Training for the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge
Q. My husband and I are planning to the yorkshire 3 peaks challenge on 6th June 2009. I am 50 and he is 53, what is the best way to train for this walk?
Judith Barnett, Derby
A. The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge (Walk ny101) is an unofficial 23.5 mile circular route in The Yorkshire Dales National Park that starts and finishes at the Pen-y-ghent Cafe/Tourist Information Centre in Horton in Ribblesdale.
At 23.5 miles it is a very long walk and includes three long ascents so you will need to be pretty fit.
It may seem obvious but the best way to prepare for this arduous challenge is to do lots of walking with particular emphasis on walking long distances with plenty of steep uphill work.
Furthermore, make sure your walking boots are thoroughly worn in and make sure you are carrying our guide to the walk. Study it carefully so you are familiar with it before you go. If you have a hand-held GPS Device, download the GPS waypoints and use them - the psychological benefits of seeing the miles decreasing can be significant.
Oh and don't rely on any other route guide for the Yorkshire Three Peaks - particularly from a book - since it is most likely out of date. The last thing you need when you are trying to complete 24 miles in 12 hours is to get lost! Our guide may cost a few pence but will save you a great deal.
See Walking The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Walk for full details.
Hope this helps