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 Bank Quay Station - 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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45 verified reviews

Rated 4.5
Steve
Steve

Traveled Aug 2022

Great Trip although very tough , but big shout to are guide Darren who was superb and Sean are driver who also was superb !!

Paul
Paul

Traveled Aug 2022

What a weekend and what a challenge. I don't think we'd of made it under 24 hours without our guide Darren. And what a guide. Professional, knowledgable and kept us update throughout the weekend regarding timings, schedule etc. Pushed us when we needed it, looked after everyone equally. The driver Sean, was also an integral part of the team, also keeping us on schedule as much as possible. How this team does this throughout the summer, week in, week out is incredible. Hats off to them all. If you are thinking of doing this challenge, make sure you're fit and determined. It's tough, tougher than the Yorkshire 3 Peaks. Eight of us started it but only 6 of us finished it. Oh, and ask for Darren as your guide :-)

Jaden
Jaden

Traveled Jul 2022

amazing from start to finish. everything was thought out really well by the guide and the drivers. everything was kept safe while having a lot of fun. no doubt that it is a challenge, out of 10 of us 3 of us completed it. do not underestimate it and do your training.

Jekaterina
Jekaterina

Traveled Jul 2022

Love it! Everything was absolutely AMAZING from start to finish! Our guide Rob -amazing personality, very well looked after us.Very professional attitude, responsible, great energy and motivation! Drivers - I felt very safe, great driving skills, very polite and friendly. I truly enjoyed myself and so proud that I and another two wonderful persons -we are managed to complete this challenge.It was tough, but with the right guide, support and motivation -everything is possible.I had a wonderful time and this memories will stay with me forever.I wish you All the Best whatever you do! You are AMAZING! Thank you for such an Amazing experience!!! Jekaterina Cirulnikova

Mafalda
Mafalda

Traveled Jul 2022

The 3 peaks was well prepared. At the end of each peaks there's bathrooms for people to use. Because it's a challenge for 24hours it requires a fast pace and for that the people should be prepared otherwise you either delay the group or keep going back to the van. Safety is considered all the time and the guide was very helpful and always honest about everything. I loved the experience although I didnt manage to complete it. Maybe another time.

Kelly
Kelly

Traveled Jul 2022

Fantastic trip from start to finish. Darren led us up all three Peaks superbly, professionally, ensuring we were all happy, safe and achieved our goal (walking National Three Peaks in 24 hours). His knowledge, support and care was outstanding. Dan the driver also played a huge part in supporting us to achieve our goal, driving the bus at a speed which allowed us to get to the bottom of each mountain on time. 100% recommend this trip and company, thank you. Kelly

Stewart
Stewart

Traveled Jul 2022

This is differcult to review. There Some good and very bad points I found. Good super convenient, safety, meeting people. Fun. Experience. Information from skyhook. Bad ,drivers. Though our second drivers was smooth. First one didn’t really care for passengers. Team leader far too focused on a fast time. We had almost 2 hours saved up. Which ment 6 people failed the challenge. Just a tad off pace. If it’s that important too do less than 24 hours. Should be advertised. Or split into two groups. One for record timers. And one for 24 hour. Hotel was shocking. Should be struck off from skyhook customers. No welcome. No choice of any food whatsoever. Breakfast was the worst. We started late. And eaten nothing. Disgusting hotel. Our guide was very professional. Could fault that. But treated fit healthy People as failures. There job is difficult. But should be more supportive. Just listen and help a bit more. Slow the pace. Forget doing it in record time.

Sarah
Sarah

Traveled Jul 2022

Amazing trip, guide ian was incredible also. As a group we made it in 25 hours we are telling our selves with 45 min driver stop and 15 min driver change that makes 24 hours 🤣 my only issue the availability to ensure food and rest is prioritised. There are hardly any stops, and when factoring in traffic, the group missed dinner arriving at hotel past 8.30. You can go to town, but after a 10 hour drive you just want to get into bed and rest. However if you stock up at every stop this is easily managed, just more information would be useful when booking.

