Yorkshire 3 Peaks Weekend with Discover Adventure
Scale three awe-inspiring peaks in two days among the stunning scenery of the Yorkshire Dales. Shaped by glaciers thousands of years ago, the area is dotted with various geological landmarks, from striking clusters of limestone to unusual rock formations. This event is provided by Discover Adventure. It is located at Horton in Ribblesdale, Settle, North Yorkshire.
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
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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.
3 Peaks Challenge Course
We will see the famous Ribblehead Viaduct enroute, part of the scenic Settle to Carlisle railway line. This event costs £75 to participate in and lasts three days – one day to reach camp and prepare, one day to cover Ingleborough and Whernside, and one day to cover Pen y Ghent and return home. This event is a Level 2 trip, meaning that it will require some long days over tough terrain, with a solid level of fitness, stamina, and determination.
This event is for advanced walkers, as it covers approximately 24 miles over hilly landscapes, involving steep ascents and descents. You will spend three long days trekking over rugged terrain. Day two will entail approximately six to eight hours of walking over twelve miles, while day three we’ll cover six to eight miles, taking between four and five hours. And remember, this isn’t a race! Events are a team effort, their purpose is to help everyone achieve their individual unique fitness goals.
Charity Walk Course Information
Day 1: Arrive at campsite and meet your group. Our campsite is located between two of the three peaks we will be tackling, near Chapel-le-Dale. No walking will take place today; instead, we’ll go through thorough briefing and prepare our kits for the next day’s arduous challenge. After dinner, it’s time for a good night’s sleep.
Day 2: Tackle Ingleborough and Whernside. Make sure you get in a hearty breakfast before we depart! First up is Ingleborough, which rises in layers of limestone, sandstone, and shale. We’ll have to cross through the village of Chapel-le-Dale to begin our ascent. A crooked pathway leads us to the top, from which we can catch views of the Ribblehead Viaduct, an artifact of the 1870s. Then, we can get a closer look at the Viaduct as we catch glimpses of Whernside and its distinguishable whale shape. Getting to Whernside is the steepest section yet, but it’s rewarded with astounding views of Morecambe Bay. A steep descent off the mountain gives way to a fairly short trek home, and a well-deserved meal!
Day 3: We’ll trek down Pennine Way towards the final peak of the trip – Pen-y-Ghent. As we head up steep stone steps and worn-down paths, we’ll see views of the peaks conquered yesterday – Ingleborough and Whernside. Don’t forget to you’re your time at the summit, really taking in the amazing scenery. Heading down, we’ll take a path that loops us back around to Horton, concluding our three-day adventure. Heading back to camp unfortunately means saying goodbye to the friends made over the last couple of days, but we hope to see you again soon!