Pupil aims high

PUBLISHED: 12:03 21 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:29 05 May 2010

Matthew Barnett on his 22-mile walk

Matthew Barnett on his 22-mile walk

A SEVEN-year-old boy has completed a walk that covers the three highest mountains in Yorkshire to raise money for his school. Matthew Barnett, of High Road in Shillington, walked the 22-mile circular course with his dad, Kevin, and his uncle Michael Gree

A SEVEN-year-old boy has completed a walk that covers the three highest mountains in Yorkshire to raise money for his school.

Matthew Barnett, of High Road in Shillington, walked the 22-mile circular course with his dad, Kevin, and his uncle Michael Green who lives in Hitchin, in 10 hours 55 minutes, a full hour before the 12-hour time limit set.

The challenge involved walking across Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales, with the tallest mountain standing at an impressive 2,415 ft.

The route provides a difficult test for young and old alike and Kevin was particularly proud of his son's achievement.

He said: "Many adults struggle with this challenge so it was a great achievement for Matthew to complete it. Many walkers who were out on the same day actually nicknamed him 'the little mountaineer'."

Matthew is hoping to raise over £300 for Shillington Lower School which plans to use the money to help pay for a cover for its swimming pool.

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