National 3 Peaks Challenge

The Challenge

One of the ultimate challenges in the United Kingdom” is how many people describe this 3 peaks walk: Ben Nevis at 1344m, Scafell Pike at 978m and Snowdon at 1085m. The challenge of climbing the 3 highest mountains in Great Britain appeals to many walkers.

Once you gain the summit of any of these peaks you have an awesome feeling as you look out over the mountains and probably across the low cloud in the valleys and glens. This leaves a lasting impression on any walker of accomplishment.

The effort required to complete the National 3 Peaks cannot be under estimated. The lack of proper sleep, food and comfort does take its toll on people of all ages.

Fort William is the main town near the foothills of Ben Nevis. It is also the start or end of the Caledonian Canal, which runs to Inverness on the east coast. The West Highland Way ends here and The Great Glen Way starts here.

The ‘Ben Path’ starts out relatively easy but becomes increasingly rocky, arduous and exposed, so fitness is essential.

Approaching Scafell foothills from Wastwater the area is mountainous with spectacular scenery. On the final approach to the summit of Scafell Pike you will see Great Gable with Sty Head Tarn below and Derwent Water in the distance.

This area was once the wettest place in Great Britain, now superseded by Fort William!

Snowdon is situated in the Snowdonia National Park, covering an area of 840 square miles. The area around Snowdon is very mountainous, and the views all around the region are good. The main recommended route we take is situated in the Pass of Llanberis where it meets with Pen-y-pass.

On the summit there is a café and gift shop (if open) where thirsty walkers can quench their thirst.

Challenge details


Fri 5pm depart to Sunday approx. 8pm.

On this type of event we expect to complete it in around 24-30 hours approx. Many walkers try to complete it in 24 hours but it is very difficult to do it in 24 hours for several reasons. Minibuses are governed now at 62 Mph so you cannot speed on motorways. Everyone in the group has to be extremely fit. It only needs one slow walker in a group then everyone is delayed. Aim to go slower and finish it and take photos, enjoying the excellent scenery rather than trying to do it fast and not have time to stop and enjoy the event. You do not have to do it in 24 hours!

Grade: Tough

Challenge date

4th – 5th July 2020

Other group dates can be arranged on request

Challenge prices

2020 cost: £270

What is included

Free transport from Barnsley if that is your nearest meeting point

All meals include 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches with other food on route, also tea/juice/coffee/hot chocolate and snacks regularly

Qualified guides with first aid cover

Minibus backup support at each checkpoint

3 Peaks badge and certificate at the finish

No hidden extras and everything included

What is not included

Personal outdoor clothing

Day Rucksack