Young walkers add Westmorland Wayto their long distance list …
A JOURNEY of 90 miles started with a single step for brother and sister Woden and Molly Shaw, who have just completed the Westmorland Way.
Woden, aged eight, and Molly, aged 10, have spent the last year completing the route in stages — covering between four and 12.5 miles at a time.
During their trek they were accompanied by their parents, Jen and Steve, of Glenridding. Their mother said they felt a sense of achievement when they finally completed the 145km walk which runs between Appleby and Arnside.
The youngsters read about the route in a book which they bought at Rheged, near Penrith, and realised that Patterdale, near where they lived, was around the half way mark. “My husband and I love walking in the hills,” said Mrs Shaw. “We just started doing shorter walks and then did bigger walks with the children. They enjoyed it and they were quite happy.
“They loved Arnside, just with the views by the sea, and we said all along we’d get fish and chips. I think they were quite proud of themselves.”
During the summer holidays Molly and Woden completed the Cotswold Way, covering a distance of around 10 miles a day, and they have also started to tackle the Cumbria Way, which covers a distance of 70 miles, or 112km, and links Carlisle with Ulverston. They have also walked 104 Wainwright hills.