia Mountain Railway which is a little further along the A4086 towards the town centre. There is plenty of parking in and around the town near the Snowdon Mountain Railway and opposite Dolbadarn Castle. To begin the walk, follow the signs for Dolbadarn Castle and the National Slate Museum and opposite a car park turn right. Cross a large slate footbridge over the River Hwch and follow a winding track up through the woods to the castle.

    Route: We plan to walk along the Llanberis Path, which runs parallel to the Snowdon Mountain Railway.

    Our challenge is to walk/climb to the summit 3,560 feet (1,085m), a total of 4.5 miles which will take approximately 3 – 3.5 hours. The return journey will be made on the train.

     Total Climb: 975m (3,198 ft) Start and Finish: (SH 582 598 / LL55 4TY) Map: Explorer OL17 OS Parking: (SH 582598 /LL55 4TY) Numerous car parks in Llanberis.  Sherpa Bus Stop: Llanberis Interchange

    In normal weather the Llanberis Path poses no problems for the fit walker, with even the navigation being reasonably easy. On a fine day, we’ll be able to follow the other people who have also decided to follow the Llanberis Path.



    It’s a steady pull once we pass the initial pull up the minor road, and we’ll have time to enjoy the route until about two thirds of the way we’ll hit the real climb of Allt Moses. It’s then a real pull, but once above this it again steadies out and we’ll soon be at the summit!

    Who can take part?

    Our Snowdon Summit Challenge is for everyone. Walk on your own with us, bring your family and friends, or your exercise class, or your work colleagues, the choice is yours.

    Why take part?

    The Foundation largely relies on the support of our wonderful community who fundraise for us and who take part in our events, in order to meet the running costs we need each year to carry out our work. By taking part in the Snowdon Climb and raising sponsorship money, you will help us to help people with a learning disability across Wales to access the equal healthcare they need and deserve.

    When Paul died in January 2009 there was little understanding of his needs. Staff saw his disability not our wonderful brother Paul. There were no Learning Disability Care bundles, no LD liaison nurses, no LD Champions and very little training on treating patients with learning disabilities. Since 2009 we have worked with all Welsh Health boards, Mencap, Welsh Assembly government, carer groups, primary and secondary health staff, people with LD and their families to make changes and work towards equal health care for everyone.

    We have recently provided LD Logo packs to every hospital ward and department in Wales. We are now fundraising to support training and provide LD Champion packs for all hospital staff who want to become Learning Disability Champions and attend Champion training. We also want to provide a Learning Disability Hub which will provide support and online training for all staff, families and carers of people with learning disabilities.

    During our Climb of Snowdon we want to raise awareness of the work of the Foundation and the issues faced by people with learning disabilities, their families and carers when accessing equal healthcare.



    There is no minimum amount of sponsorship. Every pound you raise helps us with our work. The more you can raise the more people we can reach.

    We would like to see a time when every hospital in Wales and in the UK has the tools, training and support they need to provide equal healthcare for all patients with learning disabilities.

    Deadline for return of Sponsorship money: September 30th 2018


    Gift Aid

    Boost your donation by 25p of Gift Aid for every £1 you donate.

    Gift Aid is reclaimed by the charity from the tax you pay for the current tax year. Donator’s addresses are needed to identify them as a current UK taxpayer. Don’t forget to ask your sponsors for their home address and postcode and to tick the Gift Aid box so we can collect Gift Aid from them.

    Alternatively if you are a current UK taxpayer, you could collect all their donations/sponsorship money and complete a “Charity Gift Aid Declaration – single donation sheet” and return to us with your total donation/sponsorship money and we can collect the Gift Aid on your total donation. If you would like to do this to make the collecting of Gift Aid simpler please ring the office and we’ll email one of these sheets over to you.


    Set up a Just Giving Page

    To help you with your fundraising it’s quick and easy to set up a Fundraising Page for your Snowdon Summit Challenge. Just visit and follow the steps.


    How to Register for the Challenge

    Registration & Fundraising Sponsor pack £10 – This covers your fundraising pack and a T shirt.

    To sign up for the Snowdon Summit Challenge as an individual walker or as part of a group of family members, friends, work colleagues, exercise class:

    Each person needs to read the terms & conditions and complete a registration form and return with a cheque for £10 (made payable to “Paul Ridd Foundation”) to our office by August 8th 2018.

    Our address: Paul Ridd Foundation, Unit 19 Mardon Park, Baglan Energy Park, Port Talbot SA12 7AX

    or email your completed registration form back to us at and BACs your payment to our account. Account number 35670037, Sort Code 54-30-16. Remember to quote your full name as a reference and tick the correct payment box on the registration form.


    As part of your registration you will receive a Paul Ridd Foundation T-shirt. Please order your size on the registration form attached. Last order date to order T- shirts is Friday 27th July 2018  Your t-shirt will be available for collection from our at Unit 19 Mardon Park, Baglan Energy Park, Port Talbot SA12 7AX between 9:00 to 17:00 between Monday 13th to Thursday 16th August 2018, or collect at event registration at Snowdon.


    Walks and treks FAQs

    As you get ready for your event, we’ve pulled together the answers to some of the most common questions our walkers ask to help you get started. 

    How fast should I walk? 

    Walking speed will depend on your level of fitness and walking experience. Difficult terrain or travelling uphill and downhill also affects your overall speed. Assuming a level and firm pathway some general guidelines can be given below.

    For a person with excellent fitness, an approximate moderate walking pace:

    • 15 minutes per mile (4 miles per hour)
    • 9 minutes per kilometre (6.4 kilometres per hour)

    A fast walking pace or speed is:

    • 12 minutes per mile (5 miles per hour)
    • 7.5 minutes per kilometre (8 kilometres per hour)

    An average walking pace on country and forestry footpaths is:

    • 20 minutes per mile (3 miles per hour)
    • 12 minutes per kilometre (5 kilometres per hour)

    Should I go walking if feel ill?

    If your cold symptoms are above the neck (a head cold with runny nose, tired eyes or sneezing) then a gentle walk without elevating the heart rate too much can be beneficial. If your symptoms are below the neck (swollen glands and aching body) then it’s advisable to refrain from exercise until the symptoms have subsided. If you are unsure please seek advice from your GP. 

    How does walking compare with running? 

    General health and fitness is improved by walking, but to maximise the cardiovascular benefit it’s necessary to raise the heart rate by walking at speed or uphill.

    Running will generate a greater increase in fitness and with the training sessions usually taking less time. However, running does place more stress on the body and therefore walkers generally suffer fewer injury problems.

    What are the benefits of using walking poles?

    There are a significant number of benefits to be gained by using poles. Use of poles:

    • causes a higher heart rate than normal walking at the same pace
    • burns 20 – 45% more calories than normal walking
    • makes walking a total body workout utilising 90% of your muscles
    • reduces the load by up to 30% on knees, hips and other joints
    • enhances balance and stability on uneven and slippery surfaces
    • provides extra power for ascending hills and helps on descents.


    Can I walk with my friend who is much slower?

    It is sometimes more enjoyable to walk with a friend. If they walk at a slower speed than you, an option is to select a route that has the possibility of short detours.

    You can then occasionally part company with the faster walker detouring away on a slightly longer loop before joining up again. If contemplating this option, ensure you have very clear and concise instructions about where you will join up.




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