UK Four Peaks Challenge

Slieve donard, ben nevis, scafel pike, snowdon and 1000 road and sea miles all IN 40 HOURS


Try to do the challenge as close to 21st June as possible so you have maximum daylight hours.

We did it in 40 hours, here is our itinerary:

6am Start Slieve Donard Ascent from the Slieve Donard Car Park (BT33 OLD) follow the river (on your left) through the wooded area, into open ground, past the ice house, up the valley until you see a steep ascent in front, the path bends left then right to a ridge, follow this to the mourne wall, turn left here and follow the wall to a very steep climb to the summit. Return down to the car park - time 3 hours 15 mins.

Drive to Belfast port (BT3 9JL) we caught the Stenaline ferry at 11.45 to Stranraer, it is a 2 hour crossing.

Drive from Stranraer to Ben Nevis (PH33 6SY) and start the ascent of Ben Nevis at 7pm this postcode is the start of the tourist path, follow it up the steep beginning and the very long trip on the well marked path to the summit, cloud level starts where grass runs out, it is rather rocky from here and still a way to go, you will start to see snow on the last leg , we arrived back at our vehicle at 12.30am, it will be dark, take a small torch - time 5 hours 30 mins.

Drive from Ben Nevis to Scafel Pike, start at 7am at the National Trust car park, a nearby postcode is (CA20 1EX). We found Scafel very hard due to fatigue and the loose surface rocks which start about 1/3 of the way up, it felt like a LONG way! - time 5 hours.

Drive Scafel to Snowdon, (LL54 7YS) start Snowdon at 6.30pm from the car park opposite the youth hostel. We took the Pyg track up and Miners track down, the Pyg track is harder but more direct. We returned to the bottom at 9.46pm.

suggested equipment

Points to note

Take plenty of food and drink in your vehicle!

The Paperback book: 'The National 3 Peaks Walk' by Brian Smailes is very useful and i reccommend it (ISBN 1-903568-24-2)

1 litre of water per mountain
Chocolate/nut bars
Rain/Wind proof coat (light)
Good boots
Good socks
Blister Plasters (Compede)
Anti-Inflamatory (Ibuprofen)
Knee/Ankle Support
Mobile Phone

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