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Challenge No.2 The Yorkshire 3 Peaks

Great Britain offers many opportunities for discovering the outdoors, from gentle strolls to big challenges. Here’s one of the big ones. You could plan to tackle the Yorkshire 3 Peaks yourself, or simply lose yourself in the experiences of others who’ve planned and completed the climbs and descents, following them step by step from your own armchair.

On the way to Whernside from Ribblehead

Key to success in completing the Challenge Routes in good time is planning, down to the finest details. It’s fascinating to find out how it’s done.

Ingelborough; the half-way point

A good large scale map, rip-proof and waterproof is an essential tool. Find out about the most helpful ‘how to’ guide and the best map for the job here.

Heading towards Whernside

 

Pen y Ghent in the early morning

 

Our last peak – Pen y Ghent crags

Are You Up For A Challenge?

Challenge No.1 The National 3 Peaks

With the Christmas/New Year break coming up for many, why not plan to complete the National 3 Peaks Challenge. If that’s a bit too energetic, experience these iconic ascents and descents from your armchair. Here’s a few images to tempt you.

Snowdon – the highest peak in Wales.
Starting the last leg of the descent from Ben Nevis.

Find out how to plan your own Challenge. Get the best ‘how to’ advice from those who have completed it. Get the best, detailed up-to-date maps to keep you on track.

Standing stone at the junction of the Pyg and Miners’ Tracks

Brecon Beacons – a jewel in Britain’s crown

Today it was announced that the British Government is “looking afresh” at our National Parks which could lead to new additions to the 15 currently designated (the official website is HERE).

In the meantime, I wonder how many of our existing National Parks you’ve visited, and which is your favourite. One of the finest of the existing National Parks (in this author’s opinion) is Brecon Beacons.

Brecon Beacons - on Pen Allt-mawr

Brecon Beacons – on Pen Allt-mawr

Brecon Beacons Sgwd yr Eira

Brecon Beacons; Sgwd yr Eira

It’s a beautiful and rewarding place to walk, where high peaks hide glacial lakes in ancient moorland, while man-made reservoirs and canals blend with their natural surroundings, and waterfalls cascade down secret gorges and canals.

Brecon Beacons - Llangattock (Walk 21)

Brecon Beacons – Llangattock

 

Castles, churches and monasteries bear witness to the rich history and heritage that can be experienced while walking in this unique area of natural beauty.

Brecon Beacons - on Walk 11

Brecon Beacons – views in all directions

 

Find out more about the walks in the Brecon Beacons HERE.

 

 

Post-Christmas Walks – Marvellous Malverns

After all the turkey, pud, mince pies and drinks, wouldn’t it feel good to get out in the fresh air and get moving?

Walk 17, The Worcestershire Beacon

If you’re in reach of the Malvern Hills you’re spoilt for walking choices. How about climbing the Worcestershire Beacon? It only takes an hour and a half, ending at a café at St. Ann’s Well. It’s a circular walk so you end up back at your transport.

 

 

 

Walk 21, Eastnor Park

Or perhaps a delightful, gentle stroll that skirts Midsummer Hill then climbs to the landmark obelisk in Eastnor Park before descending to Eastnor village?

Field and woodland paths drop us close to Ledbury and a charming back route through the town to The Market House.

It’s a 2 hour linear walk with taxis available at the end if needed; just the right length to get moving again post-Christmas.

If you want to know more take a look here.

Warm Weather Walker – or Intrepid Snow-Hopper?

Blackstone Ridge, England’s South Pennines

On flicking through outdoor activity magazines, you’ll see plenty of photographs of fit-looking intrepid types posing on rugged, windswept mountain peaks wearing plenty of layers. Is this you? Do you wish you were here? Or do you long to get away to kinder climates?

Do you fit fairly neatly into one of the following groups?

THE INTREPIDS, striding through winter landscapes, dealing with biting winds and snow-capped hills in full weather-defying gear, and feeling invigorated as you finally reach a cosy country pub for a well-earned lunch.

