Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge - Monday 29th May - Tuesday 30th May
The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge is a 24 mile (38.6km) round trip and includes a 1585m (5200ft) ascent, taking in the peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Our aim: to complete the journey in under 12 hours.
Six Year 12 students completing the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, took on this challenge, along with Mr Gaygan, Mrs Pegg, Mrs Sperling and Mick Fenwick; an experienced Mountain Leader and headteacher from a school in North Yorkshire. We began by driving up to stay overnight in Ingleton; a beautiful little village with great fish and chips and pizza!
The challenge started at 6:30am the very next day from Horton in Ribblesdale. Watches were set and the walk was on! A quick ascent from the village made us all realise what we had gotten ourselves into.
The views were breathtaking. Miles of green fields, stone walls and acres of farmland. Students have spoken about feeling “enlightened”, “fresh” and “on top of the world!” To many of them, being this far up North in the UK was already out of their comfort zone and to physically and mentally challenge themselves on top of this was what made it even more memorable.
There was a tremendous amount of effort by all involved to get through this marathon and what started as a chilly, cloudy morning, turned out to be extremely warm once the clouds had shifted. The paths and navigation were a lot easier than expected and you could work out the route just by following “the white brick road”. It was an amazing day of endurance and achievement by all. It certainly tested every individual’s limits.
The challenge was a real team effort and was in the end completed in 11 hrs and 29 mins. A fantastic achievement and something that every student should be extremely proud of. Thank you so much to the staff involved, from the physically demanding challenge itself to the mentally tiring journey back to school through the night.
“A picture is worth a thousand words, but a memory is priceless”.