Top 5 Mountains in Britain
- Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in Scotland and the entire British Isles. Located in the Grampian Mountains, close to Fort William and stands proudly at 1,344m. There are 125,000 complete ascents each year. Although not as high as an alpine mountain, its position on a northerly latitude gives it a climate similar to Arctic regions and conditions can change within minutes, so walkers and climbers need to be well prepared
- Scafell Pike in the Lake District is England’s highest mountain at 978m. Part of the Southern Fells it can be described as exhilarating, beautiful and breathtaking. On a clear day, you can see Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the Isle of Man or nearer to the mountain the shimmering Wast Water way down below.
- Snowdonia in the north west of Wales is the focal point of the Snowdonia National Park. At 1,085m it is the highest peak in Wales, second highest in Britain to Ben Nevis. If you’re feeling lazy you can take the historic Snowdon Mountain Railway to the peak, where you will enjoy stunning views across the sea to Ireland.
- Helvellyn in the Lake District sits to the north of Ambleside between the lakes of Thirlmere and Ullswater. At 950m it is the third highest peak in England after Scafell Pike and Scafell. Helvellyn was one of William Wordsworth’s favourite mountains and he climbed it regularly, often including it in his poetry. Alpine plants survive on rock ledges in the eastern coves and if you’re lucky you might even see a Mountain Ringlet, a rare to Britain species of alpine butterfly.
- At 850m Slieve Donard, County Down is the highest peak in Northern Ireland. Part of the stunning Mountains of Mourne, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is renowned as an adventurer’s paradise. If you’re feeling slightly less energetic after your walk, why not just sit and enjoy the majestic Mountains of Mourne sweeping down to the sea.