It is fair to say that COVID-19 has dramatically changed the way we live and while lockdown is still in full swing, little is known about what life will be like once this is all over.
As we speak, flights around the world are extremely limited and many countries won’t allow any foreigners in. Even when more countries begin to lift their lockdown laws, they will most definitely be a lot pickier about who they allow in and out.
Experts suggest that regulations will most likely block people from certain countries, require a period in quarantine, or proof of health or immunity passports. Honestly, at this stage, we just don’t know what’s next, but what we do know is that all of our travel plans have been temporarily stumped.
Nonetheless, COVID-19 hasn’t stopped us Brits from daydreaming about our next travel excursion and we predict that lifting restrictions could offer a breath of new life into the UK’s travel industry.
As such we have put together our top 5 favourite adventure-based trips we believe all Brits should take post lockdown.
1. The Yorkshire Three Peaks
Walking the Yorkshire Three Peaks in one day is a great challenge and a must-do on many people’s tick list.
The Yorkshire Three Peaks route is a 25-mile circular including 1500m of ascent and descent and the aim is to complete it within 12 hours.
Handily the start begins with a good leg-loosener as you set out along a fairly easy gradient for three miles with the distinctive anvil shape of Ingleborough, our first peak, in our sights.
Gradually you will gain height as you follow the snaking route upwards. The summit offers panoramic views across the Dales and on to Morecambe Bay and the Lakes, a fitting point for a short breather.
Then armed with a jelly baby or two to top up the energy reserves you will begin your second ascent to Yorkshire’s Everest – Whernside at 736 metres.
This hulk of a hill again provides lovely views. As you descend the reasonably easy slope you’ll be able to see across to the Ribblehead Viaduct perhaps marvelling at the skills of the engineers and the sheer grit of the 2,000+ workers that built the structure back in the 1800s.
In fact, the viaduct is a half-way milestone for you before you begin the long low-level stage along tracks and field paths towards our final peak of Pen-Y-Ghent (694m).
Newly-restored paths provide relief for tired legs and before you know it, you’re at the summit, leaving just a short but steep descent and a final wander across some fields back to Horton-in-Ribblesdale.
2. Lake District 5 Peaks
Prepare for an epic challenge through the rugged and dramatic landscape of the beautiful Lake District, as you tackle five of England’s most demanding peaks, including the highest – Scafell Pike!
This challenge runs over just one day, but with five peaks to tackle, it’s certainly no walk in the park! Prepare for a journey through the UK’s rugged landscape, as you venture across 14 miles (22km) and tackle five of England’s most demanding summits. As a group, you will climb to over 3,000 feet (900m), crossing crags and moorland past the Langdale Pikes towards Scafell.
Heading north-west across the moorland, you will stride on towards the first peaks of the day: Rossett Pike. This region is known for the best hill-walking in England, so expect to be amazed.
After a quick water break and a snack, it is time to tackle the great Allen Crags. From its stony summit, the view stretches across the Scafells and Derwent Water. BEAUTIFUL!
Once complete, only three peaks remain! However, be mindful, because the last 3 are the toughest of the day. It is time to dig deep, as from now on, you will require focussed determination.
Next, it is on to the highlight of the day, the craggy peak of Scafell itself. However, standing in its way is the summit of Englands highest mountain range (978m) which is ringed by crags on all sides.
Don’t be shy, though, the effort is worth it. From the top, the expansive views cover the Great End and Helvellyn to the north, Crinkle Crags and Windermere to the south-east and, on a clear day, the Isle of Man and the Scottish hills to the west.
Finally, you will take on the iconic peaks of Ill Crag and Great End before descending back down into the Langdale valley in time to celebrate our achievement.
3. National 3 Peaks
- 3 Days (24-hour trek) – the challenge is to complete the “trekking” routes in under 24 hours.
- 26 miles
- Starting Location: Glasgow
- Finishing Location: Chester
Get ready for one of the UK’s most fast-paced and physically challenging adventures, as you take on the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales!
The National 3 Peaks tackles the heights of Ben Nevis (1,344m), Scafell Pike (978m) and Snowdon (1,085m)! All you have to do is complete this task in under 24 hours! Have you got what it takes?
Beginning at the foothills of Ben Nevis (the highest mountain in the British Isles and formed from the collapsed dome of an ancient volcano) you will trail up to the summit begins on the eastern side of Glen Nevis, from where we follow a steep path up to the saddle of Lochan Meall and t-Suidhe (570m).
From here you will then begin a zigzag ascent up the western flank of Ben Nevis, before reaching the summit. On a clear day, the views can stretch for 120 miles across the Torridon Hills, Ben Lomond and out towards Northern Ireland.
Once complete, its time to tackle the stunning Scafell Pike (978m). Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England and consists of a steep ascent involving some easy scrambling in places. You will descend in darkness before trying to catch some sleep on the drive down to Snowdonia.
Finally, it’s time for the last peak – Snowdonia. Snowdon is 1085m tall and the route is 7 miles (11.3km) long, taking typically between 5 and 6 hours to complete the return journey. Therefore, teamwork and determination are all important as you forge your way onwards and upwards to conquer this final challenge.
