NFU (National Farmer's Union) Cymru has launched a 'Hike and Bike' challenge to raise money for local charity.

The event takes place on September 7 and runs into September 8, with all funds raised going to this year's chosen charity The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute (RABI).

The challenge, which will see NFU Cymru staff, members and wider industry representatives come together in support of RABI and will include five different stages with participants able to choose which stages they undertake.

On day one, participants will start by climbing Snowdon (pictured below) - the highest mountain in Wales - before embarking on a 43mile bike ride to Dolgellau.

They will then take on the challenge of climbing Cadair Idris. Participants will then undertake an 87mi bike ride from Cadair Idris to the Brecon Beacons where the challenge will finish with a climb of Pen-Y-Fan.

John Mercer, NFU Cymru director said: “RABI is a charity that as a union we work very closely with and one that does amazing work for the industry.

"We already have a lot of interest from across the Welsh agricultural industry and a core of people involved who have signed up to take part in all five stages.

“We have some others who are taking part in the climbing, and others who are taking part in one or two of the stages. We also have a team on logistics and support – which will be greatly appreciated by those involved in the task, I’m sure."

RABI is a welfare charity which aims to change lives for the better and offers financial support to farming people of all ages in times of hardship.

NFU Cymru urges the public to support the participants in raising as much money as possible for the cause and in raising awareness of the work RABI undertake.

Anyone wishing to take part in the challenge should contact the NFU Cymru office at: 01982-554-200. If you wish to make a donation to the charity fund please visit: