James Connolly to lead Lake District charity walk

Mam Tor February 2018 crop
The last charity challenge for the catering equipment industry walkers saw them ascend Mam Tor in the Peak District last year.

A collection of UK catering equipment industry competitors and colleagues are set to join forces in support of the Hospitality Action charity.

On the back of a trial walk in the Peak District last year, the catering equipment industry walking group is now planning its next outing with a view to encouraging more people to partake in some exercise or even taking on a challenge to climb a hill or even a mountain.

The group are proposing to visit Cumbria’s Lake District and walk up one of the great peaks there, Blencathra, on the Northern Fells. The walk, which is about 7 miles, will be led by James Connolly of Celltherm Coldrooms and whilst the walk itself may seem short, there will be an overall ascent of 2,777 feet or 868 metres, which will present a significant challenge to the group.

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Connolly commented: “The Blencathra walk is an absolute stunner. It is one of the Wainwright classics with spectacular views across the Lake District to the Helvellyn range and beyond on a clear day.”

Duncan Hepburn of Hepburn Associates, is once again helping out with the organisation of an event. “We’re looking to build on the success of the last event in the Peak District and by giving people ample notice we hope to get an even bigger turnout than last time,” he said.

Nick Archer of Salford-based Archer Catering Services will also be hitting the hills again after joining the group at Mam Tor in the Peak District last year. He added: “We welcome walkers of all abilities, although we ask everyone to come equipped with walking boots, waterproofs, food and warm drinks. They should be prepared for some bad weather, just in case. We won’t be sprinting along, rather waiting for everyone, enjoying the day and the beautiful countryside around us.”

The date for the event has been set for Friday 20 September. Connolly detailed: “We have deliberatively set the event on a working day so we’re encouraging industry colleagues to take a day out and go for a nice ramble amongst some of the most stunning and beautiful landscape that the Britain’s Lake District has to offer. Mental health is very important and it’s a well-known fact that a decent walk in the hills once or twice a week will do more for improving your mental health than any dose of anti-depressants.”

The group are aiming to meet on the Friday morning in Penrith before heading off to Threlkeld to begin walk returning to Penrith for a bite to eat later that day. There is a hint of a social drink or two and an overnight stop in the town planned.

Connolly is encouraging more industry colleagues to contact him or Archer for further details about the walk and afterwards.

To donate to the event’s JustGiving page in aid of Hospitality Action, click here.

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