4 peaks challenge – main

Scafell   Snowdon Ben Nevis  Slieve Donard

To ascend the highest peaks in Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales is a major Challenge undertaken by many walkers each year. There are many reasons for attempting the Challenge, whether it be to raise funds for deserving charitable causes, to test yourself against the mountains or simply for the sheer enjoyment of being amongst some of the most dramatic scenery in the World.  Whatever your reason for rising to the Challenge it will be one of the most memorable experiences you will have.

There are a number of ways in which you can help.  Most importantly you can volunteer to participate in The Four Peaks Challenge. We would truly appreciate it if you would ask a friend to accompany you on the Challenge.  Better still why not ask some friends or workmates to come along and make it a team effort?  The more people who take part the better it will be.

When organising The Four Peaks Challenge our main concern was that not only would the event be operated as safely as possible but also that it should be achievable by any reasonably active person with no mountaineering experience. Another large concern was that the event should have no impact on the fragile mountain environment and that there should be no disruption to local residents or farming activities.

You are under no pressure at all to reach all, or even any, of the summits. You are being asked to try your best, that is all anyone can ask.

Good luck and Thank You

This event will last approximately 36 hours as it is not possible to make it a 24 hour Challenge due to the use of coaches. The total walking distance covered over the entire event is “approximately” 43km or 31 miles.


After the Nevis walk you will be taken to your accommodation in Glasgow for a well earned rest. Each participant has accommodation (single room) which includes an evening meal and breakfast on Sunday morning. We depart from Glasgow after breakfast (around 9am). You will arrive home on Sunday evening.


We have arranged for a number of boarding points around Northern Ireland.

For participants from the mainland there will be a coach pickup at (Aldergrove) Belfast International Airport – You will need to arrange to be at the airport at 9am on Thursday morning.  This will normally mean you will need to stay over night at the airport hotel (The Park Plaza Hotel) on Wednesday night. Easyjet do very cheap flight to Belfast International Airport (if you boom early enough)

Northern Ireland participants will be allocated the nearest boarding point to their home town. The coach will pick you up early on Thursday morning.

Participants from Northern Ireland will be returned to their original boarding point and people from the mainland will be allocated a homewards seat on a (3 peaks) coach, which will return you to the nearest point to your home town.

Plain speaking

As a continuous walking challenge there is little or no rest (apart from the coach journeys) between mountains.
You may encounter cold, wet and windy conditions so you will need to be prepared to carry a complete change of clothing in your rucksack.
At any time of the year the weather in the British Mountains can be very unpredictable. It is extremely important that EVERYONE taking part in The Four Peaks Challenge has the correct equipment and clothing.