Quiz: How well do you know the UK’s mountains?

Ullswater from Arnison CragWe all know that the UK is a fantastic place to go walking, but if you want the best view, you need to head up a mountain. Luckily, the UK is home to hundreds of mountains, so you really are spoilt for choice. It would take you some considerable time to explore them all.

How good is your knowledge of UK mountains though? Let’s put it to the test. Close Google and put your smartphone to one side, and answer the ten questions below. Let us know how well you did in the comments!

1. An easy one to start… What is the highest mountain in England?

  • Ill Crag
  • Scafell Pike
  • Helvellyn
  • Skiddaw

2. The Cairngorms National Park is home to some of the UK’s highest mountains, but how many actually lie here?

  • Three
  • Four
  • Five
  • Six

3. When is International Mountain Day?

  • June 3
  • September 20
  • November 6
  • December 11

4. Snowdon is Wales’ highest mountain, but just how high is it?

  • 3560ft
  • 3600ft
  • 3760ft
  • 3800ft

Ben Nevis from Corpach, Lochaber, Scotland5. When was the first recorded ascent up Ben Nevis?

  • 1654
  • 1695
  • 1738
  • 1771

6. According to a 2014 survey by hillwalking magazine Trail, which peak is Britain’s favourite?

  • Helvellyn
  • Tryfan
  • Snowdon
  • An Teallach

7. How much of Scotland’s landmass could be termed as hills or mountains?

  • Almost 40 per cent
  • Almost 50 per cent
  • Almost 60 per cent
  • Almost 70 per cent

8. The Scottish sport of ‘Munro bagging’ involves climbing peaks in Scotland over what height?

  • 1,000ft
  • 2,000ft
  • 3,000ft
  • 4,000ft

9. The Sperrin Mountains are located where?

  • Northern Ireland
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • England

10. Which mountain range is described as ‘the backbone of England’?

    • Brecon Beacons
    • Cambrian Mountains
    • Mourne Mountains
    • The Pennines

Post your answers in the comments and check our comment to see if you get them all right. Good luck!

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9 Responses

  1. Lester

    1- Scafell Pike
    2 – 5
    3 – December 11
    4 – 3560ft
    5 – 1695? guess
    6 – Tryfan
    7 – 50%? guess
    8 – 3000 ft
    9 – Northern Ireland
    10 – The Pennines

  2. Peter Evans

    Q1: Scafell Pike
    Q2: Four
    Q3: Sept 20
    Q4: 3,560
    Q5: 1771
    Q6: Helvellyn
    Q7: Almost 40%
    Q8: 3,000ft
    Q9: Northern Ireland
    Q10: The Pennines

  3. Tom

    Thanks for your entries! If you don’t want to know the answers, look away now!

    Q1: 3,209ft – At 3,209ft, Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England. If you fancy braving the hike, or simply want to see it up close, Scafell Pike can be found in the Lake District.

    Q2: Five – This National Park is well worth a visit if you want a challenge, as there are a total of 55 summits over 900 metres here!

    Q3: December 11 – International Mountain Day was created by the United Nations (UN) to raise awareness of how important mountains are, and the impacts they have on our lives. Each year has a particular theme – 2014’s was ‘Mountain Farming’.

    Q4: 3560ft – It’s some feat to climb Snowdon all the way to the top, but don’t fear if you can’t stomach a walk that gruelling, there’s a mountain railway that will take you up instead.

    Q5: 1771 – A botanist called James Robertson was the first person ever recorded to climb Ben Nevis to the very top. Now, more than 100,000 people climb it every year!

    Q6: Tryfan – Tryfan might not be particularly big or famous, but it is apparently Britain’s favourite peak. Its neighbour, Snowdon, came third despite being 167 metres taller! Helvellyn in the Lake District placed second.

    Q7: Almost 60 per cent – If you love mountains and hills, Scotland is certainly the place to go. Not only is it home to Ben Nevis, it is also boasts some of the most remote mountain areas.

    Q8: 3,000ft – If you want to take part in this challenge, be prepared. There are 284 ‘Munros’ to ascend in total. Hugh T Munro, the Scottish baronet, was the first to compile the list of mountains, hence why they are named after him.

    Q9: Northern Ireland – Spanning 40 miles, the Sperrin Mountains are NI’s largest and least explored mountain range. The highest summit is Sawel Mountain, which stands at 2,224ft.

    Q10: The Pennines – So called because of its spine-like shape, The Pennines can be explored best by walking The Pennine Way, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

  4. Bruce Sloan


    Please get your facts right. There are 282 Munros !

    Apart from that fact that Scottish people are vastly out numbered by the English/Welsh voters, I bet most people that voted for Tryfan have never been to Scotland!

    Snowdon is just a nice gentle wee walk.

    Come to Scotland and see some real mountains.

  5. Shelagh

    1. Scafell Pike
    2. guess 3
    3. Not a clue June 3rd
    4. 3,600 sounds good
    5. 1654 – history not a strong point
    6. Helvellyn. Via Striding Edge of course.
    7. Almost 70% – well that’s what it felt like on the Southern Upland Way
    8. 3,000′ will be plenty, thank-you
    9. Northern Ireland – it’s leprechaun-speak
    10. The Pennines – or so they told me on the Pennine Way

  6. Barry Van Asten

    1. Scafell Pike
    2. 3
    3. 6 Nov
    4. 3,600
    5. 1771
    6. Helvellyn
    7. 50%
    8. 1000 Ft
    9. Northern Ireland
    10. Pennines

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