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Mountain Walk -
Helping You Get to the Top!
Can you climb to the summits of the peaks of Britain's highest mountain ranges and take in some of the UK's most beautiful scenery? Well, why not?
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.
Each mountain is situated in the some of the most scenic locations of the UK - perfect for a day trip, or with the climb forming part of your holiday.
Climbing to the Top
It's not difficult to walk to the top of the major mountains in the UK as long as you are moderately fit and have the right walking equipment. 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.
The Lake District
Three Peaks Challenge
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! If you thinking of doing the Three Peaks Challenge then read what it's really like!
Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the UK. For a novice walker it will take around 6 to 10 hours to complete the eight and a half mile walk to the summit and back.
The highest mountain in Wales and located in the Snowdonia National Park - an area of outstanding beauty. There are six main routes to the summit, and also the option of taking the train. The local Sherpa bus gives the option of taking one route up, and a different route down. It is the only mountain where you can get a cup of tea or hot soup at the summit (summer months only)
Are you ready to take on the challenge of England's highest mountain? There are two main walks to the summit.
If you think one mountain isn't enough for you, why not climb all three?
Being safe on the mountains starts with having the right equipment for your walk, and being prepared for the conditions you might come across. Read our recommendations.
How fit do you need to be to take on one (or more) of these mountains?
Level of Fitness Required and how to prepare yourself
Whilst most people manage to walk to the summits and back without incident, mountain walking should be taken very seriously. Every year people die or seriously injure themselves on the highest peaks of the UK.
Mountain Rescue - how to get help if you get into trouble on the mountains.
Check the weather conditions forecast for the day before your walk and make sure you are properly prepared. This page provides an interpretation of what the forecast conditions will mean.
The Lake District National Park is not only home to the highest peak in England, but is an area of outstanding natural beauty with mountains to climb, scenery to explore and numerous activities to amuse young and old on those inclement days. Our introductory guides provide information on where you can walk, outdoor activities and the best places to visit.
This website has a wealth of 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 2015?