Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles. Standing at 1,345 metres above sea level, it is at the western end of the Grampian Mountains in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands, close to the town of Fort William.
The Pennines, also known as the Pennine Chain or Pennine Hills, are a range of mountains and hills in England separating North West England from Yorkshire and North East England. Often described as the "backbone of England", the Pennine Hills form a more-or-less continuous range stretching northwards from the Peak District in the northern Midlands, through the South Pennines, Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines up to the Tyne Gap, which separates the range from the Cheviot Hills.
Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England, at an elevation of 978 metres above sea level. It is located in the Lake District National Park, in Cumbria, and is part of the Southern Fells.
Pen y Fan
Pen y Fan is the highest peak in south Wales, situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park. At 886 metres above sea-level, it is also the highest British peak south of Cadair Idris in Snowdonia. The twin summits of Pen y Fan and Corn Du at 873 m were formerly referred to as Cadair Arthur or 'Arthur's Seat'.
Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, at an elevation of 1,085 metres above sea level, and the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands. It is located in Snowdonia National Park in Gwynedd. It is the busiest mountain in the United Kingdom and the third most visited attraction in Wales, with 582,000 people visiting annually. It is designated as a national nature reserve for its rare flora and fauna.
Eric Shipton - Mountains of Tartary
This is fascinating window on the past, through the eyes of one of our great adventures whose exploits and expedition style of light and fast may have been overlooked but would go onto become a standard modus operandi. His trips to Everest were pioneering and his expeditions to the Garhwal regions I believe have not been surpassed. Plus ideas on melons and bird catching
His observations on local culture is delightful, as well as his thoughts on mountaineering and exploration and how to keep motivated.
This icon of American environmentalism, set the standard for understanding our relationship to the nature. He is so often quoted in many ways as saving "The American soul from materialism".
This was his first book and whilst reading it, you appreciate his eye for detail in everypage and a love of nature that so evident as your read his descriptions of the fabulous fauna and flora which has decreased since his adventures into his beloved wilderness, especially his description of the sweet bee garden meadows. But, not overlooking this his undertanding of geology and glaciers was equally as indepth.
His prose provides a window on what was, and clarion call to future generations because of his eye for detail and passion it is truly inspiring
This was his final book and it encapsulated his inspiring descriptions of the landscape, its wildlife bears, wolves,eagles and much more. His reflections are poetic and thought provoking and constantly remind us "Heaven is truly on earth".
But we shouldn't forge this observations on the geology of the region and its indigenous people and its glaciers, one which was named after him.
This book is bets summed in his own words “To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world.”
Reading this book, you will get to know a man that has influenced UK mountaineering for many decades with insights on leadership, expedition planning, taking chances and enjoying the mountains.
He reminds us the value of family and friendships and how they influence our decision even when we think they won’t understand.
His ability to convey situations in such a way that are both heartful and visceral, which will transport you to the Ogre, Everest, Antarctica and many more. Which makes this a must read!
Our Favourite place of the week
Goat Fell Isle of Arran
Goat Fell is the highest point on the Isle of Arran. At 874 metres, it is one of four Corbetts on the island. The mountain, along with nearby Brodick Castle, is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland. The name is believed to mean 'Goat Mountain'.