Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa in Welsh) is the highest mountain in England and Wales at 1,085m (3,560ft). The Snowdon range covers 16 square miles and gave birth to Welsh rock climbing in the 19th century. Take on the peaks and crags of Snowdon and immerse yourself in what is one of the wildest places in Wales with this seven-mile mountain walk.
England’s highest mountain, and also one of the most remote in the country. The peak is surrounded by a number of other fells, including Great End, Sca Fell and Broad Crag. Find out more about climbing Scafell Pike.
Walk beside high tarns and copper-mining relics to a magical fell-top vista in the Lake District National Park. Map and route.
Kinder Scout, Derbyshire – 636m
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Sandwiched between Manchester and Sheffield in Derbyshire, the bleak but beautiful upland plateau of Kinder Scout is a landscape of wind-swept waterfalls and rocky crags, perfect for hikers and scramblers alike. Map and route.
Ingleborough, North Yorkshire – 723m
Ingleborough, Yorkshire ©Alamy
Walk the second highest peak in the Yorkshire Dales, a mountain pockmarked with cavernous sinkholes, rumbling rivers and labyrinthine limestone paving. Map and route.
Cross Fell, Cumbria – 893m
Cross Fell, Cumbria ©Alamy
Feel on top of the world by conquering one of Britain’s best hikes with in the North Pennines. Map and route.
Best mountain walks in Scotland
Suilven, Sutherland – 731m
Suilven, Scotland ©Alamy
Steep, wild and remote, this Scottish giant is one of Britain’s most striking peaks – reaching its summit is difficult, but with spectacular views stretching out across the Highlands, it’s well worth the climb. Map and route.
Ben Lomond, Argyll and Bute – 974m
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Ben Lomond is the most climbed of the Scottish Munros, with a direct ascent of 974m to its summit. Climb north up the tourist path from Rowardennan, then either retrace your ascent route or take the rougher return along Ptarmigan Ridge to the west. Map and route.
Ben Nevis, Highland – 1,345m
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The great bulk of Ben Nevis, part of the Grampian Mountain range, is the UKs highest mountain at 1,345m. It towers above Fort William in Lochaber. There are two main walking routes to the summit of Ben Nevis – The Mountain Track (or Tourist Track) and the more challenginge Carn Mor Dearg Arête route (for experience hikers).
Ben More, Isle of Mull, Argyll and Bute – 966m
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Hike to the summit of this Hebridean giant and gaze out over island-strewn sea lochs and beach-straddled peninsulas – a fitting reward for conquering one of Scotland’s finest peaks. Map and route.
Best mountain walks in Northern Ireland
Slieve Binnian, County Down – 747m
Bourne Mountains from the summit of Slieve Binnian ©Jake Graham
Severe weathering during the last ice age sculpted Slieve Binnian into the most distinctive peak in Northern Ireland’s Mourne Mountains. Map and route.
Slieve Bearnagh, County Down – 739m
Sleeve Bearnagh, Mournes, Northern ireland ©Alamy
Take on this tough upland walk, following a 100-year-old wall over peaks and cols through Northern Ireland’s Mountains of Mourne. Map and route.