3 Peaks, 2 Wheels, 1 Week
Cycling between and climbing up the UK’s ‘Three Peaks’
Over a particularly long Bank Holiday week, myself and two good friends set off on laden bikes to pedal between the highest peak in each of Scotland, England and Wales – Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – and to walk to their summits.
The stringent itinerary we’d naively set ourselves made for an adventure as grueling as it was entertaining. Cycling through Chester city centre at closing time on a Friday night at the end of 100+ mile day, clad in lyrcra and high-vis, was a particular highlight.
Nonetheless, we made it to our final summit, Snowdon, where we were joined by friends, family and torrential rain before retreating to shelter for champagne and pasta.
Day 1: Climb Ben Nevis, cycle Fort William to Glen Coe YHA (31km)
Day 2: Cycle Glen Coe to Glasgow (140km, 7.5hrs, avg 18.4kph)
Day 3: Glasgow to Kendoon (120km, 7hrs, avg 16.3kph)
Day 4: Kendoon to Glenridding (159km, 9.25hrs, avg 17.4kph)
Day 5: Cycle to Langdale via Kirkstone Pass, climb Scafell Pike (6hrs), cycle to Elterwater (~50km)
Day 6: Elterwater to Sedgwick (35km)
Day 7: Sedgwick to Chester (175km)
Day 8: Chester to Llyn Gwynant (123km, avg 19kph)
Day 9: Climb Snowdon
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