Hello we hope you are all keeping fit and healthy in these very strange times.
As you know from ‘Meet up’ and our ‘Facebook’ page, due to the Coronavirus and the Government restrictions we have had to cancel our March and April and May Walks please refer to the media mentioned for updates.
As people are very keen to try and have some normality in their lives by going for a walk – ‘Social distancing’ has proved to be difficult if not impossible in car parking areas, and on some popular walking routes. The official message from government is very much ‘stay at home’. The Peak District Tourist Board arel asking all people to stay away. We will keep in touch and our walks and planned events under review.
This is an excellent opportunity to think about your favourite walks, even have a go at learning to map read Ordnance Survey maps have some great information on line. Lets use this time productively and learn some new skills.
Thinking of you all.
Bev & Angela
Walking kit list suggestions
Relax, take some well-deserved time out to reconnect with nature in an adventurous and stress-free way. Walking is one of the most cost-effective ways to keep fit and promote natural wellbeing. We have compiled a list of a few suggested basics for day trip walkers.
This checklist features a basic overview. Each walker is different, and you know your needs more than anybody, so use this list as a guide.
Suggestions for kit for a day out walking
• Waterproof Outer (Can always be kept in the rucksack until needed, don’t leave home without it)
• Insulating Mid layer (Fleeces, softshell jackets, down jackets, dependent on the weather)
• Breathable Base layer (Look for technical materials, avoid cotton t-shirts)
• Walking Trousers (Quick drying trousers with a good range of movement, avoid denim)
• Waterproof Over trousers (A great option for over your walking trousers in a downpour)
• Hats & Gloves
• Rucksack/Daypack (Well fitted, adjusted correctly and comfortable)
• Watch (Or any reliable method of telling the time)
• Walking Boots/Shoes
• Breathable Walking Socks (Merino wool is ideal, avoid cotton if possible) What to carry in your rucksack?
• Personnel First Aid Kit/medication
• Mobile Phone
• Emergency Whistle
• Map & Compass (Even if you use GPS)
• Torch or Headtorch
• Sun cream
• Sunglasses (Snow can be bright, so worth taking them in winter also)
• Blister Relief
• Spare Laces
• Bottled Water (Keep yourself hydrated)
• Flask of Hot Drink
• High Energy Snacks (Flapjack, Kendal Mint Cake offer a release of energy when tired)
• Tasty lunch sandwiches or wraps or soup and sandwich
• Spare Warm Clothing
• Spare Socks
• Emergency Contact Details
Other things you may like to add as personal preference
• Walking Poles (Help take some of the pressure off your knees when walking)
• Sit Mat
We started the season with the usual D of E Bronze and Silver training with some amazing teenagers.
Well done to Ang who passed her Gold assessors course in the Lake district with 2 nights wild camping checking the kids were following the 20 D of E conditions 🙂
We led a group of ladies on the ‘Lady Anne walk’ from Skipton to Penrith 100 miles carrying all our kit and had 5 nights wild camping and amazing weather.
Coast 2 coast saw 5 youngsters pushed to their limits as they walked 192 miles in 12 days a fantastic walk where we took all the high-routes through the lake district including scrambling over Striding Edge and climbing Wainwrights favorite mountain Haystacks, were we found Innominate Tarn, where his ashes were scattered “If you … should get a bit of grit in your boot as you are crossing Haystacks in the years to come,” he had urged his readers, “please treat it with respect. It may be me.”
We had ladies wild camping on Snowdon – Wild and Solo for the very first time conquering their fears……………………………….
Bush craft wow what an amazing week kids out of the city and out of their comfort zone learning how to survive equipped with the right knowledge and skills even surviving an aircraft wreck and ended up being the survivors receiving first aid.
Moors for the future – day on Kinder – A day with the team learning all about the conservation that has taken place changing Kinder from an acid plateau as acidic as lemon juice !!! to its natural environment filled with varieties of Sphagnum mosses
And we had some great walks with our regular ‘Wellbeing walks’ followers on Kinder, Dovedale, Stanage edge, Curbar, Froggat and Longshaw to name but a few and lots of mini adventures in between
Our ladies even managed to summit Snowdon as one of their personal challenges
We have posted our next Free ‘Well being walks’ and will be talking to you very soon about some super trips we have planned for next year
Hello and welcome to our May Newsletter it’s been a busy month
What’s been happening to Angela and Bev?
We held our monthly ‘Women’s well-being walk’ 6th May what a great turnout we had.
We walked form Surprise View over to Higger Tor and Robins Hoods cave at Stanage with a welcome stop of ice creams and a celebratory drink at the Fox house afterwards. The weather was superb and the views just staggering
A huge Congratulations to our ladies who made it to the top of Snowdon
Jo BriggsPath2Peaks Women’s Well-Being Walks
May 21 ·
“Angela and Bev – we did it!! Top of Snowdon, thanks for your support the other Sunday- Jo and Di xx see you on the 1st July”
And a huge congratulations to the Ladies who walked the ‘Lady Anne’ Walk a 100 mile ‘self-supported’ walk across Beautiful Yorkshire dales through the Eden Valley and ending up in Penrith.
