Skiddaw by Night

The Lake District National Park is renowned for its beautiful hills, valleys and lakes, a wonderful and inspiring natural playground. Skiddaw (931m) is the fourth highest mountain in England. Its iconic pyramid shape is easily recognisable from Keswick, where we start our adventure. Setting off as it gets dark, we tackle the long, gradual climb to its summit cairn. As we descend we’ll see the sun rise over the surrounding peaks, with Derwentwater in the distance – an unforgettable experience. We celebrate our huge achievement with a slap-up breakfast back in Keswick!

Trekkers walking on a mountain during the Skiddaw by Night charity walk
Event Time:09:00 pm
Event Date:29 July 2017
Event Distance:10 Miles

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What is a Walking challenge?

A great relaxing way to raise funds for your favorite charity is by participating in walking challenges in the UK. Walking challenges are fun, fulfilling and enable you to fully enjoy and engage with the route you take. You can find walking events that take you through parks, cities, countryside or even to the top of mountains. Varying in length and difficulty they are a great way to keep fit and healthy whilst raising money for a great cause

Walking in the mountains



Charity Walks

Anyone can take part in charity treks or a sponsored walk or charity trek whatever their level of fitness, this makes them ideal for anyone wanting to take part as a way to raise money for a great cause. There is less rigorous training or preparation needed compared to a run, but you’ll still want to get yourself ready as you need endurance more than anything. Any walks for charity can provide great motivation to keep up your training regime and propel you to the finish line.


Training and Preparation

Walking challenges can vary from a 5k walk or 10k walk up to larger challenges such as walking marathons or even sponsored walks for charity that may span a few days. You will need a good amount of endurance as many challenges incorporate uphill and downhill sections that will tire you out quickly if you are not used to long distance walking. It is critical for you to exercise regularly in order to improve your endurance and begin to build up stronger leg muscles that can withstand hours and hours of use.

Ideally, you should begin training by walking three times a week – use a mix of leg exercises combined with core strengthening techniques to build and improve muscle. And walk, a lot. You can easily incorporate walking in to your lifestyle – a trip to the shop, visiting family or friends etc can all be done of foot rather than taking the car.

You’ll want to try and give yourself some routes that you can practice on and try to extend the length of these walks. Start off with just a few miles and slowly try to build up to longer distances.

Mix it up

Once you’ve got accustomed to walking longer distances, you can then start to take your activity on to different types of surfaces. These should ideally include grass, hill and pavement, and in different weather conditions.

Your training program should never be all work and no play – you can reward yourself with treats or goals at the end of walks. Instead of taking the car to the movies, walk instead and use that as your motivation.



Food for thought

People mostly worry about what to eat or drink during training and at the walking event. There are no hard and fast rules to this – jut make sure to drink lots of water or sports drinks to keep yourself hydrated and energised. You need to have a healthy daily intake of proteins and carbs to maintain your energy levels and ensure you don’t burn out. During the walk you can eat carbs and energy containing foods to keep you going to fight the fatigue.


Get the right Gear

Apart from nutrition, invest in some good clothing and walking shoes or boots. Although walking boots or shoes can be a bit costly, they are durable and won’t give you blisters. Similarly, you want to buy high-quality socks that won’t rub your feet too much and allow your feet to breath. Also it’s worth having a second pair spare just in case they get wet during the walk.

A majority of walkers prefer to wear lightweight trousers and a sports top for the main event. Whilst not essential, like socks, they will allow your skin to breath and keep sweat away whilst keeping you warm. Furthermore, carry a pair of gloves to keep if you will be walking in cold areas.

You may also consider carrying a small emergency kit with things such as plasters or creams should you get stung by the wildlife. There are also a variety of gadgets you can take with you too. If you are walking an unfamiliar route then a mapping or GPS system will come in very handy in case you get lost. If the route will be over a few days, then a battery pack for your mobile phone will help in case of emergencies.

Taking part in a challenging walk can be exhilarating and rewarding, but don’t forget to take adequate rest during the training period. Do not push yourself beyond your limit and most of all, enjoy the experience!


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The itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Keswick

We’ll meet in the evening in Keswick in the heart of the Lake District, and get ready for our trek. We’ll have a carb-loading dinner and a full briefing, and once the sun has set we set off on our exciting night challenge! We walk along fairly flat footpaths – enjoy it while it lasts! – which soon start to head uphill as we cross fields, following the Cumbria Way towards Lattrigg. As we come to the foot of the mountain we cross a beck and ascend steadily. We may still be able to see Keswick and Derwentwater below us, as well as silhouettes of the surrounding hills. As it gets darker we’ll get out our head-torches – very atmospheric! The path is well-maintained and wide, and the gradient relatively steady almost all the way, though it’s a long haul. Passing the lesser summit of Little Man (865m), we continue on to Skiddaw itself. At the top, we enjoy the silence of the mountain in the middle of the night, while below us lies a sleeping Lake District. We have gained over 800m in height since we set off – a real achievement!

Day 2: Descend and depart

After time to enjoy the summit experience – though you may not want to linger long if it’s cold – we descend the same way initially, then take a different route which brings us more steeply and quickly down to Millbeck; it’s then flatter as we walk back to Keswick. On the way down we’ll enjoy wonderful sunrise views over the Lake District, with Derwentwater before us. The descent will be less tiring, but can be hard on the knees. We return to Keswick for a big celebration breakfast! After saying our farewells to our fellow trekkers, we head home, tired but very elated!

Trek approx 6-8 hours

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