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Everest hero Chris Bonington joins Yorkshire Dales trek
9:00am Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
Skipton MP Julian Smith welcomed Parliamentarians and mountaineers to the Yorkshire Dales for the annual walk of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Mountaineering.
The route took in two of the Three Peaks – Ingleborough and Whernside.
The group was joined by representatives of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Yorkshire Dales Society and the Clapham-based Cave Rescue Organisation, who had been invited to join the walk after being nominated by Mr Smith.
He said: “It was great to welcome legends such as Chris Bonington and Alan Hinkes, as well as many MPs and peers to Skipton to promote the benefits of walking.
“The aim was to promote Britain on Foot, a campaign to encourage more people to get active outdoors and explore our country through walks.
“With the Tour de France passing through Craven next year, the coming 12 months are hugely important to showcase the importance of physical activity and the benefits of exploring this part of the world on two feet or two wheels.
“Walkers play a huge part in boosting our economy through their use of tea rooms and cafes to bed and breakfasts and hotels. The more we can do to encourage people to sample the Dales, the better.”
The walk was organised by the British Mountaineering Council.
Its chief executive, Dave Turnbull, said: “There’s no better way of appreciating the huge contribution that mountain-related activities bring than by experiencing them first hand.
“This annual gathering brings together politicians and key local stakeholders to celebrate and discuss the important contribution of mountain pursuits to the health and well-being of the nation and to the local economy.
“The Britain on Foot campaign is under way to encourage more Brits to reap the health benefits of outdoor activities such as walking. We hope this will raise awareness of the campaign both in and out of Parliament.”
While winding up the slopes of Ingleborough, the group tackled the steep stone steps that have been repaired thanks to the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Three Peaks Project, which received funding from the BMC’s Access and Conservation Trust.
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