Planning which beautiful landscape to discover next is all a part of the fun and where the adventure begins. In this UK adventure guide we’ll also include handy clothing suggestions which are designed for specific climates to help keep you moving. As with any mountain (not considering the typical British weather), the climate can be very unpredictable and the highest summit temperature can be significantly colder than at the base of the mountain. So let’s take a look closer to home for your next hike and climb!
Ben Nevis, Scottish Highlands
Distance: 11 miles
Details: Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles and it’s estimated that a staggering 150,000 make the climb every year. There a several routes tracked out to choose from, with many involving some scrambling and a head for heights. The beginning of the path soon changes into a rocky terrain and can become quite an arduous task navigating the ascent, as well as the descent. Take all necessary precautions, and be prepared for an unforgettable adventure with stunning views of the surrounding Càrn Mòr Dearg and Aonach Beag. For the more seasoned hiker, why not get involved with the Ben Nevis race, which takes place on the first Saturday in September each year.
Blencathra via Sharp Edge, Lake District
Distance: 5 miles
Details: This is a much coveted, and hazardous, ridge for the more seasoned hiker, at the far Northern edge of the Lake District National Park in such a secluded area that you’re treated to views of mostly untouched land. The tricky yet thrilling descent takes you down another of Blencathra’s many invigorating knife edge ridges: Hall’s Fell Ridge, which has even more incredible views.
Pumlumon, Cambrian Mountains in Wales
Distance: 19 miles
Details: One of Britain’s least-trodden mountain summits, it’s also the highest point in mid-Wales, with the highest elevation reaching 752m. This is a notably less than arduous hike but extremely worth doing nonetheless. Travel along the disused mine tracks for navigation as you enjoy the muddy, green beauty of your surroundings; with very few other walkers around you can easily feel like you’ve escaped from civilisation.
What To Wear
As well as the obvious necessity for a good quality pair of durable walking boots, the importance of layers cannot be stressed enough when hiking or climbing. Invest in the right clothing which does the work for you, such as insulated jackets & fleeces, and baselayers with a specialised UPF +50 feature to protect you from the sun. Peel off the layers and throw them back on as the day goes on. Also, don’t forget to check out our full range of Sherpa accessories, including handknit handwarmers, hats and scarves.