This weekend Ben, Mat and I tackled the national 3 Peaks challenge to raise funds for a great charity, Central Cheshire Buddy Scheme (http://cheshirebuddies.co.uk), at which Ben volunteers for. The scheme helps children and young people with disabilities take part in a wide range of activities they would normally not have the opportunity to do.
The national 3 Peaks challenge is to climb the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in succession, usually in under 24hrs.
We arrived at Snowdon on a pleasant sunny afternoon and set off up the Pyg track from Pen-y-pass.
Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, at an elevation of 1,085 metres above sea level. We enjoyed some great views from there, along with a crowd of other walkers and a couple of gliders.
After Snowdon, it was off to the Lake District. We started late to avoid traffic, so, other than a few sheep, we had the windy country lanes mostly to ourselves.
Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England, at an elevation of 978 metres above sea level. We hit the top about 1am, so the views were not so good!
It was then straight off to Scotland, and the toughest part of the challenge. After two peaks already, we were obviously pretty tired before we set off on the last walk.
We ploughed on and ‘enjoyed’ the never-ending twists of the track to the top.
Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in Scotland, and the British Isles, standing 1,346m above sea level. Due to its height, the summit is often in the clouds, but we were fortunate to have exceptional views from the top.
We descended just in time to get caught in a storm and the triumphant return to the car park was a bit muted!
However, we had completed the challenge, enjoyed the experience and hopefully will raise some money for CCBS: CCBS Donate