Tuesday 24 October 2017

Tryfan tops favourite mountain poll

Tryfan in Snowdonia topped a survey by hillwalking magazine Trail (Tom Bailey/Trail Magazine/PA)
Tryfan in Snowdonia topped a survey by hillwalking magazine Trail (Tom Bailey/Trail Magazine/PA)

A Welsh peak has beaten its more famous neighbour Snowdon to be named the UK's favourite mountain for hillwalkers.

Tryfan in Snowdonia topped a survey by hillwalking magazine Trail, with Helvellyn in the Lake District coming second and Wales' highest mountain Snowdon securing third place.

The UK's highest mountain, Ben Nevis in Scotland, came in eighth place, while England's highest peak, Scafell Pike, was in 13th place, receiving just 2% of the vote in the poll of 1,201 people on Trail's website www.livefortheoutdoors.com.

Simon Ingram, editor of Trail, said Tryfan was a "worthy winner".

"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 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."

Alan Hinkes, the first British mountaineer to climb all 14 of the world's 8,000-metre high mountains, including Everest and K2, said Tryfan was spectacular.

"I remember the first time I saw it when I went to Wales and remember thinking 'look at that'. It's just so impressive from all angles, so stark and crenelated. It's as impressive as any Welsh castle," he said.

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