National Three Peaks Challenge
The Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing the three highest peaks in England,
Wales and Scotland, often within 24 hours.
How to take part in the Three Peaks Challenge
You can take part in the Challenge in three ways — as a
self-organised event, a
professionally organised event, or as part of a charity-organised event. Self-organised
events are often the cheapest way to take part, while many groups will benefit from
the assistance provided by professional mountain guides.
Self-organised groups can optionally
register their challenge, for
guidance on organising a safe and responsible challenge.
The three peaks are:
It is a popular misconception that the three mountains in question are the three
highest in Britain. Over one hundred peaks in Scotland are higher than Scafell Pike,
and 56 higher than Snowdon.
National Three Peaks maps
Maximum climbing times are generally suggested as being around 4 hours for Snowdon,
and 5 hours for Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike, but you should aim for a half hour or
so under. In itself this time isn't unrealistic for most relatively fit people,
but it's certainly not a gentle walk, and when three climbs are required within
24 hours the Challenge becomes more difficult, draining your energy and depriving
you of sleep.
For more detailed information on each aspect of the challenge, please see the following
In order to attempt the National Three Peaks Challenge safely, you must have an
adequate level of fitness.