How It All Started

The Hairy Hikers on Pen-y-ghent during the 2008 Challenge The Hairy Hikers were formed in the spring of 2008. Initially as a group of friends that wanted to raise money for charity by completing a sponsored hike.

It all started on Easter Sunday (23rd March) 2008 when Paul Jacques was visiting Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales. Paul, accompanied by his then pregnant Wife Nicola and Mother in Law Marlene, was perusing the books in The Dales Book Centre.

"I was looking in the walking books section when I spotted a book: The Novices Guide to Completing the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Walk, by Brain Smailes (4th Edition), I thought to myself I’m going to do that for charity and bought the book there and then. After losing Nicola's Dad to cancer in 2007 and the fact that one of Nicola's friends just happened to work for Macmillan Cancer Support, I decided to do the Yorkshire 3 Peaks for them."

After a night in Paul's local pub and with the help of Black Sheep Best Bitter, he persuaded some of his friends to join him in the challenge. A few others joined the merry band and some training walks were planned. It was at this point that the group realised a name would be a good idea, they all made suggestions and voted. Andy Lambert's suggestion of The Hairy Hikers won the vote. And that is how it all started.

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