The three peaks mean many things to all people, but mostly, an unbelievable challenge or as high as you can go in the UK on your own two feet.
Whether you’re doing the full Three Peaks Challenge, each summit within 24 hours, or discovering them at a much more leisurely pace, these majestic mountains demand respect and the correct kit. Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Ben Nevis - this highest of all in the British Isles - are a collective of 9,800 feet to ascend and 42 kilometres apart.
Timbuktu has put together this guide to provide more information about each summit and the attractions around. We’ve also picked out some of our favourite products to wear, either for ascending the mountain or exploring the nature and towns nearby.
Read on to find out more about the UK’s three peaks and the perfect kit you need…
The highest peak in the British Isles, Ben Nevis, in the western end of the Grampian Mountains, has long been popular for climbers of all abilities.
While it remains one of the most popular mountains to summit, Ben Nevis has become known for its annual running race and activity sports. Base jumping and skiing, in particular, can be enjoyed. Fort William and other hills offer a break and easier walking routes.
Located in Lochaber and the Scottish Highlands, Ben Nevis can be difficult to access compared to other peaks - Fort William is the largest town nearby.
What to wear for Ben Nevis
Temperatures are often cool all-year-round at Ben Nevis, rarely getting above 10℃ in summer, so a warm, versatile layer is needed to go with your jacket.
We’d go for our Rouko Hooded Full-Zip Fleece. Ideal as part of a layering system for climbing to the summit or hiking the base and surrounding area, this fleece combines comfort, warmth and performance.
With its additional hood, you’ll have extra rain protection and warmth while drawcords have been added to the hem for an enhanced fit to keep out wind and cold.
Set in the heart of the Lake District and the national park, Scafell Pike, England’s highest point, is a destination for climbers and outdoor activity-seekers alike.
Whether you’re enjoying the lakes and stunning views, heading up to the Pike’s peak, or visiting small towns and villages throughout the park - such as Ambleside - the Lake District offers something for everyone. From hiking to sailing, a host of activities can be enjoyed.
Located in the Lake District, Scafell Pike can be accessed from towns such as Whitehaven from the west and Keswick from the north.
What to wear for Scafell Pike
Scafell Pike can be summited most of the year; however, the weather can change quickly with the Lake District one of the wettest regions. So, a waterproof is what you’ll need.
We’d go with our Parala 3-in-1 Waterproof Jacket for the complete coat, whatever the weather. A waterproof hardshell with a warm fleece inner makes this a versatile jacket for hiking to the peak or enjoying a lakeside walk.
The outer jacket fabric on the Parala is fully waterproof and breathable, guaranteeing exceptional performance and style from this all-rounder.
The highest point in Wales, Snowdon, and its national park, is a hotspot for nature, activity and thrill-seekers alike.
Whether you’re climbing or taking the railway to the summit, or maybe enjoying the towns that are a gateway to the park, such as Betws-y-Coed, there’s something for everyone. Hiking, gorge walking and an abundance of activity sports are all present in Snowdonia.
Being located in north Wales, Snowdon is accessible from cities such as Chester, Liverpool and Manchester, making it a top destination for activity days.
What to wear for Snowdon
Like most mountains, Snowdon is climbable all-year-round; however, when the weather can change and draw-in quickly, you need a warm, lightweight coat.
We’d recommend our Sankore Insulated Down Jacket, especially for winter. Ideal for climbing or hiking to the peak, as well as discovering the park’s towns, this is a winter jacket done right, combining performance and style together.
With a hood to guard against rain, the Sankore can also be packed away into a small stuff sack, ideal for fitting into your rucksack.