The Unthinkable – Dropping out of the Three Peaks!

Penyghent at DawnIf 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 you 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 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.

Dark Skies Festival 2016

Dark Skies Festival 15th – 21st February 2016

Join us on our Introductory Evening Caving Trip on Monday 15th February and come out to a night sky for the walk back down to the vehicles. No light pollution and with hopefully a clear view of the sky looking up towards Ribblehead and across to Penyghent. Booking essential so email or phone us now to express an interest or book.

Lots of other interesting things going on during the week too.

Dark Skies Festival

This week is great for stargazing in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

This week is great for stargazing in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. There are currently 5 planets visible in the morning sky. On a clear morning, if you go out about 45 minutes before sunrise (about 7am) and look South, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Venus and Mercury are all visible.

If you want to find out more about our fantastic night sky then why not come along to one of the events in our Dark Sky Festival which runs from the 15 to 21 February. http://ow.ly/XDak0

Read more about this on the Yorkshire Dales National Park website below

dark skyes

http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/visit-the-dales/things-to-see-and-do/get-outdoors-dales/stargazing/dark-skies-festival?platform=hootsuite

Developing Your Compass Skills

Understand how to use a map and the basics of navigation but never really used a compass 
before ? – then this is the day for you.
These days are designed for people who want to learn the basics of using a compass.
Using a compass to orientate the map, to take and follow bearings from the map and from the ground and to help you relocate. Planning a walk using these skills and safety on the hills. Meeting up at the
Penyghent Cafe in Horton-in-Ribblesdale and then walking in the area. Bring a packed lunch with you and walking kit appropriate for the weather on the day. Map, compass and all safety kit supplied for the day.

Further information is on our web site and you can see our cancellation and refund policy. We run our courses and events even if only one person books so you can be confident with your plans.

Book your place here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/navigation-developing-your-compass-skills-tickets-17125525909?ref=ecal

OR

If you have questions about Navigation – Developing Your Compass Skills? Contact Yorkshire Dales Guides
Running from:

Pen-y-ghent Cafe
Penyghent View
BD24 0HE Settle
United Kingdom