The trek as much as the lofty summit of Ben Nevis in Scotland has been revealed because the UK’s favourite climbing trail.
That is in keeping with latest data from Strava, the sports-themed social platform, which revealed that the three.15-kilometre (1.9-mile) route from the town of Fort William up the 4,413ft (1,345m) peak, which is the best mountain in Britain, is the ‘most walked’ UK trail.
Evaluation from Strava reveals that the two.41km- (1.5mile) long Llanberis path to the top of Snowdon, generally known as Wales’ highest mountain at 3,560ft (1,085m), is the nation’s second-most popular route. It’s followed by the 1.01km (0.6-mile) trail up Pen-y-ghent, a 2,277ft- (694m) high fell within the Yorkshire Dales, in third place.
The climb as much as Scotland’s Ben Nevis (pictured) has been revealed as Britain’s favourite climbing trail, in keeping with latest data from Strava
One other trail within the Yorkshire Dales snaps up fourth place – the 6.74km- (4.18-mile) long climb from Ribblehead up the 2,414ft- (736m) high Whernside mountain.
Fifth place, meanwhile, goes to the three.04km (1.8-mile) trail up Pen y Fan, the best peak in South Wales at 2,906ft (886m) above sea level.
Finally, sixth place is snapped up by the 1.69km (1.05-mile) path to Nineteenth-century Belfast Castle, which lies on the slopes of Belfast’s Cavehill Country Park.
The Llanberis path to Mount Snowdon, pictured, has been named the second-most popular route for hikers
Strava, utilized in 195 countries worldwide and by 100million people, is capable of produce these statistics because users can discover A to B ‘segments’ and make them publicly available (sometimes with comedy names). Then, when one other user with the Strava app energetic passes through that segment – whether consciously or not – that journey, complete with speed and time, is registered.
Strava then ranks each user by time and speed.
Strava says that users share their favourite climbing routes with other users in order that they can ‘discover and explore latest adventures in a number of the UK’s most scenic spots’ and divulges that the preferred day for climbing this summer was Thursday, June 2 – the primary day of the Platinum Jubilee weekend.
The platform notes that probably the most energetic day for climbing, running and walking combined was Tuesday, June 21, which coincided with strike motion across the UK’s train and Tube networks.
The trail as much as Pen-y-ghent (above), a 2,277ft- (694 m) high fell within the Yorkshire Dales, ranks in third place by way of popularity
The ascent up the two,414ft- (736m) high Whernside mountain (pictured) within the Yorkshire Dales lands in fourth place
The trail up Pen y Fan, the best peak in South Wales (pictured), has been revealed because the fifth-most popular in Britain
THE MOST POPULAR UK HIKING ROUTES
1. Trek as much as Ben Nevis, Scotland
2. Trek up Snowdon, Wales
3. Route up Pen-y-ghent, Yorkshire Dales
4. Trail from Ribblehead to Whernside, Yorkshire
5. Mountain climbing trail up Pen y Fan, Wales
6. Path to Belfast Castle, Northern Ireland
Because the pandemic, the number of world Strava users uploading details about their climbing routes has tripled, the platform reveals.
And it says trail sports akin to mountain biking, climbing and trail-running are growing twice as quickly as sports on pavement, akin to road cycling.
Responding to this surge in trail sports activity, Strava recently launched a latest feature, ‘Trail Routes’, which highlights the preferred trail networks and begin points all over the world, with users capable of access 3D maps. It also notifies users of the recognition of a selected route based on the month and time of day.
Commenting on the information, Michael Horvath, CEO and Co-Founding father of Strava, says: ‘The growing popularity of climbing across Europe is a trend we’re seeing reflected globally as lots of us proceed to prioritise access to the outside following the pandemic.
‘That’s why we launched our Trail Routes functionality over the summer to empower our global community of over 100million athletes to explore the outside more confidently.
‘This summer, we have now seen more people than ever before hitting their local trails in addition to having fun with iconic climbing routes further afield.
‘We’re proud to see our community share their joy of exploration and help encourage one another to get outdoors and tell their stories on Strava.’
For more information on climbing routes visit www.strava.com.