Step up to the Merrick Challenge

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The annual Merrick Challenge is about to take place again.

And hikers are being invited to sign up for the spring climb to raise money for charity.

Organised by the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team, the energetic gathering of enthusiastic walkers intent on conquering the highest peak in the south of Scotland takes place on Sunday, April 13.

Galloway Mountain Rescue Team organise the annual charity challenge for fundraisers to summit the Merrick. At 843 metres, the “rooftop of Galloway” is the highest hill in the south of Scotland and offers those who venture to its summit a uniquely wild experience and – weather permitting – outstanding panoramic views.

Route planning, safety and supervision are taken care of by the team, so all you need to do is gather your sponsorship and complete the challenge.

GMRT fundraising officer Neil Dalrymple said: “This is a great way of fundraising, challenging yourselves and achieving a goal both physically and financially for your chosen charities. There’s generally over 100 participants, all with varying fitness abilities and hill walking experience.

“Everyone goes at their own pace, there’s no race, everyone is a winner.

“It’s an extremely popular event, many walkers return year after year, and since numbers are limited, we advise booking your place early.”

Full details, including booking forms and walker information sheets, can be downloaded from

The closing date for bookings is Thursday, April 3. However, bookings are taken on a first come basis and once the safe maximum is reached, no further bookings can be taken. More information is available by contacting