Three Peaks Challenge
What’s it about?
The National Three Peaks Challenge is an event in which participants attempt to climb the highest mountains of England, Scotland and Wales within 24 hours. Walkers climb each peak in turn, and are driven from the foot of one mountain to the next.
The highest of the three mountains is Ben Nevis standing at 4,413 ft. above sea level. The famous peak, part of the Grampian Mountain range, was once a huge active volcano, which exploded and collapsed in on itself millions of years ago. Ben Nevis attracts thousands of visitors every year, the views from the summit really are breath-taking!
The second peak of the Three Peaks Challenge is Scafell Pike; the highest mountain in England at 3,209 ft. above sea level. Despite being the lowest summit of all three peaks, it is arguably one of the hardest; with a rocky steep ascent. However, Scafell Pike is situated within one of the most stunning locations in the UK – the beautiful Lake District, surrounded by tranquil lakes and awe-inspiring mountain ranges.
Finally, you will reach Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, standing tall at 3,560 ft. above sea level. The name Snowdon means ‘snow hill’ and snow can often be seen covering parts of the mountain. The views from the summit are spectacular – on a clear day you will be lucky enough to have views of Snowdonia, Anglesey, Pembrokeshire and Ireland! Located in Snowdonia National Park, the mountain is said to be the mythical resting place of the giant Rhita Gawr, who was killed by King Arthur. Snowdon is the perfect mountain to end the Three Peaks challenge on!