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Parks week ends with charity mountain climb

Posted 3 August 2011
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Parks week ends with charity mountain climb
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A group involved in encouraging more people from ethnic minority groups to visit the national parks made its point - and raised £400 in sponsorship money - with a sponsored climb up Helvellyn, England's third highest mountain.

The group from the Mosaic Trust - backed by the Campaign for National Parks - put on walking boots and climbed the 3,117 ft peak to mark the end of National Parks Week.

Made up of 12 people from different communities, the team took on the challenge of scrambling the narrow crest of Striding Edge on the way up the mountain.

It was part of an outing devised by community champion Aisha Mirza, who, like the other Mosaic volunteers performing similar roles around the country, has been seeking to encourage more people from ethnic minorities to head for the countryside frequently.

Those who fancy climbing Helvellyn but would prefer to avoid the exposure of Striding Edge or Swirral Edge on its east side can ascend it from the west, either from Thirlspot to the north-west via Helvellyn Lower Man, or from Grasmere to the south-west via Dollywaggon Pike.