The National Three Peaks Challenge takes place across the greatest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales, totalling over 21 miles of walking and an ascent of more than 3,000 metres. The goal? To conquer Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, all in just 24 hours.
Over 30,000 people are expected to take up the challenge, many of them making the most of the longer summer days; making the Three Peaks Challenge one of the most popular outdoor events this year. It’s not one for the faint hearted, so here at ViewRanger we’ve put together a Three Peaks bundle, providing you with the mapping and routes you’ll need to take on the challenge safely and responsibly.
We’ve created a collection of the best and most logical routes to help you ascend and descend each peak, and we’ve bundled them with all the maps you need – all for just £3.99!
The maps are available to download in-app or via our webshop, so dust off your hiking boots, stock up on snacks and brush up on your knowledge of each of the peaks before you head out.
Ben Nevis is an incredible 1,345 metres high, and it’s not only the highest of the challenge but the highest mountain in the British Isles. However, be prepared for wet and windy weather with an average of 261 gales per year and a summit that’s 9 degrees colder than the base, giving likely meetings with snow at the top. Despite this being a statement mountain, it’s actually an ancient volcano and the peak is the dome of the volcano that collapsed millions of years ago. So for an explosive start to the challenge, conquer the Scottish peak before heading south towards Scafell Pike.
Although the smallest of the challenge at 978 metres, Scafell Pike is still England’s highest peak. Rewarding you with panoramic views of the Lake District National Park at the summit, on clear days the views go for miles, with the chance of views of Scotland and Wales. With the deepest lake in England, Wastwater, at the bottom of this tremendous climb there are lots of landmarks to keep an eye out for. On average it takes 2-3 hours to climb, keeping you well within the 24-hour time limit.
This is the busiest mountain in Britain, reaching 1,085 metres in height. With views of 18 lakes, the Isle of Man and Ireland on a clear day, this mountain delivers many rewards. Although snow is mostly only there between October and June, still be prepared for cold weather when making your way to the top.
(Photos: Trail Magazine)