Itinerary

Day 1: Meet the team

You'll be collected from the train station, or one of the other pickup points on route to Fort William before heading to your hotel in Fort William. In the evening you'll enjoy a briefing from the guide who will inform you of the plan for the challenge and answer any final questions you might have.

Pick up locations can include:

Leave a car in Warrington - 10:00am

Warrington Central or Bank Quay Stations - 10:30am

Glasgow Central Station - 15:00pm

Glasgow International Airport - 15:30pm

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After a hearty breakfast, you'll be transferred to the bottom of Ben Nevis where you start your 24-hour challenge. The aim is to summit Ben Nevis for 11:30 am before heading back down the mountain for the transfer to the Lake District. Aiming to begin the Scafell Pike ascent with a few hours of daylight left, you'll arrive at the start point for around 8:30 pm. During the summer months you’ll reach the summit as the sun sets across the Lake District. Once down the mountain, you’ll head straight to Snowdonia in Wales.

Please note: The walking pace is brisk to fast and the guide will be aiming for approximately 4km per hour in order to attempt the challenge within 24 hours.

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The transfer to Snowdon takes around 4.5 hours and includes a driver changeover. The transfer is through the night so after a quick snack, you'll be ready for a well-earned rest. You'll arrive at the foot of Snowdon for around 5:30 am after getting some rest on the bus. The sun will begin to rise as you aim to get to the summit for approximately 8 am.

After the challenge, you'll be transferred to Chester station or Warrington Station where you can continue your onward journey. The exact arrival time at the drop off point can vary so we advise booking open rail tickets just in case, for your journey home.

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21 verified reviews

Rated 5.0
Jason
Jason

Traveled May 2022

Excellent event start to finish, kept well informed throughout, lucky to be part of a great team of likeminded friends, would highly recommend.

Danny
Danny

Traveled May 2022

Thank you to all of the team at Skyhook and Mountaineerin for this weekends national three peaks challenge! Looking at some of the bigger groups on the mountain it was clear that the quality of your trips compared to other companies is outstanding! Rob (The guide) seemed to be so well respected on the mountains by other guides and I can see why, he literally is so skilled I was shocked by just how good a guide and leader he is, not just helping are team to complete the challenge safely but also helping other people to stay safe on the mountains. I will be booking some more adventures next year. Danny

Angela
Angela

Traveled May 2022

The trip was good and had no qualms with Darren who was a great guide to get it in 24hours. It was well organised and the hotel is great for a 3 star. However, this is just my opinion I feel the description on how fast the pace is needs to be made clearer. Possibly put in bold and double underlined. With a few '!!!' It's an intermediate challenge 100% and the description stated the average person can do it. Im very much average and i couldn't keep up with the pace. Maybe you can advertise the 3 peaks in 3 days in your description to help those who are used to walking abit more leisurely make an informed decision. I had no idea about the 3 day trip until a few days before this one. I would have definitely had gone to it and not have wasted money on the 24hour one. I am now put off doing anymore mountain climbing for the foreseeable.

Milly
Milly

Traveled May 2022

An amazing experience. A big thank you to Darren who made the 24 hours possible and also very enjoyable. The trip was very well organised and would recommend to anyone wanting a challenge. Great weekend and great group of people to complete this with. Thank You All.

Sara
Sara

Traveled May 2022

Wow! What a weekend! Our guide Darren was absolutely amazing he kept us going and supported us when we needed it. Our driver Carl and Gary at the end were great support and encouragement too. Met some amazing people with great stories to tell and so chuffed I managed to do it. Thank you to everyone involved 😊

Caroline
Caroline

Traveled May 2022

Had the most amazing experience doing the 3 peaks challenge. Everything was perfectly organised from the point of booking and all the way through. Had the best guide we could of asked for. Darren was brilliant through the whole trip and kept us informed and smiling the whole way through. I want to do it all over again! Will definitely book through skyhook again in the future.

Llinos
Llinos

Traveled May 2022

This trip was awesome. Very well organised. I knew what to expect when I arrived. Everything was as advertised. Darren our guide was great. Very knowledgable and happy to share his years of experience. I was concerned I'd be slow descending as I worry about missing a step and falling. He explained that confidence and staying loose was key and it was really good advice. I enjoyed the descents and had no problem keeping up. I felt very well looked after throughout the trip. He knew the mountains backwards and could tell us at any point if we were on, ahead or behind time; really important when you're trying to beat the clock. Really great trip, I'd highly recomend. Thanks so much 😁

Muriel
Muriel

Traveled May 2022

Jamie our guide and Shawn and driver were both amazing. It was a great experience. I highly recommend them both for your Skyhook adventure.

Leon
Leon

Traveled May 2022

Amazing, great group leader explained everything well and made the whole thing very enjoyable. Not to mention we managed to do it in 23 hours which is a huge bonus.