Sara
Sara

Traveled Jul 2022

Hi, I really enjoyed it. Josh was a great guy/leader and looked after us well. My only feedback would be an earlier departure on the Fri would have been better allowing us time to go into Fort William for a bite to eat on arrival ")

Gemma
Gemma

Traveled Jul 2022

Me and my friend booked to take part in the National three peaks challenge with Skyhook. My friend sadly became seriously ill just over a month before we were due to do the hike, resulting in her being unable to participate in the event. We contacted Skyhook on a few occasions asking to move the date until a future date next year, or failing that, for them to refund us (and offered to show evidence of my friends medical condition). They refused.. even though they were advertising a ‘waiting list’ for spaces on our hike! So it was likely that they could have tried to replace us! But no effort to. On the back of that, we decided to still go along on the trip for the ‘journey’ (but not taking part in the hike, instead just did our own thing at each stop) as we insisted we didn’t want to lose £720 just like that! From our experience the tour guide (Josh) was great, very friendly and cooperative with the whole group. Him and the drivers made this trip. There are a few more negatives to mention; 1. the bus driver was provided with slightly different pick up locations to the hikers (which I’m presuming was Skyhooks mess up), causing confusion at the start of the drive, putting us behind on time at the very beginning. 2. We were not informed by Skyhook that our personal belongings would be put into a ‘trailer’ for the whole journey and not on the actual bus with us. This wouldn’t be too bad but the trailer was falling to bits! And just before we approached the last mountain the driver was forced to stop at a services because the trailer had become loose and started sparking! We then all had to squeeze our luggage etc onto the bus and continue the onwards journey (this stop put us behind at least another half an hour…). Quite annoying for the hikers to say they were racing the clock, with this being a 24 hour challenge. 3. Although me and my friend didn’t take part in the hike, we felt there should have been more than 1 tour guide on the trip, as normally if you have hikers of slightly different levels/experience, one would stay with the slower walkers and the other in front with the more capable. This meant that some of the hikers were left to walk on their own if they wanted to go at their own fast pace. Shame we can’t say many positives but the biggest thing for us was how Skyhook unacceptably dealt with us given the circumstances around my friends sudden health scare. We are both keen hikers and when we initially found this company online we thought about using them on a regular for a number of trips we had in mind, but already we’ve talked people out of doing so! It’s the tour guides and drivers (external members) that seem to make these trips worthwhile, not Skyhook themselves! THINK BEFORE YOU BUY!!!

Helle
Helle

Traveled Jul 2022

I can honestly say that it was not good. The trailer that was used looked like a self-made one. It broke on the highway throwing sparks and the driver kept driving with it. The driving was reckless and it felt unsafe as we were thrown around in the minibus taking on the Scottish and north English roads in the night. I did not feel safe on the road. Bathroom breaks were scares and it meant that hydration was to monitored as we didn't know when we would be able to use a toilet. The briefings were few and only given to a few of the participants. The guide was unable to keep us together as a group but didn't focus on the people in the back. I was asked to turn around because I was stopping to ensure another hiker was keeping up as he had an injured knee. The calculations of the time was a strange one as no one made it on time but there was a lot of fiddling trying to get it below 24 hours. We started just before 8 am on Ben Nevis and no one completed at 8 am on Snowdon. Someone had a hurt knee and there was really no attending to it. Having to wait for the rest of the group for 5 hours near Snowdon. I would have rather waited on the first train at the station to get home. We were not given that option. It was overall a poor experience. I love hiking Mountains and I do that all over the world. My aim was to get some rocks under my feet before I head off to do Kilimanjaro. Please don't waste your money on this it's not worth a twisted knee or ankle. Go somewhere and enjoy your hike. I will not be recommending

Anne
Anne

Traveled Jun 2022

Completed the challenge yesterday and had a fabulous time only did two peaks as fell coming back down from Ben Nevis , fell on a boulder bruised my ribs . The care I received from Darren was 100 percent and because of his experience and kindness got to go up Snowden. Both drivers and leader were there every step of the way from the time they picked us up till they dropped us off , they were so experienced and made us all feel at ease and capable of doing anything .I will be booking again and hoping to complete all three next time but would want this leader when I take part. I would however encourage skyhook to be more involved before hand and offer dinner upon arrival the night before. I found there were two sides to this trip the skyhook one where they took the money and that’s it and the hiking leaders side who know how to take care of hikers with age and different abilities to a group . His experience and care was fantastic and that’s the only reason I would book again . Both drivers kept us going and making us laugh and although they were driving were part of the group. I would give them 100% stars and skyhook 50%. Thank you all for making a lasting memories.

