Trekkers wanted for ‘Summer Solstice’ climb
One of the UK’s leading children’s charities is appealing for trekkers to join them on one of the most arduous climbing challenges in England, in order to raise invaluable funds for disabled children.
Caudwell Children is looking for hardy individuals who can take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, a 25 mile trek that also takes in a 5,200ft ascent of the craggy Pen-y-Ghen, Whernside and Ingleborough peaks.
Participants will be up against the clock, as to successfully complete the challenge they will have to scale the three mountains within 12 hours.
The ‘Summer Solstice’ Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge will take place on Saturday 22nd June, 2019, the day after the longest day of the year.
Sarah Freeth, Challenge and Events Manager at Caudwell Children, says that you don’t have to be an experienced trekker to take part. As she explained: “Although some of the participants on our treks and climbs do have experience of such challenges many of those who take part don’t.
“As long as you have a reasonable level of fitness and can dig deep for a bit of extra grit and determination, it’s a perfectly achievable trek.
“On previous challenges of this kind some of those we thought would struggle actually led from the front, right the way through the challenge, whilst some of the expected high flyers lagged behind.
“But we will work as a team, encouraging each other all the way through the event, to ensure that everyone makes it to the end.”
Whilst this climb isn’t for the faint hearted Sarah says it’s an enjoyable challenge. On a good day trekkers enjoy some of the best views of the county, including breath-taking limestone scenery and a stunning panoramic view from the highest point in Yorkshire.
The trek starts with a fairly easy gradient for three miles before the route snakes upwards, gaining height, until reaching the summit brings glorious views across the Dales and on to Morecambe Bay and the Lakes.
“The views can be staggering,” continued Sarah. “You’ll also get to witness the engineering masterpiece of the Ribblehead Viaduct, built in the 1800s by over 2,000 workers.
“During the challenge there will be two opportunities to buy refreshments, including hot drinks, so you’ll have time to enjoy the terrain.
“We’ll have a qualified mountain leader to support us every step of the way so participants can rest assured they’re in capable hands.
“It will take about 12 hours to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks and it will be the experience of a lifetime.
“Not only that you’ll make new friends and the money raised from the challenge will help Caudwell Children to fund therapies, treatments, specialist equipment and short breaks to disabled children across the country.”
Individual registration fee costs £20 per person with a minimum sponsorship target of £150.
To find out more and register online visit the website here.