White Rose Challenge Hike
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Join Steven and David for an epic journey over the North York Moors. The day challenge event follows the official longer route of the White Rose Walk heading south to north by first ascending to the White Horse at Kilburn and ending at Teesside's Matterhorn Roseberry Topping. The escarpments on the western and northern sides of the plateau are followed and several amazing viewpoints are visited Whitestone Cliff and Cringle Moor both giving far reaching aspects of rural Yorkshire.
This route almost in its entirety follows the Cleveland Way, a great way of celebrating the 50th anniversary of this long distance path clocking up some miles and testing your walking legs in good company.
This route is challenging and a good level of fitness and stamina is necessary, the pace will be steady around three to three and a half miles per hour to complete in daylight hours.
The leaders will be staying in the town close to the start point the evening before.
What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
Plenty of fruit, high calorie snacks, plenty of water or fruit squash 4 litres being ideal. There will be an opportunity to leave some of your food and drink with the vehicle support to pick up at the checkpoints spread over the route.