The Three Most Popular Serious UK Walks
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Ben Nevis, Mount Snowdon and Scafell Pike are all situated in some of the most picturesque scenery in Britain. Snowdonia, the Highlands of Scotland and the Lake District make wonderful destinations for a family holiday or for the day tripper just intent on climbing one or more peaks.
As well as advice about climbing the mountains this site aims to provide information about the local areas so you can make the most of your time on holiday - and suggests some less strenuous things you might want to see and do whilst your legs are recovering from the climb!
Alright, so they say there is a hotel at the top but don't get over excited - the Temperance Hotel is long gone, and little remains of the obsevatory either nowadays. The walk will take around 10 hours, and you have to climb every one of 4406 feet as you will be starting from close to sea level. You will suffer from aching limbs the next day, so plan your walk carefully, as you won't want to do anything too energetic the next morning - and by that we include climbing stairs!
Lots of people climb Ben Nevis for charity, and for some it's harder than others! Read Robin's story here about conquering the highest mountain in the UK - on crutches!
See suggestions for accommodation around Ben Nevis.
There is a cheat's way up Snowdon mountain in Wales - you can take the train! Or even if you choose one of the many paths to walk up you can treat yourself to a nice warming cup of tea or soup in the restaurant at the top, or have an ice cream on a sunny day! Serious walkers may well spurn such luxuries, but for the novice walker it makes a welcome break before tackling the descent. Read read experiences about walking the Llanberis Path and the Miners' Path.
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This is probably the hardest of all the peaks - even though it is the lowest! There's not much to find at the top either, except for a stone platform and a huge sense of achievement that you've actually made it! The walk up Scafell Pike means tackling the boulder fields, and you will need stout footwear for this one - as well as a map and a compass as it is easy to get lost - even in fine weather!
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It is a widely known fact that Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the UK. Most people would then go on to name Mount Snowdon as the second highest when there are actually many peaks in the highlands of Scotland that dwarf this summit. Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England would in turn be made to look small against some of the other peaks in Snowdonia. Yet the most popular mountain walks in the UK are to the summits of these three mountains, purely as they are the highest in each of the mainland countries, and getting to the top of even one of these mountains is a major, but quite possible, achievement for many novice walkers.
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Yes - you can do it! Melissa writes:
Hello! I went up Mount Snowdon last year with my friends. I'm not very fit at all! I felt unwell before we started purely due to nerves. We started walking and it was fine. We found a half way house up the mountain which was a very welcome break. It did get steeper and harder after but we managed it to the top where we celebrated! We went on the descent after, it was easier, but hard to see through the fog and rain.
Once we reached the bottom my legs were numb and couldn't feel them all night :0) We all celebrated again because it was a huge achievement and we have never looked back and are doing Ben Nevis next month!
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But for the many that do reach the summit, there are also many that don't because they are not properly prepared. These walks are serious walks, and not ones to be undertaken on a whim or, for example, wearing just trainers and shorts! Temperatures at the summits, even on the warmest days, can be very much lower than those at sea level. The weather can change quickly, and it's possible to get lost on even the best trodden paths.
This website provides information not only about each of the walks, but also guidance on how to prepare to make sure you are one of those who reach the summit, and descend safely so you can revel in your achievement.
Whether you're thinking of taking the plunge for fun or to raise money for a worthy cause, why not make climbing one - or all - of these mountains your challenge for 2013?
There are three main mountain walks in the United Kingdom that are real achievements for the novice walker - Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike. Think these are too much for you? Think again!
Every year thousands of tourists ascend these mountains and triumph in their achievement. But many start to attempt the climb and give up before the top because they are not well prepared.
This site aims to give you some pointers to help you be one of those who succeed.
The Three Peaks Challenge - where walkers climb Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike within 24 hours (including the travelling between) - has also helped to popularise these mountains mainly because it is feasible for walkers to take part without being super fitness fanatics or mountaineers. Obviously someone who is completely unfit, or who has not put in a certain level of training would not be advised to attempt the challenge!
Every year thousands of tourists ascent these mountains and there can be no doubt that reaching the summit of one of these most popular mountains is a real personal achievement. The challenge for most people is to climb just one peak - or to undertake their own 'Three Peaks Challenge' over a number of years.