Paul
Paul

Traveled May 2022

I absolutely loved the Nation 3 Peak Challenge. It was a really well organised trip with excellent transport and our excellent guide, Darren. His leadership skills, expertise and knowledge was fantastic which left you feeling safe and able to enjoy the experience fully. Thanks Darren and all the other participants. It’s a weekend I’ll never forget! I would recommend this trip to everyone, Paul

Peter
Peter

Traveled May 2022

Absolutely enjoyed the experience the organisation was 1st class John our team leader wS brilliant with us as we were total novices to climbing mountains Would thoroughly recommend booking through skyhook Many Thanks Pete and Sam

Jeanette
Jeanette

Traveled Oct 2021

Had an amazing time doing challenge. Darren was FANTASTIC, so helpful & made challenge so worth while. Thank you Darren

Mark
Mark

Traveled Oct 2021

The trip very well organised from the initial booking to taking on the challenge our guide was Darren was great and kept us informed all the way as well the drivers. Although I didn't complete all 3 mountains. I will book again in the not so distant future and give it another go. Thank you for the experience

Anna
Anna

Traveled Sep 2021

Excellent guide and organisation.

Hazel
Hazel

Traveled Sep 2021

This was an amazing experience and I am still living on the high from the weekend. It is the toughest thing I have done testing both my physical and mental strength. I took part in this on my own but as it was a small team of eight, I was made to feel very welcome and we supported each other during the difficult times. The event was very well organised , we were provided with lots of information and we had an excellent guide who was great at motivating and encouraging us during the climbs. To achieve this within 24 hours we had to walk at quite a fast pace. The fitter you are in the lead up to this the more you will enjoy it and achieve your goal with ease

Brooke
Brooke

Traveled Aug 2021

Unfortunately, due to a delay on route to our second mountain we were unable to complete the full 3 peaks challenge but even despite this our group had such a great time! Darren our guide was just great! He really kept us in good spirits and done a great job under hard circumstances! He is so knowledgeable and experienced and just an all round nice guy! Carl our driver was also great, funny and friendly! We really enjoyed being in both their company, just as well as we were stuck on the bus for a lot longer then expected haha! Even though we couldn’t complete the challenge I think everyone really appreciated the slower pace at the last mountain, in snowdon and being able to really enjoy the beauty of it all! We had such fantastic weather and views so that sort of counteracted the bad luck with the traffic! Darren really was great and he even offered to take us back to do scafell pike at a later date if he can fit it into his diary which was so lovely of him! Overall it was still a great experience and one I would highly recommend to anyone! It’s tough but worth it! Thank you again for all the efforts made to give us a great weekend!

Tamsin
Tamsin

Traveled Aug 2021

This was an unfulfilled challenge for us. Sadly the group was only able to complete 2 peaks out of the 3. An RTA in the Highlands closed the road. Which meant we had a very long detour. Our driver didn't have enough remaining hours (legal rules about how long a driver can drive for) for us to do Scarfell pike and the company couldn't get a replacement driver to us. Instead we had to go on to Snowdon via a driver change. It did mean we got to Snowdon early so did get to do a night hike and reach the peak just in time for sunrise. Weather was perfect for both Ben Nevis and Snowdon, we had a great group and Keith, our mountain guide was fantastic but I can't help feeling disappointed about missing Scarfell pike

Caroline
Caroline

Traveled Aug 2021

It was an amazing experience. Unfortunately we could do Scafel Pike but did Ben Nevis and Snowdon. It was a bank holiday weekend, we were in our way to Scafel and got a massive traffic jam. Apparently 2 RTC happened and roads were closed. Our guide and drive did tried the best to take us there but we decided to go towards Snowdon. As we got there earlier our guide decided to make our way up a little bit more exciting and choose a more challenging route. That route wasn’t for anyone but perfect for our group. Lots of “technical stuff” many vertical climbing ( I don’t recommend if you suffer from vertigo, don’t trust your core and knee strength, feeling nauseous in high pressure altitude, and or lose your balance easier). Yes! If you have an adventure spirit and trust your gut 😁 you will love this. Keith was our amazing guide. One of those people who really inspire confidence and helped the group to step into the next level. Simon O. send us all the information we need ahead of the event. He answered all my questions promptly and even send me a flow test by post after I said I had my own.Hotel was really good in Fort William with a “pro” breakfast for hikers and runners. Definitely recommended this company and I will do it again.

James
James

Traveled Aug 2021

Very enjoyable trip. All logistics well organised, hotel very nice, Rob our guide was extremely friendly and kept our spirits up when the weather deteriorated. Another good Skyhook adventure and I look forward to booking another one soon.

Shane
Shane

Traveled Aug 2021

Had a fantastic weekend. Rob (guide) did a fantastic job looking after us and keeping us safe in some quite horrendous weather. Darren (driver) also did really well getting us to the starting points. Would recommend going with this company

Helen
Helen

Traveled Jul 2021

Well organised event by Mountaineerin on behalf of skyhook. Rob our mountain leader was fantastic! Well organised by Simon too. The drivers do an amazing job. The whole event was brilliant from start to finish. So happy I booked this event, as a solo female traveller, I definitely booked with the right company.

