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Recommended Food For the Yorkshire Three Peaks

Posted on: December 8th, 2021 by Lost Earth Adventures

What Food and Drink Should I Take on a Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge?

High calories, lots of hydration and healthy snacks, top guide Nev Shortt gives his top tips.

Walkers on the 3 Peaks Challenge

The Yorkshire Three Peaks (Y3P) walk is a wonderful challenge. I love the landscape that it moves through. I love how, looping back on itself, it has a sense of completeness. I love the way that it has Ribblehead Viaduct sitting there as a centrepiece. I love the fact that it has (spoiler alert) three peaks – Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Fewer would not be enough and more would be too many.

For all that, it is challenge none the less. Earlier this year I overheard an unmatched description of the problem that it presents. While starting to ascend the last peak I overtook a young woman who clearly was not having the best of days. She complained to her companion “it’s bad enough that we have to climb three peaks, but we have to walk between them as well!”

There are plenty who struggle on the ascents and descents of this walk, but the main challenge is much more mundane. It’s the long hours of relatively flat walking in between.

For that reason, nutrition really matters. At about twice the length of most weekend walks, the body simply cannot sustain the pace on Y3P unless it is being properly fuelled. That being the case, this is some advice on what to do and what not to do, to fuel yourself for this walk.

The day before
Loading with carbohydrates has long been staple advice for endurance events. This usually translates as having a lot of pasta the evening before in order have plenty of reserves to burn off.

There is no harm in doing this, but in our case, there is no benefit either. Carbohydrate loading has the full weight of scientific research behind it, but its benefits only hold for those doing an event during which they will have little or no opportunity to eat. Like running an ultramarathon.

Feel free to have that big dinner if you like, but do not feel obliged to eat anything beyond your usual servings of carbohydrate and fat the day before the Y3P.

Walking up the first peak
Breakfast
Before the walk many people are obliged to break from their usual routine both from getting up earlier and from not being at home. This frequently turns into missing breakfast which is a very, very bad idea. This really is the time to load up not just on carbohydrates, but also on the slow-burning fats that will get you through the day. A cereal bar in the car park simply is not going to cut it.

There is a general acceptance that a certain level of preparation is required through fitness training and having the right equipment. In exactly the same way, and for the same reasons, organise your life so that you can have a substantial breakfast before this walk.

If you usually have a coffee to get yourself into gear, organise that too. Your future self will thank you heartily for getting your caffeine level up to normal.

On the move
When it comes to pace, the key to this walk is to keep moving, only stopping for rests at Ribblehead and Philpin Farm. If you are one of the fitter members of your group you may find there are many occasions when you are waiting for the others to catch you up. If not, apart from taking a celebratory photograph on the first summit, but might not be taking your rucksack off until you are almost half way around the circuit.

You therefore need snacks and fruit that you can access while on the move, so bring plenty and keep them handy. More importantly; eat them! This is really what the downhills are for. The going will be easier, so take the opportunity to stock up so that your body can get to work on it before it really needs it.

Walking by Ribblehead Viaduct
Bananas
Bananas deserve a chapter of their own on Y3P for the best and worst of reasons. They are highly recommended as a foodstuff especially for those who might otherwise just rely on different forms of sugar.

However, their popularity is such that some parts of this walk might be navigated in poor visibility through following the trail of banana skins. If Hansel and Gretel had the sense to use these instead of breadcrumbs they would have found their way out of the forest without any bother. But at least in the forest these things would rot. On moorland they sit there for years.

Bananas therefore remain highly recommended. But so is bringing a bag that you can put the resulting litter into.

Lunch
By the time you get to sit down and have a more fulsome rest you will have been on the go for hours. It is a great opportunity to treat yourself to some proper food. It does not matter if it is some kind of supermarket ready-meal. Just make sure that it is nutritious, pleasing to your pallet and sufficient to get you through the next few hours.

If, instead, you are still chowing down on snack food, there may well be problems in store. Sugar can only get you so far. Physically, it is very much a short-term strategy when you need to be playing a long-term game. Mentally, it gives you very little to enjoy and even less to look forward to.

You will probably only get two sit-down breaks in the course of this day; two ‘lunches’. It therefore pays to have two meals in your bag that you can really look forward to.

Waterfall
Water
Good hydration can be problematic on this walk, given that the amount of required water would be so heavy. The ready solution is simply not to carry it all.

Pick it up along the way instead. One option is from The Station Inn at Ribblehead or from Philpin Farm. They are both on your route.

What I prefer is to collect if from two streams that I have found reliable even in drought conditions. This water is delightfully cool. The streams are accessed close to the summits of Whernside and Ingleborough which also saves a lot of energy in carrying the stuff uphill.

