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Great British Mountain Walks — eight adventurous UK hikes

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Great British Mountain Walks — eight adventurous UK hikes

Hiking Collection by Advnture

8

Tours

57:36 h

80.3 mi

30,125 ft

From the picturesque lochs, rugged peaks and famous majesty of the Scottish Highlands to the bristling ridges of Snowdonia and the gorgeous tarns, crags and fells of the Lake District, Britain is truly blessed with mountain landscapes. The sheer variety of character offered by different regions gives hikers, climbers and mountaineers a lifetime of places to explore and adventures to enjoy.

Choosing the finest walks across this vast arena is no mean feat. The quality of a day in the hills depends on so much more than simply where you are. The time of year, the conditions and your companions all play a part. You can have an incredible time on a peak barely anyone has heard of, or a miserable time on a well known favourite. It’s all part of what adventure is.

Nevertheless, in this Collection, we’ve selected eight of our best walks in the UK’s mountains. They are walks that we’ve never failed to enjoy, walks of a lifetime that are guaranteed to leave you grinning from ear to ear.

Our selection includes well known classics, such as the Snowdon Horseshoe and the Ring of Steall, as well as lesser trodden but no less spectacular routes that we think should be on everyone’s bucket list. We visit England, Scotland and Wales to tackle stunning horseshoe routes and exciting ridge traverses, as well as the best hiking routes up icons like Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Helvellyn.

In terms of technical difficulty, these walks range from hikes with the occasional rocky step to sustained scrambling routes. Adventurous walkers should have no difficulties and the use of ropes and harnesses are not required. A decent pair of hiking boots will give your feet the comfort and support they need to tackle the terrain. Waterproofs, warm layers and sun cream are also essential, as well as insect repellent for those pesky Scottish midges.

These are long, strenuous and challenging hikes that are best saved for summer, when the daylight hours are longest. With the exception of Snowdon’s summit café, once you’re on the hill, there are no facilities, so you will need to carry your food and water in your backpack.

Every hike in this Collection is much tougher in winter, when snow is likely to be lying on the peaks. During this time, the routes are the preserve of experienced and suitably equipped winter mountaineers only.

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    The Snowdon Horseshoe — Great British Mountain Walks

    Difficult
    06:24
    9.54 mi
    1.5 mph
    3,075 ft
    3,075 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The Snowdon Horseshoe is firmly established as one of the best walks in the UK for mountain lovers. It reveals some awe-inspiring vistas, as it takes in a quartet of mighty peaks: Crib Goch, Garnedd Ugain, Snowdon and Y Lliwedd. But it's the superb ridge traverses that get the adrenaline well and truly

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  • Difficult
    07:50
    10.9 mi
    1.4 mph
    4,150 ft
    4,150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This is a route of simply sensational Lakeland mountain scenery. Starting from the shores of Wast Water, at a spot frequently cited as Britain’s greatest view, it traverses a grand ring of peaks: Yewbarrow, Red Pike, Scoat Fell, Steeple, Pillar and Kirk Fell. The terrain is constantly interesting, and

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  • Difficult
    07:25
    10.4 mi
    1.4 mph
    4,375 ft
    4,400 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This classic traverse of a crown of Munros above Glen Nevis has a little bit of everything. Before you’ve even set foot on a mountain, there’s a dramatic gorge, an exciting river crossing and a spectacular waterfall. Once up high, it’s the combination of jaw-dropping views and undulating, narrow ridges

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  • Difficult
    10:01
    12.2 mi
    1.2 mph
    5,675 ft
    5,675 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This is a far superior route to the Pony Track for those of an adventurous disposition, one that really gets to know Ben Nevis’ finest feature, its incredible North Face. The route ascends via the Càrn Mòr Dearg Arête, which sweeps in a glorious arc between its namesake peak and Ben Nevis’ lofty summit

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  • Difficult
    05:58
    9.84 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,900 ft
    2,900 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Considering it is one of the most popular peaks in the UK’s busiest national park, Scafell Pike does well to still feel like a remote mountain. It is blessed with a number of contrasting routes to its summit and all are great adventures, requiring significant effort. This is arguably the best, perhaps

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  • Difficult
    05:01
    8.01 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,575 ft
    2,600 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This stone-cold classic is many people’s first foray into scrambling terrain. Even those with just a passing interest in hillwalking will have heard of Striding Edge, the sinuous ridge that leads up to Helvellyn’s broad summit ridge. Helvellyn is the highest peak in eastern Lakeland and the panorama

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  • Difficult
    09:20
    13.6 mi
    1.5 mph
    4,575 ft
    4,800 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In a monumental arc, separating the mighty Snowdon Massif from the vast Carneddau, is a range of individualistic, exhibitionist peaks that rival the very best that these shores have to offer. There are so many exciting routes on the slabs, ridges and buttresses of the Glyderau, but a full traverse is

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  • Difficult
    05:38
    5.77 mi
    1.0 mph
    2,825 ft
    3,375 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The Aonach Eagach ridge comes with a legendary reputation. Its sheer battlements guard the northern end of Glencoe imperiously, a great wall topped by jagged towers when seen from below. Comprising four main summits (two Munros) connected by a notched, roller coaster ridge line, it’s the ultimate challenge

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    80.3 mi
  • Duration
    57:36 h
  • Elevation
    30,125 ft

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