Trekking Challenges in the UK
Now you may have treks like Kilimanjaro, Everest and The Great Wall of China on your bucket list but have you conquered all the beauties our 4 nations have to offer first?
Although we may not always have the best weather 365-days a year, when we do have the heat, the sun and crisp, clear days, our mountain ranges in the UK can provide you with some of the most spectacular views.
Aside from the beautiful landscapes, you also don’t have to fly abroad to see the beauties plus the cost to complete will generally be a lot less!
So, what do we have to offer in the UK which could be your dream walking challenge? Here we list our challenges in order or challenge duration and height:
Pen Y Fan – Situated in the south of Wales, our 1-day challenge will see you trek the 886m mountain. This is a perfect challenge for anyone reasonably new to long-distance walking (with of course the correct challenge preparation) and ideal as training for larger trekking events.
Snowdon Treks – For 2018, we have three ways to complete this 1085m tall mountain: in the day, at night or as part of the Snowdon Horseshoe. Like Pen-y-Fan, the day and night treks are suitable for novice walkers (with the correct challenge training) and for anyone taking on a larger challenge who is needing mountain experience. The Snowdon Horseshoe is only suitable for people who do not have a fear of heights as some of the sections are exposed however on a clear day, you will see arguably the best views in Britain.
Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge – Although the Yorkshire 3 Peaks is completed in 1-day due to the mountains all being in Yorkshire, this should not be considered an “easy” challenge as the challenge involves 24 miles of continued walking (except for the refreshment stops) and 3 mountains: Pen-y-Ghent (694m), Whernside (736m) and Ingleborough (723m). That said, because there is no transport required between mountains (like other 3 peaks events) and the challenge is over in 12-15 hours, this can be seen by some as “easier” to mentally prepare for.
Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge – Recently added to our open Events Calendar (2017), this challenge is a perfect variation of the other two 3 peaks (Yorkshire & National) especially if you have already completed those. Starting at Snowdon, you will then travel North to South and complete Cadair Idris (893m) and Pen-y-Fan in just one day. Shuttled between the mountains by transport, you will be taken back to the starting point of Snowdon, so you can collect your vehicles / stay in your own accommodation. See a snippet of Welsh beauty across the whole country in only several hours!
National 3 Peaks – Arguably the most popular trekking challenge around! Officially the challenge was created as a 24-hour attempt however we offer a 36-Hour version too which allows a more relaxed approach and a social evening post-challenge before heading home the following day. Whichever itinerary is chosen, training is important (like all our challenges) to ensure the best possible experience on Ben Nevis (1345m), Scafell Pike (978m) and Snowdon.
If you are thinking of taking on a trekking challenge, make sure you consider those in the UK as a starting point.