What are The Three Peaks?
You may have heard of 'The Three Peaks' but what are the mountains and what's it typically like hiking up them?

What are The Three Peaks?

The National Three Peaks Challenge was created in 1926 when members of the Fell & Rock Climbing Club successfully summited the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales in 24 hours. 

That first challenge started on the summit of Ben Nevis and ended on the summit of Snowdon but most modern challenges include the ascent and descent of each peak. Therefore the completed challenge usually starts at the foot of Ben Nevis and ends once you've descended Snowdon, with Scafell Pike in between.

Ben Nevis, Scotland (1,345 metres)

Ben Nevis
The Three Peaks Challenge route follows the Mountain Track from Glen Nevis, which starts with a long section of steps before zigzagging through scree to the summit. On a fine day this is a challenging but straightforward mountain walk, but in poor conditions or low visibility Ben Nevis is a dangerous place. It isn’t uncommon for snow to be falling on the summit plateau while sun shines in Fort William, so good navigation skills and suitable outdoor kit are essential.

Scafell Pike, England (978 metres)

Scafell Pike
The Three Peaks Challenge route starts in the Wasdale Valley and ascends via Brown Tongue and Hollow Stones. The early stages of the climb follow clear paths and unthreatening terrain but towards the summit you’ll encounter scree slopes and boulder fields, with crags around the summit that require good navigation to avoid. Although snow is uncommon in summer, low cloud, strong winds and heavy rain are common obstacles on Scafell Pike.

Snowdon, Wales (1,085 metres)

The most popular route among Three Peakers is the Pyg Track, which starts from the car park at Pen-y-Pass. This is a steep and rocky approach with spectacular views and its popularity comes from being the shortest route to the summit. There are 10 recognised walking routes up Snowdon and while some – like the Pyg Track and Llanberis Path – are suitable for all ages and abilities, ridges such as Crib Goch are only suitable for experienced scramblers.


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