Charlotte Raffo
Written by Charlotte Raffo
Published on 27th March 2020
5 min read
How many steps does it take to reach the summit of the UK's biggest mountains and hills? David Sharp did the math.

After reading about a group of mountaineers who, having cancelled their Everest trip due to Covid-19, were planning to climb the same height on their stairs at home, David Sharp decided to work out just how many steps that would be. 

Taking six steps to equal approximately one meter, here is a selection of the UK's mountains and hills and their equivalent steps.


Ben Nevis. 1344 meters. 8736 steps
Ben Lawers. 1214 meters. 7891 steps
Schehallion. 1083 meters. 7039 steps
Ben Lomond. 974 meters. 6331 steps
Conic hill. 361 meters. 2345 steps
An teallach. 1062 meters. 6903 steps


Scafell Pike. 978 meters. 6357 steps
Helvellyn. 949 meters. 6168 steps
Cross Fell. 893 meters. 5904 steps


Snowdon. 1085 meters. 7052 steps
Carnedd Llewlyn. 1064 meters. 6916 steps
Glyder Fawr. 1001 meters. 6506 meters


Carrauntoohill. 1039 meters. 6753 steps
Lugnaquilla. 952 meters. 6188 steps
Cnoc na Peiste. 988 meters. 6422 steps

"You can add more authenticity by putting on your mountain wear and splashing a bottle of water in your face for weather simulation. Refrain from wearing crampons as carpets and flooring are allergic to them" - David Sharp.

See you at the top!