Trekking fam­ily tick off 3 peaks

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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

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