Three teenagers have returned from a mammoth 180-mile trek across the width of England.
Kineton High School students Will Riches, Ed Harrison and Jack Bridges completed the daunting Coast to Coast walk – from St Bees, Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay, Yorkshire – in 11 days.
Will, 17, from Kineton said: “I am incredibly proud of myself and so overwhelmed to have completed it.”
After returning home, he added: “It is a relief to have finished it after weeks of planning and training”.
Ed Harrison, also 17, said: “It has not sunk in yet, I cannot believe I have walked the width of England”.
Througout the 11-day expedition, the trio carried their 27 kilogram bags for an average of 15 miles a day and endured the odd night of wild camping as well as the luxury of youth hostels.
The walk, which was created by Alfred Wainwright in 1973, twists and turns through the Lake District, the Yorksire Dales and the North York Moors national parks and has an overall elevation of 1,560 metres, with Kidsty Pike the highest climb on the route, standing at 780m.
It is a tradition, set by Wainwiright, to dip your feet in both the Irish Sea at St Bees and the North Sea at Robin Hood’s Bay at the start and end of the walk.
The boys, who start their final year of A-levels this year, have raised more than £400 for charity and are preparing for their next challenge, which they are yet to decide on.
The trio have chosen to raise money for international charity Water Aid which works to improve access to safe water worldwide. To donate, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/WEJ