We wild camped and had a great time in magnificent weather – it was tough going with big numbers to hit in terms of mileage each day – everyone was fantastic and met their own personal goals we are very proud of you all well done.
Here’s the team enjoying the walk.
Our Book Review this month is
Touching the void by Joe Simpson
Book Review June 2018
Winner of the NCR Award for non-fiction and the Boardman Tasker award.
This is one of the most inspiring books I have read regarding the instinct to survive against all the odds…………………..
Touching the Void is the heart-stopping account of Joe Simpson’s terrifying adventure in the Peruvian Andes. He and his climbing partner, Simon, reached the summit of the remote Siula Grande in June 1995. But what really happened up on the mountain makes a gripping read – A few days later, Simon staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frost-bitten, with news that that Joe was dead.
This is a story of friendship pushed to the limit – What happened to Joe, and how the pair dealt with the psychological traumas that resulted when Simon was forced into the appalling decision to cut the rope, makes not only an epic of survival but a compelling testament of friendship.
You will find you cannot put this book down and even if you are not a mountaineer you will enjoy this true life epic.
Pack as light as possible – you will need less than you think.
By Angela Owen
Only take the things you can’t do without and not the things you could do with.
1) You don’t need that. Or that. Or that either – should be your mantra when packing don’t take things you might need on the off chance. If you are saying what if? – you won’t need it so get rid.
2) If your clothes take up more than one third of your bag you are taking too much. Pack one set of dry clothes and wear the clothes you will need for walking.
3) Accept that you are going to be smelly, I would rather pack an extra chocolate bar than have a clean pair of pants. Bamboo underwear is great when you need to wear the same pair for a few days.
4) Pack as you would for a night away, you don’t need any more stuff than that.
5) Don’t carry more than 15% of your body weight as it will make your journey miserable and sore.
6) You always pack your rucksack full so go for a smaller one.
7) Merino wool clothing is great it is super lightweight keeps you warm in the cold and cool in the heat and you can wear it for days without stinking.
“He who would travel happily must travel light.”
-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Pack as light as possible, you will need less than you think.
What to pack in your expedition rucksack: –
• A large rucksack between 35 and 65 litres:
• Small tent or bivvy bag
• A portable stove, basically you want a stove that won’t weigh you down too much and is easy to get up and going. There are lots of tasty expedition meals available where you just add water. – Don’t forget the gas.
• Waterproof Jacket
• Warm clothes, pack a fleece and avoid jeans – which are a nightmare when wet. I wear my walking kit and then just pack a pair of leggings and a warm top as tent wear, I wear my socks to bed and they dry overnight.
• Cutlery: cup/plate/spork,
• Sleeping mat
• Sleeping bag: Something appropriate to the season. Down is great for winter but if it gets wet you’ll be in for a world of trouble. Bonus tip: A dry sack or bin liner will help keep your sleeping bag dry even if the weather turns sour.
• Head Torch
• Large water bottle – I use a Nalgene bottle as it will take boiling water and I put it into the foot of my sleeping bag as a hot water bottle.
• Food and drinks and chocolate: High energy snacks such as nuts are a great way to keep you going.
• Water purifying tablets. (I boil fresh running water for around 10 minutes to purify it but this can carry health risks.)
• A dry bag: keeps your clothes and sleeping bag dry. Bring a few if needed.
• Insect repellent: Stops the midges making your life miserable and wards off ticks.
• A whistle.
· Camping Pillow or you can always roll up clothes.
· Small trowel, the best way to dig a hole in the event of needing the loo, wet wipes and hand sanitizers are also useful.
· Sunglasses and sun cream.
· A first aid kit with the addition of a tick remover. (I will be carrying a comprehensive first aid kit)
· Toiletries and any medication kept in a dry bag, if you need to use soap, please ensure it is biodegradable to avoid any negative effect on the environment.
· Gloves, a buff, a warm hat, sun hat with a cap.
· Walking poles – I take them when carrying a heavy pack as it reduces the impact on my knees.
· Pen knife.
Please also ensure you have supportive and waterproof boots suitable for getting off the beaten track.
See my blog about keeping your feet happy and blister free.
What I have packed for a 6 day expedition.
You don’t need that. Or that. Or that either – should be your mantra when packing don’t take things you might need on the off chance. If you are saying what if? – you won’t need it so get rid. Bamboo knickers are a great investment
Minimising the impact when camping in a remote location.
• Wild Camp off-the-beaten-track on open hills away from houses and farms.
• Pitch tents later in the day and leave early to minimise our visual presence.
• Leave no trace that we have camped. This is how long it takes for some items to decay, a banana peel – a month, paper – a couple of months, a wool scarf – 1 year, a hard-plastic container – 3 decades and a rubber boot sole – 7 decades.
