Arguably one of the most famous UK hiking challenges, the UK Three Peaks involves ascending the highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales - Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon - in 24 hours.
As well as covering 23 miles on foot and scaling a total ascent of 3,062 metres, there’s the challenge of travelling 462 miles between the three peaks. Getting someone to drive for you is a must, as you’ll need to get some sleep as often as you can. Most people who have completed it say it’s the mental challenge and lack of sleep that’s harder than the actual walking – you’ve been warned!
The weather can also up the challenge, so you need gear for every eventuality. But since you’ll have a driver, you can carry extra bits in the car and even change between mountains to stay fresh and raring to go.
Most people choose to take on the challenge in self-organised groups, and although this is the cheapest way to do it, you’ll need to be confident navigating, have experience out on the mountains and a crew happy to drive and feed you along the way.
Alternatively, there are loads of organisations and charities offering trips throughout the year. You’ll pay a bit more, but you’ll get experienced mountain guides who have completed the challenge numerous times.
Up for a challenge?
Why not try completing the challenge using just public transport – not only does it make it tougher to do, but it’s better for the environment. The fastest time to date was set by Steven Holmes, who completed it in an impressive 27 hours 49 minutes in 2016.