Whether you’re a keen mountain climber or you want to start your own adventure, you might be wondering where you can climb in the UK.

There are plenty of places you can climb a mountain but knowing which ones are best might help you decide where to go.

Hiking experts at GO Outdoors have conducted research to determine the best mountains to climb in the UK and four are located in the Lake District.

They looked at the terrain, distance and height of each mountain to come up with a list of the best 15 to climb for any hiker.

The experts at GO Outdoors also put together a few tips to help hikers climb mountains safely.

Best mountains to climb in the UK

The Lake District is a popular place to enjoy the outdoors so it’s no surprise that some of its mountains make the list - Scafell Pike, Helvellyn, Great Gable and Cat Bells.

Scafell Pike was graded as moderate in difficulty and has a height of 978m and a distance of 11.50km.

It takes approximately four hours and 55 minutes to climb.

Helvellyn was graded as difficult with a distance of 11.20km and a height of 950m.

Hikers could climb the mountain in approximately four hours and 50 minutes.

Great Gable was graded moderate when it comes to difficulty with a distance of 8.65km and a height of 899m.

It takes approximately three hours and 55 minutes to climb.

Cat Bells is also graded as moderate with a distance of 5.20km and stands at 451m high.

Hikers could climb the mountain in approximately two hours and 15 minutes.

Ben Nevis in Lochaber, Scotland was named the best mountain to climb in the UK and was graded moderate when it comes to difficulty.

Here are the best mountains to climb in the UK:

  1. Ben Nevis, Lochaber (moderate)
  2. Snowdon, Snowdonia (moderate)
  3. Scafell Pike, Lake District (moderate)
  4. Tryfan, Snowdonia (difficult)
  5. Slieve Donard, County Down (difficult)
  6. Helvellyn, Lake District (difficult)
  7. Ben Macdui, Cairngorms (difficult)
  8. Pen y Fan, Brecon Beacons (easy)
  9. Great Gable, Lake District (moderate)
  10. Buachaille Etive Mor, Highlands (difficult)
  11. Cadair Idris, Gwynedd (difficult)
  12. Pen y Ghent, Yorkshire Dales (moderate)
  13. Schiehallion, Perth & Kinross (easy)
  14. Cat Bells, Lake District (moderate)
  15. Ben Lomond, Loch Lomond & Trossachs (easy)

How to climb a mountain safely

You can find out more about the GO Outdoor research via the website.

Check the Met Office Mountain weather forecast

It’s essential to plan ahead by checking the weather as sudden changes can be very dangerous.

You should always be prepared to turn back if conditions deteriorate.

Use a buddy system

Always hike with a partner or a group so you have an extra layer of safety if anything goes wrong.

Use appropriate gear

Make sure your equipment is high-quality and pack extra clothes including warm, insulated or down jackets for when temperatures drop at the top of mountains.

Emergency equipment is also key such as a basic first aid kit, a whistle, a flashlight and a multi-tool in case of emergencies. 

Keep hydrated and nourished

Carry water and substantial snacks with you especially if you’ll be on the move for extended periods of time.

It’s recommended that you take a bag with a water bladder to keep you hydrated.

Make sure to snack on energy-rich foods to maintain your energy levels as you hike.

Communicate with others

Make sure you let someone know about your hiking or climbing plans including the route you intend to take, your return time and emergency contact information.

Follow safety guidelines

It’s important to obey any posted signs, rules or regulations for the area you’re hiking in.

These guidelines are put in place to keep climbers safe and rules must be followed, the experts at GO Outdoors said.