Three Peaks, Ten Tors

And other challenging walks in the UK

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ISBN
9781852845018
Published
14 Feb 2007
Reprinted
3 Jun 2010
Edition
First
Pages
256
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.9cm
Weight
350g

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A guidebook to the best UK challenge walks. The 15 routes include the 3 peaks (National, Yorkshire & Lancashire), Dartmoor Ten Tors, the Lyke Wake Walk, Across Wales Walk, the Lairig Ghru, the Exmoor Hundred, the Welsh 3000s, Lakes 3000s and the Cairngorm 4000s. With notes on planning, schedules, how to choose the challenge and much more.

Seasons Seasons
Throughout the year. Winter walking in remote areas is only for those with the necessary skills and experience.
Centres Centres
Varied
Difficulty Difficulty
Walks from 25km (15.5 miles) to 80km (50 miles), and from 7 hrs to 34hrs. Some remote and mountainous areas. Good fitness and navigational skills (including night navigation) required.
Must See Must See
The group experience; the shared suffering; the sense of achievement. Crossing the finish line. Planning your next route. Wondering why you are doing it...
Availability
Published
ISBN
9781852845018
Published
14 Feb 2007
Reprinted
3 Jun 2010
Edition
First
Pages
256
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.9cm
Weight
350g
  • Overview

    A look both serious and humorous at what it takes to do a long-distance or challenge walk – the mental toughness, experience, the slight madness – plus notes on planning and undertaking the best such routes.

    Ronald Turnbull, veteran of many a long-distance and challenge walk, intersperses sound advice with wry recollections of his experience of the 3 Peaks Challenge and other such routes throughout the British Isles.

    Suitable for aspiring or novice long-distance walkers, the guidebook provides tips on how to minimise the suffering, to stay safe, to raise money for charity perhaps, and to find a surprising amount of enjoyment along the way. Old hands will enjoy comparing their experiences with the author’s reminiscences of the highs and lows of long-distance routes.

    Includes route outlines and schedules, tips on minimizing the environmental impact of challenge routes and suggestions for new ‘3 peaks’ and other long-distance routes.

    Includes sections on the following routes:

    •  National Three Peaks
    •  Yorkshire Three Peaks
    •  Lancashire Three Peaks
    •  Three Peaks of Somerset
    •  Ten Tors (Dartmoor)
    •  Lyke Wake Walk
    •  Derwent Watershed
    •  Across Wales Walk
    •  Lairig Ghru
    •  Fifty from your Front Door (do-it-yourself)
    •  Welsh 3000s
    •  Lakes 3000s
    •  Cumbria’s Old Country Tops
    •  Cairngorm 4000s
    •  Mourne’s Seven Sevens
    •  Tranters’ Walk (Lochaber)

  • Contents
    Key to Route Maps   
    Map: Location of the Walks
       
    Introduction   

    PART I: THE NATIONAL THREE PEAKS CHALLENGE

     

    1 Introducing the Three Big Hills   
        Ben Nevis   
        Scafell Pike   
        Snowdon   

    2 The National Three Peaks Challenge:
    Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon within 24 hours   
        Planning   
        The route: Ben Nevis   
        The route: Scafell Pike   
        The route: Snowdon   
        Variants   

    3 The National Three Peaks Challenge by Public Transport   
        The good, the bad, and the mystery socks   
        Challenges and the imagination   
        The Three Peaks by bus   

    PART II: THREE PEAKS RATHER CLOSER TOGETHER  


    4 The Yorkshire Three Peaks: Pen-y-ghent, Whernside, Ingleborough   
        Route and schedule   
        Adventures of the invisible worm – a winter’s night on the Yorkshire Three Peaks   
        Up Ingleborough underground   

    5 The Lancashire Three Peaks: Longridge Fell, Easington Fell, Pendle   
        Pen-y-ghent – or Pendle?   
        Route and schedule   

    6 Everywhere has Three Peaks in it   
        Peaks in threes   
        The Three Peaks of Somerset: Dunkery Beacon, Periton Hill, Selworthy Beacon   
        The Marilyns: 1554 hills you probably haven’t heard of
      

