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If you have to cram moun­tain breaks into stolen week­ends, you still have plenty of time to climb 8848 me­tres. Ded­i­cate a cou­ple of days a month and you’ll be well on your way. Al­to­gether, these six ul­ti­mate moun­tain days will get you to 8848m…

SNOW­DON VIA THE WATKIN

This route has the big­gest height gain of all the ma­jor routes up Snow­don, and is surely one of the finest.

PLAN OS Ex­plorer OL17 and Trail Routes via OS Maps online.

WALK 13.8km (8½ miles) for a loop up the Watkin Path, down the south-east ridge and tak­ing in Y Aran. CLIMB 1379m STAY Red Dragon cot­tages, log cabin, camp­ing pods or bunkroom 300m from the Watkin Path. www.red­drag­onhol­i­days.co.uk

PEN Y FAN

The Bre­con Bea­cons are known for their rolling ter­rain, but you can still gain some se­ri­ous as­cent on the Fans. PLAN OS Ex­plorer OL12. WALK 17km (10½ miles) from the park­ing at SO024248, climb Pen y Fan, Cribyn and fi­nally Fan y Big be­fore loop­ing back down Cefn Cyff. CLIMB 1023m STAY Old Croff­tau con­verted barn at the foot of Allt Ddu – and walk from the back door www.brecon­cot­tages.com

AN ESKDALE BEAUTY

This could be the best of the Scafell Pike loops, en­velop­ing the stun­ning Crin­kle Crags and ma­jes­tic Bowfell from Eskdale. PLAN OS Ex­plorer OL6. WALK 13.5km (8½ miles) from Brother­ilkeld on Hard­knott Pass in a the­atri­cal loop of Lake­land’s best. CLIMB 1683m STAY Na­tional Trust’s back to ba­sics doll's house of a cot­tage, Bird How. www.na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/hol­i­days

PEAK DIS­TRICT CLAS­SIC

Try this peaty epic onto Kin­der Scout and gain a sur­pris­ing amount of as­cent.

PLAN OS Ex­plorer OL1 and Trail Routes via OS Maps online.

WALK 23km (14¼ miles) from Castle­ton, up onto Rushup Edge, onto Brown Knoll and Edale Head, along the edge of Kin­der Scout and down Grinds­brook. CLIMB 817m STAY Ye Olde Nags Head in Castle­ton. www.yeold­e­nagshead.co.uk

THE BEST WAY UP THE BEN

For all the as­cent you can muster in a day, take in the awe­some Carn Mor Dearg ridge for a thrilling ride up onto Ben Ne­vis.

PLAN OS Ex­plorer 392 or Trail’s Route CMD Arête via OS Maps online.

WALK 16.7km (10½ miles) in a cir­cu­lar route up the ex­posed CMD Arête to the sum­mit of Ben Ne­vis. CLIMB 1602m STAY Ben Ne­vis Inn and bunkhouse. www.ben-ne­vis-inn.co.uk

EN­NERDALE SKY­LINE

If you are re­ally up for the chal­lenge, tackle the en­chant­ing En­nerdale sky­line, tak­ing in High Stile, High Crag, Haystacks, Great Gable, Kirk Fell, Pil­lar and Steeple. PLAN OS Ex­plorer OL4. WALK 19km (11¾ miles) loop of the En­nerdale sky­line. If needed, there are a va­ri­ety of ways to shorten the route. CLIMB 2374m STAY at YHA En­nerdale – dorm or bag your own room. ww.yha.org.uk

TO­TAL = 8878m

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