2020 will be the 6th year of the ‘Mind Hike’ and it promises to be the best event yet! Every year the Mind Hike takes place in a new location, and so earlier this week our UK Operations manager, Andy Baker, was up in Whitby putting the final touches to this years event. Here he explains why this years Mind Hike will be better than ever!
“The Mind Hike is always a special event for Charity Challenge. It has always had a unique feel and there has always been an incredibly supportive environment over the weekend. It’s for this reason that our leaders always look forward to this event more than any other each summer. Over the years the team at Mind have created a great way of grouping people into different ‘teams’, and the aim of the event is to support each team member to complete the challenge. It isn’t about distance, but about supporting each other to complete the 24 hours of walking. It’s a bit of different event, and was designed specifically for Mind as mental health is all about supporting each other.
For 2020 the Mind Hike is heading to Whitby and everyone who takes part this year will be staying in the YHA that is right next to the iconic Whitby Abbey, up on the cliff tops above the town. Anyone who hasn’t been to Whitby before is in for a real treat, with cobbled streets winding around the old harbour and, of course, the famous 199 steps that wind up to the abbey. It’s a classic old historic Yorkshire fishing town, and there is a reason why Dracula arrived in the UK here!
For each Mind Hike we always have 2 different routes, the day route and the night route. This year both routes are fantastic. The day route will take everyone along the cliff tops all the way down to beautiful Robin Hood’s Bay, a classic old fishing village set right at the foot of the cliffs. Everyone will have time to recharge their batteries in the village before the route loops back to Whitby via the old railway line. Having just walked this route, even in blustery January it was a beautiful walk with the coastline stretching away into the distance, so in the summer it should be spectacular.
The night route will then head north of Whitby, before returning along the beach and then up those famous steps to the finish! If ever the celebration breakfast will have been earnt it will be after finishing a 24 hour challenge by climbing 199 steps to a gothic abbey!
The location for this challenge couldn’t be better. The YHA is set right next to the abbey and people will be staying in an old tudor mansion that has been converted into the hostel. It’s a perfect location for what should be a great challenge.”
The Mind Hike takes place twice every year. In 2020 it takes place on 26-28 June and the 11-13 September. To apply please visit https://www.charitychallenge.com/challenge/245/Mind-Hike-UK
Don’t forget, there is 10% off your registration fee before the end of January 2020. Use the code NY20.