Resting at the top for some group photos and impromptu celebrations, you will head back to your vehicle to complete your adventure.
It is time to pick a charity close to your hearts, get a group together and be rewarded with spectacular views and a huge sense of achievement.
4. Welsh 3000 (Snowdonia 15 Peaks)
- 3-day trek
- 26-32 miles
- Starting Location: Snowdonia
- Finishing Location: Snowdonia
The Welsh 3000 challenge will take your hiking to the next level, as you conquer 15 mountains and ascend over 4000 metres in just 3 days. This is one incredible adventure to test yourself against, and will undoubtedly push you to your limits.
If you have completed a number of challenging walks before and are looking for your next adventure, then this is the mountain challenge for you. This exhilarating, extremely challenging and hugely rewarding climb will have you trekking over the highest mountains in Wales, including Snowdon, Carneddau, Glyders and Devils Kitchen.
You will first traverse the Carneddau range. Starting on Foel Fras (942mts) the most northerly of the Welsh 3000ft and our first of the 15 peaks!!! Throughout the day you will summit the peaks of Garnedd Gwenllian, Foel Grach, Yr Elen, Carnedd Llewelyn, Carnedd Dafydd and finally Pen y Ole Wen. The day will finish in the beautiful Ogwen Valley.
Next, you will cross the Glyderau Section: one of the most impressive mountain ranges in Britain.
Starting from Gwer Gof Uchaf you will summit the breathtaking Tryfan, before heading on to tackle Glyder Fach, Glyder Fawr and Y Garn, before crossing the top of the famous “Devils Kitchen” (Twll Du). Our final peak of the day is Elidir Fawr (924mts) before a descend down into the Llanberis or Nant pass. As you traverse the Glyderau, you will see some of the most stunning views over Snowdonia.
The Snowdon section on your final day takes us along possibly one of the best ridge walks in the U.K.
Reaching the great peaks of Crib Coch (921mts) and Ganeed Ugain, a head for heights is most definitely needed. As we reach the summit of Crib Ddysgl (1065mts) the challenge is within our grasp and we head for our final summit, Snowdon (1085mts).
The ascent of Snowdon involves some steep ascents and rugged terrain and you will have the choice of completing either the Snowdon Horseshoe or returning to Pen y pass on the Pyg track.
Shortly after, you can celebrate with your team the achievement of completing such an epic challenge.
5. Scotland’s Western Highlands
- 2 – 8 day trek
- 14 – 100+ miles
- Starting Location: Glasgow
- Finishing Location: Glasgow
This trip is really flexible. You can stay for a few days and tick off the most desired routes, or you can spend a good week exploring the “Big Six”. The “Big Six” will give you a classic journey through the Western Highlands and includes bagging some of the highest peaks or Munros Scotland has to offer.
Its not just touch assents here – Almost all accomdation types offer incredible views across Loch Linnhe and boast roaring fires for the cold evenings.
After a sit-down breakfast at 07:30, it’s time to pack up your lunches and be out the door by 08.30. This will give you time to do a full yomp and be back in time for a bit of a chill-out before then making a bee-line for the local pubs or restaurants.
Routes in this district include (but not limited to):
Ben Lomond – The most southerly Munro (3000ft+ peak), Ben Lomond is amoungst the most popular mountains in Scotland; offering views over Loch Lomond, the Trossachs and the Arrochar Alps. The walk begins in the forest near Rowardennan and is a circular trail, heading up and then descending two of the mountains southerly ridges.
Buachaille Etive Mor- Often called the ‘most photographed mountain in Scotland’, Buachaille Etive Mor is indeed a ‘beaut’, and stands guardian at the entrance to Glen Coe and proudly fronting the vastness of Rannoch Moor. This mountain is actually a ridge with several peaks, the highest of which, Stob Dearg, stands at 1022m. This is the summit most reach first as it is simply straight up from the roadside. Once complete, the best option is to complete the full ridge and return along the valley of Lairig Gartain.
The Ballachulish Horseshoe – A spectacular circular route summiting the two peaks of Sgorr Dhearg and Sgorr Dhonuill, both over 1000m and which stand over the village of Ballachulish and the sea. From here you’ll be able to see down Glen Coe, and west to Loch Linnhe.
Ben Lui – Near Crianlarich lies a long ridge of mountains, the highest of which is Ben Lui (also a nature reserve). It’s pointed summit reminds many people of an alpine peak, and it’s well known for holding the snow in gullies deep into the summer. The ascent is a dramatic one from the north-west, and including the summit of a neighbouring peak and dark forest trails.
The Grey Corries – A big day out but certainly one to remember, the Grey Corries are a narrow ridge of several summits that lie amongst the great mass of mountains east of Ben Nevis (above Glen Spean). They are named after the grey rocky debris that litters the ridge, and spills down onto the sides. After a long trail through the Leanachan Forest, you will find yourself emerging onto a high rocky jumble of peaks. Once on the main ridge, the route is one of the all-time greats and keeps you high above the tree-line until you descend back into the forest at the end of a long day.