• Don’t light any fires and only use gas stoves for cooking.
• Toileting should be at least 30 m away from any water source or path, and waste buried at least 15cm deep and covered over. Carry paper and any sanitary items away with you.
• Take away all rubbish and food scraps with you.
• Do not pollute the area with any non-eco-friendly detergents and must not use streams and rivers for washing with soaps or other washing products.
• Choose your pitch carefully and avoid digging ditches, trampling plants and moving rocks and stones just to accommodate your tent.
• Be quiet.
• If possible, use unobtrusive coloured tents that blend in with the scenery.
Trek Training – ready for a long day walk, a long-distance challenge or classic Worldwide long-distance routes? – We can help with your preparation.
Taking on a long-distance trek is a great personal achievement, trek training will help you to get the most out of the challenge. Our trek training programme is designed to help trekkers of all abilities and will ensure that your fitness levels are where they should be for your big adventure.
With Path2Peaks Guided Walks you are guaranteed a fantastic day outdoors, stretch your legs, enjoy the fresh air and take in some fantastic views. Our flexible Trek Training Programme allows you to select the walks and dates to suit your individual needs. Please see our calendar and do not hesitate to contact us for more information.
Path2Peaks Trek Training Programme costs £200 per person and includes seven walks of your choice– which are usually priced at £40 per walks per person, a highly qualified and experienced mountain leader with a wilderness first aid qualification.
It is time to get those boots mucky and get you ready for your next challenge.
“Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.”
Walking is not only a fantastic form of exercise but it rejuvenates both your mind and body. A six-hour hill walk, at two miles an hour, can burn up to 1,400 calories. Getting out and walking in the fresh air reduces stress, lowers your chances of stroke or heart attack, and tackles depression.
Discover the Peak District with Local Guides who will share their knowledge about the geology history and wildlife of the area.
Gain the confidence needed to successfully plan your own navigationally challenging walks, or refresh rusty techniques.
By Angela Owen
Using GPS is a great navigational tool if it isn’t the only tool you have, batteries run flat, the straight line they show doesn’t consider cliff edges. A GPS should never be a substitute for a map and compass. Learning the art of navigation is all about locating exactly where you are and being able to decide the quickest, easiest and safest route back. Navigation is a skill like any other skill it takes time and practice – trial and error so start in a lowland area learn the basics of reading a map and then move on to mastering a compass and reading the contours of the land.
“When walking alone in a jungle of true darkness,
there are three things that can show you the way:
instinct to survive, the knowledge of navigation,
creative imagination. Without them, you are lost.”
― Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut
Path2Peaks Navigation Practice Courses – we will take you off the beaten track, this is a practical and fun way to learn the art of navigation. Our hands on one or two full day courses are based in the Dark Peak area, which is a perfect place to practice navigational skills. Select from our Bronze, Silver or Gold packages.
Most Mountain Rescue call outs are due to use of inappropriate footwear, poor planning and bad navigation. Navigation in the UK is difficult as we don’t have lots of signposts scaring the landscape.
What you will learn
Gain the confidence needed to successfully plan your own navigationally challenging walks, or refresh rusty techniques.
Setting the map
How to use the compass
Navigating in poor or limited visability
Estimating distances using pacing and timings
Plan and follow routes across featureless terrain
What to do if you think you are lost
Who are our courses for?
Our courses are perfect for complete novices, seasoned walkers or those wishing to do their HML or ML training. It will give you the confidence needed to devise your own routes.
Individuals preparing for a National Body Qualification
Path2Peaks Navigation Practice Courses – we will take you off the beaten track, this is a practical and fun way to learn the art of navigation. Our hands on one or two full day courses are based in the Dark Peak area, which is a perfect place to practice navigational skills. Select from our Bronze, Silver or Gold packages. These courses make a fantastic gift for someone who loves the great outdoors.
Prices include a qualified and insured Mountain Leader with a Wilderness First Aid Certification
Parkhouse hill and Chrome hill are known as the ‘Dragons back’ these huge chunks of limestone are coral reefs left towering high above the landscape from when a warm sea submerged the peak, more 340 million years ago. These hills have been noted as an official Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the wide range of limestone flora so they are a truly spectacular place to walk. The walk involves quite a lot of height gain – for people who are fit and active this will not cause a problem, but there are some steep ascents and descents over slippery limestone which need care. A great walk with fantastic photo opportunities, definitely a walk you will remember
The Coast to Coast walk is the brainchild of Alfred Wainwright, a well-known writer and hill-walker. The 190 mile walk from St Bees to Robin Hoods Bay crosses 3 National Parks, undoubtedly some of England’s finest scenery. Starting beside the Irish Sea with wonderful walking through the mountains of the Lake District, then across the Pennines and down Swaledale, the North York Moors and then on to dramatic coastal scenery on the east coast. This Coast to Coast Guided Walking Holiday will be an adventure you will never forget.