FAQs

The National Three Peaks Challenge includes climbing the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours, so it is challenging. You don’t require any mountaineering experience for the 3 peaks challenge. We will set off at a pace which the guide feels is appropriate to attempt the challenge within 24 hours. Any cut off times implemented will either be for legal reasons to do with drivers hours or to benefit the majority of the group. It should be noted that there will be minimal time for breaks and this is not a leisurely walking pace.

Included - Qualified UK Mountain Leaders - Transport throughout the challenge - Pickup/drop off from agreed locations - 1 Night twin room accommodation (minimum 3* B&B) in Fort William. Single supplment is available on request and subject to availability. - Certificates for all participants to prove you did it Excluded - Travel costs to/from agreed pickup location. - Bottled and boiled water - Food

The walking pace for the National 3 Peaks will be set by the guide in order to set a pace in which the group can attempt to complete the challenge within 24 hours. This pace will be a moderate to fast walk. Any breaks will be minimal and simply to drink, have a quick snack or catch your breath. The group will not at any point stop for longer than a couple of minutes to rest. If you are well off the pace or struggling the guide may need to discuss how this might be managed going forward. It should be noted this is not a leisurely walk. We will be aiming to walk at approximately 4km per hour

Footwear Walking Boots (with ankle support) Hiking Socks Rucksacks & Bags Backpack (20-40 Litres) Small bag with spare clothes that can be left on the bus during treks. Recommended Clothing Waterproof jacket Waterproof trousers (hiking trousers) Warm outer layer Change of clothes Hat and gloves Trekking Equipment Head Torch Water container (min. 2 Litres) Trekking snacks (cereal bars, dried fruit, nuts etc) Dry bags (for keeping clothes dry) Mobile Phone Sunglasses (Optional) Walking Poles (Optional) Camera (Optional) Small first aid kit with pain killers, plasters, antiseptic wipes and any required medication

The National 3 Peaks Challenge includes overnigt accommodation in Fort William in twin rooms. A single supplemement is available if preferred subject to availability.

Typically groups are no more than 10 people plus the guide. Please note that not all participants showing on the event will be together. The group is split into groups of 10 and if you have booked with friends or family you should make this know asap.

The challenge also includes the driving distance of around 450 miles and takes an average of 10 hours to drive. This means that the ascent and descent of the 3 mountains must be completed within 14 hours or less.

The aim of the National 3 Peaks Challenge is to climb the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in 24 hours. The total walking distance is 23 miles (37km) and the total ascent is 3064 metres (10,052ft). Ben Nevis is the highest point reached at 1,344m

Day 1 10:30 Pick up in Warrington or Northwest agreed location (if needed) 15:00 Pick up Glasgow Central Station or/and International Airport (if needed) 15:30 Transfer to Hotel/B&B 18:00 Arrive at hotel 20:00 Challenge Briefing and Q&A session Day 2 07:00 Breakfast 08:00 Transfer to Ben Nevis start point 08:15 Final preparation 08:30 Start challenge (Begin Ben Nevis) 11:30 Summit Ben Nevis 13:30 Transfer to Wasdale Head (transfer includes a 45 minute maximum driver rest stop. This is a VOSA legal requirement) 20:30 Begin Scafell Pike ascent 23:00 Summit Scafell Pike 01:00 Transfer to Pen y pass Day 3 01:00 Transfer to Pen y pass 05:30 Begin Snowdon ascent 08:00 Summit Snowdon 09:30 Complete challenge at Pen y pass 10:00 Transfer to drop off point

18, or 14 if accompanied by an adult.

Pick-up: The guides can collect in Warrington at 10:30 am or Glasgow from 3 pm. If you would like a different pick up point, then please contact us to see if this is an option. Generally the guides are happy to collect you from any point between Warrington and Fort William - providing it's on route. Warrington and Glasgow however are the most popular pickup points. Please note, if you are based near Warrington and are wanting to drive to the Warrington pick up you can leave vehicles at Birchwood Centre near to our base. Pick Up Options are: Warrington - Leave your car 10:15am Warrington Central Station - 10:30am Warrington Bank Quay Station - 10:30am Glasgow Central Station - 15:00pm Glasgow International Airport - 15:30pm (flights should land to allow time to get to arrivals for 15:30pm) Drop-off: The guides can drop you off at Chester or Warrington train stations on day 3 of your itinerary. Although we aim to complete the challenge on time between 08:30-09:30am times can vary depending on the speed of the group. **We strongly advise if getting a train you either pay on the day or book an anytime ticket as we cannot guarantee drop off times** Drop Off Options: Chester Station Warrington Central Station Warrington Bank Quay Station Warrington - Return to your car NOTE: You will be asked for these details after you have booked your place but please complete the Trip Details Form

As per our kit list, risk assessments and procedures we believe that it would not be defensible to go against the recommendations set out. With this in mind we will be advising all participants they need to be wearing boots as per our kit list. The terrain on all 3 mountains is rocky, very slippy when wet and given the nature of the event with people progressively getting more fatigued boots provide the best way of reducing the risk of strains, sprains or worse. We appreciate an ankle injury is not always a major problem however in mountain terrain far from help it can pose significant logistical issues and seriously impact the event. As per our kit list all participants are expected to be suitably equipped with the correct recommend footwear which is walking boots.