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Heading this way – no ‘peaking’ early!

In a few weeks time some Oaklea employees will be doing the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge as a fundraiser for Oaklea as a registered charity (No 1091722). Why not join them – or donate!

Beware men talking with beards…

It all began at the back end of last year when – well you know someone makes a suggestion in jest and then it takes off… So the idea of the “Three Peaky Beardos“* took off – literally up & down dale! (*This meeting of minds was Finance boss Charles, CYP Team supremo Matthew aka Mr Matty & our shy retiring webmaster/marketing hanger on, Simon!)

No sign of ‘Peaking’ too early!

The Three Peaks Challenge takes in what is known as the ‘Yorkshire Three Peaks‘ – Whernside (736 metres), Ingleborough (723 metres) and Pen-Y-Gent (694 metres) in one day. The distance is a round trip of 24 miles (38.6km). This includes 1585 ft of ascent (5,200 ft)

Charles has a strict schedule!

All part of the ‘warm up’ for the big one was a few jaunts up each hill. In February we did the first of The Three Peaks Pen-y-Gent. This is the only photo we have of that hike -as it was misty throughout and you couldn’t even see Pen-Y-Gent – it was during that very grim spell of weather tbf!

Whence on Whernside

In March the trio headed for Whernside – you can see the weather was improving – though woolly headwear still needed! On the images below you can see the view of Ingleborough from Whernside – Ingleborough being the final ascent (and descent) on the 7th June.




Having a sense of direction

Then this weekend just gone the ‘Peaky Beardos‘ headed up the final of the Three Peaks – Ingleborough so the legs in fine fettle and the build up complete -and in exceedingly hot conditions nee ‘scorchio’ temps – we won’t dwell on the many changing colour palettes of Mr Matty! (more suncream on order!)

How do you join in?

  • You can join us on Friday 7th June – it’ll be an early start (0500 at Horton in Ribblesdale)
  • You can be at start/finish and just do a bit if you wish
  • If you’d rather donate go to our dedicated justgiving page

Master of spreadsheets – finds new summit to ambitions!

There now follows a call to action from (Sir) Charles Holdsworth – Oaklea Finance supremo – we managed to interrupt him on Saturday at the summit of Ingleborough before tucking into his essential snacks & well accounted for delicacies – so vital on such a trek!

Where your money goes

You can see more examples in detail here -here’s some examples:

  • £50-80 can be used to support our youth activities by buying equipment
  • £60 covers the cost of registration for Open Awards for a learner with additional needs/disability
  • £2520 provides guided learning for an individual to achieve an entry level 3 qualification

The donations can fund things that make the lives of those Oaklea Group support better – for example in recent years this has ranged from money going to provide domestic goods at our property for young people in Ulverston to providing the trip of a lifetime for someone who has not had the opportunity to travel.

Find out about fundraising for Oaklea here –

So what you waiting for – join us…that’s the (Trig) point!

This week is also Mental Health Awareness week -(May 13-19 – go to – and getting outdoors is always good for mental well being – even if it means putting up with these chaps!

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