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Pennine Way Challenge
Tackle the start of the UK's most famous walking challenge; the Pennine Way. We shall take in one long day of trekking along the start of this wonderful trail, exploring the High Peak District. Be ready for a challenge and also be ready for a beautiful walk through breathtaking scenery. We shall climb up from Edale, across the high Kinder Plateau, and then back once again in a circular route, exploring the best of this stunning area.
Our route will involve a distance of approximately 18 miles, starting early in the morning and cramming in a full day of entertainment. We shall trek from the tiny village of Edale, the traditional starting point for the Pennine Way, and we shall then climb up on to the high plateau of Kinder Scout, crossing via spectacular Kinder Downfall, and then on along the traditional Pennine Way Route descending down to the Snake Pass, and Ashop Clough. Here you will have time to catch your breath before climbing back up once again on to the Kinder plateau once again to explore some more of the bizarre rock formations. We shall visit peculiarities such as Ringing Roger, Madwoman's Stones, and Nether Tor, each of them stranger and more peculiar than the next! Finally we shall descend down off the plateau and back into the comfort of Edale, where we shall be able to relax and enjoy a well deserved drink in the Old Nags Head!
19:00 Latest meet time in Edale, settle in to accommodation, go out to dinner, and evening briefing from leader.
22:00 Kit check
07:00 Awake, and breakfast, final packing of kit
08:30 Start trek from Edale
18:30 Expected end of trek returning once again to Edale
20:00 Evening meal in local pub
09:30 Optional walk from Edale - up to Mam Tor, and along the ridge Early afternoon departure
You will stay for two nights in good quality simple bunkhouse style accommodation. Note that accommodation is mixed.
What is a Level 3.0 Trekking Challenge Like?
These challenges are either longer, higher, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 9 hours trekking. In the case of a multi day trek, you can expect a lower daily duration, but of course the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be keen on physical exercise for these events, and to enjoy taking exercise, and do it regularly. Longer duration long haul treks are likely to be easier in terms of the physical walking, however you will need to be more resilient, due to simple living conditions. UK single day or weekend level 3 treks are suited to walkers and trekkers with some previous history of upland walking or alternatively a good amount of lowland training behind them.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.0 ‘Trek’?
You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing very long walks in the countryside; 7 hours plus . You should be doing regular exercise, possibly with some running. Your running speed will be fairly steady; nothing too fast, and you should be able to run a minimum of 4 miles. If you do not run, you should be concentrating on other types of exercise but for longer periods of time (i.e. sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs). These other forms of exercise should be at a moderate to high level. e.g. spinning, circuits, swimming, or other sports.
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Included In Trip
- Two nights clean, comfortable bunkhouse accommodation with breakfast
- First aid trained and Mountain Training UK qualfied walking leader/s
- Specialist safety equipment carried by leaders
- Pre trip planning and support
Excluded From Trip
- Lunches and evening meals
- Transfers to/from start/finish of challenge
Suncream, blister repair kit, plasters, vaseline, painkillers, sunbloc
Pack towel (lifesystems recommended), soap (small bar)
shampoo (not a full size bottle!), toothbrush, toothpaste (small size)
Hill walking items
Sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner - please check whether you require a sleeping bag
Day sack (25-35 litre)
Rucksack liner(s) / plastic liner(s)
Bladder system (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking poles (highly recommended)
Sun hat (wide brimmed), neck scarf
Lunches - you may wish to pre-pack lunches, but please check this with us
Snack foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.
Lightweight fleece, medium weight Fleece
Lightweight gloves, heavy gloves (mitten type recommended)
Fleece hat, balaclava
Long cotton trekking trousers, 1 pair tracksuit bottoms
Comfortable trekking shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Gaiters (appropriate to moor wilderness / moorland treks - please ask!)
Walking socks, liner Socks, underwear
1 change of casual evening wear
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent) & Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Toilet roll / pack of travel tissues, spare lace, camera, film / memory card / spare battery
Wallet, credit cards, cash, sunglasses, spare comfortable shoes, penknife
Mobile phone (packed in a plastic bag deep inside your day pack!), emergency rations (energy foods - for the tough days on trek), head torch with spare batteries and bulb
It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our mountain challengers.
By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions. If you do not follow their instructions, and principally stay in visual contact with your leader, the leader cannot be responsible for keeping you safe.
Be prepared for the full spectrum of weathers - in summer we could still have either summery hot weather (although it could still be cool on the tops even in 'fine' weather). We should be prepared for both cold, wet, and hot conditions! So pack sun protection, rain gear, and warm clothes!
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