Once again, the intrepid Lynch brothers, Merrill, Rob and Darren from L Lynch Plant gave themselves a demanding physical challenge for their annual ‘brothers Lighthouse Day’ challenge and took on the Yorkshire 3 peaks. Here’s their report featuring the highs of the day!
We gathered on Friday evening in Horton-in-Ribblesdale and after catching up with each other and watching Arsenal come back and win 3-2 against Leicester on the opening day of the Premier League, we set our minds to the upcoming challenge of climbing the three highest points in Yorkshire. Pen-y-Ghent at 694 metres looms above Horton-in-Ribblesdale, then it’s a long walk across to Whernside at 736 metres and a steep climb of 723m for Ingleborough. The usual time to complete the challenge is 12 hours.
We were all in fine spirits and we were joined by many other groups who were also setting off early. The first mountain comes quickly and the track ramps up sharply. With much huffing and puffing we reached the summit. It was just 1 hour and 15 minutes into our walk, but the harder miles were yet to come.
The route then followed the Pennine Bridleway gradually downwards and towards High Birkwith. After a brief stop at God’s Bridge we marched on to the Ribblehead Viaduct. This is a magnificent railway structure and forms the backdrop to much of the walk. With the occasional two carriage trains trundling through this dramatic Yorkshire scenery, it is an idyllic picture to observe.
Looking ahead, we wondered when Ingleborough would come into sight and we tried to trace the groups of people ahead of us. The way soon became clear, but it was hard to make out the route to climb the steepest part of the mountain. Then we saw a zig zag of colours scaling the rocks to ascend and we understood it would be tough.
This involved a concerted effort of 10 to 15 minutes, up and up sharply, watching one’s footing to stay balanced. I enjoyed the battle up the rocks and behind a magnificent view was being revealed as the sun was beginning to come out. I was delighted to be at the top and finished the climb with a surge. After 9 hours on the move, we enjoyed the scene that greeted us and took some time to really appreciate how far we could see all around us, with the Morecambe coastline and sea visible as well as Scafell Pike in the Lake District. What remained was another tricky descent and a long 4 mile stretch back into Horton.
It has been amazing to support The Lighthouse Club, who help those in the construction industry that need it most. I would highly recommend doing a Lighthouse Charity Day, it’s been an amazing feeling to support our own and have some fun along the way doing it. We’ve already committed to do the London Marathon for the Lighthouse Club Charity next year so plenty of time for the training!
Thank you to Merrill, Rob and Darren for putting themselves on the line again and good luck with the marathon training!