Training

The main problems on this walk are the steep, rugged ascents and descents especially on Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike. Because of this there is a lot of pressure on the leg muscles, knees and achilles tendon. This pressure will considerably increase if you are attempting to climb the 3 peaks consecutively.

Exercise should be taken to build up stamina i.e. walking, jogging, cycling and swimming all help improve fitness. The best training is actual walking, especially up mountains and hills. People often use the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Walk as a training run which consists of 25 miles of ascents and descents of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales.

Walk at a steady pace when ascending each mountain. This will conserve energy and maintain a steady body heat and release of energy. This steady pace will usually help you to overcome steep or difficult sections without becoming exhausted. Some walkers set off at a brisk pace and often become exhausted soon afterwards. The combination of exhaustion and loss of energy can hasten the onset of hypothermia.



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