The 3 Great National Parks

The 3 Great National Parks - Saturday 17th to Monday 19th September 2022 - The best of the Peak district, Yorkshire dales & Lake district National Parks

 

APOLOGIES THIS EVENT HAVE NOW BEEN CHNAGE TO: Snowdonia and Lake district with: Tryfan, Snowdon (via Crib Goch) and Helvellyn, these are my top 3 favorite mountains to hike/scramble.

These 3 National parks are relatively close to each other and each day we will hike up the best of these National park.  Peak District - Mam Tor, Yorkshire dales - Malham circular walk and Lake District - Cat Bells & Buttermere lake walks.  ALL THE PHOTOS BELOW WERE TAKEN BY MEMBERS FROM THESE 3 LOCATIONS.  SO WE WILL EXPLORE, VIEW AND WALK EVERY OF THE BELOW PHOTOS DURING OUR 6 WALKS    

The travelling time will not be much more than a journey to the Lake district so very economic in travelling time and carbon footprint. Starting on Good Friday morning and returning back on bank holiday Monday evening.   The below itinerary is very full, so only suitable for members that are energetic.  A is great time for this adventure, not too hot for our walks and sunset is at 9:30pm so will have over 16 hours of daylight each day to explore. 

Saturday 25th June: Peak district - Mam Tor - voted 10th best walk in Britain + Bakewell to Chatsworth House

Sunday 26th June: The Lake district -  Cat Bells and Buttermere voted 4th and 7th best walk in Britain

Monday 27th June:  Yorkshire dales - Malham & Gordale via cove circular walk -voted 3rd best walk in Britain

You may wonder what are the other best top 10 walks in Britain (1st Helvellyn, 2nd Snowdon, 5th Scafell, 6th Tryfan, 8th Old Man Coniston) - all are challenging mountain walks.  The walks on my schedule are the most scenic without being strenuous.  

Peak District

The Peak District has stunning, raw beauty, dramatic and rugged landscape and natural charm along with picture postcard stone villages have resulted in this to be the second most visited National Park in the world.  We are going to hike two of the best known and arguably the greatest hikes in the Peak District: Mam Tor (3 hrs) and Bakewell to Chatsworth house walk (3.5 hrs).  We will also complete a classic low level walk from Bakewell to Chatsworth House. Bakewell is infamous for their Bakewell tarts and Chatsworth is a mansion house where the film "Pride and Prejudice" was filmed.

Lake District

If anywhere is the heart and soul of walking in England, its the Lake District, an area of wonderful high mountains, deep valleys and of course lakes.  In the Lakes you will find proper mountains, wild and rugged. We will walk along the best Lake walks, Cat Bells with Derwent lake and Buttermere lake, both have been voted as one of Britain’s top 10 walks. 

Yorkshire Dales

A hike through spectacular limestone scenery, cascading waterfalls. Above the falls a wide lime stone plateau opens up to Malham Tarn, follow by a delightful amble back of the top of Malham Cove. 

Saturday 17th September 2022

08:00               Meet at Colindale tube station 

08:00-11:15     Drive to the Peak District  

11:30-14:30    1st Walk: Circular walk of Mam Tor (5 miles, 1 hill & pack lunch break)

14:30-15:00    Drive to Bakewell

15:00-16:30    2nd walk: Bakewell to Chatsworth House (3 miles, 1 hill)

16:30-17:15    Break at Chatsworth House

17:15-19:15    Continue 2nd walk back to Bakewell (3 miles)

19:30-21:00    Dinner in a Restaurant in Bakewell

20:30-21:30    Travel to our Premier Inn hotel on route to the Lake District  

Sunday 18th September 2022

07:00-07:45     Breakfast at hotel

08:00-09:00     Drive to West side of Lakes

09:00-13:00     Walk 4 - Cat Bells & Derwent lake (5 miles, 1 big hill)

13:00-14:00     lunch break

15:00-16:00     Drive to Buttermere Lake

16:00-18:00     Walk 5: Walk around Buttermere (5 miles, flat)

19:00-20:30     Dinner at Butttermere village  

Monday 19th September 2022

08:00-09:00     Breakfast

09:00-10:00     Drive to Yorkshire

10:15-14:00     Walk 6 - MALHAM & GORDALE via cove and tarn (10 miles, 1 hill - pack lunch)

14:15-15:00     Relax and enjoy Malham Cove by the river

15:15-19:30     Travel back to London - Uxbridge tube station 

Transportation:  The cars/minibus transportation is provided if departing from London on Saturday 17th September and return back on Monday 19th for members that require it.  I will sort out all of the transportation logistics for the whole group.  Organise the departure point, exchange drivers and members contact details in advance and ensure the drivers get to every location during the event on time.  All my volunteer drivers are experienced and confident drivers. The hired mini bus is very comfortable with lots of space and will have a good group atmosphere.  Please note: Colindale tube station pick up on Saturday 17th and Uxbridge tube station for Monday 19th drop off. 

 

Accommodation:  We will be staying at a Premier Inn hotel for 2 nights with 2 sharing with en-suite bathrooms. Room allocation will be based on gender or your own room if you attend with a friend.  Many other groups would book a youth hostel with 4-6 sharing a dormitory with bunk beds which can be noisy and over crowded.  

 

Meals:  I aim to reserve a few good restaurants in advance to give members a choice of cuisine and budget. Most other groups that stay at hostels would be catering at the hostel.  Hostel food is ok but there are many good restaurants in the Lakes, it would be a shame not to experience.  I will send members details of the restaurants selected and ask members to choose.  Meals are not included in the cost as we are not staying at a hostel and I want the group to experience regional food.  

Fitness:  This Lake district event is suitable for members of an average fitness level.  For example, you are able to a walk minimum 2. miles per hour on a varied terrain for 10-12 miles within 6 hours.  There will be many breaks to enjoy the scenery, take photos and to rest.  

 

Flexibility: My approach and itinerary is flexible.  If bad weather is forecasted, I am happy to change the itinerary.  Visit a National Trust building or another indoor venues.  Weather can we localised in the Northern region so willing to drive to a different area for a dry walk. 

 

Securing a place: My events are normally over subscribed.  You can reserve your place on any event, months in advance with a £50 deposit.  I understand that member’s work, family & personal situation can change therefore do not require the balance until 10 days prior to the start of each event.  If you can no longer attend before transferring the balance, deposits can be transferred to any other event within the year's programme.

KIT LIST

Essentials: 

Good waterproof jacket.  Even with no rain forecasted a waterproof jacket can be used to keep your warm during our early morning starts.

Hiking boots (with good grip and ankle support) - don’t forget to bring good quality hiking socks 

4 change of clothing. A few warm items for our early morning starts: base layer, warm fleece, gloves, beanie

Items for hot conditions: broad beam hat, a cap, sun block, sun glasses

 

Other items: 

Wash kit. towels will be provided at the hotel.  A daypack to hold your day kit (water, snacks, jacket)

Trainers to wear in the cars/minibus 

Hadrian's Wall walk

Our 10 miles route follows the most interesting section of Hadrian's Wall, one of Britain’s iconic landmarks. Europe’s largest surviving Roman monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the route follows the course of this Roman barrier and is punctuated by regular forts, milecastles and turrets. You will also be walking through some of the wildest and most beautiful scenery in England with plenty of varying landscapes, woodland and undulating hills. 

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