Three Peaks Walk
20 March 2013
Me and Doug did The Three Peaks Walk a couple of years ago (2011) on the Bank Holiday in August. We did it with 10 minutes to spare, so no problem at all...
Heres a list of donts to help your day go smoother:
|Dont do it on the Bank Holiday in August there were tailbacks, collisions, bottlenecks, wide loads and that was just on the hills.|
Dont order a haggis from a chip shop in Fort William - it took 45 minutes for them to catch it and fry it.
Dont go home before youre finished - always good advice when doing a challenge. I live sort of on the route from Ben Nevis to Scafell Pike and thought it would be a good idea to stop off at 2.00am to ablute and grab a bacon buttie. My bed has never looked so comfily glorious, even the memory foam pillow which is as hard as a slab. Me staring at the bed cost us an hour.
|Dont run over sheep the sheep in Wasdale sleep on the road. I dont know why because I didnt ask them. They just do. There was about 50 of them, snoring away - and they wont move. Its their road and theyre not bothered about you and your fancy headlights. We had to get out and clap our hands and do shooey hand gestures to get them to move. They eventually did, but Im sure a couple of them stuck the hoof up at me as they left.|
Dont get shot the Wasdale locals dont like Three Peakers making noise at 4.00am, you might be a rustler and they have guns. As a rule I dont talk at all after having 33 seconds sleep between Lock Lomond and a little bit further along Loch Lomond.
Dont drive yourself our specialist support team (wives) did most of the driving, but Doug did one section after Scafell Pike, mostly rattling along the verge with his eyes closed.
Dont tell your wife to drive a little bit faster, if possible she looked round, and her laser-vision burned into my skull. We continued at 55.
Dont think youre there when you get passed Chester how long is that road to Bangor? I was sure we must have missed the turning and carried on to Dublin.
Dont expect to get to the top of Snowdon - as we pushed through the Bank Holiday crowds to the top of Snowdon, we could see the mountain train pull into the station and a hundred cheats got off and started queuing to get to the little knobbly bit at the very top (see photo - that's not one of mine I can't find where I saved the photos). There were two options: push all hundred of them out of the way and give them a look of disgust at their laziness or say we did it and head off back down. We cheated. We didnt do the last 5 metres of Snowdon.
Dont tell anyone you didnt get to the top of Snowdon keep your cheating quiet.
Thanks for reading.