Another One For The Bucket List: The UK National Three Peaks Challenge.

21 March 2019

IN 3 WORDS…

Invigorating. Breathtaking. Rewarding.

IN 3 SENTENCES…

A bucket-list feat, entailing climbing the highest three peaks of Scotland, England and Wales.

People tend to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon to raise funds for charity.

The 24-hour challenge is a great adventure and is one personal achievement you will remember for a lifetime!

THE STATS.

3 highest peaks in the UK. 3,064-metre ascent. 24 hours. 23 miles. 30,000 people a year.

BEN NEVIS.

Ben Nevis (Scotland’s highest peak) is the highest of all three peaks, and of the British Isles. The majestic ancient volcano reaches a staggering 4413ft with 5,000 people attempting the 1352m ascent annually (usually taking them between 6 and 8 hours on average). There are two main routes up Ben Nevis: ‘The Mountain Track’, and the ‘Carn Mor Dearg Arête’which offers a challenge to experienced hikers. At its summit, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of Scottish landscape shaped by glaciers over millennia as well as beautiful flora and fauna along the way.

SCAFELL PIKE.

Originally known as ‘The Pikes of Sca Fell’, Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England. Located in the picturesque Lake District National Park, Cumbria it stands at 3210 ft above sea level. Scafell Pike has inspired authors and artists for centuries thanks to its striking rocky formation and stunning views. On average it takes 5 hours to hike the 6-mile route with a 906m ascent. The mountain is also home to the Broad Crag Tarn, the highest body of water in England.

SNOWDON.

The highest mountain in Wales, Snowdon or ‘Yr Wyddfa’ which translates to ‘The Great Tomb’ reaches 1085m. With routes of varying difficulty to its peak, it takes around 6 to 8 hours to reach it, and around 350,000 people make the ascent of 723m annually. Its 5-million-year history has distinctively characterised the mountain with many volcanic rock formations and at its summit, there are uninterrupted vistas of Snowdonia National Park.

KEY FACTS.

DON’T DO THE CHALLENGE BEFORE READING THIS.

There are many things to consider before deciding to take on the National Three Peaks Challenge. Follow the 10 tips below to ensure that you’re fully prepared.

  • Have a designated driver and plan your route in detail beforehand.
  • Consider your environmental impact and be respectful of local communities.
  • Train in advance by undergoing regular cardiovascular exercises such as running and walking to build stamina.
  • Pack a large selection of protein-rich snacks to stay energised! Nuts, fruit and cereal bars are best.
  • Bring plenty of water with you to stay hydrated.
  • Bring clothing to suit all types of weather – the UK climate is very unpredictable!
  • Make sure your boots are high quality (breathable and waterproof are top qualities to look out for). Make sure you wear them in (don’t wear them for the first time on the day of the challenge).
  • Bring multiple pairs of thick walking socks to avoid blisters from occurring during the challenge.
  • Have the essential equipment prepared in advance of the challenge.
  • Practice your navigation skills and mark your planned route on a map to take with you.