Adventure

August: The Month Of Hiking

One morning last August I made an impromptu decision to head off to the Dales and hike up the three major peaks of Yorkshire: Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside. I did so over the two days of August 20th and 21st. I’m hoping to do something similar this August but on a national rather than regional scale; the three great peaks of Great Britain: Scafell Pike, Mount Snowdon and Ben Nevis. Not in one go; my enthusiasm for doing them in 24 hours – as many people do – is non-existent. No, I shall take my time and have pencilled in the climbs for the next three Tuesdays of the month; Tuesday 14th, 21st and 28th for the mountains in England, Wales and Scotland respectively. That seems the logical way to do them, the smallest to the tallest:

  • Scafell Pike (978 metres)
  • Snowdon (1,085 metres)
  • Ben Nevis (1,345 metres)

I’ve never hiked up any of three mountains before. The plan was to climb Scafell Pike back in 2016. I was with a friend and a group of his friends but the weather turned and we never made it to the top:

I have vague memories of making my way to the top of Snowdon as a child, on the train… I did climb Wales’ 9th highest peak, Cadair Idris in a rather memorable walk in 2016, but have yet to climb Snowdon:

And as for Ben Nevis, I’ve never done any hiking in Scotland. The nearest I have come to the mountains of Scotland is taking the train from Mallaig to Glasgow back in August 2014:

That’s the plan. It’s all subject to the weather… Watch this space for updates. They will be three micro-adventures for HikingEurope.org, not CyclingEurope.org.

(The header image is Cadair Idris in 2016.)

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