British Army soldiers have completed a 512 mile walk around the North of England – crossing the finishing line at Scarborough Castle.

Troops from Corunna Company, 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, walked through every National Park and Area of Outstanding Beauty in the North.

The team of 40 soldiers established the longest unbroken route in the North – and hope it will become a nationally recognised trail akin to the Pennine Way.

The expedition, dubbed the Grand Tour of the North, has seen them cover on average a marathon a day through Yorkshire, Lancashire and Northumberland.

The Catterick-based soldiers took on the challenge to reacquaint themselves with the North after time away serving in Cyprus.

We have covered about 512 miles in some of the most beautiful and challenging landscape Britain has to offer.

Major James Ashworth

The troops broke the distance down into three legs – with a different platoon covering each leg over 17 days.

They started at Lindisfarne and took in the Pennines, the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the Yorkshire Moors.

The last 10 soldiers were cheered on by their comrades as they crossed the finish line at Scarborough Castle.

Lance Corporal John Merritt, 29, from Bramley, Leeds, walked the final seven days of the tour.

He said: “It’s been great to see different parts of England, I was born and raised in Leeds and I certainly don’t get up into the Yorkshire Dales as much as I should.

“The walk has been great, the weather was good and the lads kept each other going – we had a good laugh the whole way.

“My legs are sore now and I’m looking forward to having a good sit down.”

The troops hope to boost their “teamwork, fitness and robustness,” by completing the expedition.

They were rewarded with a company party at Scarborough Castle to celebrate their achievement. They will now enjoy some well-earned leave.