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Hundreds gather in Keswick to greet veterans

A huge crowd is waiting in Keswick. Credit: ITV Border

Hundreds of people are waiting patiently in Market Square in Keswick, for the arrival of the six veterans who've been climbing up Scafell Pike.

They're taking part in the Walk of Britain expedition during which they'll cross 1,000 miles between Scotland and London.

The veterans, who have a variety of injuries sustained whilst serving on the front line, are raising money and awareness for Walking with the Wounded.

Walk of Britain: Facts and figures

Six veterans are climbing Scafell Pike as part of their 1,000 mile 'Walk of Britain' expedition.

The four British and two US veterans have all sustained a range of injuries whilst serving on the front line.

Below are some statistics about the walk.

  • The team will cover 1,000 miles in total
  • Six wounded veterans make up the Walk of Britain
  • There are 14 locations where you can join the team with their walk
  • The walk will pass though 150 villages, towns and cities
  • The support crew will be fed 2,160 meals throughout the route
  • 1,440,000 calories will be burned by the team
  • 4 peaks will be summited including Scafell, Ben Nevis and Snowdon
  • Every veteran will take around 5,280,000 steps from start to finish
  • 240 litres of water will be drunk by the team

To find out more about the Walk of Britain, and how you can get involved, click here.


Veterans set off on Scafell challenge

The group before their Scafell challenge Credit: WWTW

Six veterans are one their way up Scafell Pike as part of a 1,000 mile expedition from Scotland to London.

The group, who have a range of physical or cognitive injuries from serving on the front line, have already climbed Scotland's highest mountain, Ben Nevis.

Sir Chris Bonington joins the team Credit: WWTW

Cumbrian mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington is also lending his support to the team.

Veterans joined by Military Wives and supporters Credit: WWTW

Walking with the Wounded take on Scafell Pike

Six veterans are climbing England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike, as part of their 1,000 mile expedition from Scotland to London.

The Walk of Britain group is made up of veterans who have either physical or cognitive injuries from their time serving on the front line.

They will be met by Cumbrian mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington following their climb.

"The team have been amazed by the amount of public engagement the walk has created and touched by the numbers that turn out each day to support them on their journey.

"We are very excited to be walking through the North West with our partner for the week, the National Football League, and are confident the North West will produce the best support for the team so far!"

– Edward Parker, CEO of Walking With The Wounded

WATCH: Helicopter rescue at Scafell Pike

A woman has been airlifted to hospital after falling on England's highest mountain.

Members of Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team were called to Lingmell Coll on Scafell Pike yesterday evening to help the casualty who'd broken her ankle.

The rescue was the first carried out in the Lake District by a Sikorsky helicopter which is replacing the RAF Sea Kings.

Reunited dog 'highlights need for microchip'

Sid the dog, who was found on Scafell Credit: SSPCA

A charity that took in a dog found on England's highest peak say the case highlights the need for microchipping.

The Scottish SPCA had to appeal for the dog's owner to come forward after he was discovered on Scafell Pike, because he was not microchipped.

A week later and the dog has now returned home, after spending time at an animal welfare and rehoming centre in Glasgow.

Centre assistant manager Katrina Cavanagh said:

Unfortunately, Sid wasn’t microchipped so we couldn’t contact his owner directly. Thankfully, he came forward following our appeal and arranged for Sid to be collected as he wasn’t able to travel to Glasgow.

The owner is a local sheep farmer and Sid is one of his working dogs. He believes Sid took off after a bitch in season and had been looking for him. While he was surprised when he found out Sid was in Scotland, he was also very relieved he was safe.

Sid was delighted to see Jason, who works with his owner, and leapt into his van ready to go home, happy for his adventure to be over. He’s a lovely dog and we wouldn’t have had any trouble finding him a home if we’d needed to as we had lots of offers.

This is another example of why it’s important for pets to be microchipped.”

– Katrina Cavanagh, SSPCA


Scafell Pike lost dog appeal goes viral

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An appeal to find a dog that went missing in the Lake District has gone viral.

Owner Adam Nolan, from Whitehaven, put out the appeal after losing his Border Collie 'Jasper' at Cam Spout Crag below Scafell Pike on 2nd November.

"I know people may say 'he's just a dog'," says Adam on Facebook, "but to me he leaves the same void as if I were to lose someone very close to me."

His appeal on Facebook has had over 60,000 people sharing the link. On Twitter hundreds of people are also offering their support.

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Family and their dog rescued from Scafell

There's been another rescue in the Lake District this time a family and a dog were brought down from the side of Scafell.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team were called just after 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon after a family of four from Lincolnshire and their Labrador got into difficulties.

The family were eventually lowered down an 8 metre drop to safety. The dog was wrapped in a net before it too was helped down.

This footage was captured by the mountain rescue team.

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