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Mountaineers celebrate walking in the Yorkshire Dales
5:13pm Sunday 22nd September 2013 in News
CELEBRATED mountaineers have joined MPs and peers on a hike through the Yorkshire Dales to highlight the economic contribution and health benefits of mountain pursuits.
Sir Chris Bonington, whose career has included nineteen expeditions to the Himalayas and Northallerton-based Alan Hinkes, the first British mountaineer to climb all the world’s 8,000 mountains, joined Ripon and Skipton MP Julian Smith on a 13-mile walk that included a section of the Three Peaks Challenge.
The annual walk of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Mountaineering, which was organised by the British Mountaineering Council, aimed to promote Britain On Foot, a campaign to encourage people explore the country through walks.
It follows the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust funding a new route for part of the Three Peaks Challenge, which attracts around 100,000 walkers wanting to scale Penyghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in less than 12 hours every year.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority said the Whitber route had proved popular with walkers as it offered an alternative path from Pen-y-ghent to Ribblehead Hill, meaning the eroded trail through Horton Moor and Black Dubb Moss could be avoided.
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