2015-03-25 

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Hats the Way to do it for Yorkshire’s Three Peaks

Walkers are being challenged to reach the peak of silliness by climbing Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside or Ingleborough wearing an off-the-wall hat.

The gauntlet has been thrown down by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) to raise funds for vital path maintenance around the Three Peaks.

Hats the Way to do it for Yorkshire’s Three Peaks

Steve Hastie, the Authority’s Three Peaks Project Manager said: “To take part, all you need to do is to donate £5 to the project, take a ‘selfie’ at the top in your hat – the sillier the better – share it on the National Park Authority’s Twitter or Facebook pages and challenge three friends to do the same.

“Taking on one of the Three Peaks is an achievable challenge that can be done on your own, as a family or with a group of friends and it’s easy to join in. All you need is a sense of fun and – to cap it off – there is the reward of a great day out.

“There are many circular walking routes in the Three Peaks area to choose from and the YDNPA website features three – one for each peak – to help get you on your way. There is a six-mile loop taking in Pen-y-Ghent, a 7.5-mile circuit past Ribblehead Viaduct and to the top of Whernside and a nine miler that includes the summit of Ingleborough.”

The website also gives more information about the YDNPA’s conservation work and the challenges of looking after a very popular area that sees 250,000 visitors every year enjoying its network of footpaths.

Nick Cotton, the Authority’s Member Champion for Recreation Management, said: “Walking is a great way to improve your health and well-being – while experiencing the beautiful countryside of the National Park at the same time – so dig out your Easter bonnet, boater or beanie and help us raise money towards our work caring for Yorkshire’s beautiful Three Peaks.”

YDNPA

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