It’s certainly a challenge……a total ascent of  3000m  not to mention over 40 km of  walking, climbing the highest peaks in Scotland, England and then Wales usually within 24 hours is a tough test of fitness and endurance.

Whether it’s for personal satisfaction or for fundraising for a worthy cause, the three peaks challange is fast becoming the most popular mountaineering event in the UK, attracting interest from hardened outdoor types through to those who’s life is usually very much indoors.

It just seems to capture people’s imagination, and now overshadows the original three peak challenge over the mountains Pen-y-Ghent,  Whernside and Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales.

The event  normally takes place over weekends during the summer months and can be professionally organised where there is  help with transport, mountain guides , safety equipment, food and accomadation.

Don’t think you have to drive between the peaks. Some run, bike, take the train  or even sail!

The challenge normally begins with Ben Nevis. Ben Nevis is situated near the town of Fort William in the Scottish Highlands. It is the highest peak in the UK and stands at a mighty 1334 metres.



Ben Nevis



Once Ben Nevis has been climbed you then  drive to the foot of Scafell pike in the  heart of the Lake district National Park. The summit can be approached from Borrodale in the North,  or  Wasdale Head in the south. Scafell pike  is the highest mountain in England with a height of 978 metres.



Scafell Pike


Finally there is another drive to the foot of Snowdon in Gwynedd, North Wales for the final ascent! Snowdon is normally approached following ‘the pig track’ from Pen y pass,



view of Snowdon horseshoe



Millions of pounds are raised each year but there have been questions raised about the impact on the environment and  the sustainability of the event. This is because it takes place over many weekends in the summer and so  is more difficult to manage effectively than if it were a one off event like the London Marathon.

We recommend tackling the event in small groups to reduce environmental impact. We also recommend taking your time why not spread the challenge over 3 days  or longer to truly experience each unique mountain.

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ladies 3 peaks t shirt worn by Sarah


male 3 peaks t shirt worn by Ben


We have a great range of T shirts and hoodies available for this event …



The National 3 Peaks Challenge