Just eight months to go now and every single day I’m thinking of the challenge ahead, sometimes nervously but mostly excited and then nervously!
Those of you that know me know I have done many exciting challenges around the world, both on foot and on my bike, from trekking across the Sahara, through the Grand Canyon and the Andes in Peru to cycling through three countries in four days with my Daughter Amy and cycling London to Paris on a 100 year old 3 speed bike to summiting Kilimanjaro and climbing to Everest Base camp. I’ve loved everyone and I cant really say I have a favourite, because they all hold special memories for me, but the mountains are so very majestic, peaceful and rewarding
So with this in mind, I felt that cycling for 50 consecutive days around the UK wasn’t quite enough, so I’ve decided to cycle to the foot of each of the UKs highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales and I will endeavour to climb those too!!
On day 13 of my Challenge, June 24th, on my way from Machynlleth to Bangor I will climb Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales at an altitude of 1,085 m (3,560 ft) above sea level, It is located in Snowdonia National Park in Gwynedd, one of my favourite mountains having watched the sunrise from the summit previously.
On day 16, June 27th, on my way from Morecambe to Carlisle I will climb Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England at 978 m (3,209 ft). It is located in the Lake District National Park in Cumbria. Probably one of the toughest mountains to climb due to the difficult terrain but some truly breathtaking views to enjoy due to its remote location
On day 21, July 2nd, on my way from Fort William to Inverness I will climb Ben Nevis, the highest Mountain in the British Isles. It is located at the western end of the Grampian Mountains in the Lochaber area of the Sottish Highlands, standing at 1,345 metres (4,411 ft) above sea level, this was the first mountain I ever climbed and it was here that I got the bug for mountains
So I will need to pack, my walking poles and trekking kit to take on the mountains safely, but I’m really looking forward to flying my MS Trust banner at the summit of each mountain and to sit, listen to the mountain, breathe and take in the spectacular views all around.
If anyone would like to join me on any of these mountains please do get in touch, I will climb these at a steady pace and may even get the train back down from Snowdon
The entire journey around the UK has some really wonderful locations to look out for, and as I work my way through the route planning I’m finding some great places to add on route, I look forward to sharing these locations in a future blog.