This is a challenging walk of approximately 14 miles over varied terrain, starting at Lobden Golf Club between 8am and 9am – your choice. It is undertaken entirely at the walker’s own risk. The organisers – Whitworth Sports Council – will provide you with written route instructions; and orange juice/water/plasters if required at every checkpoint; and vehicles may be available to remove you from the moor in the case of emergency. There will also be a certificate and a hot meal available to you at the finish at Lobden Golf Club. There is an option to complete a shorter walk instead of the full skyline, details are available on the entry form.
*It is the walker’s responsibility to wear appropriate clothing and carry appropriate kit. We suggest walking boots, though strong, properly tied, trainers will do if the weather is dry and has been for a while; spare socks; waterproofs, at least to carry, unless the day of the walk is guaranteed to be entirely dry; and at least one layer of clothing more than you expect, because it is nearly always cooler on the tops. A phone would be handy too; and some plasters and (optimistically) sun-cream. 14 miles will probably take between 5 and 8 hours to walk, so we suggest you bring a packed lunch/something to eat.
*There are 4 intermediate checkpoints spaced throughout the walk and the direction of tracel varies from year to year.. All walkers MUST check in at each checkpoint, and if you should drop out at any of these intermediate checkpoints you MUST tell the marshal there and hand in your numbered tag. Please do not drop out at any other point. Two checkpoints are vehicle-accessible.
*We regret to say that we cannot have dogs on the walk. We cannot differentiate between the well-trained and any others: it is the lambing season, and there are stiles: we have concerns about dogs as hazards, dogs en masse, and dogs as a nuisance to non-dog walkers. And how much fun would 14 miles on a short lead be? So, no dogs, and no exceptions. And please, no skyline walkers being accompanied by non-skyline dog walkers!
*Although there is some car parking space at or near the golf club this will fill up quite rapidly if, as we hope, lots of people walk: if possible can you car-share up to Lobden; or get yourself dropped off/picked up later; or even walk up? (Think of it as a warm-up.)
Entry fee - £3 up to the Wednesday before, £5 after that (lower entry fees for the shorter versions of the walk, full details on the entry form).
Any queries phone Jo Furtado (853442) or David Chorlton (853234)