The 3 Great National Parks + Hadrian's Wall
The 3 Great National Parks - Friday 7th to Monday 10th April 2023 - The best of the Peak district, Yorkshire dales & North York Moor National Parks
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 a coastal day in the North York Moors. 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 WALKS - we will also visit the Angel on the North statue on route to Hadrian's Wall.
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 just before 8pm so will have over 13 hours of daylight each day to explore.
Friday 7th April (Good Friday): Peak district National Park - Mam Tor + Bakewell to Chatsworth House
Saturday 8th April: Hadrian's Wall + visit Angel of the North statue
Sunday 9th April: North York Moors National Park - A lovely coastal walk
Monday 10th April: Yorkshire dales National Park - 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.
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). On classic low level walk from Bakewell to Chatsworth House we will visit town infamous for their Bakewell tarts and Chatsworth is a mansion house where the film "Pride and Prejudice" was filmed.
North Yorks Moors National Park
The North Yorks Moors National would be a great contrast to the Peak as this will be a specular coastal walk from Whitby Bay to Robin Hood's Bay with the North sea in sight at all times, Starting from the ancient Whitby Abbey we will walk pass the harbor to open rolling countryside.
On route to our Hadrian's Wall walk we will stop for a photo moment at the impressive Angel of the North statue. We will walk a long high paths of Hadrian's wall giving us magnificent views of the bounders of Scotland and England. We will pass through many ancient Roman forts and even walk on top of Hadrian's Wall for many miles.
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. This walk has many visual spectacular surprises and reward every walker views not to be forgotten. Understandably this walk is voted 3rd best walk in Britain by 1000s of walkers.
Friday 7th April 2023
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 (5 miles, 1 hill)
16:30-17:15 Break at Chatsworth House
17:15-19:15 Continue 2nd walk back to Bakewell (4 miles)
19:30-21:00 Dinner in a Restaurant in Bakewell
20:30-21:30 Travel to our Premier Inn hotel
Saturday 8th April 2023
07:00-07:45 Breakfast at hotel
08:00-09:00 Drive to Angel of the North statue
09:00- 09:30 Photo break
09:30-10:15 Drive to start of Hadrian's Wall
10:30-16:30 12 mile undulating walk
16:30-18:00 Drive to hotel
19:00-20:30 Dinner at hotel
Sunday 9th April 2023
07:00-07:45 Breakfast at hotel
08:00-09:00 Drive to Whitby Bay
09:30-17:15 Coastal walk from Whitby to Robin Hood's Bay
18:00-19:00 Drive to hotel
19:30-21:30 Dinner in Darlington Town
Monday 10th April 2023
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 Friday 7th April and return back on Monday 10th 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 Friday 7th and Uxbridge tube station for Monday 10th drop off.
Accommodation: We will be staying at a Premier Inn hotel for 3 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 event is suitable for members of an average fitness level. For example, you are able to a walk minimum 2.5 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 13 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.
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
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