We did it! Our big sponsored challenge for 2019 – in aid of Young Devon – was another tough one! We had devised our own version of the iconic Three Peaks Challenge, but without leaving the Westcountry!
Our Three South West Peaks Challenge saw us climb the highest points on Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor and cycle the 90 miles between all three.
On 14 September, fifteen of us set off to walk up Dunkery Beacon on Exmoor; then cycle to Dartmoor to hike up to Higher Willhays, then on to Bodmin Moor for the final climb up Brown Willy.
The weather was in our favour as we cycled away from Dunkery Beacon at 10am on Saturday morning; quickly settling into two groups we struck out across mid-Devon towards Bundu campsite on the Granite Way beyond Okehampton. The final cycling stragglers finally arrived at the campsite as dusk fell, having cycled 58 miles and 4500 ft of hills.
Up at the crack of dawn on Sunday, we climbed to the roof of Dartmoor in beautiful sunshine, needless to say the views were stunning. The second cycling leg of 35 miles also had more than its fair share of hills. As we entered Cornwall the mist fell and we climbed Brown Willy with very little visibility at 5pm. The team finished its epic challenge at about 6.30pm in Rough Tor car park with a celebratory coffee and cake.
We chose to raise money for the brilliant charity Young Devon this year, because we believe the hopes and dreams of our region’s vulnerable young people are worth championing and investing in. Drive in any direction in Devon and you will find young people that Young Devon is housing, training or supporting. The 4,000+ young people they work with every year sit at the centre of everything that they do. Read more about the great work they do to prevent homelessness, improve mental health, provide skills training and give young people a voice here.
To sponsor the intrepid LHC team visit our Just Giving page here.