My balance isn't the best so I don't really fancy "proper" climbing where you need ropes...etc
I was wondering if someone could suggest some challenging climbs around Lancashire / Yorkshire which don't require climbing gear with minimal danger
Also is there a word for stiff hill climbing without ropes and no real danger?
Let me know
Hi Richard. Yes, it's called hillwalking.
those hills between lancs and Yorks i.e. the Pennines are a good challenge, just make sure you can navigate well before heading out on to them though, or go with someone else who can do all that!
There are loads. Just pick an area and buy a map - or borrow one from your local library. Pendle 'ill in Lancashire or one of the three Yorkshire Peaks (Wernside, Ingleborough or Pen-y-gent) are all good days out with decent views at the top.
My first hillclimb was the main ridge on Fleetwith Pike in the Lake District. Sufficiently steep and exposed to give a complete novice some excitement but easy enough for anyone to do. For dramatic and exciting hills I always turn to the lakes, you're much closer than me so enjoy :)
One level 'up' in difficulty from hillwalking you have scrambling I guess, maybe try some very easy scrambling too?
Un-roped scrambling is one of the more dangerous ways to experience the mountains, especially for the inexperienced.
Pendle Hill is a good old ascent.
And not hiking, that is for Amuricans.
You may find this book on scrambles enjoyable as a bridge between fell walking and climbing. It has give me many years of pleasure.
I don't know what's come over this forum. People giving sensible advice to a newcomer? It's not like the old days.
There is some walking/climbing/scrambling at Dovestones reservoir area.
Ive climbed pendle hill. Scrambing looks good. I do know my limits so wont go for anything too challenging. Thanks for all you advice. Cheers Richard
"Stiff hill climbing without ropes and no real danger" is called via ferrata. In Germany and Austria is's klettersteig.
Unfortunately UK have only 3 routes and they are purpose built commercial attractions.
On the continent where are thousands of routes and they are public. Many are easy accessible and can be done in one day, others would take a hike to approach and few days to complete. Alps are probably the best place to go. With Dolomites and Tyrol being best places in Alps. However it's just my personal preference.
It's same scrambling or easy climbing, but with additional holds, sometimes ladders and bridges on lower grades. Plus you are clipped and falls extremely unlikely to be fatal. No ropes are needed, but harness, two slings and karabiners are bare minimum. Helmet and special lanyard instead of slings are advisable. Leather gloves are a good thing to have as well. No training is needed, just make sure at least one of karabiners is clipped to a cable at any given time.
You can always hold to cable and that really helps with balance. And it's best route to advance from hill walking in my opinion. Both safe, adventurous and usually very spectacular.
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