The Yorkshire Three Peaks is a 24 mile circular route that takes in the summits of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen y Ghent, with a total climb of 1585m. To truly complete the challenge, the aim is to reach the finish line within 12 hours.
Setting off at 6.30am on Saturday morning, they paid for the mild weather with an attack from a swarm of midges which wouldn’t have been out of place in the Highlands of Scotland! These were soon shrugged off as the first group of walkers headed past the starting line.
Walking the traditional route backwards, Claire and Kirsty summited Ingleborough less than two hours after setting off. The highest peak of Whernside (736m) followed and the 10 mile trek towards Pen y Ghent commenced. This was a really gruelling part of the challenge, with a seemingly never-ending walk (crawl?) up to the top.
With the Three Peaks achieved, it was a very happy walk back down to Horton In Ribblesdale and the finish line. The challenge was completed in exactly 10 hours, so plenty of time to spare. A great day out, with money raised for a fantastic charity.