Countryside, Guided Walks, Local Interest, Skills for Walking

Three Peaks Challenge – what happens if you have to drop out and there is no back up.

Penyghent at Dawn

I originally published this blog last September but now that the 2016 Three Peaks season is well on its way I thought it was worth republishing and updating any links

If you are planning to do the Yorkshire Three Peaks then there are lots of things you need to consider. The “What happens if I cannot complete the walk” is well worth thinking about too, even if you are going on an organised event.

Whenever you go for a walk whether short or long you should consider the “what ifs” and have an escape route or plan. On the best Three Peaks walks you will have someone in a vehicle acting as support. They can carry spare water and snacks as well as pick up anyone who has maybe injured themselves or who knows they cannot complete the walk. There are two or three places where the support vehicle can meet you to check everyone is ok. It can be a thankless and boring job but the walkers will get a real boost seeing them between the peaks and knowing they have backup if needed.

Some organised walks tell you to carry a mobile phone and have some money on 20140614_120457you for a taxi or the train in case you are not keeping up or want to drop out. You maybe doing the walk with a few friends and not have anyone to provide a back up for you. A point to remember is that mobiles do not work at the road heads of Birkwith, Ribblehead and Chapel-le-Dale and the only public phone box is at the Station Inn at Ribblehead. There are taxis around here but they can be very busy, at peak times particularly, so you will need some money for a pint or two while you wait for one. The Hill Inn between Whernside and Ingleborough is available for drinks while you wait too.  Make sure you have the taxi numbers with you so you can call where you have a signal though. There are some trains at Ribblehead on the famous Settle Carlisle Railway so you can check the timetable.  There are also some buses but they are not that regular especially out of season but the Dales Bus has information. Dales Bus. Make sure you have this information with you before you set off.

Map and CompassWe are seeing more and more people walking along the roads, especially coming back down to Horton-in-Ribblesdale from Ribblehead. Perhaps they do not have any money or would rather not pay. Walking on the road is very hard on your feet and legs and is just under 5 1/2 miles long.  It has no verge to walk on most of the way, is quite narrow and winding and has numerous blind bends and summits. It is well used by tourist and local cars and cycles but it is also well know for being a popular motorbike route and has more than its fair share of riders who think they will live forever despite riding too fast and overtaking when they cannot see. Unfortunately we have also had more than our share of serious injuries and deaths too which is very sad. All in all this road is potentially very dangerous for walkers and is not the best route back to Horton-in-Ribblesdale either.

The Alternative – The easiest on your tired legs and feet is to follow the Three Peaks walk to High Birkwith and then take the Ribble Way to Sell Gill to join the Pennine Way down to Horton. At just under 6 1/4 miles it is a bit longer but far more pleasant and much, much safer.  Another idea is to follow the much less busy road down to the village from High Birkwith and this route is just over 6 miles but again much safer.

If you plan for the possibility of having to drop out of the walk and the unlikely happens then it does not mean that the day is totally spoilt by you having to work out what to do in a place with no signal and when you have no money or planned options.

Enjoy your walking. If you need a to develop your navigation skills, a guide or safety  cover for any walk, including the Three Peaks, please get in touch Contact Us

Caving for Groups, Local Interest

Our Latest Newsletter is out.

Caving tripsWe have just sent out our latest newsletter with information about our new web site,. There is news about the Overground Underground Ingleborough Dales Festival where we are offering discounts, The Dales Discoveries Treasure Hunt which we are helping to sponsor and have given a prize to and the new Settle-Carlisle web site which we are on too .  Have a look and if you would like to receive a newsletter of your own you can sign up here. We do not send out many and you can opt out at anytime. Don’t forget we have caving this Monday (25th May) too.

Caving Courses, Countryside, Local Interest, Open Events, Skills for Walking, Special Events

Overground Underground – The Festival of the Ingleborough Dales

 Happy Young CaversFor the 5th year we are involved in this brilliant festival which is a “weekend of diverse activities that will bring the unique landscape of the Ingleborough Dales to life in inspiring and unexpected ways”.  The Festival runs over the weekend 19th – 21st June. We will be running two opportunities to try caving for anyone eight and over who is reasonably fit and able to bend a bit.  The trips are designed to introduce people to the wonders of the underground dales.  These will be on the Saturday and Sunday starting at 5.00 pm and finishing by 8.00 pm. For more information and to book visit our Eventbrite page or give us a call.

We will also be running a “Developing Your Compass Skills” day on the Saturday which is for people who know the basics of map work but have either never used a compass or are a bit rusty.  On Sunday we will be running an “On Track – Getting Started with Navigation ” day which is designed for people who are real beginners.  Both these days run from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.  They are suitable for anyone 14 and over.  More details on all our activities can be on our web site www.YorkshireDalesGuides.co.uk .   If you visit the festival site at www.ogug.co.uk you might just find a code for some discount and all of our events over this weekend.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

There are lots more events over the weekend of the Festival including Art Exhibitions, Free Airbay Jump Day, Indoor Bouldering Competition, Films, Talks, Archaeology, Running, Wildflower walks, Mountain Rescue Search Dogs Demonstration and Water Zorbing.  A real action packed weekend with something for everyone.

