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Joh & Steve really do want you to enjoy your stay in this beautiful part of the Dales. If you're planning on any outdoor activities during your stay, it is vitally important to come prepared - physically, mentally and with the right equipment. We hope you will take time in reading our advice below so that you enjoy your stay with us and remain safe.

Come Prepared

Sadly, too many guest turn up totally unprepared with insufficient equipment for the long walks on the 3 peaks. A list of all the essential equipment you will need can be found in any good walking book, or on the internet. The weather up here in this high mountainous region of the Yorkshire Dales National Park can turn dangerously cold & wet with /sleet/snow/hale within minutes! We have had hale stones up here in Summer too!

If you are walking please ensure you bring with you ALL the food & equipment you will need. Horton village does not have a permanent village shop any more. The Pen-y-Ghent cafe has a limited range of equipment - please check its opening times if you need to purchase any equipment. Bring with you an OS2 map of this area & your own compass that you know how to read!

Mountain Leaders

If you need help finding your way - we can suggest a great ‘local’ fully certificated mountain leader to help you with any walks around the area you wish - http://www.settlewolftracks.co.uk/

Bring these essential items!

  • Fell RunningGood 'Worn in' Water proof walking / Fell Boots
  • Good Walking Socks plus two spare sets
  • Walking Trousers
  • Warm, upper body clothing (in layers)
  • Spare Clothing
  • Fleece/waterproof fabric outer jacket/cagoule
  • Waterproof over trousers
  • Hat and Gloves
  • Gaitors (to save you from the bog mud)
  • Compass and guide book
  • Map of the area O/S Explorer OL2 - Yorkshire Dales
  • Walking poles are highly recommended
  • Torch and spare bulbs and batteries
  • Whistle
  • Note paper and Pencil
  • Toilet paper
  • Survival bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit, inc. plasters and vaseline
  • Day rucksack
  • Food (plenty of carbohydrates
  • Plastic drinks bottle/back belly water pack for water etc

For safety reasons Jeans & Trainers should NOT be worn during any outdoor activity.

Mobile Phone Reception

Mobile phone reception is poor and should NOT be relied on in & around Horton-in-Ribblesdale village or most of the 3 Peaks and Yorkshire Dales National Park area. For the best chance of any network coverage we highly recommend you carry a mobile phone that has got a better signal. From experience these are usually ORANGE/EE, Vodaphone, T.Mobile & 3 Network. 

Below, is a short video on how to register your phone with the ‘112’ Emergency service. This is a free to register service enabling you to phone using any nearby network to send an Emergency Text Message http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPZv_8dABfU

Need a mountain leader?

We can put you in touch with a ‘3 Peak Navigation Guiding Service’ provided by a Fully Qualified ‘LOCAL’ Navigation Training & Guided Walks Instructor at SETTLE WOLFTRACKS.  Jo Wulf can offer a Fully-backed up service with pick-up, to bring you back to Horton if you decide to pull-out’.

Many visitors to the Dales find they can get by with a map, but could do with learning compass skills to ensure their safety when the cloud comes down. Jo will be happy to chat to you about your options - she is flexible and will gladly plan a day out in the hiills tailored to suit your needs. 

Prices range from £60 for a half day (a guided walk with or without navigation tuition for up to 3 people) to £240 for the guided Three Peaks walk, which includes vehicular support with hot drinks & home baking!

Visit Jo's website: http://www.settlewolftracks.co.uk/ for suggestions of walks, tips for families and further details of what's on offer. A half-day gift voucher for a walk with navigation tuition is available for £45 if you want to treat someone to an original experience! Navigation is a life skill and will open up new doors to you wherever you travel.

Further Details

For more detailed information about being safe in the Yorkshire Dales please take a look at this website - www.doitinthedales.co.uk

All information on this list is given in good faith and no liability is accepted in respect of loss, damage or injury which might result from acting on it.