The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge walk for a novice
Q. I want to do the Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge [walk] this year, 2011. [I] have never done anything like this before. Can I do it any time, weekend that I like? Do you have to make sure a guide is there? I'll be doing it with a friend so just the 2 of us. Do you have to do it in a group? Any useful tips or info would be much appreciated, thanks.
Diane Low, Lincoln
A. See The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Walk which details most things you need to know about walking the The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Walk.
To answer your specific points:
The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Walk is on public rights of way and you can walk it anytime of the year, day or night - though long summer days that are not too hot are best.
Providing you have a suitable map and compass and comprehensive route instructions, you do not need the services of a human guide. You should be aware that The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Walk is an unofficial walk and as a result it is not sign posted on the ground at all and not marked on the relevant OS Maps (Ordnance Survey 1:25000 series Explorer Map OL2 Yorkshire Dales - Southern & Western Area) so you must take a written walk route guide with you. The written guide to The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Walk Route Guide produced by go4awalk.com is the best, most up-to-date one you can get so make sure you download a copy before you go.
You can do the walk solo, with a friend or in a group - it is entirely up to you.
I would add that you must be properly equipped with map, compass, route guide, comfortable walking boots, suitable clothing, food and water, be pretty fit and have lots of energy. The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Walk can be really tough going if you are not used to this kind of walking and hiking. Do some training first and practice using all your equipment otherwise you are really going to struggle. If anyone tells you The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Walk is easy - don't believe them.
For other questions and comments about The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Walk see Questions about The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Walk
Hope this helps and have fun . . .