Take on Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon over three guided days...
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Difficulty Level3 Three
The National Three Peaks are the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales, all of which are fantastic walks, and completing them within 24 hours (or our target of 15 hours of walking) is a challenge many people choose to take on. But why rush? A much more sociable challenge is to attempt the national three peaks over three consecutive days. You’ll have plenty of time to sleep and eat in the evening, see some of the local sights, and do all three in daylight!
This very special fully guided and hosted three day adventure up Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon is still a tough challenge, but you’ll experience more of the beauty of the mountains while doing it. You’ll have time to look around, time to talk to your guide about the landscape and the local wildlife, and time to sample the local pubs.
In a nutshell:
- Attempt the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales over three days, on three guided walks.
- Relax in our vehicle, with a dedicated driver who will get you to your accommodation, and to the foot of each peak.
- Stay in some magical locations, in full view of the mountainous beauty of Lochaber, The Lake District and Snowdonia.
- Sample the local pubs, cafés and restaurants between each peak.
- Take on a great challenge, spanning some of the best mountains in the country.
- Friday 28th – Monday 31st August 2020 (August Bank Holiday)
We’ll collect you from Glasgow Central Station at 3pm (or the airport shortly after if that’s easier for you). From here we’ll drive you up to Fort William, with time to stop for dinner in the fantastic Real Food Café in Tyndrum, deep in the highlands and just past the stunning drive alongside Loch Lomond.
Before reaching our accommodation for the night, which will be either near Fort William or Glen Coe, we’ll have a stop at a supermarket so you can pick up any snacks you’ll need for the next few days.
After a sit down breakfast at around 7am, its time to start our National Three Peaks Challenge. We’ll take you to the foot of Ben Nevis, where you’ll meet your guide and begin the ascent.
Ben Nevis is 1345m tall and the route is 10 ¾ miles (17km) long, which typically takes between 6 to 9 hours to complete. You’ll be taking the Pony Path, which was used by ponies who used to resupply the weather observatory that sat on the mountain’s summit. The ruins are still visible near the summit cairn.
Once you’re down from Ben Nevis, we begin the drive to the Lake District and your accommodation there, which will either be in Keswick or Borrowdale, the valley that runs to the south of Derwent Water. It’ll be a late arrival, so we’ll have dinner on route.
After breakfast at 7am we’ll drive you to the foot of Scafell Pike at Seathwaite, where you’ll meet your Scafell Pike guide and begin the ascent. The peak stands at 978m and the route is 9 ½ miles (15.3km) long and takes around 6 hours to complete. You’ll be heading up the famous corridor route, one of the best ways up Scafell Pike and a brilliant adventure.
Once you’re back down in the valley, we’ll begin the drive to North Wales and the last peak, Snowdon. There’ll be a dinner stop on-route and we’ll be staying in one of the villages that lie dotted around this great mountain. There are several options, all within a stone’s throw of the start of our walk the next day.
After another early breakfast it’s time to complete our National Three Peaks weekend. We’ll head off for Snowdon, which you’ll be attempting from Pen-y-Pass, the highest point you can start from, and the dramatic top of the Llanberis Pass. Your Snowdon guide will take you up the Pyg Track, which is supposedly named after the medieval practice of hunting wild boar in the area. Though it’s unlikely you’ll see any today!
Snowdon is 1085m tall and the route is 7 miles (11.3km) long, taking typically between 5 and 6 hours to complete the return journey. Once you’re down there’ll be plenty of time for celebration in a local café before we take you on one final drive to Chester train station.
We recommend you book an open train ticket from Chester to account for traffic and other delays.
Good to know:
- 3 nights hostel accommodation plus breakfasts.
- 3 guided day walks, on Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.
- A Large Outdoors host and dedicated driver with all travel from Glasgow to each of the three peaks included. We will return you back to Chester station.
- Full pre-event support.
Age Limit: You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs: I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Solo Travellers: This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
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What our members have to say...
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016