Preparing for the Yorkshire 3 Peaks
If you're thinking of doing the Yorkshire Three Peaks then this guide from Mountain Leader Mark Reid explains how to plan and prepare.
Before your walk, plan and prepare; remember that the Yorkshire Three Peaks is the length of a marathon, and with three mountains thrown in for good measure, so a good level of fitness and stamina is required. Here's what you need to focus on:
Training for the Yorkshire Three Peaks
This means training for several weeks before the walk to improve fitness levels; the more you put in then the more you will enjoy the walk.
You may need to improve your map reading and navigation skills as well. Even though the route is quite clear for most of the way, people still get lost in poor weather, particularly on Ingleborough.
Make sure you are wearing the right clothing and pack your rucksack with the necessary kit. This includes a map and compass, waterproof jacket and trousers, hat and gloves, head-torch and batteries, first aid kit, survival bag, spare fleece and plenty of food and water.
Test your kit
Most importantly, make sure your walking boots fit properly and are comfortable as you will take around 50,000 steps to complete the walk.
Reducing your environmental impact is crucial on such a popular route and the link below shows how to make a difference.
Ways to reduce your impact
Nutrition and hydration
I suggest eating around 5,000 calories and drinking around four litres of water over the course of the walk, tailored to your physiological needs - with regular food and water stops during the day. If you start at Ribblehead, then you can fill up water bottles at Horton, which is two-thirds of the way round.
The Station Inn at Ribblehead is also a great pub for a celebratory pint at the end of your walk, with Ribblehead Viaduct providing a stunning backdrop to your finishers photo!
Do a bit of research about things to see along the way, such as Ribblehead Viaduct, Ingleborough Iron Age hill fort, Sulber limestone pavements and Hunt Pot. Swot up on the names of the mountains: Whernside means the place to get quern stones; Ingleborough is based on ‘ingle’ (a fire) and ‘borough’ (a defended site). Pen y ghent means hill of the winds. Savour the views, and find a quiet spot to take it all in.
Enjoy the challenge, but most importantly enjoy the mountains.
- Mark offers guided Yorkshire Three Peaks walks in small groups, as well as a range of other challenge walks, mountain walks, walking weekends and navigation skills courses.