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In Yorkshire near Rotherham he had been on the ramble…

…okay, when I say ‘near’ Rotherham I mean the other side of Leeds and then some but still, the Yorkshire Dales is where I, along with the newly established and catchily named Walsall Walking and Cycling Club Sports & Social (‘WWACCSS’ for short), spent a few happy hours yesterday completing the Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge.

As you may have seen previously on this blog, us police officers like a challenge and last year we made two attempts on the Welsh 14 Peaks, failing the first time and triumphantly succeeding the second.

We’d talked about doing Yorkshire’s own version of the national three peak dash and so at 4AM yesterday morning met up at Bloxwich Police Station for the drive up North.

I was a sleeping policeman for some of the drive so I couldn’t really tell you how long it took to get there but get there we did (despite my directions) and we set out onto the hills nice and early with one group aiming to complete all three peaks and another heading for a shorter route.

As you can see from the photos it was pretty warm yesterday which didn’t make the first ascent particularly welcoming but we slogged our way to the top of Pen-Y-Ghent and tapped the trig point before heading across the valley to Whernside, crossing the notorious bog on the side of Pen-Y-Ghent as we did so.

Whernside itself was climbed at midday, just as the sun was really flexing its muscle, and it probably didn’t help that the route we took involved ignoring/losing the footpath and scrambling up the steep side to the top but again as with Pen-Y-Ghent, we were rewarded with some fantastic views at the top.

Ingleborough was the last peak and so we dropped back into the valley, again paying only very loose attention to the paths, before winding our way up to the top and then down the other side into Horton-In-Ribblesdale where we had parked.

We managed to complete the twenty five mile route in a total of nine hours and eighteen minutes which we were happy with and so celebrated with great quantities of pub food which due to a power cut we ended up eating by candlelight.

For anyone interested in the Yorkshire Three Peaks, it’s definitely one I’d recommend and a good place to start if you’re thinking of trying one of the harder challenges such as the national Three Peaks or the Welsh 3000s. Best advice if you are interested is wear some decent boots and mind the bog – you will go up to your knees at some point!

You can find out a little more about the Yorkshire Three Peaks here and if you do fancy it, you’ll need the OL2 map which covers all three peaks.

The route up Pen-Y-Ghent, it is exclusively up hill all the way to the top – ridiculous!

This is the bog I mentioned – it is wet, boggy and hungry for shoes of all types.

Peak two – Whernside. Should have actually been called ‘Steepside’ but I think it’s too late to rename it now…

The awkwardly persistent climb up Ingleborough.

All done! Can we go home now?

Take a walk on the wild side…

At the start of June me and a few other Walsall officers had set off for a spot of what I’d term ‘extended foot patrol’ through the Snowdonia National Park. We’d been hoping to complete the 14 Peaks Challenge – climbing all of the Welsh mountains above 3000 ft in under twenty-four hours.

We’d had a great time trying and you may remember I put up a blog post with a few photos. Thing was due to a combination of running out of light and one of our team headbutting a rock, we’d only managed to reach the first eight summits.

Obviously not wanting to let the challenge get the best of us as soon as we’d got back to the West Midlands we launched back into the process of planning another attempt on the Welsh 3000s.

Yesterday saw the fruition of some very intricate, highly confusing plans with us successfully scaling each and every necessary peak between Snowdon and Foel-fras in a total time of fifteen hours and fifteen minutes which, with climbing up Snowdon itself and then to the car park at the end of the route, meant eighteen-something hours walking altogether.

Having managed a grand total of one and a half hours’ sleep the night before, we made our way up Snowdon in the dark at around 03:45 watching the sunrise as we approached the top. We then crossed over Garnedd Ugain before picking our way across Crib Goch’s unfriendly ridge and dropping back down into the valley.

After this we walked past our campsite at Llanberis before clambering up Elidir Fawr – the longest, hardest climb – and then crossing another four peaks before dropping from the top of Tryfan back down again to the shores of Ffynnon Lloer.

The final stage involved another tough climb up Pen yr Ole Wen and then following the route over the remaining peaks finishing up on Foel-fras.

I think justifiably I’m feeling a little tender today (I’ll not be dancing any jigs) but the walk was fantastic and as you can see from the photos, the weather was perfect.

I’d recommend it to anyone serious enough to take on the challenge, one thing I wouldn’t say though is that it’s an easy one because it most certainly is not!

Crib Coch at twenty to six in the morning.

Clambering up the side of what we all agreed to be the toughest, meanest peak - Elidir Fawr.

Sgt. Nagra taking a much needed break on the way up Pen yr Ole Wen with Tryfan behind him.

Yet another peak. I don't even want to think about which one this was, it was high and peaky.

Foel-fras, the final peak.

Me with the sun settling down under the blanket of clouds resting over Conwy Bay.

From the highest mountain, valley low…

These are a few pics taken during our attempt to complete the ‘14 Peak Challenge‘ – scaling all the mountains above 3000 feet in Snowdonia. In one go.

Now, unfortunately we didn’t quite manage it this time round owing to a combination of running out of light and one of us headbutting a rock but even so, we ‘enjoyed’ a good twelve hours of walking and took in some breathtaking views and also a few literally breathtaking ascents.

This time round we covered the first two sections of the walk – Snowdon Massif and Glyderau finishing on Tryfan just before the route continues onto the Carneddau section up Pen yr Ole Wen.

Scrambling over the Crib Goch ridge heading away from Garnedd Ugain and Snowdon.

Tryfan as seen from Y Garn.

Ascending Y Garn prior to climbing back up to Glyder Fawr.

Me taking the plunge down the side of Glyder Fach on the way to Tryfan.

Me again, this time clinging onto the side of Glyder Fach whilst thinking to myself how incompatible I am with plummeting off a mountain side and how little I wanted this to happen.

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