Here at Open Country we love a good challenge and have set ourselves not one, not two but THREE wild challenges this year!

We know that Yorkshire is crammed with waterfalls surrounded by some fabulous scenery. But how many are there? And could we visit them all? Our various walking groups have set themselves the huge challenge of visiting every fall, force or plunge in 2019! We’re not doing too badly with at least a dozen ticked off our list already including a number on the impressive Ingleton Waterfalls Walk and the mighty Aysgarth Falls.

Our adventurous weekend walkers have taken on the 60 mile Wilberforce Way, launched in 2007 to mark the bicentenary of the Act of Parliament abolishing British involvement in the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The trail starts in Hull, where William Wilberforce was born, goes through Pocklington, where he went to school and finishes in York where he was declared MP for the County of Yorkshire. May will see the next section of the challenge completed, the first part from Hull to Market Weighton having been completed by our Winter Walking Weekend group back in March.

Having tackled both English and Scottish long distance cycle rides, our intrepid tandemers are taking on ‘Wheels to Wales’ this summer, riding 100 miles from Chester into the wilds of North Wales and across to Holyhead on Anglesey. We’ve heard that there are a few hills around those parts but as long as we stay fuelled on Bara Brith and Welsh Cakes we should be able to go the distance!

Keep an eye on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates on all these challenges plus our other regular walking, cycling, adventure and conservation activities.

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