THE ICONIC Bob Graham Challenge has been conquered by a man walking his dog.

Mark Davy was joined by his cocker spaniel Frank, took on the challenge on Monday, September 21, to raise funds for Trinity Hospice, in memory of a beloved friend.

Mark lives in Cragg Bank and runs his own business Sarsen Landscape.

He completed the 68-mile route over the 42 highest mountains in the Lake District in 22 hours and 15 minutes. The route included a 27000ft ascent and descent.

Mark said: “I am doing this in memory of a loved friend Barbara Chadwick to raise money for the wonderful Trinity Hospice where she was looked after before she sadly passed away.

“We brought the day of the route forward to the Monday after we found out the weather was going to be so much better. We got really lucky with it.

“The whole experience was genuinely one of the most enjoyable days of my life. I love the fells and there’s nowhere I’d like to be. With Frank or friends, I love it there.

Mark was supported on each leg of his journey by  John Hodgson, Keith Stronach, Ash Howell, Tim Jenner, Neil Stevenson, Chris Corless, Duncan Pearce, Kirk Wadsworth, Dan Whittaker, and his brother John Paul Davy. 

He added: “At times I was overwhelmed at how kind, generous and caring the people around me could be. Everyone who helped me did so much and I couldn’t thank them all enough. We’ve raised £1733 for the Hospice."