A local charity is offering the chance for keen walkers to take part in scaling the three biggest peaks of Dorset's rolling countryside.

Diverse Abilities is inviting people to trek across the Wessex Ridgeway and to the peaks of Lewesdon Hill, Pilsdon Pen and Bulbarrow Hill. The 12-hour hike will see walkers ascend a combined height of 1,357 metres - higher than Ben Nevis.

Sue Reid, events manager at Diverse Abilities, said: "This is definitely a unique trekking experience and a great opportunity for those that enjoy walking or just love spectacular views. This is a perfect challenge for those wanting to step out of their comfort zone and set themselves a target for 2019."

Last year, Martin Cypher took part in the trek along with his three colleagues. The group said they wanted to take on the challenge as it was something new and a way of exploring the higher grounds of north and west Dorset.

Martin said: "One of my favourite parts of signing up for the challenge was that my colleagues were joining me, which meant we could all train together. This helped us to really bond before the event itself and we all shared a common goal. It was also a good challenge for us all to see how much we could raise individually for Diverse Abilities as we all got quite competitive. In total we raised over £6,000, so we were extremely pleased.

"In terms of the challenge itself. The scenery was great, and it was made even better by the super sunshine. The camaraderie amongst all the walkers was also fantastic. We all supported one another in lots of ways to make it through the day and we all certainly will remember the challenge with many fond memories.

"In addition, the support provided by both the charity and the trek guides was first class and probably the best I have ever experienced on any challenge event I have done over recent years. Attention to detail and the needs of the individual was super and I would rate the overall experience 10/10 for organisation and support."

To take part in the Dorset 3 Peaks event, an entry fee of £35 applies and a minimum fundraising target of £265 is requested. Money raised will go towards the daily cost to run the advice service to provide guidance and support, specialist toys for children with disabilities to play with, a day’s vital medical supplies for the children at the charity’s specialist school and much more.

For further information and event details visit diverseabilities.org.uk/dorset-three-peaks