Defeat the Peak | Scafell Pike at Night | Macmillan Cancer Support
Sat 27 - Sun 28 May 2023 Penrith, Cumbria, UK

Defeat the Peak | Scafell Pike at Night | Macmillan Cancer Support

Hike to the top of Scafell Pike at night as part of a unique group of like-minded challengers that will be fundraising to support people living with cancer and having an unforgettable experience too.

  • Sat 27 - Sun 28 May 2023
Lake District National Park, Penrith

Defeat the Peak | Scafell Pike at Night | Macmillan Cancer Support



Age 18 & over

  • 9 hrs hiking + 3209 ft ascent


Beginning in the beautiful Greater Langdale valley, right in the heart of the Lake District National Park, this spectacular challenge will see you and fellow fundraisers trekking to the top of Scafell.... at night!

You will be fully supported all the way by experienced Mountain Leaders and then celebrate at the finish line with a celebration breakfast.

This nighttime challenge will test your physical and mental limits but your efforts will be rewarded by knowing that all your hard work is going towards raising money to help Macmillan Cancer Support.


  • trek to England's majestic summit

    Conquer England's highest mountain from the beautiful Greater Langdale valley under a blanket of stars, to welcome the dawn of a new day from the top.

  • Springtime Bank Holiday

    Achieve something great with your long weekend this year.

  • Views over the Lake District

    Soak up the unfolding panoramas as the sun rises over this treasured national park.

  • Guided by Mountain Leaders

    Rare opportunity to hike under the cover of darkness - accompanied throughout to ensure safety, enjoyment and success.

  • Celebration brunch at the finish

    Enjoy a hot, celebratory breakfast with fellow challengers on completion of your hike.

  • Support people with cancer

    Spend a memorable night doing something amazing with Team Macmillan.

  • Average fitness
  • Newcomers
  • Teams

Day 1

  • Arrival and begin your challenge

    After registration and a full safety briefing from your challenge leaders you will strap on your head torches and begin the trek. During the trek you be supported every step of the way by fully qualified Mountain Leaders.

Day 2

  • Complete your challenge!

    You should reach the summit just as the sun begins to rise over the rest of the Lake District National Park. After the elation of reaching the top you must summon up the energy to return to the start where it will be time to relax and celebrate with a celebration breakfast. After this you are free to depart, re-living your achievements on your way home.

How tough is it?

This challenge is graded as tough. Despite its location in the UK, the difficulty of this trek should not be underestimated as it requires you to trek through the night, with tough ascents and descents, with the added challenge of walking in the dark. The route is predominantly on good paths, but it's the variation of footpaths that makes this challenge a unique and fun experience. 

  • Accommodation
  • Camping
  • Mountains
  • Rural

Event HQ

Lake District National Park
CA10 2QL

  • First aid
  • Marshals
  • Mountainous
  • Out and back
  • Single start
  • Traffic free
  • Water stations

On this challenge the ascent and descent is from from Greater Langdale. The route begins and ends on the Cumbria Way and the main ascent and descent is done via Rossett Gill.

  • Sustainability policy

The organisers are committed to sustainable and responsible tourism. On this challenge in particular, they always liaise with the rangers of the Lake District National Park to make sure that the impact on the local environment is minimised. The leaders care passionately for the environment and will be keen to talk to you about how you can do your bit to conserve the local area and enhance your experience.

The national park rangers would like everyone to adhere to the following requests so that this challenge creates as little disturbance to the local area as possible.


  • Please do not take any glow-sticks on the trek with you. These are a big cause of littering.
  • Please make sure that you park in official car parking bays and not obstruct local lanes. This minimises disturbance to local residents.
  • Please keep noise to a minimum at this time so as to avoid disturbing local people at unsociaable hours of the day!

They would also like to encourage all participants to spend a little extra time in the local area. Why not consider booking an extra night in a local B&B, and go out for a meal in one of the excellent local pubs after the challenge? Not only will you be able to celebrate your achievements but you will also be putting more money back into the local area.

  • Medal
  • Post-race meal
  • Technical t-shirt
  • Training plan

You'll be part of a unique group of like-minded challengers that will be fundraising to support people living with cancer – creating a friendly, supportive atmosphere for an unforgettable experience.

As part of Team Macmillan, you'll receive:

Before you go

  • 15% off Cotswold Outdoor, Cycle Surgery, Snow and Rock, and Runners Need
  • Support materials (itinerary, kit list, fact file, Q&As, health notes, travel tips, responsible travel policy and guidance)
  • Fitness training notes
  • Risk assessment and emergency management planning

On your challenge

  • Buff
  • Checkpoint snacks and drinks
  • Hot breakfast and hot drinks at the end of the challenge
  • All challenge management before, during and post event
  • Full back-up support including first-aid qualified staff and first-aid supplies

For your fundraising

  • A free Macmillan top to wear on the day, plus iron-on letters to customise your kit
  • First-class support from the Macmillan Hiking Team, from sign up right through to when you cross the finish line
  • A fundraising pack bursting with fundraising tips and tricks
  • E-newsletters to keep you up to date

Not Included

  • Travel to/from the event
  • Any additional food and drink required during the challenge
  • Personal hiking gear (boots, clothing etc)
  • Travel insurance

  • Fundraising required
  • Fundraising support

Sign up today and pledge to raise funds. This could pay for a Macmillan nurse for 10 hours, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.

Macmillan Cancer Support

You'll have reason to keep going because you'll know that you're helping improve the lives of people living with cancer. Donations make up 98% of the charity's annual income so their vital work wouldn't be possible without you.

How to raise money

There are many different ways you can raise money for Macmillan. If you don't know what you want to do, there are lots of charity fundraiser ideas to help inspire you. Whatever you choose to do, the charity will support you the whole way.

How funds are used

Your money helps the charity provide a variety of services which help make sure no one has to go through cancer alone. The charity relies on fundraisers for 98% of their support so you really are very important.

What happens if I don't reach the target?

If you feel you won't be able to meet your fundraising pledge through donations from friends and family, then organising a local event such as a supermarket collection, cake sale or raffle, can all be great ways to give your fundraising a final boost.

The charity is also happy to accept personal donations, should you wish to pay the sponsorship yourself – but this is not, in any way, mandatory.

Remember you have up to a month after the challenge to submit your funds! Please note that there is a minimum fundraising pledge for this event.

  • Age 18 & over
  • Entries open
  • Enter online
  • Fundraising required

Entry fees

Minimum sponsorship

Registration fee


Minimum sponsorship


Self funder

Self-funders are encouraged to raise as much sponsorship as possible

Registration fee




Payment due by 25/03/2023