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National 3 Peaks 24 Hour Challenge in Outline




Daylight Hours in mid June


Sunrise 0424 Sunset 2217 40 minutes light either side



Post Codes


Glen Nevis Visitor Centre, PH33 6PF

Wasdale Head Inn & Brackenclose, CA20 1EX

Pen-y-Pass, LL55 4NY



Mileages and Estimated Travel Times    Excluding any stops


Fort William – Wasdale Head 265 miles 6 hours via Carlisle

(2 hours driving from M6 at Carlisle)

90 miles single track , 120 miles dual carriageway or motorway, 55 miles single track


Wasdale Head – Pen-y-Pass 220 miles 5 hours via Holmrook

45 miles single track , 165 miles dual carriageway or motorway, 10 miles single track


Total travel time = 11 hours



Estimated Walking Times    These are very challenging times


Ben Nevis 4 hours (tourist path)


Scafell Pike 4 hours (via Lingmell Gill, Hollow Stones, Lingmell col)


Snowdon 4 hours (via Miners’ track)


Total walking time = 12 hours



Time Savers??


Using Callander instead of Loch Lomond road adds 3.3 miles and 5 minutes but it is a better road especially in dark and there is less chance, with more overtaking options, if held up by slower vehicles. There are more options for diversions should the Callander road be closed by an accident whereas there are no options on the Loch Lomond road.


Need to get in and out of Lake District at quiet times as the roads are in and out of Wasdale are very narrow.

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