Great work by a few on a coordinated litter sweep to “deep clean” the three highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales has been dubbed “The Real 3 Peaks Challenge”.

Photo from Real3 peaks Challenge 

It is was great to see the effort of a small band of volunteers who have organised  a litter clean up on the Three Peaks Britain’s Highest Mountains. They were on Ben Nevis on Saturday and took a huge amount of rubbish off.It is so sad to see the mess left of the path by so many who should know better, what a society we live in when we leave such rubbish everywhere and those who helped on Saturday to move the rubbish are warmly thanked. I will be with them next year to help! Surely it is time for an “environmental tax on plastic bottles”like many other countries do ? It is also time to re educate future generations on looking after the environment. What example do we set when you see the carnage left after rock festivals, tents and rubbish everywhere, sometimes I worry about the future?

John Muir Quote

I always try to take rubbish out from bothies that people leave and on the summits when I can. It is so sad that  there is just so much rubbish on the Ben and we have teach those who are new to hills to “take nothing but photos leave nothing but footprints”.

“Retweeted Hazel Strachan (@StrachanHazel):

Total weight of litter picked from Ben Nevis, Scafell & Snowdon on Sat by#Real3PeaksChallenge was 513.5 kg.

Shouldn’t have to be done!” Well done Hazel and those involved.

Organisers hope about 100 volunteers will join in a coordinated litter pick on the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales. This is what they said

“Banana skins. Plastic bottles. Banana skins. Tissues. Banana skins. Orange peel,” says Rich Pyne.

As we set off from the car park at the Glen Nevis visitors’ centre, Rich was pretty clear about what he expected to find.

He came up with the idea of a litter pick across Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – due to take place on Saturday 12 October – after watching people on a guided walk eating their lunch.

“I was just appalled by the amount of rubbish that was flying around on the summit,” he says.

“So while my clients were eating, I collected two or three kilos of rubbish, debris. That took a couple of minutes.

“I made a bit of noise on Facebook and it developed from there over a couple of weeks.”

Richard said, “We’ve set Saturday 12 October as the date and it would be good if others would get involved and help us out to clear as much rubbish as possible. We also want to spread the message to as many people as possible who in turn can spread the message that it’s just not acceptable to drop litter or leave rubbish.”

The main aim being to raise awareness of the work already undertaken by local charities and volunteer groups who frequently have clean up events, perhaps more importantly educate the many numbers of visitors that can then have a positive impact on littering, especially over the busy summer months with many thousands of charity fund raisers and holidaying walkers.

The peaks have been chosen as the ‘honey pot’ areas but there will also be other clear up events across many National Parks. Anyone wishing to lend a hand can get in touch at for the Scottish leg of the project. English and Welsh emails and

If anyone has photos of the clean up could I use them on my blog.

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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