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Walking our way

Ready for the off in Horton-in-RibblesdaleWell, now that summer's here at last, my mind has begun to stray to thoughts of the 'Inntravel walk'. You probably won't be surprised to learn that there are quite a few keen walkers on the staff here in the office and over the past two years, a group of us have enjoyed a great day's walking during the summer. With so much stunning countryside within easy reach we really are spoiled for choice here in Yorkshire, although wherever you live, I'm sure you'll agree that walking in the UK takes some beating.
The walks we choose have to be something a little bit out of the ordinary, something quite challenging, and therefore, hugely rewarding. Two years ago, staff members Sarah, Steve, Helen, Sam, Jonathan and I - plus a few friends - endured the Lyke Wake Walk. I say 'endured' because it was very hard going - 40 miles across the North York Moors from Osmotherly to the coast at Ravenscar. For those of you who know it, you'll know what I mean! We set of at 4.00am (see main pic below) and I don't mind admitting that I could happily have dropped out anywhere after the first ten miles or so. However, I persevered, thanks in no small part, to the encouraging words of my younger and/or fitter colleagues. After about sixteen hours, we made it to the end, where my wife was waiting with the car. Oh, how wonderful it was to sit down! (In truth, I had stopped about half a mile short of the official finish but it was close enough for me! Nothing was going to prize me out of that car!)
On the summit of WhernsideLast year, 'we' completed the Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks - Penyghent, Whernside and Ingleborough - 23 miles inside 12 hours. I say 'we', because unfortunately I couldn't make the walk and so the successful group was unhindered by my slower pace. Those who took part camped on the nights before and after in Horton-in-Ribblesdale and a grand time was had by all. With three hills to climb (on the summit of Whernside, right), it's tougher than it might at first appear, with the ascents getting progressively harder and steeper - at least that's how it feels! But on a good day, with fair weather and good companions, you can't beat it.

Carole, Sue, Maria at Castle HowardMost recently, a team from Inntravel took part in this year's charity fund-raising walk through the grounds and estate of our neighbour, Castle Howard, organised by New Futures Nepal on Sunday 20 June. Walking either 5 or 15 miles, our five-strong team of Carole, Sue, Maria (pictured here), Alison and Darcie, are hoping they have repeated their valiant efforts of last year when they were awarded the 'Golden Boot' for the most miles covered by one team. This sponsored event raises money for disadvantaged and disabled children in Nepal, and members of the Gurkha regiment from York usually attend the event to man the 'base camp' and see the walkers off with a stirring pipe salute. Sadly, they were away on exercises this year and so those who came to sample their famous Nepalese curry were in for a big disappointment! The good news is, though, they'll be back next year.

So the question now, is where to go for our office walk this year? We want somewhere that is not too far to travel to; something, as I've said, that is quite challenging; and a route that we are all going to enjoy. Peter from our sales team came up with the idea of walking the entire route of one of our UK short breaks - in a day! The options are Fenwick to Seahouses in Northumberland - 19.5miles; Middleham to Richmond in the Yorkshire Dales - 31miles; Bakewell to Castleton in the Derbyshire Peak District - 20.5miles; or Sinnington to Pickering on the North York Moors - up to 32miles. Dare I put myself through such a trial again? (Probably!)
The first thing is to find out who might be interested in setting forth - and then we'll put it to the vote as to where we go. I'll let you know in due course, which walk we took and how we got on. Look out for my 'blog' once we're back. Keep watching...

Team photo at start of Lyke Wake Walk


Posted: 23/06/2010 15:00:00 by | with 1 comments
Filed under: UK, walking

Steve Jack, Marketing
It's got to be the Peak District for me - not TOO long, and sounds amazing from what I've heard... (plus we have an in-house guide!!)
06/07/2010 09:26:34

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