Our inspiration to take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Cavernoma Alliance UK was Katy’s diagnosis of multiple cavernomas’ back in April 2014 which made us become active to raise some money for the charity.
We started the challenge from the Pen-y-ghent cafe at 7am on Saturday 18th April 2015 with the sun shining in the clear blue sky all ready for the 25 mile hike that lay head, beginning at the foot of the first peak (Pen-y-ghent).
After quite a challenging ascent, we reached the top of Pen-y-ghent after only one hour where we stopped briefly to admire the views and take a couple of photos before setting off on the long walk to the largest of the peaks, Whernside.
The weather was definitely on our side as we walked over the beautiful Yorkshire countryside before taking on the gradual ascent to the top of Whernside where we had a 10 minute break to admire the outstanding views and enjoy a quick snack, drink and some more photographs before heading down the steep descent towards the impressive final peak, Ingleborough.
As Ingleborough got gradually closer we could feel the hike taking its toll on our legs, back and poor feet but with the final peak in sight we pushed on with vigor and arrived at the base of the mountain in good time to be greeted with an almost sheer ascent ahead. This was without doubt the most challenging of the peaks but as we got to the trigger point (the pinnacle) we both felt a great feeling of achievement and exhilaration that helped us through the final 5 mile walk back to the cafe at Horton-in-Ribblesdale where we were advised that we had completed the challenge in 9 hours.
Although this walk was tough at times we thoroughly enjoyed it whilst raising money for a worthwhile cause and would recommend this challenge to anyone who wishes to gain a real sense of achievement!