The Yorkshire 3 Peaks: my youngest daughter’s bright idea!
Penyghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, the three highest peaks in Yorkshire encircle the head of the Ribble valley, within the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The event was sponsored by British Heart Foundation, so lots of participants starting at 6.30am on a misty morning. The inevitable queue approaching Penyghent, the first peak and checkpoint, slowed everyone down. Then a long 10 walk across the valley before the accent of the tallest peak, Whernside, described by Wainwright as the least interesting of the three. Some six hours after the start we were making the long approach towards Ingleborough, which frankly looked intimidating under a cloud. At this point I should add I felt every single one of my sixty years. We paused for a break at the base of a very steep scramble; I heard someone near me say; “I can’t bear to look at that climb”. As it turned out it proved to be the most interesting and a rewarding view from the top. This was of course just the first stage scramble of the final peak. That left 5 miles downhill towards the finish, I say a little too casually! We finally crossed the finish line in Horton in Ribblesdale, to enjoy a welcome cup of tea and a burger after 24 miles and 5000 ft up and down. Back in Harrogate that evening; even more welcome were; the beers, wine, steaks and finally a brandy night cap. What a great idea, same time next year then? Well done and thanks Katie.