 

How about England’s rugged and beautiful South Pennines? They’ve had quite a bit of a snow-dusting already this winter, although this pic taken on Corn Du was taken in summer.

 

Tenerife, walking above the west coast

WARM WEATHER WALKERS, escaping to warmer climes when winter bites at home, exploring in t-shirt, shorts, sunhat and sun-cream under a blue sky, sweating as they gain the heights, then

relaxing on a beach as the sun goes down.

There’s a whole lot of destinations within a 4-6 hour flight from northern Europe; Tenerife is ideal for pretty reliable gentle temperatures with several sunny hours per day.

For lots of walking destination ideas and inspiration, take a look HERE.

Of course, you might well have a boot in each camp so to speak, getting the best of all walking worlds. It would be great to know your opinions.

Discovery Walking Guides ENews

Madeira

Breathtaking views on the island of Madeira.

Take a look at our latest ENews featuring Ibiza, Formentera, Corfu, Madeira and Dartmoor.

Dartmeet stepping stones

Dartmeet stepping stones

Click here to see the Enewsletter.

Dartmoor – discover the magic

Devonport Leat

Devonport Leat

Dartmoor – a place of history, myths and legends.

W22 Blackingstone Rock (enhanced)

Blackingstone Rock (Walk 22)

The best way to experience its wild and wonderful moors and ancient stone villages is on foot.

Dartmoor residents and author-researchers Kate & Alan Hobbs know the moors well and are your step-by-step guides through forty wonderful walks, strolls and adventures. They know the best places to call in for a pub lunch along the route too!

 

Detailed walk descriptions, Ordnance Survey mapping and waypoints at decisions points, along with frequent timings, ensure you’ll find your way.

 

Dartmoor ponies

Dartmoor Ponies

 

Each walk is illustrated with photos taken along the route. Walks are graded for difficulty, distance, time required, ascents and descents and refreshments.

 

Walk Dartmoor FRONT COVER JPEG

 

Walk! Dartmoor (2nd edition) arrives on the planet 18 January 2016.

For more details look HERE.

W36 Wp12 (enhanced)

Dartmeet Stepping Stones (Walk 36)

 

Dartmoor News – New research shows Sittaford Tor as Old as Stonehenge

Walk! Dartmoor coverDid you see this interesting article in the Telegraph yesterday, 16 May 2015?

http://tiny.cc/4nsayx

Dartmoor has a long and fascinating history; this new research suggests that some areas have an even longer history than was previously understood. See for yourself – take the walk.

The weather is perfect now for exploring British walking. If you want to take a look at the ancient stone circle of Sittaford Tor then follow Walk 9 in Walk! Dartmoor. The walk is a pleasant three and a half hour circular route which includes plenty of interest including the Tor.

For more information see:-

http://www.dwgwalking.co.uk/dartmoor.htm

Read Discovery Walking Guides’ latest ENewsletter

Check out Discovery Walking Guides’ latest ENewsletter.

It’s packed with plenty of ideas for escaping winter to wonderful warm walking destinations, plus features on the Isle of Wight and Fuerteventura.

See it all http://ymlp.com/zK1jmu

Isle Of Wight Adventure Package – now released

IOW Adventure Package Cover

GPS users take note; our latest edition Walk! The Isle of Wight walks have been transformed into pdf route cards and re-packaged with ‘OSlike’ digital mapping for the Isle of Wight and gpx waypoints.

This is a great time to explore the Isle Of Wight; school holidays are almost over and there’s always the chance of some late summer sunshine.

 

Isle of Wight Adventure Package:-

Isle of Wight ‘OSlike’ Custom Map

gpx waypoints,

pdf ebook of 41 A4 pages

– all delivered as a ZIP file download for £11.99

See all the details here:-

http://www.dwgwalking.co.uk/isleofwightGarmin.htm

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