Caving Courses, Holiday Courses, Open Events, Skills for Walking

Special Offers through the Overground Underground Outdoor Festival – Ingleton

Over the Bank Holiday weekend we will be offering discounts to anyone who books one of our events by email or phone and gives us the code displayed against our activities on their web site. www.ogug.co.uk  Booking is essential for these three events.

Saturday 25th May. 10.00 am to 4. oo pm.

Developing Your Compass Skills

Navigation Skills Courses
Navigation skills courses

Understand how to use a map and the basics of navigation but never really used a compass before? This day is for people who want to learn the basics of using a compass to orientate the map, to take and follow bearings from the map and from the ground.

Meeting up at the Penyghent Cafe in Horton-In-Ribblesdale and then walking in the area.  Directions given when place(s) booked.

Special Instructions: Bring a packed lunch with you and walking kit appropriate for the weather on the day.  Map, compass and all safety kit will be supplied.  Any questions, contact us directly

Cost: Normally £60 per person, but £50 if you quote the code

Age: 14+ with a reasonable level of fitness.

 

Sunday 27th May  and Monday 28th May   5.00 pm to 8.00 pm.  Caving

Introduction to Caving with Yorkshire Dales Guides

Cost: £25.00 per person but £20 is quoting the code

Age: 8+with a reasonable level of fitness

Venue: Alum Pot Track, Selside – full details when place(s) booked.

Try caving for real. It is not confined like in an artificial cave and most of the time you will be walking upright.  Explore the beauty of underground Ingleborough with Yorkshire Dales Guides.  Stream ways, waterfalls, small climbs, walking, stooping and crawling is all part of the fun.  Squeezes are optional.  YDG supply caving oversuits, helmets, lamps, belts, wellies, and all safety gear.

Special Instructions: All instructions given on booking.  Any questions please contact us directly.

Mountain & Cave Rescue, Uncategorized

Help the local mountain rescue team for the Three Peaks and your favourite charity

Lots and lots of people visit our area to walk the Yorkshire Three Peaks and often they are raising money for very worthwhile causes and some are just doing it for the personal challenge. Some people just come to enjoy a shorter walk or pursue another outdoor activity in this beautiful place.

Cave Rescue Organisation who are the local mountain and cave rescue team for the area, are on hand 24/7 365 days of the year to help anyone, walker, caver, climber, mountain biker or even animal in difficulties. We know the name is a bit misleading but reputably being the oldest cave rescue team in the world, as formed in 1935, it is hard to lose the name. The vast majority of our work however is above ground. In the Yorkshire Dales the three teams who cover the area all take part in rescues above and below ground and like all Mountain or Cave Rescue teams are all volunteers who have to raise the money to keep the team operational as well as complete the rescues.

Want a new challenge? How about combining supporting your favourite charity as well as supporting the local MR team who are there as a safety net whenever you go out. On Saturday 11th May 2013 CRO have organised their second Ingleborough Marathon and 12 mile Clapham Circuit. These are off road routes you may well have never done before. You can run them or walk them, its your choice. All they ask for is a minimum registration/donation of £25.00 for the Marathon or just £10.00 for the Clapham Circuit. Everyone who completes their route will get a certificate and medal. The event is marshalled and safety covered by the team members so you have that assurance when you set off.

As members of CRO and also part of the organising group we think you will really enjoy this event. Its different, still challenging and you will have the support of CRO while you help us raise money for the team. It is not too late to join us but you do need to hurry. Why not spend the weekend in the area and our site has some suggestions of local places to stay.

For more information and to enter visit the CRO Challenge site

Skills for Walking

Summit of Fountains Fell

Summit of Fountains Fell

Summit of Fountains Fell last Wednesday. Clear blue skies but misty and murky all day in the valleys. Just shows you why its worth getting up that little bit higher. You can see Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside in the distance with all the cloud in the valley. If we looked southwards we could just see Pendle peeping out too.

Competition, Skills for Walking

New Competition for all Walkers who love the Yorkshire Dales

This is another simple to enter and free competition. We are based in the Three Peaks area of the Yorkshire Dales so the question is about these peaks.

What is the name of this mountain?  The lowest of the Three Peaks and our favourite.

The Prize –  You can chose one from the following events

  • 1 place on a NNAS Bronze/Silver navigation course.
  • 2 places on a Getting Started with Navigation day
  • 2 places on a Developing your Compass Skills day
  • 2 places on a Walking with a GPS day
  •  A guided walk in the area for up to 10 people (excludes a 3 Peaks guided walk)

You can see more details of these prizes on our web site

Enter your answer below or email us to info@yorkshiredalesguides.co.uk

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED – try our new one

The competition is open to anyone but you must be at least 16 to come on the event.  The winner will be chosen from all the correct email entries received by midnight on Sunday 25th September.  The prize can be chosen from our advertised dates for courses or the guided walk will be arranged for a date suitable for the winner, subject to availability, and will need to be claimed by 31st March 2012.  There are no cash alternatives.