Trekking family tick off 3 peaks
CHILDREN aged just five and eight joined in a daunting family challenge - and succeeded in climbing the tallest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales.
The Dobson family, including Travis and younger sister Honey, scaled Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike to complete the national ‘Three Peaks’ challenge.
Mum Emma, of Dobbin Close, Rawtenstall said she and husband Duane decided to involve their children, who both go to Holy Trinity primary school in Stacksteads, in walking to be more active as a family and set the Three Peaks as their goal at the start of the year. They completed the final peak, Scafell Pike, on September 30.
Emma, who works at an estate agents, said: “We didn’t want the kids to be ‘TV children’ so we decided to try and incorporate them into our walking. We thought it might be difficult for them being so young, but both of them really love going up and down mountains. Afterwards they are quite knackered, but by the morning they are just running round like crazy.”
Across all three mountains they walked around 27 miles - although Honey did cover some of the distance on her dad’s shoulders. Emma added: “They have both achieved a tremendous amount at such a young age. It can be quite dangerous but, as long as you practice and prepare properly, there’s no reason why anyone shouldn’t do it.” ●● The Dobson family, from Rawtenstall, have managed to complete the national Three Peaks challenge. Dad Duane with wife Emma and children Travis, eight, and Honey, four