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Our Personal Motivation David’s Passion

By David Humphrey | Production Planner

Hillwalking is my passion


Whether it be the Yorkshire Dales, Scottish Munros, Welsh Mountains or my own personal favourites, the Lake District Fells.

I suppose I have to thank my parents for this, as they were the ones who took me to Lakeland during the summer holidays from an early age and encouraged me to get out and enjoy the countryside – I vividly recall at the age of 9 being led up Helvellyn, which is one of the four Lakeland peaks which rises above 3,000 feet.

The Lakeland fells were popularised by Alfred Wainwright’s series of seven pictorial guide books describing the ascents of all 214 summits, and it is now a popular pastime for fellwalkers to “tick off” the full set. I managed to complete this achievement myself a few years ago, celebrating with a glass of champagne with a few friends and family on my final summit.

This hasn’t stopped me going back time and again though, as there are always new routes to find, and there’s nothing like getting out there and experiencing the freedom of the open country.

So whenever I need to blow the cobwebs away and forget about the stresses and strains of everyday life, it’s time to head for the hills, and after a hard day’s walk I can come back down and stroll into the nearest hostelry safe in the knowledge that I have truly earned that first pint…