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Sir Chris joins Otley MP in Dales
10:00am Friday 27th September 2013 in Local news
Otley’s MP joined celebrity climbers including veteran Everest mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington for a special day out in the Yorkshire Dales.
Members of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Mountaineering picked the Yorkshire Dales National Park for its annual outing this year.
The politicians, including Greg Mulholland (Lib Dem, Leeds North West), enjoyed a 13-mile hike from Ingleton to Horton-in-Ribblesdale organised by the British Mountaineering Council.
Sir Chris and Yorkshire climber Alan Hinks – the first Briton to summit all 14 mountains over 8,000 metres high – were also among the party, along with members of the Yorkshire Dales Society, BMC, Cave Rescue Organisation and the Outdoor Industries Association.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s director of park services, Kathryn Beardmore, said: “It was a wonderful day organised by the BMC.
“I was really pleased they chose the Three Peaks for the event, which aimed to promote the health and economic benefits of walking.”
The BMC’s chief executive, Dave Turnbull, added: “The day was all about promoting Britain on Foot, a campaign run by the Outdoor Industries Association to encourage people into the great outdoors.”
Part of the route followed the steep stone steps on Ingleborough which were recently repaired as part of the Three Peaks Project, with funding from the BMC’s Access and Conservation Trust.