Yorkshire 3 Peak Challenge – we did it!
Our adventure began on Friday evening with our walking party meeting in Settle. A bit of nervous energy, combined with excitement buzzed around our group of 5, as we watched the weather like hawks and deliberated how many granola squares and hard boiled eggs we would be packing up in the morning. After a little shandy to ease our nerves, we hit the hay at sensible o’clock, ready for our 5:45am alarms!
On the morning of our challenge, armed with 2 litres of water each, slow release oaty snacks and peanut butter sandwiches, we were ready to go. Once signed in and having met our guide Tom, from Alfresco Adventures, Pen-y-Ghent was calling. Waterproofs on and an enthusiastic surge of fresh legs energy saw us to the top of our first peak by 8:45am. Next stop Whernside…calling for a quick cup of tea at the 10 mile viaduct point. It turned out to be a great idea to warm ourselves internally with a brew given that the weather conditions took a real watery turn for us. The rain got steadily heavier and pretty much kept driving down for the next 3 hours, making walking conditions wet and slippery to say the least.
After a quick change of wet socks and damp leggings for some, at the top of Whernside, and a cheeky hip flask pick-me-up, we set off again ready to conquer Inglebrough. It was still rather wet, so waterproof trousers were definitely needed and it became rather misty. Approaching the summit of Inglebrough, after a rocky, steep scramble up was super exciting and our adrenalin was pumping. Unfortunately our views were non-existent at the top but our sense of achievement was soaring. With a spring in our step to now complete our challenge within the 12 hours, we started our rocky, slippery descent, across Limestone Pavement, eagerly looking out for civilization, and a pub! And there it was…after eleven hours of walking, Horton-In-Ribblesdale was in sight!
We had completed our challenge, all intact and all immensely proud of ourselves.
And what better way to congratulate ourselves than to share a few drinks, eat a delicious meal and sit with our feet in a Himalayan foot soak sipping celebratory Prosecco!? Perfect!
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