A classic route is usually a day hike however can include multi day expeditions if preferred. Walking in the foot steps of the people who first unlocked these remote and awe inspiring routes is a real privilege.
An example of a classic route in the Lake district is a route that takes in one or more of Wainwrights Fells. Alfred Wainwright hiked 214 of the Lake District fells and documented his journey along the way. His routes have become Lake District classics taking in the most remote and scenic areas. Once you have followed one of Wainwrights routes the excitement to hike the next one remains until you find your self out there looking at another beautiful area of the lake district.
An example of a Scottish classic route is any one of the Munros. Sir Hugh Munro was a victorian mountaineer who published a list of all the tallest peaks in Scotland. Completing this list has become a lifetime goal for many British mountaineers.
The Snowdon range, or the mountains of North Wales are a marvelous geological theatre. It is possible to see the power that volcanic activity creates. There are 3 main ridges which make up the Snowdon range, Yr Wyddva (Commonly known as Snowdon), The Glyderau and the Carneddau.
Yr Wyddfa – Pronounced – era withva
Yr Wyddfaa is the southern most ridge and hosts a steep sided horse shoe shaped ridge line. Once you reach the top of the ridge, or move beyond the towering walls, the massive expanse of Yr Wyddfa opens up and has the most experienced mountaineer stop in their tracks.
Glyderau – Pronounced – Glid er aye
The Glyderau ridge is situated just north of Yr Wyddfa. the southern facing side of the Glyderau looks like your typical steep sided grassy mountain however the north facing edge of the ridge is an impressive amphitheater of towering rock.
Carnddau – Pronounced – Car neth aye
the Carneddau is the Northern most ridge and complements both the rolling hills and abrupt powerful volcanic activity of the Snowdon Mountains. It can feel like hiking over moorland one minute and then negotiating a serious ridge the next. This is the longest and one of the highest ridge lines in the UK.