Tryfan in north Wales beats nearest rival Snowdon and Lake District’s Helvellyn in reader survey by hillwalking magazine Trail
It may not be the biggest or the most famous but the rugged mountain of Tryfan in north Wales has topped a hillwalkers’ list of the UK’s most beloved peaks.
Tryfan, which has a classic pointed shape and requires some scrambling to get to the very summit, beat its near neighbour Snowdon into second place. It also finished comfortably ahead of the biggest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis, which was eighth, while England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike, did not make the top 10.
England and Scotland each have seven mountains in the top 20 compiled following a survey of readers by the hillwalking magazine Trail on its website. Wales has six.
Simon Ingram, the editor of Trail, said Tryfan was a worthy winner, adding: “Tryfan has a unique aesthetic and has always been a mountain close to the heart of hillwalkers who love a challenging afternoon out. Snowdon may be the superstar of the region but Tryfan is the bristly underdog, providing just the right mix of the accessible and the thrilling – great to look at, and a real mountaineer’s peak.”
Tryfan stands at 918 metres – 167 metres smaller than Snowdon (or Yr Wyddfa). Unlike Snowdon it has no visitor centre on the summit or a mountain railway up it. Instead it is topped with two hunks of stone known as Adam and Eve. Thrill-seekers like to jump between the two.
Alan Hinkes, the only British mountaineer to climb all 14 of the world’s 8,000-metre peaks, said: “I’m happy Tryfan won – it’s so spectacular. I remember the first time I saw it when I went to Wales and remember thinking ‘look at that!’ – it’s impressive from all angles, so stark and crenelated. It’s as impressive as any Welsh castle.”
The top 10 UK mountains as voted by Trail magazine and its website readers are: 1 Tryfan, Snowdonia, north Wales; 2 Helvellyn, Lake District, England; 3 Snowdon, Snowdonia, north Wales; 4 An Teallach, north-west Highlands, Scotland; 5 Buachaille Etive Mòr, central Highlands, Scotland; 6 Great Gable, Lake District, England; 7 Blencathra, Lake District, England; 8 Ben Nevis, central Highlands, Scotland; 9 Suilven, northern Highlands, Scotland; 10 Liathach, north-west Highlands, Scotland.