Some of the UK’s finest countryside landscapes and the most rewarding challenges await keen explorers of the Lake District. But, to properly enjoy the outdoor adventure ahead of you, you’re going to want to firstly ensure that you’ve done the necessary planning.
A lack of supplies, little knowledge of the surroundings, or a poorly planned route can quickly turn a fun challenge into a stressful and tiring situation. Things can turn sour fast and to avoid a day bickering with your fellow hikers, it’s wise to spend some time working out the finer details before you head out.
But where do you start if you’re a first timer to these types of challenges? We’ve put together some handy tips on planning lake district challenges, so you’ll have everything you need to enjoy a thrilling day on the peaks.
Identify the essentials
Everyone thinks they know what they need to bring with them on a Lake District challenge. Food, water, first aid kit, torch, and waterproofs all seem like essential items that you’re never going to forget to pack.
However, if you end up in a rush when packing, or an item slips under the radar, you could be left in a precarious position.
You’ll be best served to brainstorm the items you will need with your friends before the trip and make a detailed list. This will also give everyone the chance to show any less experienced folk the essential supplies they’ll need to bring if they won’t be familiar with what to take. All our lake district challenges come with a full comprehensive kit list.
Know what to wear
Don’t just throw on any old clothes and expect to complete the 10 peaks challenge or 24 peaks challenge. You’ll need to ensure that you wear clothes that comfortable, breathable and will keep you cool or warm depending on the season. This means no denim and no cotton as the material retains water and will be incredibly uncomfortable after a long day hiking.
The wrong shoes can also lead to sore feet and make any challenge much harder than it needs to be. Keep in mind the rough terrain that lies ahead of you and that unsuitable material can lead to every step becoming a nightmare. Comfortable walking boots are the key here – and make sure your that day 1 of your challenge isn’t the first time they’ve been on your feet!
Plan your route ahead of time
When planning a trip to Lake District, you’re going to want to acquire all the information about the technical complexity of the trail, the expected weather conditions, and an idea of how long the route will take you. Calculating the approximate time that you will need to walk the route will ensure you’re not left rushing to finish as the darkness settles in.
Take a look online at local blogs and forums to learn all about the route that you want to do. Lake District challenges are incredibly popular, so you’ll find plenty of people willing to discuss their experiences.
Check for GPS trails that you can upload to your phone as well as these can be extremely handy for beginners who can check their phone mid-hike for detailed information on where they are.. Beware though that using your phone for navigation is going to eat the battery so have a back-up or share the navigation between the group.
Know your limits
Whether it’s your first endurance challenge or you’re a seasoned hiker, it is essential to know your limits. You’ll be well and truly pushed to your as you journey through some of England’s most dramatic peaks.
Mountainous terrain is certainly not a walk in the park and you’ll be crossing rocky crags and moorlands that could be much more dangerous than you’d initially think.
Whether it be the peaks of Scafell Pike, Great Gable, or Helvellyn, it is crucial not to expect too much of yourself, especially if you’re a first-time challenger. Don’t bite off more that you can chew!
Plan to leave no trace
You’re walking in the mountains because of their beauty – keep them that was and take all your litter out with you. This includes toilet roll, banana skins and orange peel – it takes a lot longer to biodegrade that you think.