5 of the best UK winter climbs for beginners

winter climbs

If you want to feel on top of the world this winter, scaling a peak in the UK is one way to do it. But there’s no need to go crazy and head straight for Snowdon, Ben Nevis, or Carn Eige. Instead, why not start with one of the more accessible winter climbs around the British Isles?

What’s great about this is you get enough of a challenge but won’t feel completely overwhelmed doing it. And don’t worry … a less demanding climb in the UK is still packed with stunning scenery, snow-capped summits, and ample opportunities to capture those extraordinary winter moments.

To ensure the cold weather doesn’t dampen your sense of adventure this winter, we’ve teamed up with Swedish outdoor gear experts Haglöfs, to keep you both warm and comfortable on your first UK winter climb. And their Micro Nordic Down is the perfect jacket to reach any of the peaks on our list.

So kickstart your pursuit of freedom today and start with one of our 5 best winter climbs for beginners. They’re all guaranteed to offer up some of the best views anywhere in the UK.

High Street, Lake District (England)

With a peak of 828m, High Street in the Lake District is a fantastic winter climb. Named after the Roman road that runs across the summit, on a clear day you’ll get stunning views of the Straits of Riggindale, Harter Fell, and Blea Water. All in all, a very different high street experience in the run-up to Christmas…

Moel Eilio, Snowdonia National Park (Wales)

Moel Eilio is an amazing winter hike for beginners. At 726m, you’ll get fantastic views of its famous neighbour to the south-east, Mount Snowdon. And because snow easily builds on routes to the summit of Moel Eilio, you’ll get plenty of opportunities to test any new winter hiking gear.

Photo: Andy Dingley

Pen-Y-Fan, Brecon Beacons (Wales)

If you’re looking for a magical snow-capped experience in the UK, Pen-Y-Fan in the Brecon Beacons is always a good shout. At 886m, you can reach the summit and back in around 4 hours. And on a clear winter’s day, the top of Pen-Y-Fan offers up unrivalled views of Sugar Loaf Mountain and even the Bristol Channel!

Kinder Scout, Peak District (England)

You could reach the summit of Kinder Scout in just 2-3 hours this winter. More precisely, aim for Kinder Low Trig. At 631m, it’s more accessible and still offers up fabulous views across the Peak District and beyond on a clear day.

Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh (Scotland)

At 251m and with gentle terrain all the way to the top, Edinburgh’s iconic Arthur’s Seat is by far the easiest summit to reach on our list. But it still offers up unreal winter views of Scotland’s capital and, if you time it right, the most fabulous sunset. In only a couple of hours, you might just get the best winter photograph you’ve ever taken…

What you need to reach a peak in the UK this winter

Beyond your sense of adventure, you always need the right gear for a winter climb in the UK. These peaks mean low temperatures, often well below freezing. So a hat and gloves are a must. Strong, sturdy shoes are crucial. And a jacket that keeps you both warm and dry in cold conditions is an absolute necessity.

A reliable partner for your next mountain adventure

When you think of countries with extreme weather and snow-capped peaks, Sweden is probably near the top of any list. This means our partners at Haglöfs know a thing or two about creating quality gear for any outdoor adventure. And they’ve certainly come up with a winter jacket to match your ambitions this winter.

The Micro Nordic Down is at the forefront of Haglöfs’s winter jacket range. Made with H DOWN Gold technology, its high-quality DWR-treated down is waterproofed so well that the filling stays dry for up to 5,000 minutes of exposure to wet conditions. This means you can count on staying warm and dry, even on multi-day excursions. It really is the most reliable partner for any outdoor adventure.

So take a big step towards reaching the top of your first UK winter summit today: visit www.haglofs.com and search ‘Micro Nordic Down’. Available for both men and women.