    PART III: MORE AND MOOR  


    7 A Weakness for Bleakness  

    8 The Dartmoor Ten Tors: 50 Miles of Moorland over Two Days   
        History and geography   
        Ten Tors for grown-ups   

    9 Mastery of Misery: The Lyke Wake Walk   
        The easiest walk in England?   
        Route and schedule   

    10 The Derwent Watershed: 39 Miles in the Dark Peak
        For Peat’s sake   
        Route and schedule   

    11 The Across Wales Walk: From the English Border to the Sea over Plynlimon   
        Walking across Wales   
        Brief route and schedule 

    12 The Lairig Ghru: The Great Through-route of the Cairngorms 
        Through the Ghru   
        Route and schedule  

    PART IV: SURVIVAL  


    13 Time and Space: The Fundamentals   

    14 Fifty from your Front Door: A Southern Upland Story

    15 A Hundred Miles at Once: Two Days and Nights over Exmoor   

        The Exmoor Hundred   
        Survival skills: Sore legs and feeling sick  

    PART V: RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH 


    16 The Welsh 3000s: 15 Peaks in One Day  
        Brief route and schedule   
        Foel-fras to Snowdon with extra fun   

    17 The Lakes at Length: Lakes 3000s and Old County Tops  
        Stuffing the daffodils   
        Lakes 3000s brief route and schedule   
        Old County Tops brief route and schedule   

    18 The Cairngorm 4000s: Five Granite Giants in a Day   
        Brief route and schedule   
        Getting the wind up   

    19 The Mourne Seven Sevens: All Northern Ireland’s 700m Peaks   
        Brief route and schedule   
        Mourne is never less   

    20 Tranter’s Walk: 18 Munros around Glen Nevis  
        The freedom to fall   
        Brief route and schedule   

    21 Start/Finish   

    Appendix 1 Information and Internet 
      

    Appendix 2 Walks Summary   

    Index   

  • Maps

    Harvey Maps 1:25,000 Superwalker (available for most of the routes here), Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer, and OS 1:50,000 Landranger are all good maps. My recommended map depends on whether 1:25,000 detail is useful, and otherwise on which gives convenient coverage.

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  • Reviews

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    'This is another excellent guide by Cicerone in which Ronald Turnbull takes a look both serious and humorous at what it takes to do a long-distance or challenge walk. Ronald, veteran of many a long-distance and challenge walk intersperses sound advice with wry recollections of his experience of the National Three Peaks Challenge and other such routes throughout the British Isles.

    For aspiring or novice long-distance walkers, this guide provides tips on how to minimise the suffering, to stay safe, to raise money for charity perhaps, and to find a surprising amount of enjoyment along the way. Old hands will enjoy comparing their experiences with the author's reminiscences of the highs and lows of long-distance routes.'

    (Keswick Reminder / March 2007)



    'Extensive tips are given, including on how to approach the challenges, safety, raising money for charity and enjoying the experiences.

    The style is light although the seriousness of the challenges is conveyed. Interspersed throughout the text are Turnbull's experiences and reminiscences, many of them in a humerous vien. It is evident that he is a member of the Fell Runners' Association.

    For anyone with an interest in challenge walks, this is an interesting, amusing and informative read.'

    (Irish Mountain Log / Summer 2007)


    'Being a member of the LDWA, Ronald Turnbull is well known for his award-winning outdoor books. He spends most of his life outdoors and has a special interest in the various types of challenge walks.

    In Three Peaks, Ten Tors, he takes a serious look at what it takes to do a long-distance, or challenge walk. And even thought the book touches on a serious subject the Turnbull humour is never far away.

    Just reading the index and synopsis is enough to make one totally exhausted but for the real challenge enthusiast, the author sums it up nicely with his final sentences. 'Every pair of legs has, at the other end of a thinking brain. Let fly the imagination; then bend down and lace up the boots'.
    This book is a must for all LDWA member and is highly recommended.

    (Strider / August 2007)

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Ronald Turnbull

Ronald Turnbull writes regularly for TGO, Lakeland Walker, Trail and Cumbria magazines. His previous books include Across Scotland on Foot, Long Days in Lakeland and Welsh 3000ft Challenges. He has written many other Cicerone guides, including Walking in the Lowther Hills, The Book of the Bivvy and Not the West Highland Way.

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