• Lake Cabin - Outside
  • Lake Cabin - doors closed
  • Lake Cabin - doors open

On Saturday 15th August members of F+M took part in the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge. The 23+ mile route in the Yorkshire Dales National Park included Pen-y-ghent (2,227ft), Whernside (2,415ft) and Ingleborough (2,372ft).

Following a high energy breakfast of porridge it was off to the Cafe in Horton in Ribblesdale, the official starting point for the challenge. Once signed in at 6.45am, we set off anti-clockwise around the trail with the intention of completing it under the requisite 12 hours. The whole group climbed the first peak (Pen-y-ghent) quickly and having completed the descent we set off for the Ribblehead Viaduct. This stunning piece of Victorian engineering can be seen in one of the Harry Potter films and as if by magic, the Hogwarts train appeared while we took a well earned rest and lunch. The scenery all day was breathtaking in every direction and our spirits remained high, although there were times when we had to remember to look up from the irregular path ahead to appreciate it.

Once Whernside was conquered, the path took us back to our bunkhouse where we briefly rested prior to setting off to negotiate Ingleborough, the last peak. Now, whoever devised the route for the 3 Peaks Challenge must have had a horrible sense of humour as with tired legs, blisters, dodgy knees and aching bodies, walkers are expected to scramble up a virtually vertical and rocky wall that just keeps giving! At this point on the Ingleborough ascent, the group finally started to spread out as a sense of competition set in. Having reached the top, many chose to run down to the finish line in Horton but all who completed the challenge did so under the required 12 hours, a great achievement.

Back at Horton and having signed in, we all met at the local pub nearby for a well earned pint and short rest before heading back to the bunkhouse for a spruce up and a decent pub supper. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day spent in excellent company with all F+Mers getting to know each other a bit better.

Thanks to all who supported this event by donating to Medical Detection Dogs. So far £1,300 has been raised. Any further donations will be gratefully received here.

Those that took part were:

  • Norwich: Emma Horsfall, Stuart Haynes, Corrina Theobald, Dale Cooper, Jack Stewart, Neil Temple, Matthew Jennings, Matthew Wood, Luke Townshend, Philip Bodie and Lucy (the dog)

  • Cambridge: Chris Bullock, Anna Markova and Emily White

  • London: Christian Hiadzi, Anthony Sephton, David Slater, John Miminas and Donna Hasanaj