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Teen Hiker Completes 550-Mile Walk

Tuesday August 27 2013

We Are Barnsley We Are Barnsley

A YOUNG hiker has completed a month-long, 550-mile walk from Derbyshire to Inverness.

Ryan Platts, 14, who was born in Barnsley and used to live in Summer Lane, now lives in Marrakech, Morocco, but visits his grandparents in Darton each year for the summer holidays. He always takes on the challenge of a long-distance walk.

This year his marathon hike took in The Pennine Way, a 268-mile trek from Edale to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders walking up the backbone of England. It's considered the most difficult and challenging long distance walk in the country.

Ryan has already completed this section of the walk, which he also did when he was 11, and has also trekked the Coast to Coast, Offa's Dyke and Yorkshire Three Peaks.

"It was a bit different this time because there was a heatwave," he said. "But I like long-distance walking because of the sense of accomplishment - I try hard to stay within the times I set myself."

Ryan climbed Ben Nevis while on the trip in a time of three hours and 58 minutes.

He walked with Sue Field, his aunt from Dodworth, and was supported by other family members who did various stages.

Staying in youth hostels and bed and breakfasts, Ryan took in the West Highland Way - 96 miles from Milngavie to Fort William. The final stage was the Great Glen Way, 73 miles along the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness.

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Reply Posted by Pad on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 22:07
Wow, very impressive indeed. Well done that man. Also makes a nice change to read about someone doing something constructive with his time rather than laying about claiming there is nothing to do.

Reply Posted by sid on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 22:14
Well said Pad. Sounded like a brilliant walk too.
Pity there's not a few more like Ryan. He should be proud of himself.

Reply Posted by Miss.N on Saturday August 31 2013 at 10:34
Well done Ryan! What a lucky lad getting to see the natural beauty of England before returning to Morocco! Sounds amazing!

Reply Posted by Kath Ward on Sunday September 1 2013 at 22:08
Amazing xx

Reply Posted by joanna on Tuesday September 3 2013 at 10:26
Well done ryan very proud of u shame we didnt av time to c each other wen u was over xx

Reply Posted by lol on Wednesday September 4 2013 at 20:41
Did da use a Tom Tom.

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