Sir Chris will walk up Whernside and Ingleborough with the MPs and peers

Sir Chris will walk up Whernside and Ingleborough with the MPs and peers

Everest summiteer Sir Chris Bonington will tackle two of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks in the company of MPs and peers to help boost an outdoors campaign.

The Cumbria-based mountaineer will accompany the parliamentarians to the top of the highest hill in Yorkshire as they enjoy their annual outdoors meeting.

The all-party parliamentary group for mountaineering will walk the 21km (13-mile) route up Whernside and then Ingleborough as part of a British Mountaineering Council co-ordinated event to promote the Britain on Foot campaign.

Members of the Cave Rescue Organisation, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, BMC, Plas y Brenin, the Yorkshire Dales Society and Outdoor Industries Association will take part in the walk.

The parliamentarians who have signed up for the walk are: David Rutley, Lord Haworth, Lord Greaves, Greg Mulholland, Derek Twigg, Nic Dakin, Andrew Stephenson and Julian Brazier. Skipton MP Julian Smith, in whose constituency the Three Peaks lie, will welcome the group.

The group will tackle Whernside and Ingleborough

The group will tackle Whernside and Ingleborough

Dave Turnbull, BMC chief executive, said: “There’s no better way of appreciating the huge contribution that mountain-related activities bring than by experiencing them first hand.

“This annual gathering brings together politicians and key local stakeholders to celebrate and discuss the important contribution of mountain-pursuits to the health and wellbeing of the nation and also to the local economy.

“The Britain on Foot campaign is underway to encourage more Brits to reap the health benefits of outdoor activities such as walking.

“We hope this will raise awareness of the campaign both in and out of Parliament.”

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