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Sixth form students take on the Pennine Way

Sixth form students take on the Pennine Way
Thomas, Jonathan and David
Wednesday 14th July 2010 by C. Freeman
Year 12 students David Edwards, Jonathan Clayton and Thomas Hoier are taking on the Pennine Way. They will be starting at Edale and making their way along the Pennine Ridge, the Yorkshire Dales and part of Northumberland, up to Kirk Yetholm on the Scottish border.

The Pennine Way trail was founded by journalist and rambler Tom Stephenson in 1965, who went on to write the first “Guide to The Pennine Way”, which is, according to the Ramblers' Association, 'one of Britain's best known and toughest' trails.

Thomas said 'The idea came from when we were together on the World Challenge in Peru; we decided that it would be a good idea to do a group social camping trip, but over time people dropped out and now it is just the three of us. Jonny does a lot of walking and David and I do running so we didn't need any additional training.'

David, who planned the walk, said: 'It's quite expensive, it's going to cost us about £500.' Together they will take the train from Kettering to Edale; a small Derbyshire town in the Peak District, then walk from Edale to Crowden and stay overnight in a youth hostel. From Crowden they will go through 15 villages finally arriving at Kirk Yetholm and catching the train from Berwick upon Tweed, the northern-most town in England, back to Kettering.The trek will begin on 26 July and they hope to be finished on 11 August.

They aim to complete the 276 mile walk in 17 days, attempting to beat Jonathan's father, who at 15 years old completed the walk in 19 days after having to go it alone when his walking partner was injured. They all agreed that the biggest challenge would be the last day. Jonathan said: 'We will walk about 15 miles a day and the final one will be 28 miles!'

Text and photograph by Sophia Haden - Year 12

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