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Artemis Pentland Peaks Challenge | Bronze

Walk 8 miles, climb 3 peaks. Come and explore the Pentland Peaks at a leisurely pace and be part of an epic day of hiking in these rolling Scottish hills.

  • Sat 2 Sep 2023
  • Entries closed
Cockdurno Farm, Edinburgh




Age 16 & over

  • 8 miles hiking


Immerse yourself in the landscapes of the Pentland Hills with its rolling hills, tranquil burns, lush moorlands and expansive views over Edinburgh, the Forth Bridges, Fife and the Borders.

This challenge has been created for individuals and teams to test themselves, stretch horizons and exceed expectations.


  • An endurance walking challenge in the remarkable Pentland Hills near Edinburgh
  • Ideal for solo walkers, pairs and teams of friends, family and colleagues
  • Choose between the Gold (27 miles), Silver (14 miles) or Bronze (8 miles) routes
  • Fully signposted and marshalled routes, regular refreshment stations and a celebratory barbecue
  • Fundraising goes directly to the two charities, Mary's Meals and the John Muir Trust

This event is part of Artemis Pentland Peaks Challenge .

  • All fitness levels
  • Event village
  • Newcomers
  • Teams

Kit list

This is a proper challenge so you'll need to be prepared for the great outdoors:

  • Electronic navigational system - or you must be able to use a map and compass
  • Map of the route - in waterproof case and marked up in advance of the day
  • Compass
  • Mobile phone - fully charged
  • Whistle
  • Head torch - preferably flashing, plus spare batteries
  • Spare socks - one or more pairs
  • Small first aid kit - think about cuts and blisters, vaseline for chafing
  • Waterproof coat
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Fleece
  • Walking boots - with ankle support that you have trained in (preferable to trainers or outdoor shoes)
  • Small rucksack
  • Water container - 3 litre (eg Camelbak) or large water bottles
  • Two walking poles - recommended
  • Race number - with space to write emergency contact numbers and any medical information (provided beforehand)


  • BBQ
  • Free parking
  • Mountains
  • Rural
  • Toilets

Event HQ

Cockdurno Farm
Balerno, Midlothian
EH14 7HZ

The event will start and finish at Cockdurno farm, less than 1 mile from Balerno, Edinburgh.

By car

It takes approx. 30 minutes by car from central Edinburgh.

By bus

Lothian Buses runs the No.44 bus from central Edinburgh to Balerno.  Check with Lothian Buses for up to date timetable.

  • Cut off time
  • Food stations
  • Hilly
  • Marshals
  • Out and back
  • Staggered starts
  • Sweeper
  • Timed section
  • Toilets
  • Traffic free
  • Water stations
  • Way markers
The mini route of the Pentland Peaks Challenge. Walk 8 miles, climb 3 peaks. Choose bronze if you want a leisurely hike in the hills, which is likely to take up to 5 hours to complete.

  • Public transport links
  • Recycling

There are buses from central Edinburgh to Balerno, which is a 1 mile walk from the event hub at Cockdurno. 

  • Chip timing
  • Goody bag
  • Medal
  • Post-race meal


  • Hot and cold drinks and snacks before the event
  • Several refreshment stops along the route providing snacks and hot and cold drinks
  • A delicious barbeque at the finish line to reward your amazing efforts!

It is recommended that you also bring your own snacks or gels to keep you going along the route. 

  • Fundraising incentives
  • Fundraising materials
  • Fundraising required
  • Fundraising support
  • Submit fundraising up to 1 month after event

The event will raise funds for two fantastic charities, Mary’s Meals and the John Muir Trust. Every penny raised will go to the charities as the Artemis Charitable Foundation is covering the event costs.

The inaugural Artemis Pentland Peaks Challenge in 2022 raised over £100,000 for charity.

John Muir Trust

John Muir Trust

Dedicated to protecting the UK's wild places

The John Muir Trust is a UK-wide membership-based conservation charity dedicated to wild places and the people who enjoy them and live around them. Working alongside others to repair and rewild damaged ecosystems and encourage people to experience wildness at first hand.

mary's meals

mary's meals

A global school feeding programme

Mary’s Meals is a global movement that sets up school feeding programmes in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education. The charity now feeds more than 2.4 million children every school day and it costs just £19.15/€22.00 to feed a child for a year.

Your support

All participants are asked to raise a minimum of £250 for the event charities, Mary’s Meals and the John Muir Trust. Every penny you raise will go to towards the fantastic work of these two charities.

  • Age 16 & over
  • Collect race pack
  • Enter online
  • Fundraising required

Groups of 6 or more will receive a 20% discount on the registration fee. Get in touch for the groups discount code before registering.

16 or 17 year olds can take part if accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

Thanks so much again for everything on this one – it really was fantastic, and amazing fun to do! Honestly I was very nervous indeed about actually managing it as for all sorts of reasons I’d not done anything like enough training, but it was an absolutely perfect level of do-able-ness for almost anyone. Euan M

Loved the start/ finish spot. Really amazing energy with the announcers etc. and all the food was delicious. The enthusiasm of the volunteers at the water-stops was amazing and really made a big difference to morale. I think the route and distance (for gold at least) was perfect. It was a serious challenge and felt like a real achievement finishing! Dylan W

Extremely well organised, support at water stops was incredible and the set up at the end was brilliant. Felt like you’d thought of everything, and looked after everyone so well. Angela D

Stuart and I had a fab time last weekend and we both absolutely loved the walk. It was perfect to have that Bronze level for people like us who aren’t usually walkers and don’t have hills on our doorstep. The length of it (plus those two steep climbs/descents) made it difficult enough to actually be a challenge, but not so unachievable as to be completely off-putting. Kirsty M

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