As cyclists flock to the roads to join in the pre-Grand Depart fever, mountain bikers can take up their own challenge on Saturday to help raise funds for three primary schools in North Craven.

The Three Schools Event also hopes to attract horse-riders, runners and walkers of all ages.

Beginning and ending in Clapham, the 19.08-kilometre (11.9-mile) course winds its way through the Three Peaks area, but there is also a shorter circular route of 12km (seven miles).

Gill Wood, headteacher of Austwick, Clapham and Horton Schools, said: “After a hugely successful event last year we’re delighted that this year’s event is attracting wider interest from outside the area and from all sorts of clubs and organisations.

“This year we’ve changed to a circular route which will make it much easier for everyone taking part and holding it on the May Day bank holiday weekend also makes it more attractive.”

The schools are appealing for more riders, cyclists, walkers and runners to join their fundraising challenge and are keen to exceed last year’s total.

Entry is £8 in advance or £10 on the day, with family tickets available at £15. The shorter course is £5.

Entrants are also encouraged to generate sponsorship and the person raising the most money will win dinner for two at The Traddock at Austwick. Last year's winner raised more than £200.

Further details are available from the school on 01729 860282 or by email at