Introduction

“One of the ultimate challenges in the United Kingdom” is how many people describe this 3 peaks walk. Ben Nevis at 1344m, Scafell Pike at 978m and Snowdon at 1085m. The challenge of climbing the 3 highest mountains in Great Britain appeals to many walkers.

The National 3 Peaks of Scotland, England and Wales consist of 26 miles of ascents and descents. Weather conditions can play a big part in deciding if you can complete the walk safely. Snow, low cloud or darkness can also be deciding factors, so you need to make careful preparations, looking at the weather forecasts and the equipment that will be used for the venture.

The path to the summit of Ben Nevis was originally built as a pony track to service the observatory and the hotel, which are now in ruins. The observatory was operational between 1883-1904. Surprisingly there have been a number of cars that have actually driven to the summit, no doubt with a lot of help.

The highest war memorial in Britain is also situated on this summit. The views from here are breathtaking in all directions.

This walk should ideally be attempted between May-Oct, the longest day being 21st June. Many people attempt the 3 peaks in June so you may well find car parks full and many other walkers around; therefore it is worth looking at other months like May, or July to September.

You can of course walk it at other times of the year with caution. It helps if you can walk during the week and not weekends, as car parks are more freely available with generally less congestion.

There are well-defined paths leading to the summits of Ben Nevis and Snowdon. Scafell Pike is slightly different, the paths are not so well defined in places, but care in planning the ascent will help you attain the summit and return safely.



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