ALTHOUGH they're 220 when their ages are combined, four councillors are set to walk 63 miles for two charities.

Keen walkers councillors Tom Sheard, Steve Houghton and Steve Green have been joined by former Barnsley Council deputy chief executive Steve Pick on an arduous training schedule to prepare themselves for their next fundraising stint.

Over the past 10 years the keen walkers have raised thousands of pounds for charity and walked hundreds of miles.

The foursome will be tackling the Trail Trekker in the Yorkshire Dales at the beginning of June when they will walk 63 miles in 25 hours - raising money for Oxfam and the Barnsley Hospice.

To get fit they have tackled several lengthy training sessions including recently completing Yorkshire's Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.

Even though it was officially spring, they found themselves at the top of Pen-y-ghent in several feet of snow.

Last weekend they took a long and unusual look at the borough of Barnsley - on foot.

Tom Sheard said: "It's amazing how much more you notice about the state of footpaths, street lights, the environment when you're on foot as opposed to being in a vehicle.

"One of the benefits of walking across the borough, apart from the obvious one which is getting fitter for the fundraising walk, is it does give us a new perspective and the chance look at improvements or highlight things that need doing."