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Pair climb all 22 county summits

Abi and Ali Newbould
Abi and Ali Newbould completed their challenge on Snowdon

A mother and daughter have climbed the highest peaks in all 22 Welsh counties in just four days.

Ali Newbould, 50, and Abi, 17, climbed everything from a 137m (449ft) hill in the Vale of Glamorgan to Wales' highest peak, Snowdon, at 1,085m, (3,560ft).

The pair, from Llanbedr, Gwynedd, walked for a total of 35 hours in hot temperatures and covered 850 miles (1,368km) by car between the peaks.

They hope to have raised £1,800 for a children's home in Kyrgyzstan.

They started their challenge last Monday by climbing Foel Cwmcerwyn in the Preseli Mountains, Pembrokeshire, and had completed nine peaks by the end of the day.

It was tough but good fun and it was worth it definitely
Abi Newbould

Moving further north into the Brecon Beacons, the summits grew steadily more challenging before the final and most daunting peak of all last Thursday, Snowdon.

"Snowdon was nice. I enjoyed the last day particularly because we only had two mountains to go and they were my favourite," said Abi Newbould.

"One of my best friends came up with us and that was really nice."

The pair are experienced walkers and two years ago climbed the 15 Welsh peaks over 3,000ft (914m) in 24 hours.

They wanted a new challenge to celebrate their landmark birthdays this year, mother reaching 50 and daughter hitting 18, and hatched the plan.

"I thought I would be absolutely shattered but I wasn't. It was tough but good fun and it was worth it definitely," said Ms Newbould, who turns 18 at the end of July.

The summits were varied ranging from dramatic mountainous scenery to smaller peaks among wheat fields and bracken.

Mrs Newbould, who said her husband Dave was not left out because he drove them between each peak and climbed many himself, said she was delighted to complete them all.

She said: "I'm just really pleased particularly because I had a knee injury two weeks before we set off.

"It was exhausting because of the heat not so much because of the distance. In some ways it was fantastic because we didn't have the rain, and visibility was fantastic."



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