I’ve mentioned before that I wanted to do a charity trek and the first part of making that a reality was registering my place on a trek on the Great Wall of China in May 2017. I’ll be raising money for The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust, a charity close to my heart because I suffered from one myself, and that’s what spurs me on to do this challenge. If I can raise awareness and vital funds for them I will be so pleased, so what’s a few blisters along the way?!
My fitness has really been improving over the year with our walks and a few gym sessions, but with my charity trek being booked I need to do a few bigger walks and it’s not fair to drag my little people along on these. Although I’m massively proud of how far they have been walking.
An early Sunday morning after a few days of rain we set off into the Yorkshire Dales for Ribblehead viaduct where our walk would start!
It was hard work again as we walked over new laid rock slab paths that went up, down and round, passing over bogs and streams until we were at the bottom of a very steep path that would take us up to the summit.
At times the ‘path’ up sees you scrambling nearly on your hands and knees with vertiginous drops and a spectacular view. It was by far the hardest climb I have ever done and you are fooled into thinking you have reached the summit, but no there’s more!
Tired and with achy legs we were greeted at the the actual summit with a 360° view, absolutely spectacular.
A steep descent and we made the long walk back to the car, along footpaths, over streams, stiles and a detour along the road. In all we had walked about 18 miles, the furthest I have ever walked. As we had made our way around I had realised it was exactly a year ago I had the surgery on my left hip. What a great anniversary! I was so overwhelmed, proud of us and tired by the time we got back to the car I burst into tears! We had walked two of Yorkshire’s great peaks, I was still in one piece (maybe with a few blisters) but a great achievement in my training towards conquering my Great Wall challenge.
You can read more about my challenge on my Justgiving page.