Wensleydale Wedge




A LDWA organised challenge event.  23 mile solo run/walk event to be completed in 9 hours - starting from Askrigg Temperance Hall . 

Trail run/walk with over 2,500 feet of ascent.

Well organised event and good value for money



Well organised event and good value for money,

Checkpoint at Thoralby,  Bolton Abbey with food, and a hot meal at the finish.

For full details  this is a great review from Tyne Bridge Harriers.


The Course



Trail run/walk that is a challenge not a race. Part of the challenge is to navigate the route using public rights of way; there is no route description. The Checkpoints (and amended route from 2016) are:

  • GR948909 - Askrigg Temperance Hall
  • GR922876 - Semerwater Bridge
  • GR916864 - Ruined Chapel (self-clip)
  • GR935839 - Track Junction
  • Via GR962856 - Gate (unmanned)
  • GR999867 - Thoralby Village Hall (refreshments)
  • GR015878 - Eshington Lane (self-clip)
  • GR012888 - Freeholder's Wood (refreshments)
  • GR037906 - Low Thoresby (self-clip)
  • GR033918 - Castle Bolton car park (refreshments) 
  • Via GR021910 - West Bolton (new from 2016)
  • GR007905 - Carperby (new checkpoint from 2016) map here
  • Via GR994902 - rejoin original route to Heugh
  • GR963917 - Heugh
  • GR948909 - Askrigg Temperance Hall (hot food and drinks)

Equipment Needed



This is a winter challenge event, it is strongly recommended that each entrant carry: Map - OS Outdoor Leisure Sheet 30 or Landranger Sheet 98; whistle; compass; waterproof jacket and over-trousers; first-aid kit; survival bag or blanket; torch, emergency rations and MUG.

Where, when and how much?


The LDWA organises many challenge and local group walks, as well as listing many more organised by other organisations. Challenge events are normally between 20 and 100 miles and must generally be completed within a defined time limit. Group walks are normally led walks of around 20 miles.

Annual in November

Enter on line at https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?elid=Y&event_id=5389 or by post (cheques or BACS transfer).

The entry fee is £8.00 (LDWA member) or £10 (non-member).


Lyke Wake Walk




THE  LYKE  WAKE  WALK  is a complete crossing of the North Yorkshire Moors along their main east-west watershed between the Stone at grid reference 470994 and the Trig point at 971012, a distance of approximately 40 miles. 

Every person who completes a crossing of the Lyke Wake Walk on foot within a period of 24 hours, and who reports it to the Club, is eligible for membership. There is no membership fee. Female members are titled Witch and males are titled Dirger.




For people considering completing the Lyke Wake Walk, essential reading is The Lyke Wake Walk Guide by Brian Smailes, now in its fourth edition (2013) and available direct from Challenge Publications or via this website. This contains helpful hints on the equipment needed and the best preparation for attempting the Walk. The route is described in detail, with full colour maps and photos, and also the rendezvous points are indicated, where a support team can meet walkers. However, the moors are a living landscape, and any guide book, even this one, will go out of date almost as soon as it is published. We have therefore prepared an extra web page describing the latest route changes, designed to be printed out as a single-sheet supplement the Guide.

The Course



The walk is usually done from west to east although it can be done in either direction. A successful crossing must be completed within 24 hours (a ski crossing in 24 hours daylight is also acceptable). There is no exact route but the Lyke Wake Club and its successor have rules regarding what can be considered a successful crossing. For record purposes the walk starts at its original departure point, the Ordnance Survey Trig point on Scarth Wood Moor, near Osmotherley,[11] (NGR: SE 459 997) and finishes in the bar of the Raven Hall Hotel in Ravenscar. (NGR: NZ 981 018)

Equipment Needed


This is a winter challenge event, it is strongly recommended that each entrant carry: Map - OS Outdoor Leisure Sheet 30 or Landranger Sheet 98; whistle; compass; waterproof jacket and over-trousers; first-aid kit; survival bag or blanket; torch, emergency rations and MUG.


Where, when and how much?



While we tend to hear about walks once they have happened, occasionally we learn of planned crossings where the organisers are happy to accomodate extra walkers. These are listed on the Organised Lyke Wake Walks page. Please ensure that groups are kept small, ideally of no more than 10 people this is to prevent the route ˜widening" and it returning to the eroded state of yesteryear.


Yorkshire Three Peaks




The Yorkshire Three Peaks route is 24 miles (38.6km), and includes 1585m (5200ft) of ascent.

Quick links: Organised events - Self-organised guidance
       The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge takes on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough,        usually in this order, and in under 12 hours. These peaks form part of the Pennine range, and encircle        the head of the valley of the River Ribble, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. 




Without a shadow of a doubt, the Yorkshire Three Peaks is the most underestimated walking challenge in Britain.

Unless you already have a solid level of fitness you will need to train. And train hard.

We have been leading groups for a few years and we have never met anyone, regardless of fitness, who found it easy. Even the fittest walkers are hobbling around at the end! Almost all our clients say that if they did it again they would train harder (some say they would actually do SOME training next time J).


The above quote pretty much sums up exactly how we all felt at the end, I have never felt pain like it and there wasn't one person on the last ascent who didn't complain of an ache or pain somewhere ! 

The Course


  The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge includes, Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough and is usually done in this order with the River Ribble and two minor B roads between them. The total walking distance is 39.2km (24.5 miles). The following sites offer step by step guides to walking the route. The challenge is to complete the circular route in under 12 hours


Equipment Needed


· Map and compass and know how to use them

· Walking boots (not trainers)

· Head torch and batteries

· First aid kit ) consider thermal blanket and whistle plus blister pack)

· Waterproof jacket and trousers

· Hiking socks (wearing a single pair recommended, rather than using a liner sock)

· Backpack (approx. 20-30 litre size)

· Water container (bottle or Camelbak-style, 1-2 litres)

· Food & hill snacks (pasta, cereal bars, dried fruit, nuts)

· Gloves

· Hat (covering ears)

· Walking trousers (lightweight hiking trousers, not jeans or tracksuit trousers)

· Sports top (not cotton)

· Warm outer layer

· Changes of clothes

· Sunglasses & suncream

· Walking poles

· Light shoes / sandals

· Thermal underwear

· Backpack raincover or bin liner to keep items inside rucksack dry

· Mobile phone and charger. Not to be relied upon as signal isn't good in part.

Where, when and how much?


  The Yorkshire Three Peaks is free to complete. You can make donations to Yorkshire Dales National Park, who maintain the pathways among the peaks. 

Top Tips



Even though we were with people who had done the route before,  some of the team took a wrong turn and ended up doing an extra 8 miles. For those that aren't proficient with OS maps and navigation there are a number of charities that organise Three Peak challenges.  



Yorkshire Three peaks challenge, raising money for a good cause… definitely worth getting out of breath for.