Walking Challenges

In my view one of the greatest satisfaction in walking is to have a real goal, a challenge that really pushes you beyond the norm. This may well be a difficult walk but over time thoughts often turn to something grander.

The challenges that I have listed are ones that I have been involved in so I therefore have a better knowledge and understanding of. I have (where appropriate) included some uncut personal experiences which are much for my own benefit and memories but will also hopefully bring a real feel to what each challenge is about.

The Dales 30

The ‘Dales 30’ are the mountains in the Yorkshire and Cumbrian Dales (defined by the new National Park Boundary) which are over 2,000 foot high with a drop of a minimum of 30 metres (98.4 ft) in each direction. They are defined as Hewitts in the Official classification of Mountains. As well as a good challenge they also provide an excellent reason to visit many of the popular, and...

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The Top 500 Summits in Britain & Ireland

“The highest 500 mountains in Britain and Ireland with a 500 foot drop on all sides. A challenge of a lifetime” Barry has spent a lifetime climbing the mountains of Britain and Ireland. Not satisfied with climbing the Munros he moved on to climb the Corbetts and the other high mountains of England, Wales and Ireland. It made complete sense to combine these in to a single list with...

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The Langdale 10

“Set in the rugged but beautiful Langdale Valley this tough day walk includes 10 of the best Wainwrights”  15 miles 1,700 ms (5,400 ft) The circuit of the Langdale Valley is a challenging one day walk. It is comparable to the Yorkshire 3 Peaks in height gained (a little more) and although shorter, the nature of the terrain and the rough nature of the paths makes this a similar...

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The Wainwrights

“Wainwright is the best and most famous guide book writer in our history and his name has been used to offer a challenge to climb all the mountains in his books” 214 fells in the Lake District Alfred Wainwright wrote the best walking guides that have ever been released in this country. In broad terms they detail a variety of routes up individual peaks in the Lake District. There are...

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The Munros

“The Munros (and Tops) may be the most famous mountain challenge in Britain. To complete the Munros will take many years, in many cases a lifetime of dedication” 282 mountains and 227 subsidiary tops The Munros are generally recognized by the classification set out by Sir Hugh Munro which detailed over 500 separate hills in Scotland over 3,000 foot high. He separated his list in to...

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Mountain Leadership

“A Mountain Leader (ML) is a qualification for an individual to prove he/she has excellent mountain and leadership skills in the British mountains and is assessed over a 5 day period” Mountain Leader Training England (MLTE) manages and administers a series of qualifications that are generally recognized as the benchmark for competency within the walking/guiding environment. Although...

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Bob Graham Round

In 1932 Bob Graham, a hotelier in Keswick, completed a round of 42 Lake District peaks in 24 hours on his 42nd birthday and unwittingly started one of the great fell endurance challenges in Britain. The round is at least 66 miles and involves 27,000 feet of ascent, presuming that no route finding errors are made. The best descriptions of the joys and pains of trying to complete the round in 24...

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The Marilyns

“The Marilyns are any hill or mountain in Britain which has a drop of 150 metres (492.4 feet) on all sides. The main attraction of the Marilyns is a visit to one often brings you to places you would never normally go anywhere near. Interesting and surprisingly addictive” Roughly 2,011 in total but it does change! A General Overview Full List of the Hills Useful Links My Personal...

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Yorkshire 3 Peaks

“In my opinion this is the finest one day challenge in England bar none” (24.5 miles, 5,100 ft) Whernside   2,415 ft, (736 ms) Ingleborough  2,372 ft, (723 ms) Pen y Ghent  2,277 ft, (694 ms) This is the Yorkshire 3 Peaks walk as opposed to the National 3 Peaks walk which is a separate challenge that takes in Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike and is to be completed in 24 hours....

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Lyke Wake Walk

A walk across the moors of North Yorkshire and ending at the dramatic cliffs of Ravenscar” (41 miles, 1 day) The Lyke Wake walk is a 40 mile slog across the Yorkshire Moors. Usually taken west to east the route starts just north of the small Yorkshire village of Osmotherley and ends (well for me anyway) at the Raven Hall hotel under the cliffs at Ravenscar. The official challenge is to...

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Lake District 3,000s

“Visiting the highest mountains in England is a really tough challenge in a single day” (44 miles, 1 day) This is NOT the Bob Graham Round but a simplified version which takes in all four of the 3,000 foot peaks (the Munros if you like) of the Lake District and by default England. Whereas the Bob Graham round is a fell race covering 72 miles, 27,000 foot (pretty much the height of...

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Walking Challenges & Events

January   February   March   April The Calderdale Hike. Challenge Event: Saturday in April. A 26 or 37 mile day challenge in West Yorkshire over some rough and barren moorland Full details here The ‘Fellsman’ across the Yorkshire Dales: 23 and 24th. 100kms in 30 hours fromIngleton to Grassington that covers over 10,000 foot of climbing is one of the best challenges...

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