For part four of their charity challenge #10mountains10months, Jess Martin and her dog Toby not only tackled Kinder Scout, and they even took the grandpawrents. Jess tells of the trip
The route up Kinder Scout is gorgeous – we highly recommend it to some of the more adventurous dogs out there. It can be confusing once you reach the trig point, because there are several paths off the top, so make sure you are following a route rather than other walkers (unless you want to make new friends on a car park far, far away).
How we prepared
Unlike for our previous three walks of this challenge (find the articles here: The Old Man of Coniston, Moel Fameau and Mam Tor) the weather was kind to us. walking in the warmer weather with my beloved Border terrier, Toby, means we have to take other things into consideration: additional water for both him and me; his boots in case the rocks become too hot underfoot; his cooling coat and mat for when we have a break, and ensuring that he has more regular stops to have a drink and a snack. Our Kurgo Gourd bottle was once again such a handy piece of kit. The route up Kinder Scout we take thankfully also follows a stream so there are plenty of opportunities for dogs to dip their feet and have a paddle to cool off.
There are a few tough climbs on this route and we had to lift Toby up at one section despite his mountain-goat tendencies. Other than a few steep and rocky sections, however, you are walking along an undulating ridge. You do have to climb up the stream, which is challenging but rewarding, although this section can be sloppy underfoot (or wet, if it rained recently).
Our route took us via the peak William Clough, up to a stream, then on to the ridge before meeting the downfall. This is a beautiful spot for lunch and a perfect place for dogs to have a little dip to cool off before re-fuelling for the next leg up to the trig point.
The route is approximately 10 miles and 620m (2,034ft) of ascent, making it the longest adventure we have done so far for this challenge. Even though Toby is a very good boy, I kept him on the lead for most of the walk, because the sheep around can be just too tempting.
We had additional walkers with us for this challenge – my mum and dad (Toby’s grandpawrents) joined us. They are used to big adventures and did the Yorkshire three peaks with the dog and me last year for one of the charities that we are supporting.
It was nice to have the additional company along the way and it certainly made people look at us all donning our charity T-shirts, which is what this challenge is all about: raising awareness for the prevention of young suicide and charities PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide) and is CALM (Campaign against living miserably).
This walk also included another visitor, who hitched a ride in Toby’s backpack along with his usual first aid kits: a little felted Border terrier named Sybil (#sybilontour on Instagram). Our new friend is raising awareness for Huntington’s disease, which is a degenerative disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain. Studies have shown an increased risk of suicide to individuals who suffer from Huntington’s disease, so we are more than happy to add Sybil’s mission to our own.
Follow Jess and Toby’s adventures on Instagram @jessyyandtoby