We have completed many walks in the last couple of years and we have also accomplished a few major challenges. Z’s Defence Academy’s aim is to conduct more local walks and lead big challenges in the future.
Keep a look out for future dates on the different walks we will be offering.

The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

The route is 24 miles (38.6km) and includes 1585m (5200ft) ascent.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge includes:

I has completed this challenge on two different occasions and managed to achieve this under 10 hours. This was an excellent success however it took 2 months of extensive training, consisting of hill training and long-distance walking. The motivation from the group got us through the walk and we were delighted to complete this challenge within its time-frame.

Distance: 24 miles

Total Climb: 2153 Meters Total

Time: 10 hours

Ben Nevis – Highest mountain in Scotland

Ben Nevis is the king of all mountains, it is situated near Fort William and the highest mountain in the British Isles. For climbers and mountaineers, the main attraction lies in the 600-metre (2,000 ft) high cliffs. This route is not sign posted very well and due to this people have lost their lives climbing this mountain. 

I attempted to complete this on two different occasions and unfortunately due to extreme weather conditions was not successful. I didn’t lose hope and attempted this the third time round managing to successfully reach the summit. This was the hardest hike I have ever attempted. This took a lot of determination and I managed to complete this in 7 hours with a clear sky and breath taking scenery.

Distance: 8.5 miles


Total Climb: 1344 Meters


Time: 7 hours

Snowdon – Highest mountain in Wales

Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales. It’s very well-known and is well worth a visit. This mountain has spectacular scenery as well as a train travelling up for the people who wish to take a relaxed ride.


I completed this walk with my best friend within the targeted timescale. This was a long walk with a few ascents involving steps which was a struggle. Once we reached the summit the difficulties and pain disappeared as we felt overwhelmed in the accomplishment of completing the hike.

Distance: 9 miles

Total Climb: 1085 Meters

Time: 6 hours

Scafell Pike – Highest mountain in England

Scafell Pike was a great challenge, it has been described as exhilaratingbeautiful and breath-taking. When you visit, it won’t take long for you to discover the beauty of this great mountain. The climb to the top should not be underestimated as its 978 meters. This is England’s highest mountain and also includes a war memorial.

I completed this walk on my 28th birthday which was a lovely surprise from my beloved friends. This was a challenging walk and there were very steep parts to climb. The weather had changed drastically towards the top but that still didn’t stop us reaching our goal. I enjoyed my slice of birthday cake at the summit to celebrate my achievement.

Distance: 6 miles

Total Climb: 978m

Time: 4.5 hours

7 Ways to Make a Great Adventure Even Better

Plan your route carefully

Stick to your planned route

Comfortable clothing

Carry correct rucksack

Carry the right equipment

Check the weather forecast

Tell someone reliable about your plans