A six-year-old from Ellesmere Port is believed to be the youngest person to climb Britain’s three peaks.
Lincoln Doyle, a Year 2 pupil at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School in Ellesmere Port, scaled Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon - a total height of 3,408 metres.
The young rambler is thought to be the youngest in Britain to have conquered the three peaks as seven year-old Steven Brown, from Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire, was the latest child to be officially recognised for the achievement in June earlier this year.
It all began in September last year when Lincoln, who was only five-years-old at the time, marched to the summit of Wales’ highest mountain with his mum and dad, Emma and Andrew Doyle.
Emma, 35, said she didn’t even think he would make it past the car park.
“It was totally his decision to do it - we do a lot of walking and hiking as a family,” she said.
“Andrew and I had discussed hiking up Snowdon and Lincoln just asked if he could come along with us.
“We thought it would be nice for him to come along, so we decided to see how far he could go and said we would turn around when he had enough.
“There was no pressure on him at all, it was just a nice family day out - we didn’t even think he would get past the car park but, he skipped to the top and loved every second of it.”
In July earlier this year, Lincoln overheard Emma and Andrew discussing their next challenge to take on Scotland’s highest peak, and decided he was going to join them.
Emma added: “We told him it would be a long way to the top, but he was adamant he wanted to go up there with us, so we all went up to Scotland.
“On the way up Ben Nevis, Andrew said to Lincoln that we only had Scafell Pike to do before we had climbed all three peaks.
“It must have been playing on his little mind because when we got home, he asked if we could all climb Scafell Pike to complete the three peaks.”
Lincoln had his heart set on the challenge, and a few weeks later, the family had conquered all three of Britain’s highest mountains.
Lincoln told the Chronicle he loved seeing the views from each of the summits and being the tallest boy in the UK.
“My favourite part was Ben Nevis because I could slide down all the ice,” he said.
“I found it quite easy - I skipped to the top.
“The hardest one was Scafell Pike because it was quite steep and there was lots of rocks to climb.
“I would like to do it again because I like exercise.”
Emma added: “We cannot find any other child younger than the age of six who has climbed the three peaks so we believe he is the youngest.
“We are so proud of him - we call him a mini Bear Grylls.
“He never ceases to amaze us, we couldn’t be prouder, he’s a fabulous little boy.
“Ben Nevis is the biggest challenge we have ever taken on, but we would definitely do it all again.”