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Dominating the skyline of the western Yorkshire Dales Park, these 3 distinctively shaped fells tower over the surrounding moors and countryside of Settle, Clapham and Ingleton.
From Horton, the clock starts ticking….
Walking as one team we will attempt to conquer the peaks of Whernside (736m), Ingleborough (723m) and Pen-y-Ghent (694m); covering 39km; climbing over 1700m. With just 12 hours to return to Horton and stamp our cards in the famous Pen-y-Ghent Café to successfully complete the challenge and enter the ‘Three Peaks of Yorkshire Club’.
06:00 Meet in Horton
07:00 START Challenge (Anti-clockwise)
08:00 Summit Pen-y-Ghent
11:00 Refreshments at Ribblehead
14:00 Summit Whernside
15:00 Philpin Farm refreshments
16:30 Summit Ingleborough
18:30 Expected end of challenge
10:30 Meet for a bonus stroll around the Ingleton Waterfall Trail.
(Entry to the falls is £7, children £3).
Walkers are expected to bring all of the food they need for the walk.
As with kit, make sure you have tried and tested anything you eat during the walks, as you do not know how your body might react.
You are going to be walking for 12 hours. You will consume body fat reserves, expel water and salts that need replacing to prevent muscle cramps, dehydration and fatigue. Hydration is the most important aspect of nutrition. It is essential to take on water in regular, small amounts throughout the walk. It is easy to underestimate how much you need and suffer dehydration, particularly in hot weather. Each walker should carry a minimum of 3 litres of fluid; water and sugary drinks. It is important to bring plenty of high energy food and snacks as well as something substantial like a sandwich for lunch. You need to provide your own food and water for the duration of the Challenge. We expect to have several refreshment stops on the route, but best to prepare for the unexpected!
All sorts of people walk the 3 Peaks, but it is a serious event, so do not take it lightly! There is no doubt that the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the challenge.
We all start from a different fitness level, but as a rough guide during the build up, walkers should be looking to do at least 3 months of vigorous exercise (fast walking/jogging), 2 or 3 times a week, building up gradually to 90 minute sessions.
In addition, a longer walk once a week, starting gently, but building up to 15miles+ of hilly terrain. Include some jogging/running if possible, to push your cardiovascular fitness and make walking uphill easier.
It can be really motivating to draw up a training plan and tick off sessions as you achieve them. Log progress with an app like Strava to inspire and make you accountable to others.
Try to vary routes as much as possible to prevent boredom. Experience of real mountain conditions is highly recommended; you cannot replicate the difficulty of the steep terrain and weather conditions you can encounter in the mountains.
However, do not over train, especially in the early days. Aching muscles are in the process of developing, so need recovery time to repair and become stronger, allowing you to push harder and further next time.