Aron
Aron

Traveled Jun 2022

From start to finish the organisation and guidance was fantastic. The experience I gained from this memorable in many ways, and was fortunate to be part of something unique. The team were friendly, fun and a pleasure to be with. Everyone had a fantastic time and got to know each other during this event. The 3 peaks themselves were breathtaking views and was incredible seeing them in such a short period of time. My favourite was Ben Nevis as it was something I always wanted to climb and never disappointed. Snowden was the most challenging peak due to the adverse weather conditions. It was mentally, physically challenging for us all and as a team we got through it. Charlie our mountain leader was ammense in all ways and can't fault his performance. He was approachable, fun,friendly and lead us well. Charlie also educated us all on all the peaks, the challenges ahead etc and was helpful and for that I am grateful. Fantastic event and recommend to anyone. Thank you Aron Stoker

Darren
Darren

Traveled Jun 2022

You tell me - what was your feedback !! What were you told happened ? Anything less than shambles is a joke

Olivia
Olivia

Traveled Jun 2022

Great experience, the guide josh was great he went above and beyond to get our challenge done … many thanks, liv

Tracy
Tracy

Traveled Jun 2022

What an adventure.......absolutely amazing. I felt so supported. The guide Rob gave lots of positive encouragement and made me believe in myself. Darren and Colin (the drivers) were also amazing. Their driving was very efficient and both were really friendly. I will definitely use this company again.

Emma
Emma

Traveled Jun 2022

It was amazing from start to finish. It was a very well organised 24 hours and our guide Rob was very informative throughout. He gave us tips and encouragement and always told us what was happening where and when so we could plan for 0urselves. lwe also had 2 drivers Colin and Darren that were amazing too and went the extra mile for us on a few occasions xx

Lucy
Lucy

Traveled Jun 2022

Had a brilliant weekend despite not being quite quick enough to complete the mountains at the expected pace. I will be back to do the 3 peaks over 3 days trip. Darren and Sean were absolutely brilliant from start to finish. Highly recommend!

Dale
Dale

Traveled Jun 2022

It was tough but the guide was excellent and would recommend it to anyone who wants a challenge

Wendy
Wendy

Traveled Jun 2022

This challenge is tough and not for everyone, but when you get to the summit the feeling is incredible! As well as the up you must be confident coming down fast on unstable surfaces. The guides and drivers are brilliant. However if you get motion sickness you will struggle as you are stuck in that minibus for hours at a time along very winding roads and it's very disappointing to not be able to continue.

Carol
Carol

Traveled May 2022

Absolutely great, turned 50 on the day, what an experience. Greame the mountain guide was perfect and paitent

Kathryn
Kathryn

Traveled May 2022

Loved the weekend. Blessed with beautiful weather and scenery. Hotel basic but clean and staff friendly. Could do with new mattresses. Disappointed with the evening meal as it was served cold but starving so it got eaten. Our guide was excellent and extremely clear with the itinerary and what was expected of us to complete the challenge. This is a fast paced walk up and down 3 mountains with no breaks and very little sleep. A certain person in our group seemed to have their own itinerary and timeframe on this challenge, which made it impossible to finish in the allotted time for the people that were taking the challenge seriously. Selfish and rude spring to mind. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and would love to do it again. A well organised trip. Big thank you to our excellent guide Graham and awesome driver Darren.

Ian
Ian

Traveled May 2022

Completed the 3 Peaks over the 28-29th May 2022 and within the 24 hours. A BIG thank you to Darren our guide. It was tough as I expected but he did a great job keeping the group together and on track. Also a BIG thank you to Sean who drove most of the way. Again, he kept us on track and Steve for the last section. I found Skyhook very organised and no doubt there is a good team behind the scenes to make this happen but the people that the customer sees are key and Darren and Sean are first class. Definitely use Skyhook again. Ian Williams

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 😁

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 - professionalTransport throughout the challenge - Pickup/drop off from agreed locations - 1 Night twin room accommodation (minimum 3* B&B) in Fort William. 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) - This is an essential piece of kit not a recommendation. 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 overnight accommodation in Fort William in twin rooms. A single supplement is not available for this trip. Sharing a room is a great way to get to know your fellow trekkers.

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

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Pick Up Options are: Warrington - Leave your car 10:15am 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) Fort William - 18:00pm 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 Please choose your preferred pick-up location on your trip form after booking (it's on your dashboard).

YES! 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.

Yes - we highly recommend taking out travel insurance right after booking the trip. Unfortunately we can't recommend travel insurance providers (as it's a regulated industry in the UK), but we can confirm that many customers choose to take out BMC travel insurance or similar.

Your head guide is Simon

All trips on Skyhook are run by small, hand-picked local guiding companies. For this trip your guides run Mountaineerin Ltd, based in Warrington.

By booking through Skyhook you'll be joining a small-group trip. This can make it nice and sociable (you'll be added to a group chat after booking), and guarantees great value for money!

Simon