Assuming the usual anticlockwise direction of travel, the ascent of Whernside begins by climbing away from the railway line and ascending Force Gill Ridge. The route then turns eastward and almost becomes level. The stream is the last to be crossed before the route again gets steeper and turns more to the south as it starts to make its way up onto the ridge that is Whernside proper.

This water will have come down Mill Stone Brow and across the upper part of Hagg Worm Haw Moss. So, its not quite in the ‘Evian’ marketing stakes and sounds more like a craft ale. But it does taste good.

The second suggested stream is much more obvious. After taking a break at Philpin Farm the route crosses the valley to get to Ingleborough. It ascends the massive amphitheatre known as ‘Humphrey Bottom’ (don’t ask), getting steeper as it goes.

Spoiler alert! Eventually it gets to the base of the mountain proper which is a short but very steep section that I think of as ‘The Wall’. All mountain slopes appear steeper when looking directly up them, and this is no exception.

The route ascends and zig-zags, and when it is almost onto the ridge this stream is directly alongside the path. In fact, when looking at that zig-zag path from a distance the vertical strip of green to its immediate left is the richer vegetation (nettles!) that is fed by this watercourse.
 

The long walk between peaks
Once you have passed through the fence, you have missed it
Both these streams are reliable because of the large tracts of moor that drain into them. Their height above all settlement and agriculture attest to their cleanliness which can be guaranteed through your preferred water purification process (I would recommend a ‘Water to Go’ filter bottle for its lightness and lack of aftertaste).

It ain’t over until the surprisingly well-fed lady sings…
It may be called the ‘Yorkshire Three Peaks’, but getting to the top of Ingleborough is not the end. As the young woman said, you have got to walk between these things as well. The route back to Horton-in-Ribbledale usually takes under two hours. If you, or someone in your group, starts to struggle with an injury or even has an accident, that could take much longer.

For that reason is it well worth carrying a little more food than you think you will need. This is the time of the day when you will be most fatigued. Depending on the season, it may even be getting dark. The last thing that you need is to be getting ‘hangry’ at the same time.
 

On the summit of Ingleborough
Putting it all together
If I was doing the Y3P tomorrow I’d plan to have a fried breakfast or at least a bowl of porridge. I would bring a cup of tea and a couple of bananas to the Horton carpark to have while waiting for the group. After all that I would have no problem getting up Pen-y-Ghent.

I would expect to get peckish on the long haul to Ribblehead, so I would have at least one cereal bar to hand to get that under control.

Taking a break at Ribblehead is the main opportunity for a little culinary indulgence, so I’d choose a pasta salad with some salami and a piece of fruit.

That would get me up Whernside calorie-wise, but I might be running the risk of not having drunk enough. So, for me, the nutritional focus on that hill is to take on water.

I would have a couple of more cereal bars to hand, but I am unlikely to eat them until descending Ingleborough. Instead, I’m looking forward to Philpin Farm and my second ‘lunch’; maybe red chilli houmous and more salami with a wrap followed by a banana.

Predictably, that gets me up Ingleborough and I have the cereal bars left over for the long walk out. However, I really don’t know how long I will be out for. This last stage is when people’s existing injuries can really kick in and reduce the most optimistic strider to a slow crawl. The last thing they need is me losing focus. And the last thing I need is them running out of energy. I am therefore likely to have two Soreen ‘Fruity 5’ malt loaves buried somewhere in my bag. For me, they are the dietary equivalent of having a roll of gaffer tape in your repair kit and with the added advantage of tasting good.
 

Finish line of a Yorkshire 3 Peaks event
Conclusion
Happily, none of the suggested preparations require inordinate expense or exotic supplements. They involve the same foods that would constitute a normal balanced diet. The only difference might be in their quantity and portability. And if you think I am talking bananas again, you are probably right.

Do the Challenge Yourself

Nev leads the Yorkshire 3 Peaks dozens of times each year and hopefully these tips will be invaluable for your challenge. If you’d like to join us on an open challenge or have us organise an event for your group, see what we can do for you on our Yorkshire 3 Peaks Page.

Running the Yorkshire 3 Peaks

If you get your nutrition right, you’ll fly round the route, here’s a video of Richard, another Lost Earth Adventures’ guide running the Yorkshire 3 Peaks on a stormy night.

Coronavirus Update

Posted on: August 18th, 2021 by Lost Earth Adventures

Book Your Trip With Total Flexibility During Covid-19

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Covid-19: An update from Lost Earth Adventures HQ – 18th August 2021

We’re Taking Bookings!

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What Safety Measures Have we Put in Place?

We have followed all government advice and have been certified by the government as COVID-19 Secure, so you can be sure that the event you will receive is properly managed and you’ll feel safe. We are cleaning more than ever and using enough staff to ensure that events are just as much fun as they were pre-Covid.

