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The best mountains to climb in the UK in 2023

The best mountains to climb in the UK in 2023

From K2 to Kilimanjaro, there are dozens of famous mountains across the world that each year attract thousands of visitors in attempts to scale their heights.

With the world’s highest peaks reaching over eight thousand metres, such mountains are a serious – and expensive – challenge, with only the experienced able to attempt them.

Luckily, the UK offers a blend of challenging as well as more manageable climbs, often with stunning countryside views that can take your breath away (if the incline hasn’t already done that).

From novice climbs in the Lake District to the UK’s highest elevations in the Grampian Mountains, the country offers up great hiking and climbing opportunities, whatever your level of experience.

To aid you further on your climbing journey, we’ve complied a list of the best mountains climb in the UK, helping you to choose the best for you based on location, height, difficulty and natural surroundings. Grab your hiking boots, walking poles and your route guide – it’s time to head skywards.

Ben Nevis, Grampian Mountains, Scotland

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Standing at 1,345m, Ben Nevis is the UK’s tallest peak. Located in the Highland region (near the town of Fort William), the area has beautiful views over lakes, rivers and various other mountains, such as the nearby Ben Macdui (the country’s second highest mountain).

The height alone makes it a reasonably challenging peak, but there are routes suitable for all levels of experience. The “easier” Mountain Track route (also known as the Pony Track) starts at Glen Nevis and is walkable without any specialist equipment, and can take between five to eight hours. More experienced climbers will want to head to the North Face, where there are no actual walking routes – just climbing and mountaineering ones.

Snowdon, Snowdonia National Park, Wales

Panoramic views of Llyn y Dywarchen, Snowdon, and Y Garn during winter

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The tallest peak in Wales (known as Yr Wyddfa in Welsh) attracts over 500,000 visitors per year, thanks to the stunning surroundings of Snowdonia National Park that include valleys, lakes, forests and even Conwy and Caernarfon Castle, two Unesco Heritage Sites. Unlike many other national parks in the UK, this 823-square-mile site also contains coastal areas, with the villages of Harlech and Aberdyfi providing excellent…

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