National Three Peaks route

Each of the three mountains allows walkers to follow various routes - see our Ben Nevis, Snowdon, and Scafell Pike pages for more information.

The National Three Peaks Challenge driving route is 462 miles long, and takes around ten hours in good traffic.

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We advise taking a road map and marking the pages in advance, rather than relying on satnav. The same applies to navigation while walking. Everyone in the group should have a copy of the walking maps, and know how to use the maps with a compass.

If travelling to Ben Nevis or Snowdon by train, we recommend thetrainline.com to save money on tickets booked in advance.

Three Peaks Challenge postcodes

Satnavs are recommended for convienience however. Postcodes for popular start locations for each mountain are:

  • Ben Nevis (Visitor centre) - PH33 6PF
  • Scafell Pike (Wasdale Head) - CA20 1EX
  • Snowdon (Pen-y-Pass) - LL55 4NY

Start and Finish

Two schools of thought exist on how to start and finish the challenge.

  1. Begin by touching the sea at Fort William, and complete the challenge by touching the sea at Caernarfon. This adds only around 20 minutes drive to the end of the challenge, and certainly helps the challenge feel genuinely complete.
  2. Ascend and descend all three mountains, finishing the challenge upon returning to the car park of the third. This is the usual, and perfectly valid form of the National challenge.