If your organisation needs full details of the safety measures that are in place, we are happy to send these to you.

Is My Money Safe?

Your money is safe as per our Covid Cancellation Policy below.

What Are the Chances of My Booking Taking Place?

Pretty good from now on, but you’ll receive a refund if we are not allowed to operate or you can change the date to anytime in the future.

Did We Run Trips Throughout 2020?

From January to mid-March and mid-June right through to November, we were fully operational in 2020.

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A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to provide you with the best possible outdoor adventures. Whether on the hill, at the crag, down a cave or in the river, we’ve ensured we meet the industry recognised standard for being Corona Virus safe and we are certified by the government’s Health and Safety Executive as being COVID-19 Secure. Let’s go!

Can I book an outdoor experience with Lost Earth Adventures?

Yes, absolutely! Rock climbing, stand-up paddle boarding, mountain biking, canyoning, caving, gorge scrambling, hiking and canoeing are all back on the table.

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If you book, and then we have to cancel your event due to either the British, Scottish or Welsh government not allowing us to operate due to Covid-19, (the government deemed applicable is dependent on the location of your event) we will provide a 100% refund or you can choose to postpone your event free of charge.

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Family Holiday Ideas in the Peak District

Posted on: February 23rd, 2021 by Lost Earth Adventures

Why the Peak District is the perfect post-lockdown getaway for the whole family

Stand up paddle boarding family adventure in the Peak District

We’ve been looking for the best family staycations to help you to plan for local breaks once restrictions begin to ease. The Peak District is one of our top choices, with activities, accommodation and attractions for all budgets to keep the whole family entertained.

Adventure Trips with Lost Earth Adventures

After a winter of staying indoors, we are ready for a spring and summer of adventure! Lost Earth Adventures is a Covid-19 Secure provider, and remained operational through most of 2020.

We have open group trips if you’d like to team up with other adventurers, and private trips for those who would prefer to keep to their family circle. Either way, our expert team of instructors will make sure your trip is tailored to the whole group so everyone has an incredible day out.
 

Top recommendations for Family Adventures

Family paddling across a lake in Derbyshire

Stand up paddle boarding

SUPing is one of the world’s most popular water sports right now, and one we have fully got on board with. Combs Reservoir (only 15 minutes from Buxton) is a beautiful, safe spot to either learn or master the sport, whatever the weather.

Teenager rock climbing in Peak District

Rock climbing

Whether you’re 7 or 70, rock climbing is great for developing perseverance, coordination and confidence. From first-time climbers to those wanting advanced coaching, our instructors can set up routes to make sure that everyone in your group conquers the crag.

Family exploring caves in the Peak District

Caving

Discover the magic of what lies beneath! Apart from being amazing fun and a brilliant challenge, caving also brings to life home learning lessons about erosion, geology and geography.

Teenager gorge walking in Peak District

MAD Days Out

Cave, climb, abseil & gorge walk. Trying to please your teens, tweens and smaller children all in one day can be tough. Our MAD (Multi-Activity) Days Out in the Peak District make this easy by combining four of our top Peak District activities to make sure everyone is happy.

Culture, Heritage and Relaxation

Even the hardiest adventurers need a day off. The Peak District has plenty to offer, even for rainy days. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite family days out.

Chatsworth House in Peak District

Chatsworth House

Impressive grounds, giant sculptures, an extensive art collection, farmyard animals, one of the country’s top farm shops, restaurants, hotels… Chatsworth House really does have something for everyone. Even with the current covid restrictions, the gardens, farm shop and takeaways are still open for those local to the area; a great option for getting some fresh air.

Bolsover Castle

Bolsover Castle

Imagine the lavish banquets held for aristocrats and royalty during the Stuart period of history with the help of an interactive tour before enjoying tea and scones in the café. Every weekend from April to September has Cavalier Horsemanship events, and there are usually special activities and events in the school holidays.

Cable car going up to heights of Abraham

Heights of Abraham

A real gem of the Peak District! Ride the cable car to the summit to enjoy panoramic views of the Peak before taking a guided tour of the huge caverns (included in the ticket price). The dining options cater for different tastes and budgets, all with expansive views of the surrounding countryside.

Bakewell tart on a plate

Bakewell Puddings

Bakewell is a famously picturesque town, and no trip is complete without a visit to the Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop. Aside from its world-famous pudding, it has amazing afternoon tea and artisan bread; perfect for breakfast butties if you’re staying in self-catered accommodation.

Bottles of Peak Ales beer

Peak Ales

For those fans of a little tipple, the Peak Ales (also home to Chatsworth Gin) has a visitor centre worth a stop-off.

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