Walkers urged to conquer the Peaks for Wateraid

WaterAid is calling on walkers in the Peak District to don their boots and take on the area’s finest hills and mountains to raise vital funds for some of the world’s poorest people.

On Saturday June 16, the charity’s brand new mountain challenge event, the WaterAid 200, aims to put a team on the top of the 200 best hills and mountains in the UK and Ireland, as chosen by WaterAid supporters. The charity hopes to raise £200,000 for its work to improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in Nepal, where people in remote rural villages can face arduous treks along treacherous paths to find water which is often dirty and unsafe to drink.

Six hills and mountains in the Peak District national park made the list, including iconic Kinder Scout, home to the Kinder Downfall, the tallest waterfall in the Peak District, and the stunning lunar landscape of Bleaklow Head.

Keen climbers who want to explore further afield can take on some of the favourite peaks in Snowdonia, the Lake District and the Scottish Highlands. For those looking to go off the beaten track, the comprehensive list also offers the chance to discover some spectacular lesser-known mountains around the UK and Ireland.

Anna McGuire, Event Fundraising Executive at WaterAid, said: “The WaterAid 200 celebrates the most beautiful hill and mountain walks that the UK and Ireland have to offer – and the walks of the Peak District are right up there with the best.

“Every step each team takes will help some of Nepal’s poorest people climb out of poverty - families with safe water, sanitation and hygiene education have better health and with no need to trek for water adults are free to earn a living and children have time for school.”

To find out how you can get involved and climb for water, visit www.wateraid200.org Teams should have between four and seven people and each team is asked to raise a minimum of £400.