Snowdon Trek Weekend
This is the highest mountain in Wales at 1085m. The views from the top of Snowdon itself are spectacular and on a clear day you can see for miles along the coastline. Its Welsh name is Yr Wyddfa, reputedly the burial place of a mythical giant. Our challenging weekend trek takes us not only to Snowdon’s peak, but traverses other mountains and valleys in the National Park, offering a fabulous experience in this wild mountain landscape and a well-earned sense of achievement.
Walking Challenges UK
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
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!
Top Walking Challenges in the UK
We have picked out the best walking challenges taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Walking Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.
Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge
Spend a weekend out in the Yorkshire countryside in September. Scaling 3 peaks in two days this is a difficult but very rewarding event. With some fantastic scenery including the limestone outcrops and unusual rock formations.
Day 1: Glyderau Traverse
Trek approx 11 miles / 18km; 8-10 hrs
We meet at our hostel for a 9am start. There will be a briefing before we set out on our first day’s trek. The main challenge today is a full traverse of the Glyderau, the central of the park’s main mountain massifs. We ascend past Llyn Idwal (textbook example of glaciation) and head up the main ridge of Y Garn. It is a slow and steady ascent but the views from the top are well worth it (if the weather is clear). From here we traverse across to Glyder Fawr before continuing on to Glyder Fach and a photo opportunity on the famous cantilever stone! Leaving the heights of the Glyderau behind us we descend to our night’s accommodation at Pen Y Pass. After freshening up we have a debrief before tucking into a fine feast to restore our bodies for the following day.
An information evening follows, where you can find out more about what to expect on our trips and how best to prepare for them. There will also be the chance to look at some of the clothing and equipment we recommend, and of course have a chance to ask any questions about your specific trip. Packed lunch and dinner included.
Day 2: Snowdon Ascent
Trek approx 6 miles / 10km; 4-6 hrs
Another early start, as we head out for the summit of Snowdon. The first couple of kilometres are on flattish gradients and is a welcome warm-up before we start the long ascent to the top of Snowdon. It will take us around two hours to reach the summit, where we’ll take a well-earned rest and hopefully enjoy the stunning views that can be seen on a clear day. From the summit we head back down to our finishing point at Pen-y-Pass, where we’ll celebrate our achievement before jumping on the waiting bus to transfer us back to our start point. From here we’ll say our goodbyes and head homeward after a fabulous and very rewarding weekend. Breakfast and packed lunch included.