Health & Fitness
Liverpool hiker launches Family Walks after conquering mammoth trek for Alder Hey
2 months ago
Chris Jervis walked all 214 fells that make up the famous Wainwrights to raise money for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
Chris Jervis, also known as the Northern Explorer on Instagram, embarked on an extraordinary journey in 2022, conquering all 214 fells that make up the renowned Wainwrights to raise funds for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
However, this incredible achievement led to a profound realisation for Chris – he had spent half the year away from his cherished daughters.
This pivotal moment sparked an idea that brought together his passion for hiking and his devotion to family, giving birth to “Family Walks!”
Led by Chris, a qualified mountaineer, these walks are thoughtfully tailored to suit all ages and abilities, offering families a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in nature and strengthen their bonds.
Since its creation, Chris has led numerous family walks in the enchanting landscapes of The Lake District, The Yorkshire Dales, and even ventured into Wales!
Each of these treks involves an ascent of at least 100 meters, with recent achievements including the thrilling summit of Helm Crag, where Chris had the pleasure of leading 25 enthusiastic families.
These family-friendly walks are designed not only to offer a sense of accomplishment to children but also to foster genuine connections with other kids, away from the trappings of the digital world.
Chris has more than just a passion for hiking; he’s a firm believer in the psychological benefits of reconnecting with nature.
These excursions enable children to develop essential social skills, building positive relationships, mastering body language, and embracing the spirit of sharing and harmony.
It comes as no surprise that such experiences lead to improved cognitive abilities and contribute to overall mental well-being.
In a thoughtful gesture, Chris rewards the young adventurers with certificates upon completing a family walk, instilling in them a profound sense of accomplishment that resonates within the natural environment. The positive effects extend beyond mere certificates, boosting the children’s self-confidence in the great outdoors.
Did you know that youngsters who spend more time in nature exhibit better attention spans, heightened attentiveness, and a blossoming of their own creative ideas? Not to mention, the physical benefits.
“Family Walks” champion a refreshing approach to learning and exploration outside the conventional classroom setting, nurturing children’s understanding of the world around them.
Chris has planned a family walk amidst the breathtaking Yorkshire Dales, on Friday 18 August 2023.
Participants will be invited to conquer the challenging trails of Malham Cove, Gordale Scar, and Janet’s Foss Waterfall, covering a total distance of 4.4 miles with an incline of 211 meters!